Miso Glazed Carrots

This miso glaze is slightly sweet, buttery, and slightly charred to release its umami, which makes the carrots more irresistible than candy.

These miso glazed carrots are a perfect side for your dinner!

Miso paste is a versatile ingredient that works magic on vegetables. David Chang mentioned in Momofuku, that when mixing miso with egg, it yields a taste that resembles hollandaise sauce. How amazing is that?

When I was tired of roasting carrots with salt and pepper and wanted something new, miso paste came to my mind in a second. It is an ingredient never disappoints me, especially when you get it charred in the oven.

There are quite a few miso glazed carrots recipes, but they all use red miso. It works, but my preference is white miso.

These miso glazed carrots are a perfect side for your dinner!

Here is a quick fact about miso paste. You usually see three types of miso paste in Japanese markets – red, white, and blended miso. They are all made with fermented soy beans. White miso uses much more rice and has a shorter fermentation time compared to red miso. It has a lighter color, a milder and sweet flavor, and a smoother texture.

Red miso can easily overpower the sweet flavor of carrots. That’s why I prefer using white miso here, which only adds a buttery umami that enhance the nature flavor of carrots. After all, you want to appreciate the freshness of the vegetables not just tasting the seasonings.

As for roasting method, I’ve tried chopped carrots and leaving them whole. The latter method  won without a doubt. It saves you time, creates tender carrots with a beautifully caramelized surface, and won’t taste too salty after the glaze. To prevent the miso paste from burning, I roasted the carrots and then brushed on the miso paste halfway through.

These miso glazed carrots are a perfect side for your dinner!These miso glazed carrots are a perfect side for your dinner!

Two pounds of carrots sounds like a lot, but these are even more irresistible than candy. My husband and I always finish the whole tray in one sitting. Next time you’re looking for an easy side dish for a quick weekday dinner or a weekend gathering, try this recipe and make your plate extra colorful and nutritious!

Bon Apetit!

These miso glazed carrots are a perfect side for your dinner!

For more easy side dishes, check out Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Plum Sauce, Roasted baby squash, and Blanched Broccoli with Oyster Sauce.

Miso Glazed Carrots
 
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The recipe is inspired from Red Miso Glazed Carrots from Food and Wine and Honey Roasted Carrots from Allrecipes.
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 700 to 900 grams (1 and 1/2 to 2 pounds) carrots, peeled (*Footnote 1)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • (Optional) 1 tablespoon chopped chive for garnish
Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste (*footnote 2)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika for less spiciness
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 F). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up, if needed.
  2. Dry carrots thoroughly and place onto the baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt. Toss with a pair of tongs to evenly coat carrots with oil.
  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the carrots just start to turn tender but are still chewy inside. (*Footnote 3)
  4. Mix all the ingredients for the glaze while roasting.
  5. Brush the miso sauce onto both sides of the carrots. You might have a bit of leftover sauce depending on how many carrots you used.
  6. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast for a further 20 to 30 minutes, until the carrots turns tender while piercing with a fork, and the surface is lightly caramelized.
  7. Serve warm as a side.
Notes
1. I used large carrots and it took me 55 minutes in total to roast. If you’re using smaller carrots, especially new carrots, you might halve the time.

2. White miso generates the best result, but red and mixed miso work too.

3. If you’re using much smaller carrots and found out they have turned quite tender before applying miso glaze, you can turn up oven temperature to 400 F to caramelize the glaze without overcooking the carrots.

The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 4 servings generated by this recipe.

Miso Glazed Carrots Nutrition Facts

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Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. She’s learned to love barbecue, but her heart belongs to the food she grew up with. For her, Omnivore’s Cookbook is all about introducing cooks to real-deal Chinese dishes, which can be as easy as a 30-minute stir-fry or as adventurous as making your own dim sum. Recipes, step-by-step photos and video are the tools she uses to share her knowledge—and her enthusiasm for Chinese food.

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3 thoughts on “Miso Glazed Carrots

  1. Tom Loverum

    Made this today and it was delicious!
    Just one question: how did you get them charred so evenly with the glaze being rather chunky?

    Greetings,
    Tom

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Tom, I’m glad to hear you like the dish!
      For the carrot, I remember my miso paste turns out not too thick (due to the added oil and syrup). I tossed the carrots a few times during baking and some of the paste got stuck on the baking tray, so I had to scrape them off to serve the carrots. The carrots might have “accidentally” ended up evenly roasted.

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