These glazed carrots are tender carrot coins simmered in a mixture of brown sugar and butter and topped with a sprinkling of parsley. An easy and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

My kids love carrots, especially creamy carrot salad, honey roasted carrots and candied carrots. We also really enjoy simple glazed carrots which take just minutes to put together. This is one of my go-to side dishes!

A skillet of glazed carrots with brown sugar and butter sauce.

I always keep a bag of carrots in my fridge. They’re inexpensive, stay fresh for weeks, and you can do so many things with them! One of my favorite ways to prepare carrots is this easy glazed carrots recipe. All you need is 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes and they’ll be ready to serve. Offer your carrots alongside hearty main course dishes such as stuffed bell peppers or lemon pepper chicken.

Glazed Carrots Ingredients

  • Carrots: I typically cut whole carrots into slices for this recipe. You can also cut your carrots into sticks, or use bagged baby carrots.
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter will both work just fine.
  • Brown Sugar: I typically use light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar is also great if you prefer a more pronounced molasses flavor.
  • Salt: A bit of salt helps to balance the sweetness of the brown sugar.
  • Parsley: I like to add a sprinkle of fresh parsley for flavor and color, but this is an optional step.

How Do You Make Glazed Carrots?

Place your sliced carrots in a pan with water, then simmer them until they are just tender. Drain off the water, then add butter, brown sugar and salt to the pan. Cook the carrots for 4-5 minutes or until a glaze forms. Add the parsley if you’re using it, then serve immediately and enjoy.

A bowl of peeled and sliced carrots.

Tips for the Perfect Dish

  • Make sure your carrots are cut into uniformly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate.
  • Leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. You can reheat your leftover carrots on the stove over low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • You can cut and peel your carrots up to 3 days before you plan to make this recipe.

Quick Tip

Want a hands off approach to glazed carrots? Try my slow cooker glazed carrots.

Sliced cooked carrots with butter and brown sugar.

Recipe FAQs

What are the health benefits of carrots?

Carrots are a super healthy vegetable. Carrots are loaded with fiber, Vitamin K, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. These veggies are also thought to improve your vision, prevent certain types of cancer, slow down the aging process and they also help prevent infection.

What are glazed carrots made of?

The primary ingredients in glazed carrots are fresh carrots, butter, brown sugar, water and seasonings.

Can you cook glazed carrots a day in advance?

You can prepare your carrots up to 2 days before you plan to serve them. Reheat the leftovers in a skillet on the stove until warm, and add the parsley right before serving.

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Glazed carrots in a skillet with a serving spoon.

Flavor Variations

This is a simple recipe that is easy to customize to suit your tastes.

  • Sweetener: You can substitute honey or maple syrup for the brown sugar if needed.
  • Vegetables: I sometimes add other root vegetables to this dish such as parsnips, thinly sliced sweet potatoes and even yellow beets.
  • Toppings: Finish your carrots with a sprinkle of nuts such as chopped pecans or toasted sliced almonds.
  • Add-Ins: Feel free to add other flavors such as a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger, a squeeze of lemon juice or even a dash of vanilla extract.
A bowl of glazed carrots topped with parsley.

Whether you choose to serve glazed carrots for a special holiday dinner or serve them alongside a simple roasted chicken on a busy weeknight, this dish is sure to be welcomed by all.

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Glazed Carrots

AuthorSara Welch
A skillet of glazed carrots with brown sugar and butter sauce.
These glazed carrots are tender carrot coins simmered in a mixture of brown sugar and butter and topped with a sprinkling of parsley. An easy and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.
Time
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 lbs carrots peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley optional

Instructions 

  • Place the carrots in a large pan and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring the carrots to a simmer
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes or until carrots are tender. Drain off any excess water.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar and salt to the pan. Stir to coat the carrots.
  • Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a sauce has formed.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired, then serve.

Notes

  1. Make sure your carrots are cut into uniformly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate.
  2. Leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. You can reheat your leftover carrots on the stove over low heat for 5-7 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 19180IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I like easy and flavor! I cooked the carrots according to your recipe- but added one thing after draining the liquid and adding the butter and brown sugar- I crumbled one strip of cooked pepper bacon I had saved and let it simmer with the carrots for the last 5 minutes! It really popped! Thanks!

  2. Not much for carrots but these carrots tasted great. I used less salt with a little honey also and added some walnuts great thank you for the recipe

  3. 5 stars
    My husband is super, super picky, and he liked this recipe! The only thing I excluded was parsley, and used a little less salt.

  4. 5 stars
    Followed recipe, no substitutions and used a whole bag of baby carrots. Hubby and I ate all of them. Yum! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I just finished them. They are great! The sweet with the butter is just right. Always have carrots, this is fun and easy!

  6. When I took some cooking classes a few years ago they said that if a recipe lists salt as an ingredient it means kosher, not table salt. Is this true with your recipes, as well?

  7. 5 stars
    I served these for a large dinner gathering at my home last night. They were a huge hit! They are really easy and quick to make. Next time I will make them ahead and reheat them that way I can enjoy my guests a bit more rather then standing at the stove. I highly recommend them. I did not change a thing in the recipe.

    1. That’s what I was thinking, making it ahead of time like I do candied yams and throw in the oven think I’ll try it for sure.

  8. when you say “drain off any EXCESS water” do you mean all of the water or just some of it?
    If I pour off all of the water I will be left with just the carrots in the butter, sugar and salt – it that correct?

  9. These were incredible! Instead of water, I used 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup broth. The liquid reduced into a thick, savory-sweet, syrupy goodness! So GOOD!