Sweet Candied Carrots

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Dec. 01, 2023
These tender, vibrant candied carrots have a buttery glaze and a mild sweetness. This is a simple dish, but it sure makes carrots seem special. —P. Lauren Fay-Neri, Syracuse, New York


  • 2 pounds carrots, sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. Place carrots in a large saucepan; add 1 in. water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, combine the butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper; cook and stir until butter is melted. Return carrots to the pan; cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until glazed. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Candied Carrots Tips

How do you store candied carrots?

Like other carrot dishes, this candied carrots recipe lasts for about three to five days when stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Here's how long other leftovers last.

Can you make candied carrots ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this candied carrots recipe ahead of time. You can boil the carrots before putting on the brown sugar "candy" coating.

How else can you cook candied carrots?

For a variation on this candied carrots recipe, you could cook the carrots in a slow cooker, like in this brown sugar–glazed baby carrots recipe. Or prepare your carrots in a pressure cooker and coat them with the candy coating on the stovetop. Learn more about how to cook vegetables in your Instant Pot.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 125 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein.