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Everyone will devour this brown sugar glazed carrots recipe that’s easily made on the stovetop for a simple, buttery, and sweet side dish! Ours have a special touch you won’t find in other recipes.

Try these Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots next.

close-up of glazed carrots

Why you’ll love it

Glazed carrots are a tasty side dish for so many reasons. They’re inexpensive, have very few ingredients, and even your picky eaters who won’t eat their vegetables will request these bad boys. They’re dressed up but still have all the nutrients of carrots.

It’s awesome for a quick side dish on busy weeknights, but the warm and satisfying flavors (especially from the cinnamon) make these candied carrots special enough for a holiday side dish. We make them all the time in my home, special occasion or not, since they’re just so effortless!

What you’ll need

  • Carrots – I use full-size carrots since I find they have more flavor, but you can use baby cut ones. Slice them into rounds or sticks. Whatever you prefer! If you have ones from the garden, they’d be great here.
  • Brown sugar – it brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots and makes them caramelized. Use honey or maple syrup if you want instead.
  • Butter – to amp up the richness
  • Lemon juice – it adds a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness and brightens it up
  • Cinnamon – my not-so-secret ingredient! Cinnamon adds a touch of delicious warmth and plays well with the sugar. These carrots will make your kitchen smell amazing with a little cinnamon.
  • Parsley – chopping up a bit of parsley brings contrast and a burst of freshness

Did you know?

Baby-cut carrots aren’t actually baby carrots. They’re regular size full-grown ones that have been cut into a smaller shape. Sometimes they’re even labelled as baby carrots, but most of the time they aren’t the real deal. They’re still super tasty all the same, though 😉

How to make glazed carrots

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

carrots before and after boiling

Peel and cut the carrots into either sticks or rounds. Add them to a deep skillet or saucepan, and cover with water. Boil until tender, then drain the water.

adding sugar, butter, and cinnamon to carrots in a skillet

Add the butter, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon to the skillet, and toss with the carrots. Continue to cook until the sugar melts and you’ve got a sauce. Season with salt & pepper and top with fresh parsley. That’s it!

Pro tip

  • The key to these carrots is cutting the sticks or rounds uniformly so that they cook evenly.
  • You may need to experiment a bit with the timing on this recipe to nail cooking time depending on how soft you like your carrots.
brown sugar glazed carrots in a serving bowl

What to serve with glazed carrots

Leftovers and storage

  • These carrots will keep in the fridge no problem for 4-5 days in an airtight container.
  • Simply reheat them in a small saucepan over a low heat until warmed through. They’re actually pretty tasty cold too, though, for a snack! I just nibble at them straight from the fridge. No guilt.
  • Leftovers should be fine in the freezer, but keep in mind that they might be a little softer when thawed than they went in.
brown sugar glazed carrots in a skillet

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close-up of glazed carrots
5 from 6 votes

Easy Glazed Carrots

Everyone will devour this brown sugar glazed carrots recipe that's easily made on the stovetop for a simple, buttery, and sweet side dish! Ours have a special touch you won't find in other recipes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound carrots peeled & cut into sticks or rounds
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley optional

Instructions 

  • Add the carrots to a deep skillet or saucepan. Cover them with water and boil over high heat until tender-crisp. Check after 5 minutes since timing will really depend on how thick the carrots are cut. Keep in mind the carrots will be cooked for a little longer in the next step, so once they're close to desired doneness, drain the water, returning the carrots to the pan.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon to the pan. Cook over medium heat (or medium-low if it's too hot) for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened a little bit and the carrots are cooked to your liking.
  • Season with salt & pepper as needed. Serve immediately with some parsley sprinkled over top if you wish.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 158mg, Potassium: 391mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 19291IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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22 Comments

  1. Meri Schroeder says:

    5 stars
    I made these as a side to your Boursin chicken recipe! Great idea – made for a different veggie than our norm! Easy and delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Meri!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for your review!

  2. Marian Fifer says:

    Made these for an easy side with pork tenderloin for Christmas. Delicious. Everyone loved them. I had a good supply of carrots for the garden this year stored in the root cellar. Now I have a go to recipe to use them up.

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!!

  3. Adele L says:

    5 stars
    These carrots were amazing! They were a big hit at our Thanksgiving table. Everyone was asking for the recipe! And so easy to make! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! That’s awesome. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Karen says:

    5 stars
    I gave my mother this recipe to use for her Thanksgiving dish. I’m so glad I did because WOW These are great!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! That’s great! Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Kate says:

    5 stars
    Perfection! No notes. Quick, easy and my husband loved them!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Kate! Appreciate your review.

  6. Lucas Jacobs says:

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! I left my carrots whole cause I like my stuff Al Dente. I just did a little dash of cinnamon and used some hot honey. Delicious! You are a wonderful cook and thank you for sharing these delicious recipes

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Lucas!! Thrilled you enjoyed it.

  7. Katie says:

    I made these glazed carrots as a side dish for thanksgiving this year and everyone loved them! And it was such a pretty dish to serve too. Will definitely be using this recipe again
    Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Katie!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad they were a hit. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Nina says:

    Any tips on making ahead? Iโ€™m planning on bringing this but not sure what to do to reheat and still
    Be just as good

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! You can make these ahead. See the “leftovers & storage” section of the blog post for reheating tips.

      1. Nina says:

        Whoops! Thatโ€™s perfect thanks so much. Canโ€™t wait to try these in a couple days!

        1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

          You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to let us know how it goes, Nina. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Mira says:

    Iโ€™m so excited to try this recipe!! What do you think about using the pre-cut carrots in the round, sliced shape?

    1. Natasha says:

      Sure! I think that should work fine. You may need to adjust timing depending on thickness.

  10. Sabrina says:

    No comments??! Haha! Iโ€™m always searching for a good carrot recipe and they always fall short. Loved this one! Almost skimped on that pinch of cinnamon, glad I didnโ€™t!!

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      We’re baffled too that there weren’t any comments! Thank you so much for leaving a review, Sabrina! Thrilled you enjoyed the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