Maple Glazed Carrots with Smoky Walnut Gremolata

Maple Glazed Carrots with Smoky Walnut Gremolata

These maple glazed carrots with smoky walnut gremolata will impress everyone at the table. Best news? They are super simple to make.

What is Gremolata?

Gremolata is an Italian condiment, traditionally made with parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Truth be told, I have been a bit obsessed with it lately, as evidenced by this pistachio gremolata recipe. Gremolata is typically served alongside meat or fish, but I think it is a delicious accompaniment to these maple glazed carrots as well. Sweet and smoky are always a good combination in my book, and the sweet maple goodness and smoked paprika punch go great together. Adding toasted walnuts to the gremolata gives extra crunch and nutty flavor. Feel free to mix up the herbs with what you have on hand. I used parsley and a small amount of thyme. But if you have cilantro or other herbs, that works too!

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How to Store Walnuts

I keep my walnuts and other nuts in the refrigerator. Why? They contain oils that can go rancid quickly, especially if stored on your pantry shelf. I love recipes that use ingredients I always keep on hand in my pantry, such as walnuts, smoked paprika, and maple syrup.

Maple Glazed Carrots for an Easy Healthy Dinner

These maple glazed carrots are a perfect make ahead dish. Just refrigerate until ready to eat! They taste delicious with chicken thighs with white beans and capers or with broccoli leek soup.

maple glazed carrots

Maple Glazed Carrots with Smoky Walnut Gremolata

A simple dish that will impress everyone at the table.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: maple glazed carrots
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Aliye Aydin

Ingredients

For the Maple Glazed Carrots

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Gremolata

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves
  • 1/2 bunch thyme
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

Make the Maple Glazed Carrots

  • Peel carrots and trim fronds, leaving a small amount of stem, or remove completely. Place in a 10-inch saucepan with maple syrup and sea salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, and cook until the carrots are starting to get soft, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the pan before they are completely soft, as they will continue to cook once removed from the pan. Reduce the remaining liquid over high heat, until just about evaporated. Remove pan from the heat and add butter, swirling to combine. Add the carrots back to the pan and coat with the maple glaze.

Make the Gremolata

  • Toast the walnuts at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool.
  • Zest lemon. Mince together parsley, thyme, and garlic and combine with zest. Stir in salt, olive oil, and smoked paprika. 

To Serve

  • Arrange the carrots on a platter and spoon gremolata over the top of the carrots. Serve with the extra gremolata on the side.
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