Charred Carrots With Orange and Balsamic Recipe (2024)



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I pretty sure I won't be finding rainbow carrots at the Piggly Wiggly down the street. Will regular carrots do?

Lucy Gorham

I’ll be making this with a mix of carrots and parsnips for Thanksgiving. Just what I was looking for.


This is the second time we’ve made this recipe. It did take about 30 minutes instead of 10 minutes in the broiler. We also added about 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar with the orange juice, zest and balsamic vinegar. This is now our go to carrot recipe!


Yes and Happy Thanksgiving!


I cooked this for thanksgiving. The flavors were wonderful. Next time, I'll heat up the sheet pan before adding the carrots to help promote charring. I had to leave the carrots under the broiler for quite a while before I got a char and the result was very soft carrots.


Does anyone know if these can be made ahead???


Try them. Just make sure they are not old and dried out and that the quartered pieces are of similar thickness.


Trader Joes rarely co-occur with Piggly Wigglys. Moreover, if you live near a Piggly Wiggly (as I do), it may be a very long drive to a grocery that carries rainbow carrots. But lovely locally-grown, all orange carrots are readily available, so that’s what I’ll be using in this recipe.

easy & delicious but...

Uh... what’s a Piggly Wiggly? Obviously regular orange carrots will do if you cannot find readily available rainbow carrots. I love how that tripped more people up than aged, syrupy balsamic.


Was good, everyone liked. I found TJ’s rainbow carrots without much taste. Used instead regular organic orange ones, they were sweeter, and parsnips. Will make again.


Ordinary salt is about twice as "salty," so it really does make a difference.


My Piggly Wiggly in the middle of nowhere DOES carry Rainbow carrots. Ha!The purple ones are sweetest.


I used lemon juice and zest instead. It was still a delicious item on our table!


I made the the other day and it was delicious. I am on a restricted diet and can't have grain, dairy or sugar. This is a perfect dish for me. Thanks!


I very much appreciated the burst of fresh, citrusy flavor in the heart of a Midwestern winter! A simple but effective recipe, and a good variation on oven-cooked carrots.


These are delicious!!!


This works well with any root vegetable, parsley root, parsnips carrots, even red beets. Will make it again.


I often microwave my carrots for a few minutes, then roast or broil to char. I also will often sprinkle with a little smoked paprika. I always finish with chopped yummy! Great side with poultry or pork.

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Cold climate carrots will be sweetest due to the plant producing more sugars to protect itself from low temperatures than carrots grown in a warm climate.

Edna Ann

Tasty but too moist to char. Will try reducing oil substantially next time.

Very Easy

I didn't have fresh thyme so I used 1/2 tsp of dried. It worked great.


I make every year since 2020. A perfect dish and adds beautiful color.


This is one of my yearly thanksgiving staples now. Takes longer than the recipe says. Really easy to do right before serving dinner. I would not make ahead :) have made with both rainbow carrots and regular and good both ways but better with rainbow.


Made as directed and it was really good, albeit a tad orangey. Next time maybe we’ll try lemon, or go a little softer on the orange.


Love this recipe - have made it many times. Don’t need orange/orange juice either. Love it with Meyer lemon to bring tang without all of the sweetness.


Finally got around to making these on Christmas Eve for my ham buffet. Finished them with a sprinkle of Za'atar seasoning (the one I use has a lot of thyme). They were absolutely the best. I tripped the recipe and they were gone in a flash.


Super easy, pretty and delicious. Trader Joe's sells packages of carrots perfect for this recipe. I just slice them long-way down the middle if they are a bit too thick.


These carrots were a hit at Thanksgiving! I accidentally doubled the orange zest. It made that flavor more powerful, but not overwhelmingly so.

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