Orange Glazed Carrots

by Erin @ Food Doodles on

These orange glazed carrots are the perfect side dish. Fresh carrots are lightly glazed with orange juice, honey and a little butter to make a delicious and healthy side dish! With dairy-free, vegan and paleo options.

I wasn’t really a fan of glazed carrots until I tried these orange glazed carrots! Carrots are already naturally sweet and I don’t really find the need to have them swimming in a sugary glaze.

So these are glazed just enough to add a bit of orange flavor and a bit of extra sweetness. If you want more glaze, just double everything but the carrots.

These orange glazed carrots are the perfect side. Fresh carrots are lightly glazed with orange juice, honey and a little butter to make a delicious and healthy side dish! With dairy-free, vegan and paleo options.

By the way, if you love the honey and orange combination as much as I do, try this Honey Orange Cranberry Sauce. It is crazy how much better homemade cranberry sauce is than store-bought!

You can use butter in these orange glazed carrots but I also tried out a dairy-free and vegan version using coconut oil. Even using unrefined coconut oil, they didn’t taste of coconut.

The orange juice and orange zest does a great job of covering the coconut up! I’m assuming dairy-free butter would also work.

If you need a vegan version, these work great with maple syrup. I thought it’d be strange before I tried it, but nope! They were also delicious. 

These honey orange glazed carrots would make a great Thanksgiving side dish as they reheat so well! We like to make a double batch and eat them throughout the week.

These orange glazed carrots are the perfect side. Bright and sunny fresh carrots, lightly glazed with orange juice, honey and a little butter to make a delicious and healthy side dish! With paleo and dairy-free options.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I’m always focused on the carby things (like this Crustless Pumpkin Pie  or this Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake) and forget about the vegetables until the last minute. If that’s you, these carrots are a great last-minute side dish.

And in case anyone is wondering – I’m guessing this recipe could be made with baby carrots but they just aren’t as flavorful as regular carrots. I know peeling and cutting them is extra work, but trust me, it’s worth the extra 5 minutes for these orange glazed carrots!

You can make this recipe entirely on the stove-top or in the Instant Pot (saving that precious stove-top space on Thanksgiving day, in case you don’t have the chance to make them beforehand). 

These carrots would go great alongside these keto meatballs! Add some roasted snap peas and you’ve got yourself a meal.

I’d love to hear how you like these orange glazed carrots!

Orange Glazed Carrots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Side, Side Dish
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 lb (453 grams) fresh carrots peeled and sliced 1/2" thick
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice - no sugar added (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) salted butter or coconut oil for paleo / dairy-free / vegan
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) honey or maple syrup for vegan
  • Zest of 1 large navel orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Salt to taste
  • Parsley to taste, if desired
Instructions
  1. Stove-top version: In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the carrots, cover, and cook until tender, 8-10 minutes (it depends on how firm you want them). You can also steam them if you prefer. Drain the water from the pan and add the orange juice, butter / coconut oil, honey / maple syrup and orange zest. Saute and stir for about 2-4 minutes or until the glaze has thickened and coats the carrots. Sprinkle with salt to taste and add parsley if desired. Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.

  2. For the Instant Pot / pressure cooker: Pour in 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. Place in the steamer basket and add the carrots. Set it to 2 minutes for firmer carrots and 3 minutes for softer carrots (pressure cook at high pressure). Quick release. Remove the carrots and rinse out the pot and dry. Turn on the Saute function and once hot, add in the orange juice, butter / coconut oil, honey / maple syrup and orange zest. Saute and stir for about 2-4 minutes or until the glaze has thickened and coats the carrots. Sprinkle with salt to taste and add parsley if desired. Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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1 Sharee Thornberry November 8, 2019 at

I am going to try this recipe. All of the ingredients fit into the eating program I am on. Is it ok if I mention this website on the GOLO Facebook group forum?

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2 Erin @ Food Doodles November 10, 2019 at

Of course! Thanks for wanting to share it. 🙂

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3 Cheryl Malik October 28, 2019 at

I love how brightly colored these carrots are!

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4 Kristen Wood October 24, 2019 at

These ingredients sound like a winning combo to me! Yum!

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5 Sarah October 23, 2019 at

My mom made glazed carrots all the time going up. I don’t really make them often as I always thought they were a little too sweet. I love the idea of these though with the orange and maple syrup, adding them to our Thanksgiving menu!

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6 ChihYu October 23, 2019 at

These carrots are fantastic! The addition of the orange improves the flavor so much!

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7 Stacey Crawford October 23, 2019 at

Oh, I agree, that glaze on the carrots will totally be worth it!

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8 Jules Shepard October 23, 2019 at

Orange is my favorite color so of course I was drawn to this recipe but it looks so easy and delicious! Maybe a Thanksgiving option this year instead of green beans!

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9 Jean Choi October 21, 2019 at

Such a fun way to cook carrots! I love adding oranges to savory recipes and this looks fantastic.

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10 Raia Todd October 21, 2019 at

This is definitely a winner at my home! Cooked carrots are already a favorite, but cooking them with oj and honey is a home-run!

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11 Charlotte Moore October 21, 2019 at

These look so colorful and appetizing. Love glazed carrots.

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12 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 19, 2015 at

They really are good! Thanks Charlotte!

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13 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 19, 2015 at

Oooh, that’s a great idea, I didn’t even think of that! I wonder how clementine would be, I have a bag of those on the counter right now, but they’re almost too precious for me to mix up in something, I just want to eat them all as is. Thanks Jason! 🙂

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14 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 19, 2015 at

Thanks so much Nicoletta 🙂

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15 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 19, 2015 at

Thanks Diana! You’ll have to let me know how you like them if you give them a try 🙂

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16 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 19, 2015 at

Thanks Laura! It really is a great combo 🙂

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17 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 18, 2015 at

Hahaha, I’m so sorry! I’m actually leaving this ad company next week(I had to give 30 days notice). Glad to be leaving them, especially now, haha. Thanks so much Kellie!

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