These Glazed Grilled Carrots are the perfect way to cook up tender and delicious vegetables. Minimal ingredients prove that you can still have huge flavor without a ton of effort. This is sure to be one of your favorite side dishes for summer.
Cooking carrots on your grilling grate needs to be on your radar. Not only do carrots have a natural sweetness that comes out once they're cooked to that medium heat temperature, but they're just a fast and simple way to add a healthy recipe to the table, too.
Fork tender carrots pair perfectly with just about any type of protein so this is a great dish for steak recipes, chicken, pork, and more. You can even just have a carrot-type of day and drizzle on some honey and call enjoy. I like to think of these as my "healthy alternative" to french fries.
Speaking of grilling side dishes, make sure to check out our Smoked Cornbread recipe. This simple bread recipe would be stellar with glazed carrots.
Carrots - Make sure that you clean and peel the carrots prior to cooking them. This is especially important for whole carrots.
Honey - It's amazing how the honey pairs so perfectly with the natural flavors of the carrots.
Sriracha sauce - Everyone needs a little heat in their lives!
Kosher salt - The texture of the salt adds the perfect balance.
How To Make Glazed Grilled Carrots
Make sure to turn on the gas grill so that you have it nice and hot. You're going to want a nice sear on the carrots so having a medium-heat is key.
Step One: Clean and prepare the carrots.
Step Two: Slice in half and drizzle with a tad bit of honey and the kosher salt.
Step Three: Put the carrots on the grill and cook. Flipping every couple of minutes.
Step Four: Remove and serve with a honey/sriracha sauce. This can be poured on top of the carrots at the end like a sauce or reserved as a dipping sauce for anyone who wants to try some heat.
Use olive oil - If you want to cut down on some of the honey, you can drizzle olive oil or even coconut oil on the glazed grilled carrots as well.
Opt for maple syrup - This is a great alternative to honey as well. Some people also use brown sugar as their choice of sweetness but I prefer using a natural sweetener instead.
Use soy sauce - For that salty flavor, you can drizzle some soy sauce on the cooked carrots. You can also use soy sauce as a dipping sauce at the end as well for the cooked carrots.
Use other herbs and spices - Sprinkling on garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, or other herbs is a great way to change the carrot glaze from sweet to savory. Rosemary is another great herb that really enhances the flavor of carrots and can be used as a garnish. You can also sprinkle on some cinnamon or ginger.
Balsamic vinegar - Swap out the sriracha sauce for some balsamic vinegar to change up the flavor. Lemon juice is another possible swap.
Do you grill the carrots on direct heat?
You do! You can start that way and then move them to indirect heat to continue cooking at a slower pace. Your ultimate goal is to have them fork tender.
Since they don't take long to cook, just pay attention to how they're looking and use a fork to test their doneness.
What foods pair well with carrots?
Beef is a great pairing for carrots, especially this glazed grilled carrot recipe. The sweet carrots pair with the tender and juicy beef or steak bites and just create a perfect dinner. In our photos, they are served with a Traeger steak.
These carrots are a great way to cook carrots and get some extra vitamins in the body. Remember this recipe the next time that you're at the store and see that carrots are on sale.
Can you freeze cooked carrots?
You can. The biggest thing to keep in mind when freezing carrots that are cooked is that you need to let them cool down all the way before storing them in the freezer. When you're ready to unthaw and eat, move the carrots to the fridge and let them unthaw. You can then reheat them on the stovetop or in the microwave.
What other ways can you use cooked carrots?
Eating cooked carrots as a side dish on their own is great, but there are other ways that you can use carrots that are cooked and tender. Chopping them up and adding them to a salad adds a nice sweetness paired with the rest of the ingredients.
You can also add any leftover cooked carrots to a vegetable soup as well.
- 1 lb carrots halved
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the grill to medium heat.
- Cut the carrots in half lengthwise. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill for 10 minutes on each side.
- Meanwhile stir together the honey, sriracha sauce, salt, and pepper.
- Place the carrots on a serving platter and drizzle with the glaze.