Best basic glazed carrots plus 15 ingenious variations

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Thanksgiving Day calls for a sweet vegetable side dish that everyone can enjoy. So turn to the classic, glazed carrots! A good root vegetable is a necessity on your Thanksgiving table!

Best basic glazed carrots

Yield 4


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Slice the carrots into 1/4-inch "wheels."
  2. Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and salt and toss with the melted butter.
  3. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add the sugar and pepper and stir.
  4. Pour in the broth. Cover with a lid and cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. Uncover and turn heat to medium-high. Toss the carrots once or twice to keep them moving, and cook away most of the liquid.


Adapted from Simply Recipes

Courses Side dish

Cuisine American

Brown butter and honey glazed carrots

We don’t know what’s more delicious, homemade brown butter or raw honey, so just combine them in this Brown butter and honey glazed carrots from 3 Boys Unprocessed.

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Roasted brown sugar carrots

These Roasted brown sugar carrots from Chef-In-Training are spectacular! If you are on the hunt for an easy and tasty vegetable side dish, this one is a winner! A sweet and garlic flavor combine for one mouthwatering recipe!

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Apricot glazed carrots with bacon and jalapeños

These Apricot glazed carrots with bacon and jalapeños from The Beach House Kitchen are slightly sweet, slightly savory, and 100% easy and delicious. The perfect side for your Thanksgiving table.

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Ginger orange glazed carrots

These Ginger orange glazed carrots from Flavor the Moments are fresh, colorful, crisp and braised in orange juice, ginger, and maple syrup–yum!

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Honey balsamic carrots

The glaze is the star in this recipe for Honey balsamic carrots from Budget Bytes and will leave you wanting to toss all your vegetables in a honey balsamic glaze.

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Maple glazed carrots

Leave the skins on these Maple glazed carrots from The Blond Cook, prepared with a sweet and tangy glaze.

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Roasted ginger soy glazed carrots

These sweet and salty Roasted ginger soy glazed carrots with a spicy kicky from Savoury Table will make you look at glazed carrots in a whole new way!

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Honey mustard & rosemary glazed carrots

Dijon and fresh rosemary make these Honey mustard & rosemary glazed carrots from The Healthy Foodie no-brainer.

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Jelly glazed baby carrots

Believe it or not, a cocktail meatball sauce is used to make these Jelly glazed baby carrots from Dine & Dish. Hey, why not?!

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Whiskey glazed carrots

Entice even the pickiest adult eaters with these Whiskey glazed carrots from My Catholic Kitchen.

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Vegan grilled curry glazed carrots

The gorgeous Vegan grilled curry glazed carrots from Funny Love have an exotic twist with the addition of curry, and they’re grilled!

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Tarragon glazed carrots

So easy to make, these tender Tarragon glazed carrots from A Teaspoon of Happiness are sweet and savory.

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Crunchy sesame and ginger honey glazed carrots

Add some Asian flavors to your Thanksgiving menu with Crunchy sesame and ginger honey glazed carrots from Coffee and Vanilla.

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Bacon glazed carrots

Did you say “bacon glaze?” This Bacon glazed carrots by It Is a Keeper will have guests returning for seconds.

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Ranch glazed carrots

Who doesn’t love ranch? Everyone does, that’s why these Ranch glazed carrots by Mom’s Test Kitchen are sure to be a hit.

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