These stovetop carrots with orange glaze are the perfect side dish for a weeknight dinner or holiday meal. Carrots, orange juice and a touch of sugar make them irresistible.
This recipe has been a favorite since childhood. Mom would make orange glazed carrots for special occasions. An Easter dinner, at Thanksgiving, or a great Sunday supper with roast beef.
I've added zest to the recipe to really bring out the orange flavor, and made it easy to get this dish right every time you make it.
Glazed Carrots with Orange Juice
This classic combination seems to be in every Junior League and Society cookbook from the 60s, 70s and 80s. And no wonder, it's a crowd pleaser.
Some glazed carrots in orange juice use granulated sugar, others brown sugar. Some call for fresh orange juice, and others orange juice from concentrate or bottled.
You can add cinnamon or ginger, and I've even seen pineapple chunks added to an orange glazed carrots recipe!
I kept it simple and straight forward with no extra flavors. I used prepared orange juice. The bottled or carton juice works well, but you could also make it from concentrate. It lends more flavor to the dish than freshly squeezed orange juice.
The zest is also a fun addition and brings out the orange flavor of the entire dish.
Stovetop Orange Glazed Carrots Recipe
It's also a simple enough recipe for a weeknight dinner to go with you BBQ dinner, rotisserie chicken, or roast beef.
All the ingredients go in the skillet except some orange juice and cornstarch. That will be added at the end.
The carrots simmer right in the orange juice and butter so the flavor is absorbed. The sugar and a pinch of ginger add sweetness.
Carrot tips for side dishes
You may wonder what shape and size of veggie to use for carrot side dishes. It can actually be made with any shape or size of carrot! You can also use tri-color carrots for a pretty visual look.
Try baby carrots from a bag, French baby carrots that have the little bit of green stem on the top, standard bagged carrots or carrots from a fresh bunch.
Baby carrots and French baby carrots don't need to be cut. Just use them as is and cook them with the flavorful ingredients.
I used standard bagged carrots and cut them on the bias in medallions.
Make a carrot glaze with orange juice
The glaze for these carrots is made with orange juice, butter, orange zest, a bit of sugar, ginger and salt. I added cornstarch to make a silky thickened sauce.
The carrot glaze recipe is simple and really comes together at the end when you add the cornstarch and remaining juice. This creates a sweet, almost gravy-like glaze that coats each bite.
Carrot Glaze Recipe:
- Cook 1 ½ pounds carrots in some orange juice, orange zest, ginger, salt, sugar and butter.
- When the carrots are tender, uncover and add a mixture of cornstarch and orange juice.
- Stir gently while sauce simmers. It will thicken as the sauce cooks.
- Serve immediately garnished with extra orange zest or chopped chives.
You can make these glazed carrots up to a day in advance. Gently reheat in a covered skillet with a few tablespoons of water to help the sauce liquify.
Glazed carrots usually have a sweet sauce. I made this recipe with orange juice, sugar and butter. You can also glaze carrots with maple syrup or brown sugar.
Yes! You soften carrots on the stove by simmering them in liquid, or steaming them. I used a combination of both methods and simmered the carrots in a little orange juice while covered to allow the steam to tenderize the carrots. It takes around 20 minutes.
More carrot side dishes
- Miso Glazed Carrots with Pomegranate
- Rosemary Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
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Orange Glazed Carrots
- 1½ pounds carrots (7 to 8 medium)
- ¾ cup orange juice DIVIDED
- ½ teaspoon orange zest plus extra for garnish
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- chives garnish
- Cut carrots into 1 inch rounds. Cut on the bias if a different shape is desired.
- In a medium saucepan, or large skillet with a lid, over medium-low heat, combine the carrots, ½ cup of the orange juice, orange zest, butter, ginger, salt, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer until carrots are tender, about 25 minutes.
- Stir together the remaining ¼ cup orange juice and cornstarch and add to the carrots. Increase heat to medium and stir until the juice has thickened to a glaze, about 2 minutes.
- Serve carrots with chopped chives and extra zest on top for garnish if desired.
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