Quickly prep this Crockpot Glazed Carrots recipe with baby carrots, butter, honey, and brown sugar in less than 5 minutes! It’s the perfect side dish of tender carrots worthy of the holiday table and simple enough for busy weeknights!

Healthy side dish recipe for honey carrots with a brown sugar glaze that were made in a slow cooker.

Best Glazed Carrots Recipe

A side dish served regularly at dinner time growing up were brown sugar carrots with a sweet glaze. Even though my sister and I were picky eaters, we always savored those sweet carrots last. (Proof that your whole family will love them!)

As I got older, I wanted to recreate that sweet carrot recipe – but a bit healthier and easier to make.

Healthier because instead of using regular sugar to sweeten these baby carrots, we’ll use half honey and half brown sugar.

And yes, I said even easier than canned carrots because all you are going to do is plop your ingredients into your Crock-Pot and let it do the work for you!

(Don’t have a Crock-Pot or slow cooker?  You can also make a slightly different version of this recipe with these Instant Pot Glazed Carrots!)

While these glazed carrots can definitely make an easy side dish for busy weeknight dinners, they’re also a great recipe to make for your holiday dinners since they don’t take up much oven space! Serve them up for Easter, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas or any night of the week!

Two bags of mini baby carrots, honey, brown sugar, water, salt, and butter as the ingredients for a slow cooker carrots recipe.

Ingredients

  • Carrots. This recipe was originally created with a 2-pound bag of mini baby carrots.  Baby carrots have already been washed and peeled, helping you skip a step in the preparation process. You can always choose to use the carrot chips, or cut and peel regular carrots. The cooking time may vary depending on how thick you cut your carrots.
  • Honey. A little bit of natural sweetness helps to balance the brown sugar. Feel free to substitute this with pure maple syrup if you’re vegan.
  • Brown Sugar. Half of the sugar used in this recipe comes from brown sugar.  It does a better job of caramelizing the carrots and creating that delightful glaze than unrefined sugars do. However, if you would like to make this recipe Paleo and refined sugar free you can always use coconut sugar instead.
  • Water. A bit of water is needed to help steam the carrots and create enough moisture buildup in the slow cooker to make them tender. If you forget to add this, you will end up burning the carrots in the Crock-Pot!
  • Butter. This fat helps to balance out the sweetness from the sugars.  If vegan, you can substitute with coconut oil or a dairy-free butter substitute.
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How to Make Crockpot Glazed Carrots

Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.

1. Combine Ingredients

If you are peeling and cutting whole carrots, do this first. Remember, the bigger the pieces, the longer it will take to cook.

Start by dumping all of the carrots in the bottom of the Crockpot. A 6-quart size is best. If you have a smaller one, be sure to scale the recipe. If you are using a larger one, add a few extra tablespoons of water.

Pour the water over the carrots, then pile the brown sugar, honey, butter, and salt on top.

2. Slow Cook in Crock-Pot

Place the lid on the Crockpot.

If you have a little more time, cook these carrots for 6 to 8 hours on Low.

But if not, High for 5 to 6 hours should do it.

If you’re home during the day, give the carrots a good stir after 4 hours on High or 6 hours on Low. Watch the carrots and add some water if needed. But do not remove the lid more than absolutely necessary, as this will slow down the cooking.

They are done when the carrots are fork tender.

Recipe Tip

If you want a thicker glaze, remove the lid of the slow cooker and allow to cook on high for an additional 30 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.

A 6-quart Crock-Pot with baby carrots that have been cooked in a honey, brown sugar, and butter sauce until perfectly glazed.

3. Serve and Store

These honey glazed carrots are delicious with additional brown sugar, honey or a sprinkle of your favorite herb!

We served ours up with a sprinkle of fresh parsley from our herb garden.

Finely chopped rosemary, fresh thyme, or fresh dill would also taste great.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. 

A close-up of baby carrots covered in a honey glaze with parsley sprinkled on top.

FAQs

Do carrots get soft in the slow cooker?

It is so easy to prepare your carrots in the slow cooker. Be sure to add a bit of water so they steam and get fork-tender while cooking.

