Tender carrots with a subtly sweet glaze…made with…ginger ale?! You better believe it!! these delicious ginger carrots It’s just 3 simple ingredients and one of our favorite recipes for easy side dishes!
The easiest recipe for glazed carrots.
A few years ago, we went to Cat Island, Bahamas for my sister’s wedding. It was a simple (yet beautiful!) place, so we cooked our lunches with whatever we could muster.
As the family’s designated chef, my husband was asked to prepare a meal for about twenty people a day with very limited supplies.
This is what my husband had to work with:
- a yellowfin tuna caught during the previous afternoon’s deep sea fishing trip
- a bag of lettuce
- a handful of extra large carrots
Of course the freshly caught tuna on a bed of lettuce was amazing. Surprisingly, however, it was the carrots that stole the show.
Somehow my husband turned those carrots into something absolutely amazing using just a can of ginger beer he found in the fridge. Those ginger glazed carrots lasted about five minutes and were the surprise star of the meal!
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What do you need:
- Medium bag of carrots
- 1 can of ginger beer
Really! That is all!
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Can you use a different type of soda?
If you want to try this recipe, but don’t have ginger ale at home, don’t worry! While I love the extra flavor of ginger beer, Sprite, 7-up, or a similar lemon-lime soda will also work and taste great.
The flavor may be slightly different, but it will still be sweet and salty with that perfect caramelization that you can see in the photos. Hmm!
How does soda caramelize vegetables?
Caramelization is a process in which sugar is cooked until it turns brown. This already occurs to some extent when cooking fruits or vegetables. Natural sugars are released and caramelize when cooked at high temperatures.
When we add a can of soda to this dish, the liquid cooks off, leaving a sweet caramel glaze on the carrots. It’s like a flavor explosion!
How to make ginger glazed carrots
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Time to cook: 20 minutes
First, prepare the carrots by washing and peeling them. Cut off the top, then slice about 1/4″ thick.
Place it in a large skillet over medium heat with a knob of butter or cooking oil. Brown the carrots for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour an entire 12-ounce can of ginger ale into the skillet, mix, and cover. Lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes over low heat.
Remove the lid, stir and enjoy!
The next time you’re struggling to create a fabulous holiday meal, or just a Tuesday night dinner, don’t worry!
If you have a bag of carrots, a can of ginger ale, and twenty minutes, then you can whip up this delicious and easy side dish!
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Glazed Carrots with Ginger Ale (with VIDEO)
2 Ingredient Ginger Glazed Carrots are sure to become one of your favorite easy side dishes!
Preparation time5 min
Cooking time 23 minutes
Total time28 min
Keyword: carrots, healthy, vegetables
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Stacey, also known as the soccer mom.
- 1 medium bag of carrots
- 1 can of ginger beer
Wash and peel the carrots. Cut off and discard the ends and tips. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
Add carrots to greased skillet over medium-high heat. Brown for 2-3 minutes.
Add a full can of ginger ale to the carrots. (You can start with half and if you feel that the liquid is not enough to cover the bottom of the pan, add more.) Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Note: Nutrition information is only a rough estimate; actual values will vary based on exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.
Calories: 53kcal | Carbs: 13g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10690IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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