How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots


  • Carrots: 1 pound, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
  • Butter: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick)
  • Brown sugar: 1/3 cup, packed
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon, or to taste
  • Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon, or to taste
  • Optional for extra flavor: A pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg; freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2 tablespoons)


  1. Cook the Carrots:
    • In a large skillet, bring about 1/2 inch of water to a boil. Add the sliced carrots and a pinch of salt. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Let the carrots simmer until they are just tender, about 6-8 minutes.
    • Drain the carrots and set them aside. Wipe the skillet dry.
  2. Make the Glaze:
    • In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, salt, and pepper. If using, add the cinnamon or nutmeg and orange juice now.
    • Cook and stir the mixture until the brown sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Combine Carrots and Glaze:
    • Add the cooked carrots back to the skillet with the brown sugar glaze. Toss to coat the carrots evenly in the glaze.
    • Continue to cook and stir the carrots for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the glaze is thickened slightly and the carrots are well-coated.
  4. Serve:
    • Transfer the glazed carrots to a serving dish. If desired, sprinkle a little more salt or pepper on top, or garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color.
    • Serve warm as a delicious side to your main dish

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