Glazed carrots are made with baby carrots, butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper and are the perfect side dish for any meal.
This glazed carrot recipe is super simple, it’s quick and the whole family will love it! We like to make these when we make brown sugar glazed ham and scalloped potatoes with some pumpkin dump cake for dessert.
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📌 5 simple ingredients that are easy to toss together.
📌 Ready and on the table in 20 minutes.
📌 A recipe the kids will love with the butter and brown sugar flavors!
Glazed Carrots Ingredients
- Carrots – Baby carrots or peeled carrots cut into small pieces.
- Water – Cold, filtered.
- Butter – Unsalted.
- Sugar – Light brown sugar.
- Seasonings – Salt and pepper to taste.
How do you make glazed carrots? (step-by-step directions)
⭐ First, add the carrots and water to a saucepan. Bring water to a boil and cook until most of the water has evaporated and the carrots are tender.
⭐ Next, add the butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally.
⭐ Then, season to taste with salt and pepper.
⭐ Finally, garnish with parsley before serving.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
Can I make glazed carrots ahead of time?
Yes, you can make these a day or two in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
What kind of carrots to use for glazed carrots?
We used baby carrots for this recipe but you could use whole carrots chopped into medallions or cut into smaller, baby carrot sized pieces.
Do you rinse carrots before cooking?
Baby carrots are often pre-washed and ready to eat or cook, but double check the bag. Full size carrots will need to be washed and peeled first.
Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter in this recipe?
Yes, you can use salted butter, but be mindful of the additional salt content. You may want to reduce the amount of added salt in the recipe or skip it altogether to control the overall saltiness.
Storage and leftovers
How long do glazed carrots last?
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze glazed carrots?
Yes, allow carrots to cool completely and store in an airtight freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Note that they may become softer when thawed and reheated.
Tips and tricks
✅ Try adding some parmesan cheese, parsley or even some garlic for a spin on flavors.
✅ Make these dairy free by subbing in some clarified butter or ghee.
✅ Use orange, purple and yellow carrots for a fun variety of colors and flavors.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use frozen carrots for this glazed carrot recipe?
While the recipe pictured uses fresh baby carrots or whole carrots, you can use frozen carrots. Be aware that they may release more moisture during cooking, so you might need to adjust the cooking time and ensure they’re cooked until tender.
What are some alternatives to brown sugar for glazed carrots?
If you don’t have brown sugar, you can substitute it with honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for a different flavor profile. Keep in mind that the sweetness level may vary, so adjust to taste.
Are glazed carrots typically served hot or cold?
Glazed carrots are traditionally served hot as a side dish. Serving them hot allows the butter and brown sugar to create a delicious glaze, enhancing the flavor of the carrots.
Can I use this glazed recipe with other types of vegetables?
While this recipe is specifically for carrots, you can apply the same glazing technique to other vegetables like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or parsnips for a similar sweet and savory flavor.
What to enjoy with brown sugar glazed carrots (serving suggestions)
Glazed carrots are a favorite side dish in my house and they are the perfect side dish for any holiday meal. We like making these with our Thanksgiving meal with slow cooker turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie bites.
More yummy carrot recipes
- Air fryer carrots
- Roasted purple potatoes and carrots
- Oven roasted carrots
- Roast chicken with carrots
- Carrot cake cookies
- Easy carrot cake recipe
- See all our carrot recipes!
Other holiday ready sides
- Instant pot corn
- Air fryer broccoli
- Roasted asparagus
- Salt potatoes
- Air fryer cauliflower
- Creamed peas
- Cheesy corn
Tools we love
- Wooden spatula – My wooden spatulas are my absolute favorite to stir with. I don’t know why, but I feel like a real cook when I use them.
- White serving bowls – Love a simple serving dish! This one is perfect for holiday meals.
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How to Make Glazed Carrots
- 1 pound carrots baby carrots, or carrots peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- salt & pepper to taste
- chopped parsely optional
- Add the carrots and water to a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and cook the carrots until most of the water has evaporated and the carrots are tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the butter and brown sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with parsley before serving, if desired.
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