Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots

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Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots are the perfect side dish featuring tender baby carrots coated in a brown sugar and butter glaze.

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Looking for a quick and easy side dish that’s both delicious and versatile? Look no further than brown sugar glazed baby carrots! These sweet and slightly caramelized carrots are a crowd-pleaser, perfect for weeknight dinners or holiday feasts. They are perfect to serve with Easy Meatloaf, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, or my Perfect Pot Roast.

How to Make Glazed Carrots

Here is a brief overview of how this glazed carrots recipe comes together. For the full recipe including all measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Cook the carrots. Add baby carrots to a saucepan and add just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the carrots are fork tender.
  2. Drain the carrots. Then return them to the pan.
  3. Make the glaze. To the pan add in butter, brown sugar, and salt. Heat on low for a few minutes and stir to combine the butter and brown sugar mix together.
  4. Serve and enjoy! Add salt as needed and a pinch of dried thyme to garnish.
pot of baby carrots with water, bowl of carrots with butter and brown sugar sitting beside, brown sugar glazed carrots

Using Fresh Carrots

Unlike full-size carrots, baby carrots come already washed and peeled, saving you significant prep time in the kitchen. No scrubbing, peeling, or chopping required – they’re ready to use straight from the bag! This is especially helpful for busy weeknights when every minute counts. Since they are all about the same size, they cook evenly so should all be ready to enjoy at the same time.

If you prefer to use whole raw carrots, you definitely can. Wash and peel them, then cut them into baby carrot-sized pieces or even-sized slices. Please note the cooking time may vary, your carrots will be done when they are easily pierced with a fork.

recipe tip

This recipe serves four people as a side dish and is easy to double or triple if you are cooking for more or want to guarantee leftovers.

Serving and Storing Leftovers

Serve your brown sugar glazed baby carrots warm. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or thyme for a touch of color and freshness. Store any leftover cooked carrots with glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat the portion you plan to eat in the microwave or in a small saucepan over low heat until heated through.

Crock Pot Glazed Carrots

This recipe can also be made in your slow cooker. Simply toss the carrots with the melted butter, brown sugar, and water. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until the carrots are tender.

bowl of cooked carrots with butter and brown sugar sitting beside

Other Vegetable Side Dishes

Vegetables don’t have to be bland and boring. Try these delicious vegetable side dishes to add color and flavor to your meals!

If you try these brown sugar glazed baby carrots, let me know how you enjoyed them!

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Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots

Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots are the perfect side dish featuring tender baby carrots coated in a brown sugar and butter glaze.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • Enough water to cover carrots
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of dried thyme optional

Instructions 

  • Add one pound baby carrots to a saucepan.
  • Add enough water so that the carrots are just covered.
  • Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the carrots are fork tender.
  • Drain the carrots, then return them to the pan. To the pan add in butter, brown sugar, and salt. Heat on low for a few minutes and stir to combine the butter and brown sugar mix together.
  • Season with ½ teaspoon salt and a pinch of dried thyme (optional).
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