Pan-Roasted Carrots

This recipe gives you a faster route to "roasted," lightly caramelized carrots. Instead of cooking in the oven (and waiting for it to preheat), here you cook the carrots on the stovetop in a cast-iron skillet. The key is to keep the carrots still; you'll cook them for 5 minutes without stirring, then stir and cook undisturbed for another 5 minutes. The results are beautifully browned, crisp-tender carrots that take about a third of the time as oven-roasted. A hint of hoisin and maple syrup enhances the sweetness of the carrots without rendering them cloying.

a platter of pan-roasted carrots on a denim surface
Photo: Alexandra Shytsman
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 pound medium carrots

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Cut carrots in half lengthwise. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and butter; swirl to coat. Add the carrots in a single layer; cook without stirring for 5 minutes. Stir and arrange in a single layer; cook without stirring for 5 more minutes. Combine water, hoisin, maple syrup and salt; add to the pan and cook until the carrots are glazed, about 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2/3 cup
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Calcium 40mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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