If you’re looking for a delicious and super easy side, you’ve found it!

Brown sugar carrots need just one pot and 15 minutes. They are perfectly tender-crisp, sweet, and caramelized.

Serve them alongside meatloaf or even turkey dinner.

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An Easy Side

Brown sugar glazed carrots are the one-pot stovetop solution for a quick side dish! Carrots are inexpensive and last a long time in the fridge so we always have everything we need on hand for this recipe!

ingredients to make Brown Sugar Carrots


The ingredients list for this recipe is small but the flavor is big!

  • Carrots – I use regular grocery store carrots in this recipe as they’re what I always have on hand. Baby carrots work as well. Choose baby carrots or garden carrots for more sweetness.
  • Butter – Use either salted or unsalted butter and season with additional salt (and a sprinkle of pepper if you’d like).
  • Brown Sugar – Light or dark brown sugar work well in this recipe. Dark has more flavor.

Garden fresh or young baby carrots will need less time to cook while older or larger carrots might need more time. Test the carrots with a fork early to ensure they don’t overcook.

How to Make Brown Sugar Carrots

  1. Cook Carrots: Steam or boil carrots just until tender. Drain well.
  2. Add sugar: Add brown sugar and butter (per the recipe below) and cook until melted.
  3. Serve warm.

If you prefer the brown sugar mixture to be more of a glaze than a sauce, allow it to simmer with the butter for about 1-2 minutes before stirring the carrots in.

ingredients in a pot to make Brown Sugar Carrots

Recipe Tips

  • Baby carrots, fresh peeled and sliced carrots, or even sliced frozen carrots will work.
  • A pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice can be added to this recipe.
  • For a honey-glazed version, switch out the brown sugar for honey and add a touch of cinnamon as a garnish before serving. Maple syrup will work too.
  • Leftovers will last up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Reheat brown sugar carrots in the microwave or on the stovetop with a tablespoon of butter. Adjust seasonings and serve.

What to Serve with Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots are sweet and savory and they go with any kind of entrée and are the perfect side for Thanksgiving, Easter, or even Christmas dinner.

Try them alongside Roast Turkey Breast, Easy Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffed Pork Chops, or Balsamic Pork Loin.

More Carrot Recipes

Since this is a staple in my fridge, I love having a handful of great carrot recipes on hand!

Did you love these Brown Sugar Carrots? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Brown Sugar Carrots

Brown Sugar Carrots are so simple, yet flavorful. They pair perfectly with any entrèe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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  • 1 pound carrots
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Peel carrots and cut them into ½-inch slices.
  • Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and simmer 5-6 minutes or until carrots are tender-crisp (do not overcook). Drain well.
  • Add butter, brown sugar, and salt to the same pot. Toss with carrots and cook until melted and smooth.
  • Serve warm.


If the carrots are thin, they can be cut into 1″ pieces instead of slices.
Garden fresh or fresh small carrots will cook faster while thicker or older carrots may need extra time. Check the carrots early so they do not overcook.
For a thicker glaze, bring the butter and brown sugar to a simmer and let simmer 1-2 minutes before adding the carrots.
Warm spices such as cinnamon can be added. Garnish with thyme if desired.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
If you’d prefer, you can steam in place of boiling the carrots.
  • Microwave: Place carrots in a microwave-safe bowl with about one inch of water. Cover with plastic wrap and poke some holes in the top. Cook on high for about 4-5 minutes or until the carrots are tender crisp. Remove plastic away from your face to avoid the steam and be careful, the steam can burn your hand.
  • Stove Top: Place carrots in a steamer basket in a saucepan with about one inch of water. Cover the saucepan and cook on high until the carrots are tender about 6-7 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 119 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 19119IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. I’m so happy I’ve found your site‼️ Everything I’ve made from your receipes is a WINNER‼️ Never have been disappointed..I’ve got one question……
    The pan you cook a lot in, is it a Wok ? If not, what’s the name & brand ? Well now, that was two questions…..I’ve been using my Wok to make so many receips …

    Thanks, Sandy

  2. I’ve used this same basic recipe for many years but with one small change. I use a food processor (or grater) to shred 1 pound of carrots, put them in a flat casserole, topped with the melted butter/brown sugar mixture and salt to taste. Into the microwave they go for about 5-7 minutes (we like ours with a bit of crisp). While my young children were not fond of carrots they did not hesitate with these! I now use the Splenda brown to cut down on sugar a bit. The Grands love them.5 stars

  3. One mode of steaming was left out, if I’m not mistaken. Ziplock makes steaming bags, which MAY negate the need for a pan. Steam carrots, then add butter and brown sugar.