The Easiest Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots

Last month we traveled to Cat Island, Bahamas for my sister’s wedding. It was a no-frills (though beautiful!) place, so we cooked our own lunches with whatever we were able to round up. As the designated chef of the family, hubby (aka Mateo Rodriguez) was called upon to prepare a meal for around twenty people a day using very limited ingredients.

For one such lunch, those ingredients included a yellow-fin tuna caught on the previous afternoon’s deep-sea fishing trip, a bag of lettuce, and a handful of extra large carrots. Of course the tuna on a bed of lettuce was amazing, but hubby was also able to transform those carrots into something absolutely incredible using only a can of ginger ale he found in the fridge. Those ginger ale glazed carrots lasted about five minutes and were the surprise star of the meal.

How to make amazing sweet & savory Glazed Carrots with only a can of ginger ale. An awesome, (and easy!) side dish that will leave no leftovers!Affiliate1

Here’s what you need to make Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots:

  • Medium bag of carrots
  • 1 can of ginger ale

Seriously! That’s it!

It was actually hubby’s idea to venture into video, and I think he did an unbelievable job for our first attempt! He has no on camera training, so I’d say he’s a natural– the next Food Network Star maybe? 😉

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Tip: You could also use a lemon-lime or citrus soda if that’s what you have on hand — the flavor might be slightly different, but it will still be sweet and savory with that perfect caramelization you can see in the pictures. YUM!

Hubby uses the Kila Chef 11″ Tri-Ply Copper Bottom Frying Pan — you get all the benefits of cooking with copper, but at a fraction of the price of fancy solid copper pans!

Here’s a printable version of this super-easy Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots recipe:

The Easiest Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots

The Easiest Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots


  • 1 medium bag of carrots
  • 1 can of ginger ale


  1. Wash & peel carrots, cut off and discard ends and tips. Cut into slices 1/4" thick.
  2. Add carrots to greased frying pan on medium high. Brown for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add half a can of ginger ale to carrots. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
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The next time you’re scrambling to create a fabulous holiday meal, or just a Tuesday night diner, don’t worry! If you’ve got a bag of carrots, a can of ginger ale, and fifteen minutes, then you can make this delicious and easy side dish!



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6 Comments on The Easiest Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots

  1. Teresa
    June 12, 2015 at 6:07 am (1 year ago)

    Can’t wait to try them. Matt, you are a natural in front of the camera.

    • Stacey aka the Soccer Mom
      June 12, 2015 at 11:28 am (1 year ago)

      He is, isn’t he?? I spent years training to do that and he just hops in front of the camera and is a star 🙂

  2. Jonathan
    June 18, 2015 at 3:33 am (1 year ago)

    This recipe looks fantastic, I can’t wait to try it out. I remember making ginger ale scones a few years ago and they were great, so I’m sure these will be too!

    • Stacey aka the Soccer Mom
      June 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hmm…ginger ale scones sound interesting! Would be curious to see that recipe! Let me know what you think about the carrots 🙂

  3. Amanda
    November 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm (7 months ago)

    I am making these for thanksgiving tomorrow. I am wondering if it would be a good idea to cook them in a slow cooker. I am just wondering if the sugars in the gingerale will burn the carrots. I was thinking maybe on low for a few hours. What do you think?

    • Stacey aka the Soccer Mom
      November 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm (7 months ago)

      I asked the hubby and he says just to make sure the carrots are fully submerged in liquid so they don’t dry out or scorch. You can add chicken broth or water to the ginger ale (50/50 ratio) and then drain the excess before serving. Let me know how long you end up cooking them for 🙂


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