Close up of brown sugar-glazed carrots in a skillet.

Stovetop Brown Sugar & Honey Glazed Carrots

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Glazed carrots with honey, brown sugar, and a pinch of garlic for a sweet and savory twist. These soft and tender carrots will melt in your mouth as you devour this wholesome side dish!

Close up of brown sugar-glazed carrots in a skillet.

These carrots are cooked to perfection with a glaze that combines the sweet flavors of honey and brown sugar. We promise you will never go back to your old ways of cooking carrots once you have tried these stovetop glazed carrots! If you are looking for a new side dish for weeknight meals or even to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey, look no further. This easy-to-make, sweet, savory, and full of flavor makes them a hit at your dinner table!

Why You’ll Love This Brown Sugar & Honey Glazed Carrots

It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have headspace or time for complicated recipes! This dish takes only 15 minutes to cook and is super easy to do. Caramelized carrots can be an appetizer or side dish; they are versatile to fit most meals you have in mind.  

The ingredients are so easy to find in most grocery stores making your last-minute food run a breeze. It is also a fantastic family dish that your kids will love! The taste is on point with the perfect mixture of sweet, nutty, and savory. Brown sugar-glazed carrots are a way to make carrots delicious. Sure, you can roast or steam them, but brown sugar glaze is so good.

Cooked brown sugar & honey glazed carrots in a white bowl.

Equipment Needed To Make Candied Carrots

When it comes to kitchenware, there is no need for any fancy gadgets. Just a chopping board and some essential cooking equipment will do the trick! A saucepan or two is excellent for making glazed carrots(depending on the quantity you want to make). Your medium skillet or frying pan will be perfect for cooking it all up. Some measuring spoons are good to keep in check with the seasoning. The glazed carrots stovetop recipe doesn’t need any special tools!

  • Knife
  • Medium Skillet
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients For Your Honey Glazed Carrots

  • Baby Carrots
  • Water
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Black Pepper

How To Make Brown Sugar Carrots

  1. In a large skillet, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Once the water begins to boil, add in carrots, simmer for 10-12 minutes until carrots are tender. Drain off the water when done cooking.
  3. Lower heat to medium and add butter and garlic. Saute the garlic for 30 seconds.
  4. Add honey, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Stir to coat carrots in the glaze.
  5. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the glaze starts to thicken.
  6. Sprinkle the carrots with fresh parsley and serve warm.

What can Serve with Your Caramelized Carrots

These candied carrots are the perfect side dish to serve during Thanksgiving or with any other roasts of your choice. They will complement all of your main dishes perfectly. You can’t go wrong with a side of carrots! Glazed or not, they’re perfect for pairing alongside most dishes that need a bit more color or vegetables! That being said, I wouldn’t use them when making main courses that have sweet sauces.

It would be ideal to cook glazed carrots at the same time as you do Baked Chicken Breast, Roast Pork, Baby Back Ribs, Steak Bites, or pan-fried fish. They are great additions if you want an easy one-pan meal too!

Close up of candied carrots in a skillet.

Glazed Carrots Stovetop FAQs

What happens if you overcook carrots?

If you cook carrots too long, they will become mushy and fall apart. They will not be as nice, and some of the nutrients will come out. Cook them until they are tender, use the tip of a knife and pierce the carrot to assess how cook they are.

How long does the glaze last?

The glaze for these carrots should last roughly two weeks in the fridge and when stored properly, so it will have you covered if you decide to make this recipe earlier in advance.

Can I substitute brown sugar for another kind?

Yes, you can use white sugar or even turbinado as a substitution. Be careful, though, and adjust the amount of honey accordingly because it will have a different flavor due to the different types.

Can I make this recipe with frozen carrots?

Yes, you can. Make sure you cook the frozen carrots longer so that they cook all the way through. Alternatively, defrost them at room temperature until completely defrosted before you start.

Can I add spices?

You can bring variation to this recipe by adding spices like Cayenne pepper, chili flakes. Equally, you can add a squeeze of fresh lemon, garlic, and shallots to lift the carrots. Fresh herbs are also an excellent addition to it, like parsley, thyme, or cilantro.

How do I store glazed carrots?

Store your leftover carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can store them for up to three days. You can either put them back on the stove or in the microwave when you want to eat them.

Close up of brown sugar-glazed carrots in a skillet.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots with honey, brown sugar, and a pinch of garlic for a sweet and savory twist. These soft and tender carrots will melt in your mouth as you devour this wholesome side dish!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs baby carrots (rinsed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  • Once the water begins to boil, add in carrots, simmer for 10-12 minutes until carrots are tender. Drain off the water when done cooking.
  • Lower heat to medium and add butter and garlic. Saute the garlic for 30 seconds.
  • Add honey, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Stir to coat carrots in the glaze.
  • Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the glaze starts to thicken.
  • Sprinkle the carrots with fresh parsley and serve warm.

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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