These sweet and tender honey glazed carrots are steamed and then sautéed in butter, honey, tarragon, and orange zest for an easy, delicious side dish to any meal.
When I think of Easter veggies, the first thing that comes to mind are carrots. They’re the quintessential Easter side dish addition. And while I love my recipe for easy glazed carrots, this recipe here is one of my old favorites and I’ve been making it for years.
A simple—aka light—glaze of honey and butter sweetens up the orange little jewels. Tarragon and orange zest gives them the ying and yang of earthy licorice and fresh citrus in each bite. Kosher salt, just like with everything else, brings out all of the flavors and melds them together.It’s a simple recipe. And for any entertaining cook, that’s the recipe for deliciousness, especially when you’re hosting for the holidays.
What’s in These Sweet Carrots
You only need a few ingredients to make these sweet carrots. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baby carrots (though you could totally use regular carrots if you wanted—just peel them, cut in half and then halve length-wise
- Honey (or agave)
- Fresh tarragon
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Orange zest
How to Make Sweet Carrots
There are only 2 steps for making these sweet carrots, and they come together in no time and are perfectly cooked.
Steam the carrots. In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, steam carrots for 5-7 minutes or until fork tender.
Make the sweet glaze. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add honey or agave and mix well. Add carrots and tarragon and cook for 2-3 minutes until flavors meld. Season with salt, pepper and orange zest and serve.
How do You Get the Natural Sweetness Out of Carrots
Carrots are naturally very sweet, but cooking them always coaxes out even more sweetness. And, simple, light glazes like the one in this recipe are another way to accentuate the carrots’ natural sweetness.
More Carrot Recipes You’ll Love
- Ginger Carrot Soup
- Easy Glazed Carrots
- Beet, Carrot, and Pomegranate Salad
- Roasted Carrots with Dill Gremolata
- The BEST Carrot Cake
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Sweet Carrots with Tarragon
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon honey or agave
- 2 tablespoon tarragon leaves
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, steam carrots for 5-7 minutes or until fork tender.
- In a saucepan, melt butter. Add honey or agave and mix well. Add carrots and tarragon and cook for 2-3 minutes until flavors meld. Season with salt, pepper and orange zest and serve.
More Easter Side Dishes to Try
- The BEST Au Gratin Potatoes
- Dilled Red Potatoes and Peas
- The BEST Easy Dinner Rolls
- Roasted Beet Salad with Ricotta
- Easy Creamed Swiss Chard with Garlic Breadcrumbs
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I made these carrots for Easter brunch, and they were amazing! The tarragon really added a special flavor. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Annalise @ Completely Delicious
Love this post, with all of the Easter inspired faves. So fun! And thanks for including my bunny cake! :)
Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)
Tarragon is something I’ve been meaning to add to my herb garden for awhile now. This recipe looks like such a tasty but simple side. Also, that bunny cake is awesome! Such a clever idea, thanks for sharing!
Kim @ Kim's Healthy Eats
These are perfect! I am in charge of veggies for Easter dinner, these are going on the menu :) Beautiful photos!
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Christine from Cook the Story
I LOVE tarragon! Your carrots look delicious!
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
Those carrots are making me crave carrots and that never happens! : ) Lovely photos as always Heidi!
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Love how you paired the recipes with the things you love! YAY! Happy Easter, Heidi!
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