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Candied Carrots are a delicious side dish that is sweetened with a simple brown sugar sauce before serving on your holiday table. It's so easy! |

Candied Carrots

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Candied Carrots are a delicious side dish that is incredibly easy to make. Just boil the carrots until tender, then sweeten them with a brown sugar mixture before serving them on your holiday table. It's really that simple!


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)


  1. Place carrots in a large pot and cover with water to cover the carrots by about an inch. Heat over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Drain well and place the carrots back in the pot.
  2. In the same pot, add butter, sugar, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook until the butter and sugar has melted and the carrots are coated in the glaze, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.


How to store: Store leftover candied carrots in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to reheat: Either microwave the leftover carrots for a few minutes or bake them in a 350 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes until fully warmed.

How to freeze: Place your cooled leftovers in a freezer-safe container and freeze them for 2-3 months. Allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American