How do you soften carrots without boiling them?

While boiling carrots is an easy way to soften them, you can use your slow cooker, as well! Simply toss the carrots into your Crockpot with a little bit of water and you’re good to go.

What do I serve slow cooker carrots with?

You can serve these Crockpot carrots with your favorite weeknight meal, like baked chicken or hamburgers. But they are also perfect for a holiday celebration, as well.

Recipe Tips

  • Ooo baby, baby. A bag of baby carrots is so simple to use and saves a step in preparation!
  • Adjust the cook time. If you slice your own carrots, you might need to increase or decrease the time depending on their thickness.
  • Leave it alone. Don’t remove the lid more than absolutely necessary.
  • Don’t let it get dry. If needed, add a bit of water during cooking so the carrots don’t burn.
  • Feelin’ herby. Get creative with topping these veggies. So many herbs, like rosemary, thyme, parsley, and even sage are delicious on top.
Easy Easter side dish for honey carrots with a brown sugar glaze that were made in a slow cooker.

More Carrot Recipes

Put these sweet and savory carrot recipes on your menu next:

Other Delicious Side Dish Recipes

If you’re looking for sides to entertain a crowd, try one of these at your next holiday celebration:

Try using those spuds in so many different ways: these Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, Air Fryer Baked Potato, and Sweet Potato Casserole are always huge hits!

Or get in your greens with this Green Bean Casserole from Scratch, Air Fryer Broccoli, Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus, or Green Beans Almondine.

And you can’t forget the best side of all, this Cajun Cornbread Dressing with Sausage!

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Crockpot Glazed Carrots Recipe

Quickly prep this Crockpot Glazed Carrots recipe with baby carrots, butter, honey, and brown sugar in less than 5 minutes! It's a side dish worthy of the holiday table and simple enough for busy weeknights!
Yield 8 servings
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 5 hours
Total 5 hours 10 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 2 lbs. baby carrots
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar packed
  • 3 Tbsp. honey*
  • 3 Tbsp. butter* cut into 8 cubes
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Chopped fresh herbs optional

Instructions 

  • Combine Ingredients: Place carrots, water, brown sugar, honey, butter and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker.
    2 lbs. baby carrots, ¼ cup water, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 3 Tbsp. honey*, 3 Tbsp. butter*, ¼ tsp. salt
  • Cook in Crock-pot: Set slow cooker to High for 5-6 hours or Low for 6-8 hours. Stir carrots after 4-5 hours and continue cooking until carrots are fork tender. (If you want a thicker glaze, remove the lid of the slow cooker and allow to cook on high for an additional 30 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.)
  • Serve glazed carrots with chopped thyme, rosemary or dill and enjoy!
    Chopped fresh herbs
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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage
  • To Prep-Ahead: If you are peeling and chopping whole carrots, you can do that a day or two in advance. Additionally, you can also measure out all of the ingredients you will need, store them in a gallon-sized ziplock container, and add them to your slow cooker on the day of serving.
  • To Store: Keep leftover carrots in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Or, freeze these carrots in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 to 6 months.
  • To Reheat: You can warm these back up in a skillet or in the microwave.
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Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 276mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 15776IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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      1. When you say to make the pan is big enough, to double the recipe, Can it still be done in a 6 quart crock pot? Thank.

        1. If there is space for the carrots and they aren’t touching the top, a 6-quart crockpot should work. You might have to increase the cooking time, though. If you have a larger crockpot that would work, too.

  1. 5 stars
    I used Swerve brown sugar substitute to make this more diabetic friendly and it worked just fine. Couldn’t taste a difference from the full sugar version.

    1. That’s great to know about the Swerve, Cat! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating! 🙂

  2. These look great. I have made brown sugar carrots before but that recipe didn’t have honey in it. I will have to give this a try as my family loves carrots and we try to make them in as many different ways that we can so we never get tired of them.

    1. Great question, Kim! I bet if you reduced the cook time to about 4 hours on Low the carrots should be done! Would love to know how it turns out for you!