Easy Vegan Caramelized Carrots

Glazed sliced carrots, garnished with a bit of fresh thyme

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Ratings (12)
  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
104 Calories
5g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whether you are looking for an easy gluten-free and vegan vegetable side dish or just an easy way to get your vegetarian kids to eat their carrots, look no further. Try these simple, sweet glazed carrots. They are quick to prepare and made with just a few ingredients. 

Glazed carrots can be prepared with a bag of store-bought ready-to-eat baby carrots or you can slice up full-size carrots by hand or by using the slicer attachment on a food processor.

In this super-easy side dish, carrots are glazed with a bit of vegan margarine (check the label to make sure your margarine is vegan or be sure to use a vegan brand such as Earth Balance) and brown sugar. The combination results in an almost caramelized taste. Carrots are naturally sweet, so just a touch of extra sugar turns this carrot dish into a real treat. With just three ingredients, it's a breeze to prepare. If you're not eating dairy-free or vegan, you can use real butter in this simple side dish. 

For grown-ups, you can finish off your carrots with a bit of fresh minced thyme or mint for a beautiful and tasty garnish. These simple glazed carrots would also make a suitable gluten-free and vegan Thanksgiving vegetable side dish or a welcome addition to a vegan or vegetarian meal. If you are serving them at Thanksgiving or at an autumn party and want to add a fall touch, sprinkle dried cranberries over the glazed carrots. A dash of cinnamon or nutmeg added just before serving adds some warming spices to the carrots.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp margarine (a vegan brand, such as Earth Balance)
  • 4 carrots (sliced thin or 12 ounces of baby carrots)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (substitute white sugar if necessary)

Steps to Make It

  1. If you're using baby carrots, you'll need to steam them first until they are almost tender. Use a vegetable steamer or place about an inch of water in a pot and simmer the covered baby carrots for about 10 minutes. You don't want them to be cooked all the way, but you just want to give them a bit of a head start.

  2. If you're using regular carrots, slice them fairly thin. They should be about 1/4-inch thick, otherwise, they won't cook all the way or you'll need to also lightly steam them first. 

  3. Melt the margarine over low heat in a skillet. Once melted, add the steamed carrots or sliced regular carrots. 

  4. Increase heat to medium-high and add the sugar.

  5. Allow the carrots to cook, stirring frequently until they are soft and slightly darkened on the edges.

  6. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.

Any leftover carrots can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a few days.