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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

A delicious and easy stove top recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots. These sweet and buttery carrots are a scrumptious side dish.

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy carrot recipe, these brown sugar glazed carrots are it! They’re sweet, buttery and salty all at the same time. You should definitely add these to your side dish recipe box.

a top down view of a white bowl filled with sliced glazed carrots, garnished with chopped green onion. the bowl sits on a green striped towel on a wooden table.

A flavourful carrot side dish.

Often times carrots end up on dinner tables just boiled in water. Which is fine, but they’re really not that flavourful done this way. So if you want to take your carrots up a notch, simmer them in butter, brown sugar and less water. This is an especially great way to use up those flavourless carrots that make their way into our veggie drawers in the dead of winter.

a close up top down view of a white bowl filled with sliced glazed carrots, garnished with chopped green onion. the bowl sits on a green striped towel on a wooden table.

Perfect for the holidays (or any time of year).

I especially like to make these glazed carrots for holiday dinners like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. They’re a little special, and a lot delicious! But they’re equally great for dinner any time of year. They’re just so easy you can make them regularly (they’re wonderful with ham and roast chicken).

a top down view of half of a white bowl filled with sliced glazed carrots, garnished with chopped green onion. the bowl sits on a green striped towel on a wooden table.
a top down view of half of a white bowl filled with sliced glazed carrots, garnished with chopped green onion. the bowl sits on a green striped towel on a wooden table.

Recipe Tips:

  • Carrots. Use fresh carrots. Orange carrots work best. I have used coloured carrots, but they don’t look that nice after cooking…especially if you use multi-coloured carrots that include purple carrots.
  • Cutting the carrots. I like to cut the carrots on a bias, but you can also cut them into sticks or rounds. Just make sure to cut them in equal width so they all cook the same.
  • Brown Sugar. I love these glazed carrots made with brown sugar, but you can also substitute it with honey or real maple syrup.
  • What to do if the carrots are tender, but the liquid is not syrupy. Remove the carrots (put them in a serving dish) then cook the liquid until it is like a soft syrup.
  • What to do if the liquid is syrupy but the carrots are not cooked. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water and cook until the carrots are tender.
  • Flavour Option: A really delicious option is to substitute 1/2 cup of the water with 1/2 cup of orange juice. Orange juice pairs wonderfully with glazed carrots.
  • Make Ahead. These glazed carrots can be made a day or two ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, then reheat in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Garnish. I like to garnish the finished glazed carrots with fresh cut green onion, but if you don’t want to add onion, feel free to garnish them with some fresh parsley or your favourite herbs. The addition of the green looks nice.
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Glazed Carrots

A delicious and easy stove top recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots. These sweet and buttery carrots are a scrumptious side dish.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pounds of carrots (which is about 4 cups of carrots cut into 1/2 inch slices)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 tbsp fresh sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. Peel, then cut the carrots into 1/2 inch slices. I like to cut mine on a bias.
  2. Place the carrots into a skillet or shallow pan, and add the butter, brown sugar, salt and water.
  3. Bring the mixture to a light boil, then reduce to medium heat.
  4. Stir often.
  5. Cook until the liquid has reduced into a syrup like glaze and the carrots are tender. This should take about 10-15 minutes. The carrots should be easily pierced with a fork when they’re done.
  6. Serve immediately with the chopped fresh green onion.
  7. Feel free to add fresh ground pepper, to taste, before serving.

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I hope you enjoy this easy glazed carrots recipe. It’s our most favourite way to enjoy cooked carrots…SO delish…they’re buttery and a little bit salty and a little bit sweet.  Yum.

Have a delicious day!

Note: This recipe was originally published in September 2013. I have since updated it with new images and recipe tips.

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