Best glazed carrots recipe ever! Roasted carrots drizzled with a buttery orange sriracha glaze and sprinkled with goat cheese & pistachios.

Glazed carrots on a rectangular white serving platter.

I have never had glazed carrots like this in my life.

And by that what I really mean to say is that I think this is the best glazed carrots recipe in all the land.

When we tasted it for the first time we went out of our minds!

Seriously, the combination of sweet, citrusy orange and savory, slightly spicy sriracha sauce will floor you. It is SO GOOD! Am I the first person to discover this?

Let’s not even talk about the creamy goat cheese and toasty pistachio garnish. I mean, come on!

I legit don’t think I will ever make carrots any other way. This is it. We’ve achieved the pinnacle. I can die now.

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Now, on to the glazed carrot recipe!

Glazed carrots recipe prepared and garnished with goat cheese and toasted pistachios.

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What are glazed carrots?

Glazed carrots are an easy side dish, made by cooking carrots in a sweet, buttery glaze.

This version boasts a hint of heat, lots of bold flavor and a garnish that couldn’t be more perfect.

Goat cheese crumbles add a creamy tang that complements the carrots in the most delicious way. And bright green pistachios bring a pop of color and a really satisfying crunch.

Why this is the best glazed carrots recipe

  1. Tastes amazing: The combination of flavors here will have your taste buds doing a happy dance!
  2. Few ingredients: You only need a few basics to make it.
  3. Easy to make: Recipes really don’t come much simpler. The most inexperienced cook will have no trouble, and it’s really quick to make too.
  4. Versatile: This side dish can be enjoyed warm, cold, or anywhere in between, and you can make it as spicy or mild as you like.

What does it taste like?

Your palate will spring to life with the combination of sweet orange and roasted carrot. Then you get that rich, buttery back note and just the barest whisper of heat.

Sriracha sauce is more than just heat. It’s got a savory, garlicky kick that’s unlike any other hot sauce. It’s also less vinegary and more mellow.

The creaminess of the goat cheese soothes the palate, and toasty pistachios add a tender crunch.

It’s like fireworks in your mouth!

Ingredients

You’ll only need a handful of basics to make this easy recipe.

Ingredients for making glazed carrots, with text labels.

Carrots: I like the full-size carrots for this recipe. They make a stellar presentation! But baby carrots or even carrot chips will work too.

Olive oil: Drizzle the carrots with extra-virgin olive oil before roasting them, so they get a flavorful caramelized crust.

Seasonings: Kosher salt and ground black pepper enhance the savory notes of this dish.

Butter: This gives the glaze a richer mouthfeel and allows all the fabulous flavors to linger on your tongue. Unsalted butter is best. Different brands of butter can contain varying amounts of salt, so this way you get a more consistent result.

Marmalade: Orange marmalade brings a citrusy, bittersweet taste to the glaze.

Sriracha: Sriracha sauce adds a mild heat and a punch of savory garlic.

Cheese: I like goat cheese crumbles here. Their creaminess balances the hint of heat.

Nuts: Bright green pistachios look gorgeous next to all that orange, and their nutty crunch gives this glazed carrot recipe even more interest!

Special equipment

How to make orange sriracha glazed carrots

This easy recipe comes together in 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Roast the carrots

Chop off the tops and peel the carrots.

Then place them on your foil-lined tray and drizzle them with olive oil.

Raw carrots drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper, on a foil-lined sheet tray.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven until tender and a little caramelized.

Step 2: Make the glaze

While the carrots are roasting, you can mix up your glaze.

Melted butter, orange marmalade and sriracha sauce in a small bowl.

It’s just melted butter stirred together with orange marmalade and a little Sriracha.

Orange Sriracha glaze in a small white bowl.

Step 3: Add the toppings

Once the carrots are all roasty-toasty, transfer them to the serving platter and drizzle on the glaze.

Drizzling a sweet and spicy glaze over roasted carrots.

Top with goat cheese crumbles and pistachios.

Tah-dah!

That’s all there is to it.

How to serve

This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold, or at room temperature. It’s incredibly delicious, no matter how you slice it!

I like to serve it as a side, along with Easter ham, pineapple stuffing, and cheesy scalloped potatoes. Oh and jello mold! That’s basically my ultimate Easter meal.

Expert tips

Keep a close eye: Flip on your oven light and peek in on the carrots every so often. They’re naturally high in sugars so they can burn quickly!

Flip: Flip the carrots about halfway through cooking, so they can caramelize all the way around.

Cool it down: Don’t like spice? Let me assure you that there’s the barest hint of heat here, but if you’re really sensitive, feel free to leave out the sriracha. But to balance the sweetness I’d suggest adding a little garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, or paprika.

Turn up the heat: Or, if you’re a spicy-food fiend, up the volume and toss in some crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne!

Glazed carrot recipes with orange, goat cheese, and nuts.

Frequently asked questions

Can glazed carrots be made ahead?


This dish is pretty quick and easy to make, but if you’re hosting and you want to prep ahead you can roast the carrots up to 3 days before you plan to serve them, and mix up the glaze as well. Keep everything in airtight containers in the fridge, then put it all together on the big day.

Can you freeze glazed carrots?


It’s fine to leave this out at room temperature for a few hours.

Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for several days or in the freezer for a month or two. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or (wrapped in foil) in a 170 degree F oven until warmed through.

What is the serving size?


For a holiday dinner, where there are tons of sides to be enjoyed, I find most guests serve themselves small portions. So if that’s the kind of get-together you’re planning, you can probably serve as many as a dozen people with this recipe.

If it’s just a regular weeknight, and you’re doing like a meat and two veg thing, it’s probably more like 6 servings.

The nutritional info given below is for 1/12th of the batch. It includes the carrots, glaze, goat cheese, and pistachios.

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Glazed carrots on a rectangular white serving platter.
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Orange Sriracha Glazed Carrots with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Oven-roasted carrots slicked with the most incredible citrusy, buttery glaze (with just a hint of heat), garnished with creamy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios.

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place the carrots on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  • Roast until tender and browned, turning as needed (approx. 25 to 35 minutes).
  • Place the butter, orange marmalade, and sriracha sauce in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Transfer the roasted carrots to a serving platter, then drizzle with the glaze and top with goat cheese and pistachios.
Serving: 0.083batch, Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 246mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 12780IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
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    Allie is the creator and owner of Baking a Moment. She has been developing, photographing, videographing, and writing and sharing recipes here since 2012.

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