Braised Carrots with Orange and Rosemary

These braised carrots are a showstopping side dish that’s gently cooked with orange and rosemary until the carrots are tender, buttery, and fragrant.

Assorted colors of braised carrots with orange and rosemary in a dish.

I cook these carrots often, especially in the colder months; they’re simple to make yet so flavorful. I buy carrots with the tops on. They’re so sweet, and they’re small enough that for a recipe like this, you don’t need to cut them.

Sara Foster with Carolynn Carreno

Does it matter what color carrots I use to make these braised carrots?

No, it absolutely does not matter. Well, actually, let us rephrase that. You can make these braised carrots with carrots of any hue and they’ll turn out quite lovely. So don’t worry if you can’t find rainbow carrots. That said, a collection of carrots in varied colors turn shyly sophisticated in this side that’s as welcome at fancy schmancy occasions as it is weeknight suppers. These carrots, which come in snazzy hues you’ve probably never imagined you’d find other than on Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, are lurking at many farmers’ markets as well as most grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s. We sorta think of them as the root veggie equivalent of jazz hands. Though the taste varies a little less dramatically from one shade to the next than the hue does, you won’t be disappointed.

Braised Carrots with Orange and Rosemary

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  • (5)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4 to 6
4.6/5 - 5 reviews
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Trim the tops off the carrots, leaving about 1/2 inch of the green stem attached, and wash thoroughly.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the carrots and cook, stirring from time to time, for about 8 minutes, until tender and have a little color.

Add the rosemary and cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Stir in the orange juice, 1/2 cup of cold water, salt, and pepper. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and let the carrots simmer until nearly all of the liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes. 

Season the carrots with more salt and pepper to taste and serve warm. Originally published December 20, 2010.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Not only did these glazed braised carrots look terrific with their ends on, but they tasted even better. We were pigs, so there were no leftovers for tomorrow.

I used multi-colored carrots, so you can just imagine how lovely they looked, glistening under the reduced orange juice and rosemary. The scent was wonderful, too. Braising is a fabulous way to cook vegetables, and this recipe begins by caramelizing the carrots, so the braising liquid becomes sticky and satiny. The carrots were tender and sweet and simply perfect. I could not think of a single way to improve them!

The flavors in this braised carrots recipe are absolutely outstanding. Not too orangey. A nice, slight taste of rosemary. I used baby carrots, as that was the only thing I had on hand. A simple side dish that can easily go with just about any meal.


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  1. I made this to work with roasted duck and everyone absolutely loved it. A lovely, gentle balance flavor alongside red cabbage with its anise/port perfume. Wonderful and special. Thank you once again. A keeper.

    1. Terrific to hear this, Jackie, thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you liked this. Experiences like yours are exactly why we do what we do, testing recipes over and over and over again before deciding if they’re worthy of your time and ingredients and expectations. We SO appreciate you taking the time to let us know!

  2. Thank you for this recipe! It is THE way to go with carrots, and I happened to find it after getting rainbow carrots (first time) in my produce delivery. They were regular size and fit into my double burner size pan, so there was no reason to cut them. It was a great accompaniment to duck seasoned with garlic and rosemary, and looked pretty plated as well.

    1. Swell, Deborah! Lemme know if you frequent the greenmarket at Union Square in NYC, and I’ll look for the woman with the printout of this recipe carefully perusing all the crates of multi-hued carrots…

  3. What I like about the recipe is the simplicity…If you want a little change from time to time you can add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier. The alcohol will evaporate and it will a little elegance to your dish.

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