Get ready for compliments and recipe requests when you serve these pan-roasted maple bacon carrots with a sticky maple syrup glaze. The carrots are tender and sweet, and you’ll love the way the savory, crispy bacon flavor pairs with the taste of real maple syrup.
This delicious side dish is a perfect accompaniment for main courses like grilled meats or fried chicken, or to take to a potluck or holiday buffet.
Bacon enlivens the taste of many of our favorite vegetables, like our Best Bacon Green Bean Casserole, Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and our always-popular Bacon Fried Cabbage. If you’d like to find more yummy dishes like this bacon carrots recipe, be sure to check out our roundup of 15 Best Side Dishes with Bacon.
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- Why This Recipe is Worth Making
- Ingredients and Substitutions
- Equipment Needed
- Step by Step Instructions
- Recipe Variations
- How to Store Leftovers
- Popular Bacon Side Dish Recipes
- Carrots with Bacon and Maple Syrup Recipe
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Why This Recipe is Worth Making
- You’ll love the way the salty, savory bacon enhances the sweet, earthy taste of the carrots. A drizzle of maple syrup adds the perfect flavor note.
- The recipe is super simple, takes less than an hour to prepare, and only has 6 ingredients.
- You can make this side dish ahead of time, refrigerate and reheat it, making it the perfect party dish.
- Even people who aren’t usually big vegetable fans will devour these maple bacon carrots!
Ingredients and Substitutions
Bacon – You can use regular or thick sliced bacon for this recipe. Hickory or Applewood smoked bacon will add an especially nice flavor that pairs well with the carrots.
Carrots – As you can see in the photo above, I used big carrots for this recipe. Because the larger carrots spend more time in the ground, they develop a sweeter flavor. Feel free to use whatever size carrots you like.
Maple syrup – I used bourbon barrel aged maple syrup for this batch. Feel free to use your favorite real maple syrup.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper – I used Maldon salt flakes, which I also sprinkled lightly on top of the finished dish as a garnish. Feel free to use Kosher salt or regular table salt, and you can always adjust the amount of salt to suit your taste.
Fresh oregano – This herb adds a nice little punch of extra flavor and color at the end of cooking. If you don’t have access to fresh oregano, you can use a pinch of dried oregano, chopped fresh thyme, chives, or just skip it.
- Vegetable peeler
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Large skillet
- Cooking spoon or spatula
- Slotted spoon
- Casserole dish
Step by Step Instructions
Here’s how to prepare this tasty side dish.
Step 1 – Peel and cut the carrots into sticks. I like to vary the length of the carrot sticks from about 1.5 to 3 inches, so they have a nice homemade look.
2. Cut the bacon strips into squares. These bigger bacon pieces are a nice contrast to the carrot sticks.
3. Cook the bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they are nicely browned and almost fully cooked.
4. Remove the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate using a slotted spoon. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease. (We think bacon grease is liquid gold! Here’s a post with full directions for how to save bacon grease, and here are 25 ways to use bacon fat.)
Add the carrots to the pan drippings and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the maple syrup, stir to coat the carrots, and continue cooking until carrots are tender. Add the reserved bacon.
Stir to distribute, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for another minute or two until the mixture is nice and hot.
Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the oregano and a pinch of salt flakes.
Baby Carrots Recipe – To save time you can substitute peeled baby carrots for the peeled, cut carrots in the recipe. If the carrots are very small, you may need to reduce your cooking time a bit so they don’t overcook. If they are larger and thicker than carrot sticks, you may need to increase the cooking time a bit so they’re tender.
Bacon Carrots Keto Friendly Recipe – To reduce the carbs in this recipe, simply eliminate the maple syrup. The bacon and carrots combination will still be SO tasty. If you like, you can substitute sugar free keto maple syrup.
Carrots with Bacon and Brown Sugar – Replace the maple syrup with 2 packed tablespoons of light or dark brown sugar. Add and stir until the sugar dissolves.
How to Store Leftovers
Leftover maple carrots with bacon can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium high until heated through.
The carrot is sometimes claimed to be “the perfect health food,” according to Healthline. Carrots are chock full of antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin K1, potassium, and fiber.
Vegans who miss the flavor of tasty bacon have been know to create faux bacon from strips of peeled carrots enhanced with flavorings like soy sauce, liquid smoke and tahini. Nico at Yumsome claims to have created the original carrot bacon recipe, which later became popular on TikTok.
No. Although they have a delicious flavor and can sometimes taste sweet, carrots are a root vegetable.
Yes, carrots are considered an alkaline food according to AlkaScore.
Popular Bacon Side Dish Recipes
If you love enhancing the flavor of vegetables with tasty bacon, try these delish dishes:
Here’s the full, printable recipe:
Maple Bacon Carrots
- Vegetable peeler
- Cooking spoon
- paper towels
- Serving dish
- 6 large carrots about 1.5 pounds
- 12 ounces regular or thick cut smoked bacon
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus extra for sprinkling
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- Peel and cut the carrots into sticks. (I like to vary the length of the carrot sticks from about 1.5 to 3 inches, so they have a nice homemade look.)
- Cut the bacon strips into squares. (These bigger bacon pieces are a nice contrast to the carrot sticks.)
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is nicely browned and almost fully cooked.
- Remove the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate using a slotted spoon. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease.
- Add the carrots to the pan drippings and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the maple syrup, stir to coat the carrots, and continue cooking until they are tender. Add the reserved bacon pieces and stir to distribute. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Cook for another minute or two until the mixture is nice and hot. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the oregano and a pinch of salt flakes.
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Nutrition Disclaimer: All nutritional information shared on this site is an approximation. I am not a certified nutritionist, and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.
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