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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are the most delicious side dish! They’re easy to make, full of flavor and have just the right amount of sweetness!

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spoonful of glazed carrots

When I’m looking for a quick and easy side dish recipe the entire family will enjoy, I many times turn to a bag of steamed veggies or a salad kit. But let’s be honest, that gets BORING.

We’ve been on a bit of a carrot kick lately and the kids are loving it! (happy kids = happy mama, right?!) Everyone seems to be loving the Ranch Roasted Baby Carrots, so I decided to try another variation! And let me tell you, these will NOT disappoint!

Why I Love this easy Glazed Carrots recipe

  • They’re easy enough for everyday meals, but also perfect for a holiday dinner and special occasions.
  • It’s an inexpensive side dish!
  • Just a few ingredients & minimal effort needed!
  • You can use baby carrots OR larger carrots cut into diagonal slices.
  • They work well with just about any main dish!
  • Simply put, they’re always a huge crowd pleaser!! 
Brown sugar glazed carrot ingredients

Ingredients Needed

Well, it’s a short list of simple ingredients which I think is always a plus!

  • Baby Carrots – Bag of baby carrots, or you can also use regular carrots (simply peel the whole carrots and cut them into ½” thick coins)
  • Melted Butter – I prefer to use salted butter.
  • Brown Sugar – Light or Dark brown sugar will do!
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon – optional, but highly recommended!
Glazed carrots in a white casserole dish

How to make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots in the Oven

This carrot recipe is an incredibly easy side dish to prepare. 

Carrots spread into the bottom of a white baking dish.

You’ll start by placing the carrots in the bottom of a casserole dish.

Carrots spread into the bottom of a white baking dish, being drizzled with melted butter.

Melt butter and drizzle over the carrots.  

A hand sprinkling brown sugar over some baby carrots.

Sprinkle with brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Brown sugar glazed carrots ready to go into the oven.

Give the carrots a quick stir to make sure they’re all coated.

Baked brown sugar glazed baby carrots.

Place it in the oven, and allow them to roast for approximately 30 minutes.

How to make glazed carrots on the stove top

If you’d rather avoid using the oven, no problem at all! Preparing these on the stove is just as convenient and saves on oven space when you’re preparing a holiday meal.

Simply place all the ingredients along with ¼ cup of water (or orange juice!) into a saucepan, cover it with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes while covered. Then, remove the lid and continue cooking until the carrots become tender and develop a beautiful glaze. 

The cooking time mentioned in the recipe ensures tender carrots, but you can play with the texture. If you like your carrots with a bit more bite, reduce the cooking time slightly. If you want them super tender and caramelized, extend the cooking time a bit. These brown sugar glazed carrots are a must-have side dish, perfect side dish for those busy weeknights, as they can be ready on your dinner table in just 30 minutes (in the oven OR on the stove)!

Brown sugar glazed carrots on a fork

Can I make glazed carrots ahead of time?

Absolutely!  If you’re gearing up for a large family gathering and want to get ahead of the game, no worries! You have the option to prepare the carrots in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready to enjoy them, place them in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir frequently to prevent the brown sugar mixture from sticking to the pan. Once they’re nice and hot, they’re ready to serve!

It’s worth noting that reheating them ahead of time may cause the carrots to lose a bit of their vibrant color, which is the trade-off for the convenience of pre-cooking. 

​Other Side Dishes You’ll Love

​Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Cornbread Pudding

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Glazed Baby Carrots on a spoon

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
4
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are the most delicious side dish! They're easy to make, full of flavor and have just the right amount of sweetness!

Equipment

  • One Baking Dish

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Add the carrots to a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the carrots then sprinkle with salt and brown sugar.
  • If you'd like to add cinnamon, sprinkle that on top.
  • Stir to coat the carrots and evenly distribute the brown sugar.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Notes

Feel free to use a pound of large carrots instead.  Simply peel and cut into 1/4 inch diagonally-sliced coins.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 15903IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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8 Comments

  1. Can I tripple this recipe? Would the cooking time change?

    1. Yes, you can absolutely triple the recipe! As long as the carrots are still in a single layer (not piled onto each other), it should be the same cooking time! :). ~Kelsey

  2. Grace Sizemore says:

    I haven’t made your recipes yet (just found your site) but I’m going to make the baked beans from scratch for Easter dinner at my sister-in-laws this weekend. I’m thinking I’ll blow them away!!

    1. Yes!!! I hope you and the family love them!!!! ~Kelsey

  3. Can I use dark brown sugar?

  4. Do you cover the carrots while cooking?

    1. No need to cover them! However, if you feel like the brown sugar is starting to over-brown (or sticking to the pan), you can cover them with foil until the carrots are tender. ~Kelsey