These best Glazed Carrots are exactly like grandma made: golden, buttery, and tender, with just the right amount of sweetness. This 20-minute side dish of Glazed Carrots is destined to become a mainstay on your family dinner menu.

Glazed carrots in a saucepan.

When it comes to classic comfort food, I’m known to take things very seriously. I tested this recipe until I thought my skin was going to turn orange. I just couldn’t believe that the best recipe for Glazed Carrots, also known as Vichy Carrots, was also the simplest. It is!

“Don’t mess with a good thing,” my grandma always said, and she’s right.

As it happens, carrots don’t need a whole lot of TLC to really shine. This 20-minute recipe calls for just chicken stock, butter, sugar, and lemon juice. And of course, carrots.

Many Glazed Carrots recipes call for orange juice, but I’ve found that lemon juice really makes this dish pop, turning ordinary glazed carrots into extraordinary ones. The acidity really accentuates all of the other supporting cast members in this side dish.

But if you want to try making Glazed Carrots with maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar, or even prefer orange Glazed Carrots, I’ll explain how to make this Glazed Carrots recipe your own.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Glazed Carrots Recipe

Recipe ingredients

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Ingredient notes

  • Carrots: If you actually find honest-to-goodness baby carrots, use them. But don’t seek out the little stubs sold in plastic bags. I always prefer to use regular-sized carrots, cut into slices for the recipe. The slices tend to hold the glaze and cook better. Commercially available “baby carrots” are actually just processed huge carrots that are not ideal to sell whole. They’re run through a sort of rock tumbler to break them up and smooth their edges. They’re okay for snacking, but they never cook up as tender as a regular carrot.
  • Chicken broth: Store-bought or homemade chicken broth. Or vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian side dish recipe.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a large skillet, add carrots, chicken or vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon) and toss to combine.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook covered, stirring occasionally until the carrots are almost tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Uncover, return to a boil, and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced to about 4 tablespoons, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the butter and remaining sugar. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots are completely tender and the glaze is lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice and season with pepper to taste.
Glazed carrots in a saucepan.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes six 2/3-cup side dish-sized servings of Glazed Carrots.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: The carrots can be peeled and cut up to 2 weeks in advance. For best results, store them covered with water in the refrigerator.
  • Sweeten the deal: If you prefer alternatives to sugar, replace the 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar with an equal amount of brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
  • Or opt for orange: It’s super popular to make orange Glazed Carrots. Instead of the lemon juice, add ¼ cup orange juice and garnish with fresh orange zest.
  • Dress them up: If you have fresh parsley or chives handy, they are ideal to add just before serving for a bright pop of color and garden-fresh flavor. I also adore a handful of chopped walnuts, pecans, or pistachios for a lovely crunchy, salty element.

Recipe FAQs

Do I have to peel my carrots?

Technically, you don’t have to peel carrots, ever. As long as you scrub them well to remove all the dirt, they are perfectly safe and offer a lovely earthy quality when unpeeled. However, some people don’t like the taste of carrot skin and, depending on the carrot, it might taste a hint bitter. So, I recommend peeling the carrots before cooking this recipe.

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Glazed carrots in a silver skillet.

Glazed Carrots

These best Glazed Carrots are exactly like grandma made: golden, buttery, and tender, with just the right amount of sweetness. This 20-minute side dish of Glazed Carrots is destined to become a mainstay on your family dinner menu.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings (2/3 cup each)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 145

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds carrots peeled and cut on the bias into 2-inch by 1/4-inch pieces, about 12 carrots
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter cut into four pieces
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet, add carrots, chicken or vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon) and toss to combine.
  • Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook covered, stirring occasionally until the carrots are almost tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Uncover, return to a boil, and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced to about 4 tablespoons, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter and remaining sugar. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots are completely tender and the glaze is lightly golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice and season with pepper to taste.

Notes

  1. Carrots: If you actually find honest-to-goodness baby carrots, use them. But don’t seek out the little stubs sold in plastic bags. I always prefer to use regular-sized carrots, cut into slices for the recipe. The slices tend to hold the glaze and cook better. Commercially available “baby carrots” are actually just processed huge carrots that are not ideal to sell whole. They’re run through a sort of rock tumbler to break them up and smooth their edges. They’re okay for snacking, but they never cook up as tender as a regular carrot.
  2. Chicken broth: Store-bought or homemade chicken broth. Or vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian side dish recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.67cupCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 281mgPotassium: 520mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 25377IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Rose, yes! Make sure to cool the carrots completely and store in an airtight container. Reheat to 165 degrees and take care not to over cook them. Enjoy – Meggan

  1. These are delicious. I’ve been following the ATK recipe that is almost exactly this same recipe for years. It’s a family favorite.5 stars