Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

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These Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots are one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make! The brown sugar creates a gorgeous glaze and sweetness over the carrots as they bake.

Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

Say goodbye to boiled canned carrots and hello to your new favorite side dish.

Brown sugar-roasted carrots are one of those recipes that’s perfect all year long. It doesn’t matter if you need roasted veggies for Easter dinner or something you can pop in the oven on busy weeknights.

I love recipes that allow the ingredients and oven to do all the work. As the brown sugar melts, it creates a beautiful glaze over rich, sweet, and delicious carrots.

I wanted to keep the base recipe super simple, so all you need is a few ingredients but definitely have fun with the herbs and spices you use!

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Key Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to whip up these delicious brown sugar-glazed carrots on busy weeknights.

Whole carrots

I love using whole carrots, especially heirloom carrots (white, purple, and yellow). They look better for presentation and are readily available.

Oil

I always have avocado or olive oil on hand. We use the oil to keep the carrots from sticking to the sheet pan but also as glue for the brown sugar and spices.

Dark brown sugar

Whenever I get a chance to use brown sugar, dark brown sugar is my choice! The deep molasses flavor plays well with the natural sweetness of carrots.

Seasonings

I kept this really simple, kosher salt, black pepper, and dry thyme.

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How to make Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots recipe?

Making these brown sugar glazed carrots is really easy. After you toss them in the brown sugar seasoning mix, the oven will do all the work, and 40 minutes later, you’ll be eating good!

Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel carrots and remove the tops and bottoms, then cut carrots in half lengthwise.

Toss carrots in oil in a large bowl or on a sheet pan. Mix brown sugar, salt, pepper, and thyme in a medium bowl.

Season carrots evenly with the seasoning mix. Place in a single layer on a lined baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and bake for 40 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the carrots.

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Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks

Here are a few notes I had from making this wonderful glazed roasted carrots recipe.

  • You can use baby carrots instead of whole carrots.
  • Did you know baby carrots are whole carrots shaved down?
  • Cut larger carrots in quarters.
  • Feel free to use light brown sugar instead of dark brown.
  • I recommend garlic powder, onion powder, red chili flakes, Italian seasoning, and cayenne pepper.
  • You can use melted butter instead of oil or use a blend of both.
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FAQs

Here are the top questions readers have about brown sugar roasted carrots.


Why are my roasted carrots tough?

Your roasted carrots are tough because they need more time to cook. You’ll know when they’re finished when a small knife or fork can easily pierce the carrot.

Is it better to boil or roast carrots?

This depends on your time and the flavor you want to develop. Boiling carrots take about 20-30 minutes, and roasting carrots takes 40-45 minutes. Boiling will create a softer carrot with a nice glaze. Roasting carrots will make a tender carrot with a slight bite but with a deeper roasted flavor and sweetness.

Can you make glazed carrots ahead of time?

Yep! You can glaze your carrots ahead of time, and the glaze will keep them moist and tender without drying them out.

Can you soak fresh carrots in sugar water to make them sweet?

No, carrots are not porous, so they will not absorb moisture. Soaking fresh carrots in sugar water will be in vain and a waste of your time.

When a recipe calls for brown sugar, should we assume it means packed brown sugar?

Yes! Any recipe that calls for brown sugar should be packed to get a more accurate measurement.

Can you substitute brown sugar with stevia?

You can use a brown sugar stevia blend for a healthier glazed carrot recipe. My preferred brand to use is Truvia brown sugar blend.

How to store leftover glazed carrots?

Brown sugar roasted carrots are best 3 days after but will be fresh for 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Keep in a freezer storage bag for 3 months.

Reheat carrots in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes or until hot.

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Before You Begin

Here are my steps for getting organized before I start anything.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F before pulling the ingredients out.

Step 2: Put everything measured into individual bowls.

Step 3: Follow the recipe and get ready for the best brown sugar glazed carrots you’ve ever had.

Try this recipe if you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to make carrots a little more special. All you need is brown sugar, oil, and fresh carrots – it’s that simple! So why not give it a try? And once you do, be sure to leave a comment and rating to let me know how you liked it.

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Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

Kenneth Temple
These Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots are one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make! The brown sugar creates a gorgeous glaze over the carrots.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4 persons
Calories 330 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3.5 lbs. whole carrots peeled, halved
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel carrots and remove the tops and bottoms, then cut carrots in half lengthwise. Toss carrots in oil in a large bowl or on a sheet pan. Mix brown sugar, salt, pepper, and thyme in a medium bowl. Season carrots evenly with the seasoning mix.
  • Place in a single layer on a lined baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce carrots.

Notes

Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks
Here are a few notes I had from making this wonderful glazed roasted carrots recipe.
  • You can use baby carrots instead of whole carrots.
  • Did you know baby carrots are whole carrots shaved down?
  • Cut larger carrots in quarters.
  • Feel free to use light brown sugar instead of dark brown.
  • I recommend garlic powder, onion powder, red chili flakes, Italian seasoning, and cayenne pepper.
  • You can use melted butter instead of oil or use a blend of both.
Storage:
Brown sugar roasted carrots are best 3 days after but will be fresh for 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge. 
Keep in a freezer storage bag for 3 months.
Reheat carrots in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes or until hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 863mgPotassium: 1312mgFiber: 11gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 66316IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 2mg
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