Quick Maple Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon
Perfect Maple Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon
I’m just going to jump right in here. Because if you are reading this post you no doubt have been on the hunt for a super simple, no-fuss side dish that is delicious with nearly any main course.
My friend, you have come to the right place.
This Maple Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon recipe is hands-down the easiest side dish ever. Made in only 20 minutes with a few basic ingredients, it is great for serving with everything from last-minute midweek meals to elaborate holiday feasts.
Fresh seasonal carrots are kissed with a luxurious butter-maple-cinnamon glaze that is hard to resist. The flavors are perfect for fall, and pair well with just about every Thanksgiving dish. Even kids will love this sweet veggie side!
What Ingredients You Need
Glazed carrots are best when made with only a handful of simple, seasonal ingredients.
Here is what you need to make my festive Maple Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon recipe:
- Carrots – peeled and sliced
- Water – just enough to steam the carrots for a perfect cook
- Salt – essential to bring all of the flavors together
- Butter – adds richness to balance natural sugars in the carrots and syrup
- Maple syrup – you need the real stuff for a terrifically sweet, earthy taste
- Cinnamon and nutmeg – the best spices to really make a festive fall dish
Feel free to add more spices if desired. Clove and allspice are good options. You can also add a pinch of cayenne to create a spicy-sweet flavor.
For even less prep time you can use ready-to-go baby carrots in this recipe!
How to Make Maple and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots
This fantastically easy side dish is ready in only about 20 minutes. It’s perfect as a healthy-ish addition to a quick weeknight meal, or as an effortless side at your holiday dinner parties!
Here are the simple steps to make the best, most luscious glazed carrots with maple syrup and cinnamon:
- First, set a large sauté pan (with a lid) over medium-high heat. Place the carrots, water, and salt in the pan. Cover and steam the carrots until mostly soft, but not mushy.
- Then, remove the lid and add in the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Allow the butter to melt, and mix thoroughly to coat the carrots.
- Next, stir and simmer the carrots in the glaze for just a few minutes, uncovered, until they are a bit softer. Taste the maple glazed carrots, and add more salt if needed.
Serve the glazed carrots warm with your other favorite seasonal dishes.
Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I recommend reheating in the oven or in a skillet on the stovetop until just warm to keep a bit of bite to the carrots.
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What Goes Well with Maple Glazed Cinnamon Carrots?
This wonderfully rustic side dish pairs great with everything from casual weeknight dinners to elegant holiday celebrations.
Serve Cinnamon and Maple Carrots at Thanksgiving or Christmas along with your roasted turkey or ham main dish and other sides: Try our Crockpot Green Bean Casserole, Best Mashed Potatoes, and Sausage Mushroom Stuffing for a delicious, classic holiday spread!
How Do I Make Dairy-Free Glazed Carrots?
Substitute traditional butter with your favorite plant-based alternative for a sweet and luxurious vegan side dish.
Looking for More Delicious Side Dishes?
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- Honey Butter Roasted Carrots
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- Roasted Lemon Asparagus
Quick Maple Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon
- Set a large sauté pan (with a lid) over medium-high heat. Place the carrots, water, and salt in the pan. Cover and steam the carrots for 10-12 minutes, until mostly soft.
- Remove the lid and add in the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Allow the mixture to melt and mix. Stir and simmer the carrots in the glaze another 2-4 minutes, until they are very soft. Then taste, and add more salt if needed.
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