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Glazed Carrots With Honey Saffron Butter and Toasted Pine Nuts

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Glazed carrots with honey saffron butter and toasted pine nuts are the perfect side dish to any recipe and it is definetly one of the best carrot recipes! These carrots are sweet, caramelized, and have a nutty flavor. These glazed carrots are definitely restaurant quality with expensive, high-quality ingredients such as saffron and pine nuts. This elegant side dish may seem difficult to make, but it is actually very easy! You can make this dish for all your dinner guests, and they will be in awe of how great of a cook you are.

The carrots are sweet, flavorful, and have a candy-like taste that makes them enjoyable to all! Even if your children don’t like carrots, they are bound to like this dish. Carrots are extremely good for your health, and making glazed carrots is a great way to sneak in some extra nutrients for your family. With all this build-up, it is finally time to learn how to make glazed carrots with honey saffron butter!  

What is Saffron? 

Saffron is an iconic spice that comes from a flower. The threads of the flower are then dried and used to color and season dishes. It is commonly used in Indian, European, and Middle Eastern cuisine. The saffron elevates the dishes and gives them a perfumed, flowery flavor. It is also added to dishes like Spanish paella to dye the rice a golden yellow.  

How to Use Saffron? 

When cooking with saffron, you can either add the threads into the dish whole or ground them up. You can use a mortar and pestle to grind up the saffron threads. This will crush them and release the flavors so they can easily infuse with the dishes. Many dishes also require you to soak the saffron threads in oil or water to evenly disperse the flavors into the dish. 

How to Make Glazed Carrots A.K.A The best Carrot Recipe?

The best carrot recipe is this glazed carrots and they are super easy to make. It tastes absolutely delicious. You can make glazed carrots on the stove top by cooking the carrots in butter, adding the seasoning, the chicken stock, and then allowing the liquid to reduce. Once they are soft and finished cooking, use the honey butter glaze to coat the carrots and make a sweet and sticky layer over the tender carrots. 

Another way to make glazed carrots is to roast them in the oven. This makes them toasty and lightly browned. When making glazed carrots in the oven, there are much fewer ingredients since you don’t need the broth to cook them. Once they are finished cooking, make the sauce on the side, then drizzle it on before serving!



Adjust Servings
1 lb petite carrots in a variety of colors
1 cup chicken broth
pinch of saffron (about ⅛ of a teaspoon )
1 tablespoon honey
4 oz unsalted butter (measure 2 oz of serving separately)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoon pine nuts
½ teaspoon cinnamon


Using a mortar, grind the saffron thread to crush it.
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Over medium-high heat, melt 2 oz of unsalted butter, add the carrots, let them cook for 5 minutes, and shake them around once in a while.
Sprinkle the spices, cinnamon, salt, and white pepper. Be sure the carrots are fully coated.
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Mix in the saffron with one cup of chicken broth. Bring it to a boil. Then cover it and lower the heat. Let it simmer until the carrots are semi-tender and the stock has almost fully evaporated. This should take about 30 minutes.
Take off the cover, and add the rest of the butter and honey. Mix them with the carrots and let them glaze.
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Add the pine nuts to the side of the same pan and toast them as the carrots get glazed and browned. Enjoy!
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What to Serve With Glazed Carrots?
Glazed carrots taste amazing on the side of some roasted or grilled chicken, steak, or fish. The light, sweet flavor of the carrots compliments a heavy meat dish and makes the meal more interesting. This vegetable side dish is the perfect healthy side that will keep you full for longer. If you want to serve these glazed carrots as a full meal, you can also lay them on a bed of hummus. I have served these glazed carrots with hummus many times, and my family truly loves it. This dish is super simple. All you have to do is dip the carrots into the hummus and take a bit full of deliciousness.
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