Easy Caramelized Carrots

Easy Caramelized Carrots

This past weekend we took our last camping trip before this new baby comes. We love to camp and even though it can be a challenge with a toddler and when you’re pregnant, it seemed silly to put off doing the things we love “until Abe’s older” or “I’m not pregnant” or whatever the excuse that comes to mind may be.

We just plan on getting less sleep and taking some naps and it usually all works out! My dad always made a version of these carrots when would camp growing up, and I made my own versionΒ on this trip. Easy caramelized carrots are a great side dish for camping, they are so easy and they go with anything!

The only trick involved with making these easy caramelized carrots is patience. You do need to let them cook long enough to soften and then afterwards let them brown up slightly in the pan {my favorite is a cast iron skillet}. Nothing about this recipe is hard, you’ll just need to wait and give yourself enough time to make it so the carrots can soften.

These easy caramelized carrots are made on the stovetop with a simple butter, honey and thyme recipe that is perfect for everyday, or the holidays!

These carrots turn out best when cooked in a cast iron skillet. I love cast iron because it heats very evenly and keeps the temperature in the pan constant. This helps the carrots cook more quickly and evenly if they are different sizes.

The cast iron alsoΒ adds the perfect touch of brown on the skinsΒ after the liquid has simmered away. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, don’t worry! You can still make these and they will still be delicious. But a good cast iron skillet is probably the most useful and affordable kitchen tool you’ll ever buy πŸ™‚ .

Easy Caramelized Carrots

It was fun prepping the food for this camping trip, the carrots, onions, and potatoes all came from my garden! Which makes everything that much more delicious, right?


What are some of your favorite camping recipes?! Also, be sure to save this recipe for holiday cooking – it is a fantastic side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast!

Serves 4-6

Easy Caramelized Carrots

These easy caramelized carrots are made on the stovetop with a simple butter, honey and thyme recipe that is perfect for everyday, or the holidays!

5 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups baby carrots or whole carrots, washed well and chopped into about 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet (I used a 12 inch), heat 2 tablespoons of the butter until melted. Add carrots and cook lightly until they start to brown a little bit.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups water and the honey. Stir to combine and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer on low until the carrots become tender, about 30 minutes. Check the water throughout this time and add more if it gets low.
  4. When the carrots are tender and the liquid is almost completely reduced, remove from the heat and add the remaining tablespoon butter, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings.
135 cal
9 g
15 g
1 g

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