Homemade Glazed Carrots for Thanksgiving

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5 minutes
June 10, 2023
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Glazed carrots coated in a mixture of sugar and butter are the most versatile side dish you can serve alongside your Thanksgiving turkey. This simple recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and you most probably already have on hand all the ingredients.

These caramelized carrots will definitely become your kids’ best friends but they’re also fancy enough for every adult gathering! An easy and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

buttery glazed carrots

Let’s Learn More About Carrots!

Orange may be the carrots’ best-known color, but they also come in other colorings, including purple, yellow, red, and white. Believe it or not, the first carrots discovered were purple or yellow. This favored and versatile vegetable tastes slightly different depending on the color, size, and where it is grown.

The sugar in carrots gives them a slightly sweet flavor, however, they can also taste earthy or bitter, depending on the type. It is crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Not to mention, carrots are a major source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, and potassium.

Health Benefits of Carrots

When it comes to carrots’ main health benefits, they have a lot to brag about:

  • The two main types of antioxidants in carrots, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, have been proven to fight harmful free radicals in our bodies. This may lead to a less likely risk of different types of cancer (prostate, colon, and stomach cancers).
  • As low-calorie vegetables, carrots can increase fullness and decrease calorie intake. Therefore, they may be a useful help to an effective weight loss diet.
  • The vitamin C in carrots helps a lot our immune system to stay strong. Vitamin C also helps your body take in and use iron and prevent infections.
  • Last but not least, carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a compound our bodies change into vitamin A. This vitamin, as we all already know, helps keep our eyes healthy.
carrots in a bowl

How to Make Glazed Carrots at Home for Thanksgiving

Ok, loves! Let’s rock the vitamins out of these carrots! You don’t have to worry about a thing – with only 5 ingredients and some simple steps, we will prepare the most buttery and sweet glazed carrots out there. This will become the way you’ll convince your little monsters to eat their orange vegetables, believe me!

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Ingredient List for Glazed Carrots

  • 2 pounds carrots;
  • ¼ cup butter;
  • ¼ cup brown sugar;
  • ¼ teaspoon salt;
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper.
ingredients for glazed carrots

Easy Step-by-Step Recipe

  1. First of all, wash, peel, and cut your carrots into sticks.
  1. Then, place the carrots into a large saucepan and pour in enough water to reach a depth of 1 inch. Bring to a boil.
carrots in saucepan and water
  1. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer the carrots until tender. (8 to 10 minutes.)
covering the carrots
  1. Drain and transfer them to a bowl.
drained tender carrots in bowl
  1. Next, melt the butter in the same saucepan over low heat.
melting butter
  1. Stir in brown sugar, salt, and white pepper until they dissolve.
  1. Then add the carrots to the saucepan and toss them until coated in the brown sugar mixture.
  1. Finally, cook and stir until they are heated and coated with the glaze. (1 to 3 more minutes)
glazed carrots

Video Tutorial of How to Cook Glazed Carrots

Now that you have a written Thanksgiving step-by-step recipe that you can easily forward to all your friends and even print, it’s time for a little surprise. I also found some extra time in my schedule and made a video tutorial for these buttery-glazed carrots. I hope this will help you even more!

How to Store Glazed Carrots

When it comes to storing this comfort food, the steps are quite easy. After you allow the glazed carrots to cool completely, just transfer them to an airtight container, ideally made of glass. Then, store your carrots leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you want to serve them again, just reheat them in the microwave or on the stove.

Also, I sincerely don’t recommend freezing these glazed carrots, as the texture will become mushy during the thawing process. Take my word…I tried.

glazed carrots

What Pairs Well with Glazed Carrots for Thanksgiving

Here are some Thanksgiving recipes I will definitely pair with these sweet glazed carrots:

  • This Longhorn Mashed Potatoes recipe is one buttery and garlic-flavored way to serve your potatoes at home. You can also prepare this restaurant-style side dish with more than affordable ingredients in less than 1 hour.
COPYCAT LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE MASHED POTATOES RECIPE
COPYCAT LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE MASHED POTATOES RECIPE
  • Don’t wait for November to enjoy the delicious taste of Thanksgiving dinner. Whip up a quick and easy Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich any time of year!
OPEN-FACED THANKSGIVING TURKEY SANDWICH OVER CORNBREAD
OPEN-FACED THANKSGIVING TURKEY SANDWICH OVER CORNBREAD
  • This creamy Potato Salad with red potatoes is perfect for all the summer BBQs and for all holiday dinners, too. Add bacon, dill, and sour cream, and transform this red-skin potato salad recipe into your next favorite dish!
RED SKIN POTATO SALAD WITH EGGS AND BACON
RED SKIN POTATO SALAD WITH EGGS AND BACON
  • Lastly, here are 13 Thanksgiving bread ideas to make at home in no time.
13 THANKSGIVING BREAD RECIPES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE
13 THANKSGIVING BREAD RECIPES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE
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glazed carrots

Homemade Glazed Carrots

These caramelized carrots will definitely become your kids’ best friends but they’re also fancy enough for every adult gathering! An easy and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 pound carrots peeled and cut into sticks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar If you don’t have brown sugar, it can be made with white sugar too.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground White Pepper

Instructions

  1. First of all, wash, peel, and cut into sticks your carrots.
  2. Then, place the carrots into a large saucepan and pour in enough water to reach a depth of 1 inch. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer the carrots until tender. (8 to 10 minutes.)
  4. Drain and transfer them to a bowl.
  5. Next, melt the butter in the same saucepan over low heat.
  6. Stir in brown sugar, salt, and white pepper until they dissolve.
  7. Then add the carrots to the saucepan and toss them until coated in the brown sugar mixture.
  8. Finally, cook and stir them until they are heated through and fully coated with the glaze. (1 to 3 more minutes)
  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20

Eat Your Carrots!

One final advantage of this recipe I love is its versatility and the ease of double or triple it for larger groups. Believe me; you’ll want to make more when your kids discover how buttery and tasty these glazed carrots can be!

Moreover, I will be super excited to learn your opinion on this recipe. What did your family think about it? Did you enjoy preparing it? Did you find it as delicious and easy to prepare as I did? Not to mention if you improved it in any way, please let me know in the comment section below.

glazed carrots

Last but not least, if you are eager to find out more easy-to-make dishes with carrots you can enjoy at home any time, give these favorites of mine a closer look:

Rosie

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