Tender carrots with a subtly sweet glaze…made with…ginger ale?! You better believe it!! These delicious ginger ale carrots are only 3 simple ingredients and one of our favorite easy side dish recipes!
The Easiest Glazed Carrots Recipe
A few years ago, 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, my husband was called upon to prepare a meal for around twenty people a day using very limited provisions.
Here is what my husband had to work with:
- a yellow-fin tuna caught on the previous afternoon’s deep-sea fishing trip
- a bag of lettuce
- a handful of extra large carrots
Of course the fresh-caught tuna on a bed of lettuce was amazing! However, it was surprisingly the carrots that stole the show.
Somehow, my husband transformed 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!
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What You Need:
- Medium bag of carrots
- 1 can of ginger ale
Seriously! That’s it!
Essential Equipment: My husband 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!
Can You Use a Different Type of Soda?
If you want to try this recipe, but don’t have any ginger ale at home, don’t worry! While I especially love the extra tang of ginger ale, Sprite, 7-up, or a similar lemon-lime soda will also work and taste fantastic.
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!
How Does Soda Caramelize Vegetables?
Caramelization is a process where sugar is cooked until it browns. This already happens to a certain extent when cooking fruits or veggies themselves. The 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 glaze of sweet caramelization on top of the carrots. It’s like a boost of flavor!
How to make Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
First, prep carrots by washing and peeling. Cut off the tops, then slice about 1/4″ thick.
Add to a large sauté pan over medium heat with a pat of butter or cooking oil. Brown carrots for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour an entire 12oz can of ginger ale into the pan, stir, and cover. Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes on low.
Remove lid, stir, and enjoy!
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 twenty minutes, then you can make this delicious and easy side dish!
More of our favorite easy vegetable side dish recipes:
- Asian Inspired Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Savory Sausage & Spinach Skillet (only 4-ingredients!)
- Broccoli with Garlic Sauce
- Ranch Green Beans
- Hearts of Palm & Artichoke Salad
- Roasted Beet Hummus
- Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Here’s a printable version of this super-easy Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots recipe:
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Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots (with VIDEO)
- 1 bag carrots medium bag
- 1 can ginger ale
- Wash & peel carrots. Cut off and discard ends and tips. Cut into slices 1/4" thick.
- Add carrots to greased frying pan on medium high. Brown for 2-3 minutes.
- Add up to a full can of ginger ale to carrots. (You can start with half and if it looks like the liquid is not enough to cover the bottom of the pan, add more). Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
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