Platter of Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots

Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots

Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots – cooked with caramelized honey, a dash of cumin & smoked paprika, these spicy, honey glazed carrots are sweet, spicy, and simply delicious!

Platter of Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots
Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots

Note: This recipe for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots was originally published on January 15, 2012 as part of the Simple Sundays series here on Kitchen Confidante. It has been updated with improved kitchen notes, recipe annotation, and photography. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen!

Carrots for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots.

The sound of honking called from the air above. I looked into the sky to see a flock of geese, in neat v-formation, returning from the south. Could it really be? We humans may be smart, and we may have our radars and weather satellites, but to me, seeing the geese return north signals a deeper understanding of this season’s weather.

Perhaps winter will really be mild and short. Perhaps we will have an early spring and the fruits and vegetables that I crave will return sooner.

Carrot tops for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots.

Carrots for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots.

Then again, perhaps not. It seems even chillier right now, as I go through my refrigerator digging through root vegetables and apples. Sigh. But look at these carrots! There’s nothing boring at all about these beauties. I wish these colorful gems had been readily available when I was growing up. I do believe I would have been convinced to eat more carrots as a little girl if they looked this exciting.

Spices for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots

Prepped carrots for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots.

Carrots in pan with honey glaze for Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots.

Of course, their electric colors aside, I favor simple ways to enjoy carrots, and today, it doesn’t get any simpler than honey glazed carrots. Spice-Glazed Carrots are kissed by a touch of caramelized honey with a dash of cumin and spicy smoked paprika. Winter root vegetables aren’t so dull after all.

Platter of Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots

If you like these Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots, here are more carrot recipes to enjoy

Carrot Oat Muffins
Carrot Mango and Kiwi Smoothie
Halibut en Papillote with Carrot Top Pesto
Farfalle with Roasted Carrot Pesto, Parmesan and Toasted Walnuts
Morrocan Carrot and Lentil Salad from A Thought for Food
Ginger Carrot Soup from Foodie Crush
Maple-Roasted Cardamom-Spiced Carrots and Apples from Vanilla and Bean

Roasted Whole Carrots from Foolproof Living

Cumin and Honey Roasted Carrots, Ricotta, and Gremolata from Bojon Gourmet

Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots

Honey-Spice Glazed Carrots - cooked with caramelized honey with a dash of cumin & smoked paprika, these spicy, honey glazed carrots are simply delicious! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 68kcal


  • 6 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey I love using creamed honey, but any honey is lovely
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt to taste


  • Heat the honey in a pan over medium heat until it is bubbling and has darkened in color, about 5-7 minutes. 
  • Add the sliced carrots and season with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook the carrots until they are just fork tender, about 5-10 minutes. Serve warm.


This recipe is flexible as it is simple. As written, the spice is subtle, but if you are looking for more heat, add more cayenne pepper and/or smoked paprika as desired.
Feel free to slice the carrots in your favorite way -- cutting the carrots on the bias makes them bite-sized and cooks faster, but when the carrots are looking especially elegant, simply halved lengthwise makes for a beautiful presentation.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10265IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Gina

    My kids love carrots and purple ones are their favorite! We usually roast ours with a little olive oil, garlic and salt because it’s simple and roasting really brings out the sugars. We haven’t made them with honey and spices in so long – this needs to get on my list!

  2. Monet

    Simple yet stunning. I hope you are doing well. I’m enjoying an unseasonably warm day here in Austin and about to start baking a chocolate cake. Thank you for sharing another delicious post. Even though it is warm here, I want to make these tonight!

  3. Nelly Rodriguez

    I love cooking carrots such simple ways. My favorite (discovered in the Eleven Madison Park cookbook) is roasting carrots in duck fat. Sweet, amazing flavor!

  4. Norma

    Not too long I started to really like carrots and glazing them is one of my favorite ways.Great recipe, wonderful seasoning.

  5. Patty

    I would love a bowl of honey spiced carrots for lunch;-) Beautiful pictures of one of my favorite veggies!

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