Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips are a sweet and savory vegetable side dish that will please even the pickiest of palates!

Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips are a sweet and savory vegetable side dish that will please even the pickiest of palates! Made with carrots, parsnips, shallots, honey and soy sauce. This is the perfect addition to any holiday table (hello thanksgiving and Christmas!).

Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

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Sometimes, my greatest source of recipe inspiration is simply perusing the public market. Our market is currently filled to the brim with the most gorgeous produce. While I don’t frequently cook with carrots and parsnips, they were looking especially fantastic on one of my Saturday morning strolls through the market and I couldn’t resist buying a bunch of them. And thus this Glazed Carrots recipe was born.


At first glance, this may seem like a total fall dish. Don’t get me wrong, I would happily welcome this vegetable side dish on my Thanksgiving or Christmas table. But it’s also a delicious veggie side for any time of the year and a fabulous change of pace from our usual green beans, broccoli and peas, delicious though they may be.

honey glazed carrots

Creating a soy and honey glazed carrots recipe

I was initially thinking of doing a honey-balsamic glaze and my first test run of this recipe was mediocre at best. I tend to be a lover of all things balsamic, so I had pretty high expectations. While that first test run didn’t taste terrible, the flavors were pretty overbearing and completely blew out my palate. I knew it needed something a bit more savory, the “umami” flavor that soy brings to dishes seemed like the perfect option. So I went with it.

Needless to say, my second test run was a raving success. The savory soy sauce with the sweet honey is the most happy marriage of flavors. The shallots add a subtle and refined flavor (as shallots tend to do!) that plays nicely with the glaze without outshining it. And so it became soy  and honey glazed carrots.

glazed carrots recipe

Tips for making Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

  • Dice the shallots nice and small. They are meant to compliment the dish, not take it over.
  • Slice the carrots and parsnips to a uniform size to help them cook more evenly.
  • I left the salt and pepper open to taste. Start with a little and taste it. Add more if need it. Always taste your food before serving so you can adjust the flavors accordingly.
  • In terms of the cooking time this could vary based on the size of your veggies so pay attention and add more time if needed.

honey glazed carrots recipe

Helpful tools:

  1. Large saute pan
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons
Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips are a sweet and savory vegetable side dish that will please even the pickiest of palates!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: glazed carrots
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, peeled cut into 1/2 inch chunks (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 1/2 cups parsnips peeled cut into 1/2 inch chunks (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  1. In a saute pan, melt the butter and oil over medium high heat.

  2. Add shallots and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring them periodically.

  3. Add carrots and parsnips. Season with a little more salt and pepper and sauté for around 6 minutes, turning frequently.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the honey, soy sauce and water until well combined.

  5. Add honey mixture to the pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until fork tender, stirring periodically.

  6. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    July 13, 2016 at 9:00 am This sounds perfect for my daughter! She LOVES roasted carrots.
    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm I hope she enjoys them!
  • Reply
    Fiona Saluk
    November 7, 2016 at 9:17 pm This is perfect for Thanksgiving! Planning on feeding a lot of vegetarians this year so this is a great addition to my recipe hunt for yummy not-turkey things. Thanks! Fiona Saluk recently posted...Vegan Carrot CakeMy Profile
    • Reply
      November 8, 2016 at 10:34 am This is definitely an excellent vegetarian option! I hope you love them as much as we did!
  • Reply
    May 17, 2018 at 6:56 pm how much Balsamic vinegar? thanks!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      May 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm Hi Valerie- there is no Balsamic. As I mentioned in the post when I initially tested it with balsamic it didn't taste good- It looks like that was a typo in the recipe- I'll update it now.

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