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Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 8
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These Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots are the perfect kid-friendly addition to your family dinner. The natural sweetness of carrots is amplified with a tasty brown sugar, orange zest and butter glaze, adding a bright burst of color and flavor to the dinner table. Even big kids will be asking for seconds when you make this delicious recipe for Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots.
Updated Dec 5, 2022
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  • 2 pounds carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (12 to 14 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1
    Heat 1 inch water to boiling in 3-quart saucepan. Add carrots and, if desired, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered 12 to 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  • 2
    While carrots are cooking, heat brown sugar, butter, orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Be careful not to overcook or the mixture will taste scorched. Remove from heat.
  • 3
    Drain carrots. Stir carrots into brown sugar mixture. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and gently, until carrots are glazed and hot.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Sprinkle either toasted pecans or roasted pepitas, also called hulled pumpkin seeds, on top of your Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots before serving.
  • tip 2
    For a professional look, cut the carrots into diagonal slices or julienne strips. Be sure to decrease the cooking time, as the carrots will cook more quickly due to the wider surface area.
  • tip 3
    Carrots work well with a glazed finish due to their natural sweetness. If you're using smaller carrots with leafy green tops, there’s no need to peel them. Sprinkle a handful of the chopped greens on top of your glazed carrots.
  • tip 4
    Serve the brown sugar carrots alongside seared pork chops for an easy weeknight meal.
  • tip 5
    Try using the simple sweet-savory sauce from this brown sugar carrots recipe with sliced parsnips or chunks of sweet potato instead. Cooking times will vary with different vegetables, so check often for doneness.


160 Calories, 6 g Total Fat, 1 g Protein, 28 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
6 g
Saturated Fat
4 g
15 mg
380 mg
390 mg
Total Carbohydrate
28 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Fruit; 2 Vegetable; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Bright orange carrots are a great addition to the vegetable color wheel, but until the late 1500s, most people knew them as a primarily purple vegetable. Here’s the story: Dutch growers found some mutant orange strains of the then-standard purple carrot and developed the sweet, bright version of the vegetable that we know today. All these years later, the purple and the orange types of carrots might finally get together. The Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M has developed a purple-skinned, orange fleshed carrot, Beta Sweet, that’s beautiful, delicious and high in beta-carotene. If making these brown sugar glazed carrots makes you interested in exploring more recipes using this bright-and-beautiful veggie, check out Betty’s best carrot recipes.
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