I love using my slow cooker for holiday meals - it makes dinner prep so easy! These Honey Butter Thyme Crockpot Glazed Carrots are one of my favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter... And even on busy weeknights, I appreciate the ease of whipping up a side dish that doesn’t give me too much work. Whenever I need something simple and delicious!This recipe is incredibly quick to prep, and the carrots come out so buttery, sweet and tender. They don't take all day to cook, but if you're short on time you may want to try my quick orange glazed carrots instead.
1.5poundscarrotspeeled, trimmed and cut into 1.5 inch pieces
1/2teaspoonfine sea salt
Place all ingredients in a 3.5 - 4 quart slow cooker.
Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until the carrots are tender. Lightly shake the crockpot WITHOUT removing the lid as soon as the butter has melted (about 15-30 minutes into cooking), to make sure the carrots are all coated.
To thicken the glaze, remove the lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon from time to time.
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Prep is incredibly easy for this recipe - just add everything to the crockpot, and you're basically done!Cook the carrots with the lid off for the final 10-15 minutes to thicken the glaze further, if you like.
Carrots: I just use regular old carrots and peel/slice them. You can absolutely use frozen sliced carrots, or baby carrots instead.Honey: You can use the same amount of brown sugar in place of the honey, if you prefer.Butter: The butter is absolutely delicious, but if you're fundamentally opposed to it, you can use your favorite heat-safe oil instead. Just a word of warning: Oils with a strong flavor will change the way this recipe tastes.
Melting the butter: There’s no need to melt the butter before adding it to the crockpot. After a while, I just hold down the lid lightly and give everything a shake – easy and way less hassle, plus one less dish to wash.Slow cooker size: Use a smaller crockpot – mine is just 3.5 quart. That way the carrots get a really nice glaze. In a large crockpot, you’ll want to make a double batch or you’ll risk a lot of burning.Thicker glaze: Make the glaze even glazier by removing the lid for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Stir a few times with a wooden spoon to make sure all the carrots are coated.Cooking on LOW: If you need them to cook for longer, cook them on LOW for 5-6 hours instead of cooking them on HIGH.Double batch: To feed a crowd, you can double the recipe. Use a 5-6 quart slow cooker instead, the cooking time doesn't change.