Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots


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You can make these delicious Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots with just three ingredients, carrots, brown sugar, and butter. We make them quickly on the stovetop which makes them perfect for an easy holiday or weeknight side dish.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots in a pan.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots are so simple to make, and they pair well with just about any dish. I usually serve them with our Parmesan Crusted Chicken or Easy Hot Turkey Sandwiches because you can prepare them in so little time. Serve them with your holiday ham or turkey, glazed carrots can be elegant too!

Glazed carrots with caramelized brown sugar and butter.

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For holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas a carrot recipe or two is always on my dinner table. If I have oven space, I will serve my Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots, and if space is limited, it is usually these Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots on a spoon.

For our everyday weeknight meals, carrots are quite often the side dish of choice for my picky family. I like to keep a couple of pounds of fresh carrots on hand at all time. You will find that carrots can stay fresh for quite some time in the refrigerator with no risk of going bad like so many other vegetables.

Glazed Carrots on a spoon, inside of a pan.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are the best. The natural sweetness from the carrots and the bit of brown sugar I find to be the exact amount of caramelization.  I previously mentioned that this recipe only required 3 ingredients. Well, four if you include the water needed.

Brown sugar Glazed Carrots ona plate with text.

Ingredients to make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

  • fresh carrots
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • water

Ingredients to make brown sugar glazed carrots.

How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

  • To make these delicious carrots, I start by washing and trim the ends. I peel and slice my carrots in slices about 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Next, I melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.

Butter in a pan to make glazed carrots.

  • Then add the brown sugar. I whisk until combined.

Whisking the brown sugar and butter for glazed carrots.

  • After the sugar and butter are combined, I add in the water. I give the mixture a good whisk.

Adding water to the pan for brown sugar glazed carrots.

  • Then add in all the carrots slices. I add a cover at this point and reduce the heat to low. I allow the carrots to cook for about 10 minutes.

Glazed carrots in a pan ready for cooking.

  • Finally, I remove the cover, stir the carrots and allow them to cook for approximately another 10 minutes. I let them get fork tender before removing from heat.

Brown sugar Glazed Carrots carmalizing in pan.

Tips for making the Best Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots:

  • You may wish to substitute baby carrots, frozen carrots or even canned carrots. Your cooking time will vary if you choose to use these alternatives. Thick carrots will need to cook longer. Precooked canned will cook much quicker.
  • If you prefer to use honey or maple syrup instead of the brown sugar for your added sweetness, it will be great too!
  • You can make glazed carrots ahead of time, but freshly made carrots always taste best. If you should need to make them ahead, store in a zippered bag or cover container in your fridge.

Glazed carrots on a white plate.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

By: Jen CIncyshopper
You can make these delicious Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots with just three ingredients, carrots, brown sugar, and butter. We make them quickly on the stovetop.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 lb Carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4" slices


  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar and stir until melted.
  • Add water and stir to blend.
  • Add carrots. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid and continue cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender.


Calories: 299kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 269mg, Potassium: 762mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 37g, Vitamin A: 38243IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 101mg, Iron: 1mg
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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots in a pan and on a spoon collage.


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    1. Hi Cassidy! I have never used cans for the recipe but, I would think most likely 3-4. Just a guess though:) Be sure to let us know how well the recipe works with cans. Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Glenda! I just used some basic dried parsley flakes to garnish the carrots. You could use them, leave them out or even use fresh parsley. They do not affect the overall flavor of the glazed carrots. They will be delicious without. I hope that helps. Have a great holiday!

  1. Why can’t you include number of servings with all of your recipes. It’s difficult not knowing how
    many people each recipe will feed!!!!!?????