Maple-Vanilla Carrots

maple vanilla carrots
Photo: Marcus Nilsson

Here's a fabulous fall side dish that pairs particularly well with poultry or fish. A touch of vanilla and maple syrup turn an ordinary side into a decidedly elegant, and child-friendly, dish.


  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut diagonally into ½-inch-thick slices

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine carrots and water in a large skillet. Using the tip of a paring knife, scrape vanilla seeds into skillet; add pod. Bring to a simmer, and cook until carrots are tender and most of the water has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add syrup, butter, salt, and pepper, and toss.

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