These slow cooker orange glazed carrots are sweetened by brown sugar and honey, infused with citrus, and seasoned with warm spices. They are the perfect vegetable side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just for a simple dinner with the fam.
I wanted to try a new veggie side last year for Thanksgiving, so I decided to go for a new glazed carrot recipe. We already have a honey roasted carrot recipe on the blog, but I wanted something that could be done in the slow cooker. I’m all about keeping the oven as free as possible on Thanksgiving!
These ended up being such a hit with my kiddos that I just knew they’d be great for any Sunday dinner or even Easter dinner! They usually turn their noses up at cooked carrots, but they gobbled these right up!
Ingredients for Glazed Carrot Recipe
You are going to need carrots of course! Then you’ll need a few ingredients to infuse the carrots with loads of flavor. Finally a slurry of cornstarch and water to create that thick glaze. Here is your grocery list:
- Baby Carrots
- Brown Sugar
- Orange Zest
- Orange Juice
The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.
How to Make Our Glazed Carrot Recipe
This is the ultimate set it and forget it recipe. You simply combine all the ingredients for the glaze (brown sugar, honey, orange juice, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt) in the slow cooker. Then add the carrots and fold them in. Cook for 3-4 hours on low. Whisk the cornstarch and water together then add it to the slow cooker and stir. Then cook for another 1-2 hours until the carrots are tender (not mushy, please!).
Can I Use Regular Carrots?
I know there are baby carrot haters out there, so yes, you can definitely use regular carrots. I usually just use whatever I have in the fridge. Peel 2 pounds of regular carrots and just cut them into about 1 inch chunks. Then proceed with the instructions as written. You can cut them a little thinner if you want them to cook faster.
How Long Will Cooked Carrots Keep?
If kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container, they will keep for 3-5 days.
How Do You Store Fresh Carrots?
To store fresh carrots, remove the tops, and clean the.
Wrap in a damp paper towel and store in the coolest part of the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
What to Eat with Glazed Carrots?
These go great with any of your traditional main dishes – turkey, ham, chicken, beef or fish. Here are a few of our top recommendations:
- Brown Sugar Ham
- Garlic Butter Steak
- Whole Roasted Chicken
- Oven Roasted Turkey
- Prime Rib
- Garlic Butter Salmon
They are great for any menu where you need a vegetable side dish!
I am all about easy side dishes that can be started earlier in the day and left to cook until dinner time! One less thing to prep in the hustle and bustle of making dinner. Slow cooker orange glazed carrots will be having everyone coming back for seconds on the veggies. That never happens, but these are THAT good!
More Vegetables Recipes:
- Oven Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans & Carrots
- Roasted Vegetables
- Grilled Vegetables
- Roasted Root Veggies
- Pesto Veggie Foil Packets
- One Pan Roasted Lemon Chicken and Veggies
- Sheet Pan Kielbasa
- All SIDE DISHES here!
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Slow Cooker Orange Glazed Carrots
- 2 Pounds Baby Carrots
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
- 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Butter salted
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 4 teaspoons Corn Starch
- 1/4 cup Water cold
- In a 3 quart slow cooker, combine the brown sugar, honey, orange zest, orange juice, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stirring to combine.
- Fold in the carrots.
- Cook on low until carrots are tender, about 3-4 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Open the slow cooker lid and slowly stir in the slurry.
- Cook an additional 1-2 hours or until tender and thickened.
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