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This easy glazed carrots recipe is incredibly versatile and requires only a handful of ingredients. The sweetened butter sauce and natural sweetness of the carrots make them a must-have for any family dinner or holiday meal.
GLAZED CARROTS INGREDIENTS
- 1 (1-pound) bag of baby carrots, or any sliced up carrots
- ½ cup of butter
- ¼ cup of light or dark brown sugar
- salt and black pepper to taste
- parsley for garnish
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
ROASTED CARROTS: To roast these brown sugar-glazed carrots in the oven, simply put the carrots in a casserole dish. Add in butter and brown sugar then bake at 350°F for an hour and a half.
SWEETENER: You can also change the sweetener you use in this carrot recipe. Trade out the brown sugar for a honey glaze, agave syrup glaze, or pure maple syrup glazed carrots. You can also replace it with any sweetener that’s better for you personally.
GARNISH: Instead of parsley, you can sprinkle in some chopped thyme, rosemary, or other herbs. They add a fresh pop of color to this delicious side dish as well as an extra flavor. Sesame seeds give a robust aroma as well.
HOW TO MAKE THIS GLAZED CARROTS RECIPE
STEP ONE: Put the carrots, brown sugar, and butter in a pan over the stovetop and put on medium heat. Stir the carrots occasionally to make sure that they don’t burn.
The baby carrots are small enough that you can put the whole carrots into the pan as is. If you are using larger carrots, cut them into smaller pieces.
STEP TWO: Once the liquid reduces, caramelizes, and becomes more of a glaze then season with salt and pepper to taste. They’re ready to serve when carrots are tender, but not overcooked!
STEP THREE: Sprinkle in some chopped parsley to garnish.
HOW TO SERVE
The carrots are best served with a meaty, savory entree with some sort of carb option. Some of our favorite entrees to pair with glazed carrots are also the most classic recipes for the holidays such as glazed ham, roasted turkey, pork, or prime rib.
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover carrots in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days.
Save oven space and whip up the best glazed carrots on the stovetop. With minimal ingredients and simple steps, these glazed carrots are a delicious addition to a dinner menu, whether at a holiday celebration or a simple everyday dinner.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Any carrots would be perfect in this easy side dish. Baby carrots, regular carrots or even rainbow carrots would work fine.
This great recipe could be made a couple of days ahead and then reheated in the microwave when you are ready to serve them.
You can store leftover carrots for up to five days in the fridge in an airtight container.
MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- 1 pound baby carrots or any sliced up carrots
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup light or dark brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley for garnish
- Put carrots, brown sugar and butter in a pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally so they don't burn.
- Once the liquid reduces and becomes like a glaze, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve once they are tender.
- Sprinkle in some chopped parsley to garnish.