Tender glazed baby carrots sauteed in a reduced sauce flavored with light brown sugar, honey, and pumpkin pie spice. It’s fall comfort food wholesomeness!
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About Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Side dishes can range from simple to complex, and these brown sugar glazed carrots have a deep sweet and savory flavor while also being quick and easy to make.
When making this recipe, you have complete control over the consistency of the sauce. I tend to like the sauce to be really reduced and extra thick, which is easy to do with this recipe – but you can also opt for a more liquid glaze by adjusting the cook time.
Plus, I love the extra hint of pumpkin pie spice in this recipe. You can leave it out, of course, but I think it gives this recipe a much-needed dose of “comfort food wholesomeness.’
And how can you go wrong with that?
What’s in brown sugar glazed carrots?
In order to have a heaping bowl full of tender sweet carrots, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Baby carrots – The star of the show! Baby carrots are recommended to make things easy, but you can also use regular carrots.
- Light brown sugar and honey – For that delicious sweetness. You could also use dark brown sugar for a deeper flavor.
- Water and unsalted butter – For flavor and sauce consistency.
- Pumpkin pie spice – Totally optional but adds some great fall-themed flavor.
What type of carrots should you use?
This recipe is designed to use baby carrots, but you can also use standard, long carrots. If using standard carrots, I would recommend quartering or slicing them (two to four inches in length or less) so that the cooking time will be comparable to how it’s written in the recipe.
How long are glazed carrots good for?
Once prepared, brown sugar glazed carrots can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days. They will soften further in the refrigerator, so it’s best to eat them as soon as possible.
To reheat the carrots, your best bet is to warm them up in the microwave. This will help the carrots keep their texture and not get too soft.
Can you freeze glazed carrots?
I wish I had better news for you here, but freezing cooked carrots is not recommended. In almost all cases, soft-cooked carrots will turn to mush once thawed.
Notes & tips for brown sugar carrots
- These glazed carrots make for a great side dish (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc) but would also be easy and travel well for summer BBQ’s, potlucks, or every day dinners.
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How to make glazed carrots
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a large skillet, add the following ingredients: butter, water, brown sugar, honey, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat everything up until the butter is melted.
Step 2 – Toss the carrots into the skillet, then toss and cook until the carrots are tender and the sauce has been reduced by half.
Step 3 – Serve and enjoy!
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter.2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Add water, brown sugar, honey, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Add carrots to skillet and let carrots, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes or until tender.1 pound baby carrots
- Increase heat to high and cook until liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally, about 5-7 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.