• 2 pounds carrots
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Wash and dry the carrots. Peel the carrots and cut them into 2-inch pieces. Place the carrots in a large saucepan and cover them with water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the carrots simmer until they are tender but not overly mushy, about 10-15 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the carrots to a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. Combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and lemon juice in the same saucepan you used to cook the carrots; bring to a simmer. Stir the glaze until it thickens, about 10 minutes. Pour the glaze over the carrots and serve promptly. Enjoy!


  • peeler
  • large saucepan
  • colander or strainer
  • large bowl

Recipe Notes

If desired, garnish your glazed carrots with fresh parsley or thyme.

Glazed carrots are flavorful, beautiful, and easy to prepare. They make a lovely addition to any holiday dinner. The flavor of the glaze, as well as any seasonings or garnishes, can easily be adjusted to suit your tastes.

Our simple recipe features a glaze consisting of four traditional ingredients: brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Although this recipe is a classic and delightful as is, there are several other ways to create delicious glazed carrots to enhance your holiday dinners.


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In cooking, a glaze is a glossy coating, used on both sweet and savory foods, that enhances the flavor of a dish. The glossy coating creates a beautiful shine and makes the dish perfect for a special occasion. Brown sugar and butter are a great starting point for a glaze. However, you can use alternative ingredients to create a unique glaze to call your own. Let's take a look at some options:

  • bourbon
  • maple syrup
  • honey
  • orange marmalade
  • apricot jam
  • pomegranate jam
  • grape jam
  • blackberry preserves
  • balsamic vinegar and brown sugar
  • balsamic vinegar and honey
  • balsamic vinegar and maple syrup
  • brown sugar and honey
  • brown sugar and maple
  • honey mustard
  • maple Dijion
  • orange juice

Spices And Seasonings


Spices and seasonings that harmonize with the flavors of your glaze will add an extra kick, taking your carrots to the next level. When it comes to adding spices and seasonings, you can go one of two ways: sweeter spices make for a dish perfect for holiday celebrations, while savory spices are best for basic autumn and winter meals. Some sweet spices you can add to your glazed carrots include:

Here are a few savory spices you can add to your glazed carrots to create a side dish that tastes hearty and rich:

  • cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • white pepper
  • paprika
  • cumin


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Add herbs to your glazed carrots to introduce bold new flavors to the mix. Try a few of these herbs the next time you make glazed carrots:

  • chives
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • dill
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • cilantro

What To Pair With Glazed Carrots

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If you plan on making glazed carrots, you'll want to make sure they're paired with the right main dish. Here are a few dishes that go perfectly with the flavors of glazed carrots:

Glazed carrots make a perfect side dish for plenty of meals, and they can really bring a meal together. They're simple, and they don't require a lot of ingredients to make.

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