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Everyone loves Honey Glazed Carrots, especially during the Holidays! This easy side dish made with honey and orange juice makes a delicious buttery and sweet addition to your dinner and only takes 30 min from start to finish!

Carrots in a large skillet glazed with honey.

Honey Glazed Carrots taste sweet, buttery, and make a great side dish for Thanksgiving and Easter, but are easy enough to make every day! This recipe is made in one skillet from start to finish and takes only 30 minutes, including peeling and slicing the carrots.

I love this stove top version because you don’t need to make space in the oven, and it’s super simple to make. Cooking them in a skillet makes it really easy to get them cooked perfectly so they have just the right amount of crunchiness.

Our whole family loves this easy veggie side dish, it’s a Holiday staple together with our Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon!

Why make this recipe

  • Saves space in the oven for the main dishes
  • Done in less than 30 minutes
  • Carrots can be prepped ahead of time
  • Family-favorite – kids and adults love this simple side dish
  • Simple, easy to make with inexpensive ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Carrots – You can use orange or rainbow carrots for this recipe. I prefer to use whole carrots, but you can also use baby carrots. Just make sure to cut the carrots the same size to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Butter – Using butter instead of oil adds so much flavor. I recommend using unsalted butter, especially if you are sensitive to salt. Salted butter works too, but you have to adjust the amount of salt at the end.
  • Honey – Any honey works, but I prefer to use regular honey because it doesn’t overpower the dish.
  • Orange juice – Fresh or store-bought orange juice work. The juice adds some sourness to balance out the sweetness of the honey.

How to make this recipe

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found at the bottom of the page on the printable recipe card.

Collage of steps for honey glazed carrots.
  1. Prep the carrots: Peel carrots with a vegetable peeler and remove the top part. Cut them into 2.5-inch long pieces, then half or quarter the pieces lengthwise, depending on thickness. All pieces should be similarly sized.
  2. Sauté carrots: In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat, add carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Then add water and cook for about 5 more minutes until the water has reduced to about 1/3 and the carrots are nearly tender.
  3. Glaze carrots: Add honey and orange juice. Cook for 2 more minutes while stirring until everything is evenly glazed and the sauce has thickened.
  4. Finish the dish: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and serve hot!

Julia’s Tips

  • You can make this recipe with baby carrots or regular carrots
  • Dress this simple dish up by using rainbow carrots
  • Make sure the carrots are sliced evenly so they cook at the same rate
  • Cooking carrots on the stove top makes it easy to cook them just the way you like them. Cook them for a few more minutes if you prefer them softer
  • Add more honey if you prefer your carrots sweeter
  • You can use fresh orange juice or store bought orange juice
  • You can substitute the honey for maple syrup for maple glazed carrots
  • The parsley is mainly for decoration and can be left out
  • Spray your measuring cup with oil spray before measuring the honey, this way it will slide out easier
  • The carrots can be peeled and cut 1–2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container

Recipe FAQs

How long to boil carrots?

The cooking time depends on the size of the carrots and how crunchy you like them. This recipe has a relatively short boiling time because the carrots are small. It only takes 12 minutes to cook the perfect carrots.

Do you Have to Peel Carrots?

No, you don’t necessarily have to peel carrots, but for the best flavor and texture, it is recommended to peel them. Eating the peel is perfectly safe after you washed and scrubbed the carrots, but the peel might have a slightly bitter or soapy taste, so it is better to peel the carrots.

How to cut carrots?

You can cut the carrots into sticks as shown, or cut them into slices so they look like coins. Slicing them at an angle makes for a great presentation, too. To save time, you can also use peeled baby carrots.

Glazed Carrots in a serving bowl with an orange next to it.

Leftovers

Store any leftover glazed carrots in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days. Reheat them in a skillet or in the microwave.

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5 from 4 votes

Honey Glazed Carrots

Easy Honey Glazed Carrots make a healthy side dish the whole family will love! This stove top recipe is perfect for Holidays like Easter and Thanksgiving.
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ pounds carrots
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice, or more
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley, to garnish

Instructions 

  • Peel carrots and cut into 2.5-inch long pieces and half or quarter lengthwise.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat, add carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Then add water and cook for about 5 more minutes until the water has boiled down.
  • Add honey and orange juice, stir. Cook for another 1–2 minutes or until the carrots are completely coated, hot, and the sauce has thickened.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and parsley.

Notes

  • You can make this recipe with baby carrots or regular carrots
  • Dress this simple dish up by using rainbow carrots
  • Make sure the carrots are sliced evenly so they cook at the same rate
  • Cooking carrots on the stove top makes it easy to cook them just the way you like them. Cook them for a few more minutes if you prefer them softer
  • Add more honey if you prefer your carrots sweeter
  • You can use fresh orange juice or store bought orange juice
  • You can substitute the honey for maple syrup for maple glazed carrots
  • The parsley is mainly for decoration and can be left out
  • Spray your measuring cup with oil spray before measuring the honey, this way it will slide out easier
  • The carrots can be peeled and cut 1–2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 19228IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

    1. Oh, I’m so sorry, looks like I forgot to add it to the instructions. It gets added with the honey. I will correct this asap. Thank you for catching my mistake!