Sautéed Honey Carrots
These sweet carrots are fast, easy, and loved by children and adults alike. You can whip them up with only 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes.
My kids are huge fans of carrots. Starting when they were very young they’d get so excited if I’d peel a carrot for them. They’d happily chomp on a giant carrot while they played and they’ll still do it today (at ages 9 and 5). The joke back then was that they were Bugs Bunny, which they thought was hilarious.
Carrots are also my favorite snack to take when we will be out of the house for a while. If you ever see me at my son’s baseball games you’ll notice my daughter and I snacking on carrot sticks and apple slices the entire time.
These Sautéed Honey Carrots have the natural sweetness of carrots plus the glorious sweetness of honey, making these extra yummy! They’re really the perfect complement to a savory meal.
Plus they’re so easy to make. We all need a few quick side dishes that we can count on, don’t we? This is one of those, friend. A tried and true side you’re going to want to make again and again.
When making this recipe, you can slice your carrots into sticks or ovals. I slice mine diagonally to create that pretty oval shape but it’s totally up to you.
Sauté them in ghee or oil. Season with salt. Once they’re close to done stir in your honey and simmer to get every piece beautifully coated in sweetness. Let that liquid reduce a bit and then enjoy!
Your finished carrots will be tender and lightly glazed. You won’t believe how fast and easy they are to make. These definitely belong in your weeknight dinner rotation!
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Sautéed Honey Carrots
- 2 lb carrots
- 2 tbsp ghee or olive oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp honey
Optional: 1 to 2 chopped fresh basil leaves
- Peel the carrots. Slice them diagonally so they're about 1/4 inch thick. They'll look a bit like ovals. Add them to a large skillet (10" to 12") with ghee or olive oil and salt. Stir. Sauté on medium high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carrots will be darker in color and you'll see a bit of browning on some of them. They will be softer but not completely tender yet.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the honey. Cover and gently simmer for 5 minutes or until carrots are tender.
- Uncover and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to reduce the liquid a bit. Taste and add more salt if desired. Stir in chopped fresh basil (optional) before serving.