Glazed French Carrots

Glazed carrots are a marvel to behold. Beautiful. Shiny. Colorful. They take well to other flavors, but don’t need them to be incredible. It’s such a tremendous technique. It’s a wonder more people don’t practice this method. But please if you use sugar or anything sweet, use a light touch, carrots are sweet enough.

Glazed French Carrots 

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serves 4


  • good sea salt
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 pinch salt
  • chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tbsp_metric butter
  • 2 cup round french carrots, washed but unpeeled


1. Place the carrots into a sloped sided pan large enough to just hold the carrots in a single layer. Use multiple pans if necessary. 2. Add enough cold water to barely cover them. The carrots cook quicker than some other root veggies so a little less water is better here. Add the butter, sugar, thyme, peppercorns and a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a very low boil then adjust the heat to achieve a gentle simmer. 3. Simmer quietly for 15 or 20 minutes. Once the liquid has reduced by half and begins to thicken test them for done. They should be beginning to get tender somewhat, but not finished cooking. 4. Begin rolling the veggies around in the pan from time to time. As they get nearly cooked and the glaze gets quite thick you will need to roll them more and more. Give them you undivided attention. You want to remove them from the heat at just the right time. . Most of the liquid will have evaporated and you will be left with glossy little gems. They should be cooked through but not mushy. 5. You may make them several hours ahead, but do not refrigerate them. Serve them at room temperature or re-heated gently in their own glaze. Adjust seasoning, garnish with chopped chives and serve.