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Honey Sesame Glazed Carrots

Honey Sesame Glazed Carrots

Honey Sesame Glazed Carrots are a sweet and savoury side dish that adds a splash of elegance and flavour to any meal. The natural sweetness of the carrots is enhanced by a sticky honey glaze, while sesame seeds add a nutty crunch and a touch of sophistication. This dish is not only delicious but also visually appealing, with the glossy glaze and sprinkled sesame creating a beautiful contrast against the vibrant orange of the carrots. It's a simple yet impressive recipe that's perfect for both casual family dinners and special occasions.

Honey Sesame Glazed Carrots

Preparation Time and Servings:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • Total Time: 30 minutes

  • Servings: 4 people

Ingredients List:

  • 500g (1.1 lbs) carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Equipment Needed:

  • Large baking sheet

  • Mixing bowl

  • Small saucepan

  • Whisk

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Prepare Carrots: In a mixing bowl, toss the carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper until well coated. Spread them out on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Roast Carrots: Roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and starting to caramelize on the edges.

  4. Make Glaze: While the carrots are roasting, combine honey, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 3-4 minutes.

  5. Glaze Carrots: Remove the carrots from the oven and transfer to a serving dish. Pour the honey sesame glaze over the carrots, tossing gently to coat.

  6. Serve: Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped parsley before serving.

Suggested Side Dishes:

  • Grilled chicken or salmon

  • Quinoa or couscous salad

  • Steamed green beans or asparagus

Common Mistakes/Points of Care:

  • Carrot Size: Ensure carrots are cut uniformly for even roasting.

  • Don't Overcook the Glaze: Cook the glaze just until it thickens to prevent it from becoming too sticky.

  • Toasting Sesame Seeds: Toast the sesame seeds lightly to enhance their flavor without burning them.

Nutritional Values (per serving):

  • Calories: 180 kcal

  • Protein: 2g

  • Carbohydrates: 27g

  • Fat: 8g

  • Saturated Fat: 1g

  • Sodium: 230mg

  • Fiber: 3g

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