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Glazed Carrots

September 28, 2023

Glistening orange, with a brown sugar-butter glaze, these glazed carrots call for a mere three ingredients and are certain to brighten your dinner table.


brown butter glazed orange carrots cut length wise on a white oval platter with a linen

The Ultimate Last-Minute Side Dishes.

The Very Best Glazed Carrots.

Just when you thought that side dishes don’t get any simpler than a green salad, along came these glazed carrots. Calling for just three ingredients, plus salt and pepper, and ready in about 15 minutes, our glazed carrot recipe is made for busy weeknights, harried holidays, and everything in between. If you have extra time on your hands for a slightly more involved recipe may we suggest our Braised Greens with Golden Raisins and Maple, Braised Leeks with Beurre Blanc or Green Beans with Apples and Sage Butter.

salted butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper in small bowls next to a bunch of carrots with stems on

“Glazed Carrots” is Kind of Just a Glitzy Way of Saying Sautéed Carrots

And now you know! While some glazed carrot recipes call for oven time, or pre-boiling the carrots, we’re all about keeping things simple as can be. And we’re NOT all about mushy, lifeless carrots. A quick sauté is all you need—your carrots will be cooked, but not overcooked. Their sweet flavor will be perfectly preserved, brought to life with a glaze comprised of:

  • Butter! It always comes down to butter, doesn’t it? When a recipe has just three ingredients, that means two things. 1) the recipe will be easy. 2) don’t make any subs! So, use real-deal, salted butter—no substitutions, please.
  • Brown sugar! Brown sugar—either light or dark is fine—complements the sweetness of the carrots, and helps to give them their shiny glaze.
  • A little salt and pepper. OK so we fibbed a little—if you count the salt and pepper, this is a five-ingredient recipe. But we don’t count them, because they’re just a given! Right? That’s TMP math for you.
10 carrots halved lengthwise on a cutting board
10 carrots halved lengthwise in a cast iron skillet with butter
carrots cooked in a cast iron skillet topped with brown sugar
easy glazed carrots in a cast iron skillet

How to Make Glazed Carrots

A little sweet, a little savory, and just the right amount of bite. Most importantly, they require none of that precious Thanksgiving day oven space. Here’s how to cook them:

  1. Peel the carrots and cut super thick ones in half lengthwise.
  2. Melt the butter and add the carrots.
  3. Cook slowly, stirring sometimes. Let the carrots cook—their natural sugars will sweeten as they cook, making them into something resembling lightly caramelized carrots—and the butter brown.
  4. Finish with a sprinkle of brown sugar. Stir it in over the heat, so that it melts into the browned butter and creates a glaze thick enough to coat the cooked carrots.
  5. You did it! Add a little salt and pepper to taste, and pop that beaut on the table.
glazed orange carrots in a cast iron skillet
glazed carrots in a cast iron skillet

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Other Easy Carrot Recipes

Here are a few other carrot-licious dishes you might like, too!

easy glazed carrots on a white serving platter
glazed carrots with butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper on a white plate

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Glazed Carrots

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 251


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 pounds medium carrots, trimmed, peeled, halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender and butter is browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in the brown sugar and cook until the brown sugar is dissolved and the carrots are coated and slightly caramelized, about 4 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Divide the carrots among 4 plates and serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories251
  • Protein2 g
  • Carbohydrates30 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol31 mg
  • sodium376 mg
  • Total Sugars24 g

Glazed Carrots

Questions & Reviews

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  • Edita

    Can you bake them, and how long ahead you can make them?

    The skillet is what makes the glaze so we suggest sticking to the stove top method.

  • Beatrice

    How many carrots can be prepared for 15 guests

    HI Beatrice, depends what else you are serving with the meal but we would recommend tripling this recipe for 15 guests. Hope you enjoy!

  • Missie

    Do I use a Cast Iron pan to make the glazed carrots? Thanks 😊

    You can use any pan you have on hand.

  • Laraine

    Could you make the Glazed Carrots ahead of time and reheat?
    Thank you,
    Laraine Davey

    Yep! Just make sure they are slightly undercooked to avoid mushy carrots.

  • Lori

    This was the beat Glazed Carrot recipe I have ever made. At the end after the brown sugar got all melty I added in a few sprigs of rosemary and kept heating until I could taste the rosemary spice! It put it over the top!

    Thank you Lori! We are so happy to hear that!

  • Jenn

    These were the most delicious carrots I have ever made, thank you for the recipe!

    Thank you Jenn, we are so glad you loved it!