Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Brown sugar glazed carrots
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
107 Calories
4g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 107
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These glazed carrots are made with a simple mixture of brown sugar and butter. The brown sugar and butter mixture creates a sweet and beautiful glaze. The carrots make a delicious side dish, and it's one of our most-requested holiday side dish recipes. 

Serve the carrots with a ham or pork dinner, or add them to your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner menu. 

Light brown sugar was used in the pictured dish, but feel free to use either light or dark brown sugar. The water evaporates as the carrots cook, leaving them perfectly glazed with a sweet brown sugar coating.


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  • 16 ounces carrots (any size works)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Wash the carrots under cold running water.

  3. Combine the carrots with the butter, brown sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend the ingredients thoroughly.

    Brown sugar glazed carrots in pot
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  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue boiling (uncovered) for about 20 to 25 minutes or until carrots are tender and the liquid has evaporated. Check and stir frequently to avoid scorching. Add more water, as needed.

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  5. The liquids will boil down and the water will evaporate, leaving the carrots cooked and nicely glazed with the brown sugar syrup.

    Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots boiled down
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  6. Season the carrots to taste with salt and pepper.

    Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots finished
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variation

  • If you'd like to use honey instead of the brown sugar, try a recipe for honey glazed carrots instead. It's another excellent option!