Maple Pan-Roasted Baby Carrots

recipe courtesy Fine Cooking


*TIP To cut a large carrot into 6 baby-carrot-size pieces, slice the carrot in half crosswise; then halve the narrower bottom end and quarter the wider stem end.


1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil                                        

1 lb. carrots, peel and cut using tip above
1 TBSP pure maple syrup                                            

½ tsp kosher or sea salt; more as needed
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper; more as needed


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

In a large (12-inch) ovenproof skillet or sauté pan, heat the oil over high heat (the oil shouldn’t smoke but should crackle when you add the carrots). Add the carrots and cook, stirring frequently, until they blister and turn golden brown in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the maple syrup, salt, and pepper and toss well to coat the carrots. Remove from the heat.

Spread the carrots evenly in the skillet and transfer it to the hot oven. Roast until the carrots are tender, browned in spots, and just a little shriveled, 12 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.