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Amazing Glazed Carrots Recipe

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These easy glazed carrots are a simple side dish with so much flavor, perfect for either special occasion meals or quick weeknight dinners.
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Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this AMAZING Glazed Carrots Recipe
  2. Brown Sugar Carrots Ingredients
  3. How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
  4. Glazed Carrots Recipe Substitutions
  5. How to Serve this Amazing Glazed Carrots Recipe
  6. How to Store Brown Sugar Carrots
  7. Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Stovetop FAQs
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This 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.

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Why you’ll love this AMAZING Glazed Carrots Recipe

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DELICIOUS SWEETNESS: These glazed carrots strike a perfect balance between natural sweetness and the delightful caramelization from brown sugar and butter.

QUICK AND EASY: This recipe is incredibly easy to make, making it a go-to choice for busy weeknight dinners or when you need a simple yet impressive side dish for a special occasion.

VERSATILE: These glazed carrots pair wonderfully with a variety of main courses, from roasted chicken to grilled steak or even vegetarian dishes.

Brown Sugar Carrots Ingredients

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This glazed carrots recipe features tender carrots or sliced-up carrots coated in a luscious glaze made from butter and brown sugar.

The result is a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, enhanced by a touch of salt, black pepper, and a garnish of fresh parsley.

You’ll need:

  • 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

Best Carrots for this Glazed Carrot Recipe

Any carrots would be perfect in this easy side dish. Baby carrots, regular carrots, or even rainbow carrots would work fine.

How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

This carrot recipe will come together quickly on the stovetop, ready to accompany all of your favorite entrees.

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.

PRO TIP:

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.

carrots, butter, and brown sugar sautéed on a skillet

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 the carrots are tender but not overcooked.

carrots cooked until they start to glaze

STEP THREE: Sprinkle in some chopped parsley to garnish.

Glazed Carrots Recipe Substitutions

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 extra flavor. Sesame seeds give a robust aroma as well.

How to Serve this Amazing Glazed Carrots Recipe

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.

Pair these delicious vegetables with any other side dishes that will do well soaking up the extra butter glaze.

Try our cheese biscuits, easy cornbread from scratch, or garlic mashed potatoes.

These tender carrots pair perfectly with a delicious main dish such as meatloaf or our poor man’s steaks for the ultimate comfort food dinner.

How to Store Brown Sugar Carrots

Whether you’re planning to make them ahead for a special occasion or simply have leftovers to preserve, we’ve got you covered.

MAKE AHEAD: If you’re looking to get a head start on meal prep, these glazed carrots can be made ahead of time.

After cooking, allow them to cool to room temperature. Transfer them to an airtight container or a resealable bag. Store them in the refrigerator for up to two days.

When you’re ready to enjoy them, reheat them in a saucepan on low heat, adding a splash of water to prevent sticking, and stirring occasionally until they’re warmed through.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing glazed carrots as they will become mushy once thawed.

How Long Do Glazed Carrots Last In The Fridge?

Store leftover carrots in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days.

close up shot of a spoonful of Glazed Carrots garnished with parsley

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.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Stovetop FAQs

Can you make glazed carrots the day before?

This great recipe could be made a couple of days ahead and then reheated in the microwave when you are ready to serve them.

What enhances the flavor of carrots?

Cooking carrots with plenty of butter, along with garlic, onion powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg, are great ways to flavor your carrots. Squeezing fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice over carrots can provide a tangy brightness that enhances their flavor.

Can glazed carrots be reheated in the oven?

Glazed carrots can be reheated in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place the carrots in an oven-safe baking dish and add a bit of broth, water, or a bit of glaze, cover, and heat for 10-15 minutes.

How many calories are in brown sugar glazed carrots?

There are 171 calories in a serving of these glazed carrots.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots (Stovetop Recipe)

5 from 25 votes
These easy glazed carrots are a simple side dish with so much flavor, perfect for either special occasion meals or quick weeknight dinners.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 12mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Rae says

    5 stars
    I switched to using instapot for boiling carrots. I use 4 minutes and let release until I get them out to sauté on stove in the rest of the ingredients.

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