Crock Pot Honey Carrots

According to every home entertaining article I’ve read,  one of the secrets to throwing a stress-free party is to write out a to-the-minute timeline of the entire day leading up to the event. Maybe if I ever host Queen Elizabeth (of England) or Queen Ina Garten (of the Hamptons), I’ll employ this tactic. Until then, I’ve found two far easier methods to make multi-course meals simpler to execute. The first is to outsource side dishes like these Crock Pot Honey Carrots to my slow cooker.

Easy Glazed Crock Pot Honey Carrots. Even your picky eaters will not be able to resist this recipe! @wellplated

The second is to make sure my husband is  available and willing to handle my last-minute panic attacks and desperate requests.

Maybe I should consider writing that timeline after all.

Glazed Crock Pot Honey Carrots. The easiest, best way to make carrots. Kids love them and the slow cooker does the work! @wellplated

In all seriousness, the next time you need an easy side dish with wide curb appeal, these Crock Pot Honey Carrots will ride to your rescue. Naturally sweet carrots are a kid-friendly gateway vegetable, and the addition of fresh orange zest, a drizzle of honey, and a touch of butter makes this recipe interesting for adults too.

How to make glazed honey carrots in the crock pot @wellplated

If you do happen to be making a party timeline, you can note the step “peel and cut carrots” up to two days in advance. Store the cut, peeled carrots in your refrigerator, then when you are ready to cook, toss them into the crock pot along with the honey, butter, and orange. Cover, walk away, and the slow cooker does the rest!

Easy Glazed Honey Carrots, made in the crock pot! @wellplated

The honey carrots cook in about 6 hours on low, but if you are pressed for time (or, um, forget to turn on the crock pot at the opportune moment), you can speed them along on high and have them ready in as few as two hours. I like to leave my carrots pleasantly plump in size, but if you are truly in a rush, smaller cut carrots will cook even more quickly.

The easiest way to make carrots: In the slow cooker! These easy slow cooker honey carrots are sweet and irresistible. @wellplated

The next time you are hosting (Easter perhaps?) or just need a easy, healthy side dish recipe (tonight?), Crock Pot Honey Carrots are practically a freebie. The prep work is so breezy, your little bunnies can assist, and the crock pot does the cooking. Even the Queen(s) could not resist!

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Crock Pot Honey Carrots

Sweet and buttery honey carrots, made easy in the crock pot! Honey and orange zest add a special flavor, and kids love this recipe too!

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4-6 hours (on low); 2-3 hours (on high)

Total Time: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds carrots (do not use baby carrots)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Peel the carrots and slice into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan or a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Pour into the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add the honey, orange zest, and salt, then stir to combine. Add the carrots and stir to coat.
  3. Cover the the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours until tender, stirring once halfway through. Serve warm, garnished with parsley.

Carrots can be peeled and sliced up to 2 days in advance. Store leftovers in the refrigerator—the butter will harden on the outside but melt again and be delicious when the leftover carrots are reheated.

All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 8)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 118
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Protein: 1g

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

16 comments

  1. My spirit animal is a rabbit so these make me so happy!! :) Thanks so much for sharing Erin, happy Friday! <3

  2. Crock Pots are truly life savers when it comes to entertaining! I’m loving this recipe, Erin. My husband is an absolute sucker for baked carrots, so I know he’ll go crazy over these. Can’t wait to try them! 

  3. these look yummy!

  4. Woooow these look so delicious, I could eat them as a meal by themselves! Love that gorgeous glaze they get :D the orange zest sounds like a perfect addition.

  5. Yumm yummmm! I love carrots with honey but never thought to cook them in the slow cooker! Me thinks this is perfect for Easter. ;) 

  6. Looks great. Why can’t you use baby carrots?

  7. wow this looks so flavourful! I love carrots with honey. It is a clever idea to cook them in a slow cooker!

  8. I took these to the neighborhood Easter Celebration in the park yesterday, and they were a huge hit with the kids and parents alike. So easy to make as well. I had some fresh Italian parsley from our local farm’s CSA that was put to good use in this dish. Really a crowd pleaser and perfect timing for our potluck event in the park.

  9. I am cooking them now and the house smells wonderful!!I tasted them and they are delicious! I am making them to go with cream of mushroom chicken.. thank you!

  10. Hi Erin! I love this recipe. I first made it for Easter, and now I’m getting ready to make it for a larger crowd. How long should I cook them in the crock pot if I double the recipe? Thanks!!

    • Hi Dawn! I’m so happy you loved these at Easter and am honored you are making them again. I’ve never doubled the recipe, so I can’t say for certain how long you’d need to extend the cooking time. I’d start with an extra half hour, then check every 15 minutes or so from there depending on how it’s going, stirring every now and then too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. I added 50 gm of cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon dripping or goose fat to add its taste. I need to say that it’s one of the tastiest dishes which I have tried till now. I tried your Brocooli Cannaberry salad for the first time, and my son Nicky loved it,. I shared your website with my colleagues Shamil and patricia who just enjoys trying out these types of recipes with carrot.
    Kately suggested to me a website with varieties of Lebanese recipes which look delicious. I have tried carrot pie made in Lebanon style and yes it was really awesome dish. I am sharing the link for those who want to try out different cuisines http://www.nestle-family.com/recipes/english/levant-recipes.aspx

    Rating: 4
    • Shetyla, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed both of these recipes! Thanks for sharing the Lebanese recipe website too. That carrot pie sounds wonderful!

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