Orange Ginger Glazed Carrots are slightly sweet with a hint of spice. They're easy to make and perfect for holiday dinners and other special occasions!
This recipe for glazed carrots is just in time for Easter -- talk about last minute! This is another recipe I found in my grandma's stash, and I actually thought twice about posting it. It's a terrific recipe and all, so it's not that I didn't want to share it. It's just that the carrots cook in a glaze made with brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger, which seems more appropriate for fall or winter.
So, I thought about saving it for later in the year, but really, these carrots are perfect anytime at all! Usually we have raw baby carrots and other veggies with dip for an Easter appetizer. And we always, always have my grandma's potato salad on the side. But, this year, I'm thinking we might need to make these ginger spice carrots, instead. Or maybe, we can even have them both ways!
For one thing, this dish doesn't really scream fall. You get a touch of sweetness from the brown sugar and a hint of spice from the ginger and cinnamon. But this dish also has orange juice, which completely brightens it up. In fact, it almost tastes like it has a squirt of lemon juice.
This is one side dish that you can make for holidays or everyday. The glazed orange ginger carrots are super easy to prepare, and they only take about 20 minutes on the stove. The original recipe actually had instructions to cook the carrots in the microwave, but I prefer the stovetop method, so that's what I did.
I also added a little bit more cinnamon, since I'm addicted to the stuff. Oh, and I used a package of pre-washed baby carrots to make this side dish even easier, because even holiday dinners don't have to be complicated! Just make sure you get the thin carrots and not the super thick ones.
Of course, if you want to go all out and peel and cut up regular carrots, go right ahead. If you do, just slice them in thin circles so that they don't take long to cook. But like I said, we're all about easy recipes here.
How to Make Orange Ginger Glazed Carrots
Orange Ginger Glazed Carrots
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash pepper
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 pound baby carrots
- In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat
- Add brown sugar, sea salt, ginger, cinnamon, and pepper, and stir until blended
- Stir in orange juice, and mix until well combined
- Raise heat to medium high, add carrots, and coat well with sauce
- Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until just tender
- Serve immediately
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
So if you need an easy side dish for Easter or anytime, give these orange ginger glazed carrots a try. My family loved them, and I hope you will, too!