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Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring!

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comOkay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder.

But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it to get here with an onslaught of recipes calling for the spoils of the season: fresh baby veggies, strawberries, mint, new potatoes, and Easter-inspired fare.

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comSo first up on the roster? A delectable yet simple-to-prepare side dish featuring sweet spring carrots! Now I know that for most of us, carrots are widely available any month of the year, so this is a dinner accompaniment that you can easily enjoy year-round. But I think it would be especially lovely on or around Easter. Not only is it tasty, but how bright and vibrant are these gorgeous, glossy carrots? This dish would be equally welcomed by your tablescape and your tummy.

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comIn my house, the barometer of an excellent vegetable recipe is whether or not my persnickety middle child will concede to ingest it. And the verdict for these sweet, tender carrots? He not only ate them…he loved them. I don’t know how any child could help but like such a colorful veggie glazed in honey, but mine certainly embraced it. In fact, in his enthusiasm for these carrots, my boy even requested “those pieces with extra herbs on them.” That thyme he was eyeing is subtle, yet it lends another layer of flavor, just as the lemon juice provides a perfect, bright finish.

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comI have to admit that I don’t always put much thought or effort into vegetable side dishes, but witnessing the enthusiastic reception of a recipe like this reminds me that I really should. All too often, I invest the majority of my meal-prep minutes into the main course, and the accompanying veggies are pretty much an afterthought. Most nights it’s too easy to just throw some lettuce in a bowl and call it a salad, or heat up some frozen peas. But making these carrots reinforced to me that just a few extra minutes can elevate a ho-hum veggie side dish to one that is eagerly scarfed down.

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comAnd the kids aren’t the only ones who feel this way. I’m not particularly inclined to adore most vegetables, but as I cleaned up the dinner dishes, I found myself eating the last few carrots, cold and straight out of the pan, with my fingers. Now if I’m excited to eat a veggie, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be well received by my kids as well, and it’s definitely worth the 10 minutes it takes to throw together.

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comSo the next time you’re in a vegetable rut, I encourage you to give these Honey Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon a try! I promise you’ll love them. They’re as beautiful as they are tasty, and eating them will transport you to a green and spring-like place…even if there is still snow and bare tree limbs outside your window. ;)

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Yield: 4 servings

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that's perfect for ushering in spring!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced at an angle, 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place carrots, broth, 1 tablespoon honey, and salt in an approximately 12-inch skillet set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carrots should be almost tender when pierced with the point of a knife.
  2. Uncover pan, increase heat to high, and bring to a rapid simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced to a couple of tablespoons.
  3. Add butter, remaining 2 tablespoons of honey, and thyme to skillet, tossing until butter is melted and carrots are coated. Cook for about 3 more minutes, stirring frequently, until carrots are completely tender and glaze has thickened and turned a light golden color.
  4. Remove skillet from heat, stir in lemon juice, and season with pepper. Serve immediately, spooning glaze over individual servings.
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Lightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook.

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  1. Samantha, these carrots look incredible – I love glazed carrots and the addition of thyme & lemon sounds wonderful! Oh, so ready for spring and warm-weather food/projects, but Mother Nature is just not will not let winter go! :) More snow here again today and expected later in the week. I’ll just focus on these beautiful carrots! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Monday!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hear you, Cindy…we have another ice day tomorrow! I don’t remember that ever happening as late as March. :( But hopefully this week marks the last of your snow and the end of our ice…or at least we can dream, right? Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin. Hope your March is off to a great start!

  2. These look so good! I may even be able to convince the Cs to eat them, and that’s a feat! :-D Hope your week is starting out well, Miss Samantha!

    ~Abby =)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Abby…I hear you! In my experience, little boys + vegetables can be pretty hit or miss! ;) Thanks for stopping by…hope your transition from vacation back to reality hasn’t been too difficult!

  3. These look so good. I will be perfect for not only me and husband but baby too. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I really hope your family enjoys these carrots! All three of my kids loved them…even the (not-so-baby-anymore) baby. ;)

  4. These look incredible. I think I am in love with your site. Everything has my mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Rach…thank you! Hope you have a great weekend…thanks again for stopping by!

  5. I love carrots! Im going to try this with honey.Coming from Weekend re-Treat Link Party ! Come-by and visit my blog!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Mika! If you already love carrots, I think you’ll go crazy for these. :) I appreciate you stopping by!

  6. What a great side dish for any occasion. Thanks for linking up to BOTW party.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting BOTW each week, Nichi…I always enjoy linking up with y’all!

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