Cast Iron Carrots with Garlic and Honey will make everyone love their veggies! Carrots are caramelized in a cast iron pan, then finished with a honey garlic glaze.
I love veggies, and I’m always trying to come up with new ways to showcase them. Carrots are a perfect side dish for the whole family because they are super nutritious and naturally sweet. They are also really versatile. Kids love to eat them raw (with dip of course!), but you can also mash them like potatoes, or make them into a delicious soup. But best of all, carrots turn even sweeter and more flavorful if you cook them in a cast iron pan! I’m also always trying to come up with new ways to use my cast iron pan, so these cast iron carrots with garlic and honey seemed like an especially good idea.
Cast iron pans create amazing browning for not only meats, but also veggies, like in this recipe. If you don’t have a cast iron pan you can also roast the carrots in the oven and the results will be great. Either way, high heat cooking is key to getting the most flavor and caramelizing on the carrots.
Another great thing about this recipe is that there are only a few ingredients. Just enough additional flavors to help the sweet carrot flavors shine. You’ll need some olive oil to help the carrots caramelize, and then some garlic and honey to make a delicious glaze.
Slice the carrots about 1/4 inch thick on a diagonal. This makes them not only look pretty, but gives more surface area for browning. Now you’ll get your cast iron pan going over medium high heat and add your olive oil. You want the carrots to get really browned, but you don’t want the oil to be smoking or the carrots will burn.
Let the carrots sit for a bit and get some nice color, then give them a stir. You don’t want to stir them constantly the way you would in a stir-fry. Keep doing this, letting them sit and then stir, for 10 minutes or so and you’re almost done.
Once the carrots are browned and tender, add a little garlic, a little honey, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, delicious, family favorite side dish!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound of carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick on a diagonal
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Heat the oil in a cast iron pan over medium high heat. Add the carrots and spread out to allow as much browning as possible. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on top of the carrots.
- Let the carrots sit for a minute or two to start browning, then stir well. Continue doing this for about 10 minutes, letting the carrots cook undisturbed a few minutes at a time. This is not a stir fry! If they seem to be browning too quickly, turn the heat to medium.
- Once the carrots are nice and browned, add the minced garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Don't brown the garlic too much or it will get bitter.
- Turn off the heat and add the honey to the pan. Stir to coat and serve immediately!
If you want to make the carrots in the oven, preheat to 400 degrees and toss the carrots with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan and roast for about 20-25 minutes, adding the garlic for the last 5 minutes or so. Put in your serving bowl and toss with the honey before serving.