Our super quick and easy Skillet Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are caramelized in their glaze with the added hint of garlic from the whole cloves, for a tasty sweet and savory flavor! This family approved vegetable side dish takes just 15 minutes, start to finish, so it’s on the table for dinner in no time at all.
Whether our skillet carrots are part of a weeknight dinner, or part of a holiday dinner, they are always a favorite…and there’s never any leftovers!
Of course, you can use any skillet you have on hand. However, we love the added flavor that comes from the magical way that cast iron skillets brown the carrots (or meats, dutch babies!, or whatever you cook in them). Another wonderful plus when using cast iron skillets, is that you can pan sear your carrots as we have here – or make an oven roasted version, in the same dish.
With relatively few ingredients, the buttery brown sugar flavor really stands out on these carrots! And whether your oven is already in use (with say, a Thanksgiving turkey taking up all the room) or you’re just looking to save time on roasting, you will be impressed with the like-roasted results. The carrots turn out melt in your mouth tender, which is why these will instantly turn into one of your go-to dishes!
Last Updated: November 26th, 2019
Our Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Dishes
- Oven Roasted Turkey
- Parmesan Roasted Mashed Potatoes
- Classic Turkey Gravy
- Skillet Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots (this page)
This family favorite is a go-to recipe for oven roasted quality, perfectly seasoned caramelised carrots!
- 2 lb carrots (washed and cut into even size pieces)
- 4 cloves garlic (peeled, whole)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
- 2 Tbsp butter (salted)
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp parsley (fresh, chopped)
Bring your cast iron skillet to medium high heat with the Tbsp of olive oil. Once heated, add cut carrots and turn to coat all sides. Allow to cook for about 5 - 7 minutes without stirring, allowing sides to brown.
Add the butter and brown sugar, stir to combine the brown sugar throughout the melted butter.
Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally while your glaze sauce forms.
Remove from heat, transfer to your servish dish and sprinkle with parsley (optional garnish).
If you choose to decrease or increase the serving size, the carrots should have approximately the same cooking time so long as they are not piled in many layers in your skillet.