Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Carrots

4 Servings
5 hr 5 min

work like a charm for quick and easy dinners or as a side dish for a party. They require hardly any effort so you can concentrate on putting together the rest of your meal. These warm, sweet carrots practically melt in your mouth!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Carrots

This slow cooker carrots recipe has only four ingredients plus parsley for a garnish. All you need to do is put all the ingredients in the pot and cook for a few hours until they’re tender and delicious. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a party because it can cook while you do other things to get ready. Plus, it’s gluten-free. What could be simpler than that?!


Spruce up your holiday meal with some sugar-glazed carrots that you can make ahead of time and warm up in the microwave just before serving. There’s no need to bring any special equipment or use the host’s oven or stove to prep these carrots for serving. You can spend your time helping with other things, like cleaning up the kids’ spilled drinks.


How To Make Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Carrots:

Gather & measure out ingredients.

Spray the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.


Add the carrots to the slow cooker and top with brown sugar.

Sprinkle with the salt and dot with butter.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, stirring halfway.

Tips for success/variations:

Here are a few tips and variations that can make these the best slow-cooked baby carrots you’ve ever had.


  • Along with carrots, you can add other root vegetables like parsnips, sweet potatoes, winter squash, yams, or potatoes. Be sure to cut them all the same size so they cook evenly and are all done at the same time.
  • These slow cooker glazed carrots include butter, salt, carrots, and brown sugar. You could also use a bit of honey, vinegar, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, or coriander for different seasonings depending on what you’re in the mood for.
  • If you forgot to put the carrots in the crockpot early enough, you can easily make them on the stovetop instead. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and gently simmer until the carrots are tender and cooked all the way through but not mushy.

How to serve:

Some other dishes you can serve alongside these Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Carrots are French Onion Dip, Guacamole Deviled Eggs, Easy Peasy Pea Salad, or Chicken Bacon Ranch Poppers.


These carrots go great with these main dishes: Chicken Parmesan Crecsent Rolls, Honey Pecan Chicken, Instant Pot Chili, and Beef Enchilada Casserole.


How to store:

After the carrots are cooked, you can keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to five days.


They don’t do well frozen after they’ve already been cooked. You can, however, prep this dish ahead of time and then freeze it in a gallon-size freezer bag before cooking.


FAQs:

Why are my carrots still hard in the slow cooker?


If the carrots are still hard, then there wasn’t enough liquid in the slow cooker or they didn’t cook long enough. If you cooked them the full time, then try adding a little water to the pot before cooking next time.


How do you cook healthy carrots?


You can roast carrots and sprinkle them with a little brown sugar to make them healthier instead of cooking them glazing them with sugar and butter as this recipe calls for.


When should I add vegetables to the slow cooker?


You can go ahead and add hard root vegetables at the beginning of the cooking process. You should wait to add any soft vegetables until right before the end of the cooking time.


Are carrots keto-friendly?


Yes, carrots are alright to eat in a keto diet, although sugar is not. We recommend that you alter the dish a bit to be completely keto-friendly. You can roast or saute your carrots instead of glazing them with sugar.

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Carrots

Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 5 Hours Total time: 5 hr 5 min
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Ingredients


  • 2 pounds baby carrots
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish if desired

Instructions


Gather & measure ingredients.
Spray the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.
Add the carrots to the slow cooker and top with brown sugar.
Sprinkle with the salt and dot with butter.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, stirring halfway.

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Comments

  • Jod21663860 Jod21663860 on Dec 14, 2021

    Where is the liquid

    • Deborah McDonald Caten Deborah McDonald Caten on Dec 15, 2021

      When the butter and brown sugar melts, it will make enough to melt over the carrots. No liquids are needed to put in slow cooker.

  • Mary Gyuriseck Mary Gyuriseck on Dec 15, 2021

    I was making these carrots with the butter brown sugar glaze about 30 years ago. They are so good. My kids loved them, plus a way to get them to eat carrots.

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