Adding this Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Carrots recipe to your meal planning radar makes the perfect side dish. Excellent for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any holiday or weeknight meal. Simple ingredients loaded with flavor.
The great thing about roasting carrots is that they just get sweeter the longer they cook. This doesn't mean to overcook them, but the recipe steps below will literally give you naturally sweetened carrots cooked to perfection.
If you struggle with finding good side dishes for the family dinner, this is the one that you've been waiting for. It's fast, simple, and a great way to add a little bit of help to everyone's daily diet.
Since there are many different styles and varieties of carrots to choose from, this goes to show that it's simple to make a carrot dish like this one look new every time you make it. This is a great side dish for busy weeknights.
Speaking of delicious side dish recipes, be sure to check out my Smoked Cabbage as another great option that is great for a healthy dinner.
Carrots - You can purchase any type of carrots that you want. Just clean them well and slice them longways.
Oil - I like using extra virgin olive oil for my carrots, but coconut oil or avocado oil works well.
Salt and black pepper - To taste.
Brown sugar - This helps to add that glaze that everyone craves and loves.
Honey - A great addition to add a sweet stickiness.
How to make Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Carrots
Step One: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Step Two: Brush the sliced carrots with oil. Season to your preference with salt and pepper.
Step Three: Put the carrots in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Flip them halfway through.
Step Four: In a bowl, mix the honey and brown sugar and then microwave for 20 seconds. Be sure to watch carefully so that you don’t overheat as you are just wanting to melt the brown sugar.
You don't want it to boil. It should just get hot enough for the brown sugar to melt.
Step Five: Once the carrots are done cooking, brush the sweet glaze on top. Put the carrots back in the oven for 5 minutes, then serve and drizzle with glaze. Enjoy your brown sugar-glazed carrots!
Cook whole carrots - If you want to add whole cooked carrots to the main dish, do so. You can leave the carrots whole on the baking sheet and just adjust the cooking time as needed. Depending on the size of the raw carrots, you may need more cook time.
Add seasonings - If you're serving these on the holiday table or want to make them look fancy for Easter dinner, you can add seasonings and toppings to the tender carrots. Adding fresh dill, fresh parsley, or even a pinch of cinnamon is a great way to extra flavor.
Maple - Swap out the honey for pure maple syrup.
How do I find good carrots for this easy carrot side dish?
The key to finding the best fresh carrots is to look at the size. You want to be able to add them to a single layer on the baking sheet, and a thin carrot stick just isn't going to do the job.
Check the grocery stores for large carrots that have a thick base and get thinner but not too thin. These should be a good size to use to make brown sugar glazed carrots.
What else can I serve with this easy recipe?
This really is an easy side dish recipe! The natural sweetness of the carrots pairs well with any special occasion or holiday meal. You can pair these sweet carrots with pork chops or roast pork, chicken breast, or anything else that you're going to want to serve with it.
That's the beauty of having a simple side dish like this one. It's versatile and simple to pair with anything on the dinner table.
How do I store leftovers?
Carrot recipes like this are easy to store for the next day. The best part is that I think that the flavor actually enhances overnight! Just add the tender cooked carrots to an airtight container and keep it stored in the fridge. When it's time to eat and reheat. heat the carrots and sticky glaze in the microwave, and enjoy this delicious vegetable side dish.
How do I know when carrots are done cooking?
The best way to be sure that the carrots are cooked and tender is to poke a fork into them. If the carrots are fork-tender, then they are done cooking and are ready to be taken out of the oven. This happens pretty quickly, so you don't have to wait forever for this texture to happen.
- 4 carrots peeled and halved
- 1 teaspoon oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Brush carrots with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
- Meanwhile, mix together the brown sugar and honey. Microwave for 20 seconds, watching carefully, to melt the brown sugar. It can boil over in a short period of time so keep an eye on it.
- When the carrots are tender brush them with the glaze. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Place on a serving platter and drizzle with the remaining glaze.