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My Glazed Carrots recipe is a quick and easy side dish recipe you can make with just 4 ingredients in 15 minutes!
Coated in a buttery brown sugar sauce, these glazed carrots are perfectly delicious for serving with weekday dinners and even special occasions like the holidays.
Sweet Carrots Recipe
I love carrot side dishes for just about any meal. Carrots are one ingredient I’m never running low on – there is just so much you can make with them! This recipe for brown sugar glazed carrots is one of my family’s favorite side dishes, especially over the holidays, so I like to keep them on hand to make it whenever they want.
The best part about these sweet maple-glazed carrots is how easy they are to make. It takes just 4 ingredients – plus salt and pepper – to have what you need for this dish, and only about 15 minutes to whip together from start to finish.
I used baby carrots. It was a super easy recipe and everyone loved the carrots!Montana on Pinterest
Sweet Carrot Recipe Ingredients
- butter, unsalted
- carrots, peeled and sliced into thick sticks
- brown sugar
- maple syrup
- Pinch ground black pepper
- Freshly chopped parsley for garnish, optional
- Fresh squeeze of lemon, optional
Glazed Carrots Recipe
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat on your stove top. Toss in carrots, followed by brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
- Cook the mixture, simmer and stir it occasionally until the carrots are tender and the sauce has reduced to a bubbling glaze.
Carrots glazed with brown sugar are best served immediately with a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley and a little freshly ground black pepper as a contrast for some of the sweetness. Keep in mind, that the maple glaze will thicken a little more once it is removed from heat.
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Tips
- While you can slice the carrots ahead of time, coating them in the brown sugar glaze is best done right before serving. The butter in the glaze will solidify when refrigerated.
- Top maple glazed carrots with freshly chopped parsley for a contrast in color and flavor.
- Feel free to add your favorite fresh herbs.
- Sometimes I like to add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice to give it a pop of fresh citrus.
How to Cut Carrots
I cut the carrots into larger sticks, but they can also be cut into thick slices. For easy preparation, the carrots can be cut a day or so ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until you need them.
Or, you can use baby carrots bought in a bag. The important part is to make sure all the carrots are equal in size (and not too thin) for even cooking. Baby carrots or larger sticks will take longer to cook through in comparison to smaller slices.
Glazed Carrots FAQs
Glazed carrots are sweet carrots, essentially the same as caramelized carrots or candied carrots. They are carrots cooked in a pan with a glazed coating created using a blend of maple syrup, butter, and brown sugar. Some recipes also use honey. For more sweetness, you can add extra maple syrup.
Glazed carrots are gluten-free so long as the maple syrup you use to caramelize them has no additives containing gluten.
Carrots glazed with brown sugar are best served immediately, as the glaze will thicken after removing it from the heat. However, you can prepare the carrots for glazing up to 3 days ahead of time, or cook the dish and store it for up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container.
You can use baby carrots in place of whole carrots cut into strips, but keep in mind baby carrots are slightly thicker than sliced carrots, and therefore will take a bit longer to cook.
What to Serve with Glazed Carrots
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Sweet Carrots Recipe
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- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Toss in the carrots, followed by the brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
- Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender and the sauce has reduced to a bubbling glaze.
- The glaze will thicken a little more once it is removed from heat. Serve immediately topped with the freshly topped parsley if desired.
- Baby carrots may be substituted and will save you time, as you will not have to cut the carrots.
- Make sure to use carrots that are approximately the same size for even cooking.
- Try adding cinnamon or orange zest for fun flavor additions!