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Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots are a simple side dish to add to your holiday table! These carrots are quick to make and use just a handful of ingredients.

White bowl filled with honey glazed carrots

One of my absolute favorite dishes on our Thanksgiving buffet line are Honey Glazed Carrots. My cousin’s girlfriend, Lorrie, brings them every single year and they are always one of the most popular side dishes.

Her recipe includes cinnamon, maple syrup, honey and fresh thyme. And despite her telling me how to make them, they never turn out as delicious as hers.

So until I can get her in my kitchen to make them with me, I’m going to whip up this simpler version that is perfect for Thanksgiving or a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients for honey glazed carrots on a gray countertop

SIMPLE STOVE-TOP GLAZED CARROTS

I know that for a lot of people, the holidays are a time to try fancy new side dishes with hard-to-find ingredients.

At my house? Not so much. 

Sure, sometimes I like to try out new recipes, but this is not one of those years. Right now, I’m all for keeping things simple but still totally delicious.

These Honey Glazed Carrots totally fit that bill. They’re easy enough to throw together on a weeknight but delicious enough to hold their own next to your holiday roast turkey or ham.

Baby carrots being cut in half on a white cutting board

HOW TO MAKE HONEY GLAZED CARROTS

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make your Honey Glazed Carrots, and that includes salt and pepper! You’ll need:

  • 1 pound baby carrots 
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey 
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste 

Since this recipe only uses a few ingredients, it’s important that you use good quality butter and honey. I promise that the carrots will taste so much better if you spend a little more on good butter and a local honey.

Overhead view of carrots being cooked in a saucepan

Start by cutting the carrots in half on an angle. The angle isn’t really required, but it makes the carrots look so much prettier in the serving dish!

Grab a small dutch oven. Make sure the pot is big enough that the carrots only come about halfway up the sides.

Melt the butter in the pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, honey, salt and several grinds of black pepper. Stir, cover, and cook on high heat for 5 minutes.

Spoon drizzling honey glaze over cooked carrots in a white bowl

After the 5 minutes are up, remove the lid and give the carrots a stir. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 3 more minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. 

Cook until the carrots are fork tender and the butter and honey have reduced into a lovely glaze. Season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

Overhead view of a white bowl filled with honey glazed carrots on a marble board

HOLIDAY PREP TIPS

If you’re making these carrots as a holiday side dish, I have a couple of tips for you.

Prep the carrots by cutting them in half in the morning or even the night before the big meal. Pop them into a zip-top bag or an airtight container and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.

Since the carrots cook so quickly, you’ll be able to toss them on the stove just before you sit down to eat, but won’t have to worry about cutting the carrots while you finish the rest of the meal. 

This recipe also scales really well if you’re feeding a crowd. Just make sure you choose a pot large enough so the carrots aren’t overcrowded. 

Close up of fork holding honey glazed carrots

WHAT TO SERVE WITH GLAZED CARROTS

If you’ve been keeping track, these carrots cook in less than 10 minutes! That makes them perfect for serving alongside Ritz Cracker Chicken, Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast, or One-Pot Beef Stroganoff on a weeknight.

But don’t sleep on these carrots as an easy holiday side dish either! They would be a great addition to your holiday table with Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes, Twice-Baked Potatoes, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, or Sweet Potato Casserole

With so much versatility, I bet these simple glazed carrots will be a regular in your dinner rotation!

Bowl of honey glazed carrots garnished with fresh thyme
Bowl of honey glazed carrots garnished with fresh thyme

Honey Glazed Carrots

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Honey Glazed Carrots are a simple side dish to add to your holiday table! These carrots are quick to make and use just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut carrots in half on an angle.
  2. Melt butter in a small dutch oven or medium pot over medium heat. Make sure the pot is big enough that the carrots only come about halfway up the sides.
  3. Once the butter is melted, add the carrots, honey, a teaspoon of salt and several generous grinds of black pepper. Stir to combine, cover and cook on high for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the lid and stir; reduce the heat to medium and cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are fork tender and the melted butter and honey have reduced into a glaze. Add additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Notes

Because there are just a handful of ingredients in this recipe, make sure to use a good quality honey.

If you do not have baby carrots, peel 1 pound of large carrots and cut into 1 to 1 ½-inch pieces.

This recipe scales up well; just be sure to use a large enough pot so the carrots are not over-crowded.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 166Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 686mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 18gProtein 1g

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