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 171kcal
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


  • 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.
  • Add the water (or broth) and the honey. Stir to combine and bring the water to a boil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.


Baby carrots or whole carrots can be used. 


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 19300IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.8mg