Tetley Red Tea Rooibos Braised Carrots

Dress up a holiday side dish with these glossy, spiced carrots. The fragrant red tea adds a unique flavour that complements the natural sweetness of the carrots.

Tetley Red Tea Rooibos Braised Carrots


  • 3 bags - Tetley Red Tea Rooibos
  • 1 cup (250 mL) - boiling water
  • 2 lb - carrots
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) - each honey and lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) - olive oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) - minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) - sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) - ground cinnamon and pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley or mint (optional)


  1. Steep the tea bags in the boiling water for 5 minutes; squeeze and discard the bags. Peel the carrots (if desired) and slice 1/2-inch (1 cm) think or leave carrots whole..
  2. Combine the carrots, tea, honey, lemon juice, oil, ginger, salt, cinnamon and pepper in a large, nonstick skillet. Cover and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium; boil gently, covered, for 8 minutes. Uncover and simmer, stirring often, for 3 to 5 minutes or until carrots are tender and glazed. Garnish with parsley (if using). Makes 8 servings.

Tetley Tips:

  • Red tea adds flavour without the salt of broth so you can control the sodium content of this dish by adjusting the added salt as desired.
  • Try this recipe with other fragrant Tetley teas such as Red Tea Spiced Plum, Chai Tea or Warmth Cinnamon Spice Herbal Tea.
  • Omit the ginger if preferred.
  • For a preparation shortcut, substitute 2 lb (1 kg) baby carrots for regular carrots. Adjust the cooking time to your preferred doneness, adding a little extra water as needed.

Per serving (about 1/2 cup/125 mL): 59 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 266 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 7 g sugars, 1 g protein. Excellent source of vitamin A.