Maple Orange Glazed Carrots

Have you started your holiday meal planning yet? We are just now getting around to it. If you like glazed carrots, here’s a way to dress them up for a feast. Sauté the carrot rounds in butter, and then cook them in a solution of maple syrup and orange juice, until the liquid has almost completely evaporated. Toss in a little orange zest and a pinch of cinnamon, and you’re there. Glazed carrots with a holiday twist.

Maple Orange Glazed Carrots Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

If you double the recipe, you may need to increase the heat or cooking time to help the glaze reduce.



  • 1 pound carrots, peeled, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Pinch cinnamon


1 In a large, wide sauté pan, heat the butter on medium heat until melted. Add the carrots and toss to coat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the maple syrup. Cook for a minute more, then add the orange juice. Cover the pan and cook for 3 more minutes.

2 Uncover the pan and increase the heat to medium high. Stir the carrots occasionally, and cook until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.

3 Sprinkle cinnamon over the carrots, and stir in the orange zest.

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  • Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    I’ve never tried this with carrots, but that’s exactly the way I cook beets!

  • bookwormbethie

    Can this recipe be made with those small finger size “baby carrots”? Or do baby carrots and regular carrots cook up differently due to maybe different fiber/sugar/water ratios?

    Those packaged baby carrots are just regular carrots that have been milled (cut and ground) to that size. You can use them in this recipe without changes. ~Elise

  • Julie

    I have an abundant supply of maple syrup, thanks to my brother in law who has sugar trees–this recipe is perfect, simple and delightful!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    I like having a variety of ways to serve up veggies, and this sounds like something my family would like. I already do something similar, using brown sugar and cinnamon, and the orange juice/zest sounds like a lovely addition.

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