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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!!
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!
- Cinnamon - optional, but highly recommended!
How to make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots in the Oven
This carrot recipe is an incredibly easy side dish to prepare.
You'll start by placing the carrots in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Melt butter and drizzle over the carrots.
Sprinkle with brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
Give the carrots a quick stir to make sure they're all coated.
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)!
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.
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