Overhead view of glazed carrots in a serving dish with title text at the top.

Easy and inexpensive side dishes like these Glazed Carrots are my go-to during busy weeknights. They’re super simple to make, they have the perfect amount of sweetness, and they pair well with so many different meals. They’re not only great for weeknight dinners, but they’re also perfect for special occasions and holidays like Easter and Thanksgiving. This recipe is a favorite in my household, and the best part is…five ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need!

Overhead view of glazed carrots in a white serving dish.Overhead view of glazed carrots in a white serving dish.

Coming in at under $2 a recipe with only five ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than these delicious Glazed Carrots! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Carrots: We used whole carrots for this recipe. Look for carrots that are fairly even in length and girth so they’ll cook more evenly. You can either scrub or peel the carrots, however I prefer to peel them. 
  • Butter: Butter adds a rich flavor to the carrots and combines with the brown sugar to help make the delicious glaze.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the glaze. We used dark brown sugar for a deeper molasses flavor, but feel free to use light brown sugar if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Cinnamon: I love adding a little bit of ground cinnamon to enhance the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Salt: Salt to season the carrots and balance the sweetness of the glaze.

To serve, we also added a little bit of fresh cracked black pepper and fresh parsley (optional).

Recipe Variations

We went with the classic brown sugar glazed carrots for this recipe, but you can certainly switch things up and experiment with flavors based on what you have in your pantry or spice drawer. Here are a few suggestions:

What to Serve With Glazed Carrots

These glazed carrots are extremely versatile and can be enjoyed with just about any dinner meal. I love serving them with Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts and Baked Chicken Drumsticks. They also taste great with pork chops, Classic Meatloaf, or Glazed Ham Steaks. If you’re serving these during the holidays for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, they would be perfect along side Baked Ham or Roasted Turkey Breast.

Side close up view of glazed carrots in a serving dish and garnished with parsley.Side close up view of glazed carrots in a serving dish and garnished with parsley.

And if you love carrot recipes, then definitely try our classic Roasted Carrots recipe next!

Overhead view of glazed carrots in a serving dish with title text at the top.


Glazed Carrots

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to make these easy & delicious Glazed Carrots. Perfect for busy weeknights or holiday meals!

Overhead view of glazed carrots in a white serving dish.Overhead view of glazed carrots in a white serving dish.

  • 1 lb. whole carrots ($1.50)
  • 1/2 cup water ($0.00)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.27)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon ($0.05)
  • Wash, peel, and slice the carrots diagonally into ½ inch thick slices.

  • Add the carrots to a large skillet along with the water. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or just until the carrots start to soften.

  • Remove the lid and add the butter, brown sugar, salt and ground cinnamon. Stir until the butter and brown sugar have melted. Leave the lid off and continue cooking the carrots for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and a glaze starts to form.

  • Once the carrots are tender to your liking, remove the skillet from the heat and season with freshly ground black pepper and fresh chopped parsley (optional).

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Serving: 1servingCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSodium: 417mgFiber: 3g

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Very close up overhead view of glazed carrots.Very close up overhead view of glazed carrots.

How to Make Glazed Carrots – Step by Step Photos

Carrots being cut on a cutting board.Carrots being cut on a cutting board.

Wash, peel, and slice 1 lb. of carrots diagonally into ½ inch thick slices.

Carrots added to a sauté pan with water.Carrots added to a sauté pan with water.

Add the carrots to a large skillet along with 1/2 cup of water. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or just until the carrots start to soften.

Carrots in a sauté pan with butter, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon added.Carrots in a sauté pan with butter, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon added.

Remove the lid and add 2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Stir until the butter and brown sugar have melted.

Overhead view of cooked glazed carrots in a sauté pan.Overhead view of cooked glazed carrots in a sauté pan.

Leave the lid off and continue cooking the carrots for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and a glaze starts to form.

Overhead view of glazed carrots in a sauté pan garnished with chopped parsley.Overhead view of glazed carrots in a sauté pan garnished with chopped parsley.

Once the carrots are tender to your liking, remove the skillet from the heat and season with freshly ground black pepper and fresh chopped parsley (optional). Now all that’s left to do is enjoy these delicious glazed carrots with your favorite dinner meal!