Last modified on December 21st, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Honey Glazed Carrots

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

Close-up of a honey glazed carrot slice.

My dad always made a version of these honey glazed carrots when were camping while I was growing up, and I love to make them in our home now. They are an amazing and easy side dish for any meal and are even a great addition to your holiday table!

The only trick involved in making these easy honey glazed carrots is patience. You do need to let them cook long enough to soften and then afterward let them brown up slightly in the pan.

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 quickly and evenly if they are different sizes.

Ingredients for honey glazed carrots.

I like to let these cook and brown a bit in the pan before adding the liquid because I think it adds a nice flavor and visual appeal to the honey glazed carrots.

You can use baby carrots or whole carrots, it really doesn’t matter. If I’m going for ease, I totally use baby carrots and don’t even cut them. If I’m serving this dish with a holiday meal, I use whole carrots and cut them on a diagonal just to make it look a little fancy.

Cast iron skillet with honey glazed carrots.

And, as usual, I never peel carrots. Peel away if the skins bother you but if you’re lazy like me just leave ’em be.  🙂

Thyme may seem like an interesting addition but I love the flavor combination with the sweetness of the carrots and the honey. If you don’t have fresh thyme, of course, use dried. It will still be delicious! Parsley is also a good substitute if you don’t have any thyme.

Be sure to save this recipe for holiday cooking – it is a fantastic side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast!

Close-up of a honey glazed carrot slice.
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Easy Caramelized Carrots

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

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword caramelized carrots, honey carrots, honey glazed carrots
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 171 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


  • 1 pound carrots chopped (see note)
  • 1 cup water or broth, extra may be needed
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 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, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the water (or broth) 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 reduced and thick (about 1/3 cup left), remove from the heat and add the remaining tablespoon butter, thyme, salt, and pepper.

  5. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Recipe Notes

Baby carrots or whole carrots can be used. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Caramelized Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Potassium 375mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 18g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 386%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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These easy honey glazed carrots are made on the stovetop with a simple butter, honey and thyme recipe that is perfect for every day, or the holidays!

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  • Reply
    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Carrots are always the vegetable I’ve never really liked, so it’s good to know I have at least one recipe I like them in!

  • Reply
    Ashley LaMar
    December 8, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    This is one of my favorite ways to eat carrots. We make a recipe very similar to this and it’s always a crowd pleaser.

    • Reply
      December 10, 2017 at 3:26 PM

      I totally agree, Ashley! A crowd pleaser every time. Thanks for the comment!

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