Crock Pot Honey Carrots

Honey Carrots made in a slow cooker come out tender, sweet, buttery and completely delicious. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this easy side dish is one of the best crock pot recipes for kids, because everyone loves 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.

dish of sweet honey carrots and a spoon for serving

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 in a serving dish

Honey Carrots – a Veggie Hater’s New Best Friend

In all seriousness, the next time you need an easy side dish with wide curb appeal, honey carrots made in a slow cooker 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. (Want more kid friendly recipes with veggies? Check out Trish’s recipe for Veggie Crescent Bites or Kirsten’s Very Veggie Marinara Sauce.)

peeling and cutting carrots to make honey butter carrots in a slow cooker

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!

honey glazed carrots in a slow cooker

This honey carrots recipe cooks 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.

white serving bowl of honey carrots garnished with fresh parsley

The next time you are hosting (Easter perhaps?) or just need an easy, healthy side dish recipe (tonight?), 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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honey carrots made in a slow cooker
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Crock Pot Honey Carrots

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs
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!


  • 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


  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.

Recipe Notes

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.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot Honey Carrots, Easy Side Dish, Healthy Slow Cooker Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 8)) — Calories: 118, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 150mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 17g, Protein: 1g

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About Erin Clarke

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


  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. shawnna griffin Reply

    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?

    • Hi Mel! Although you can certainly try, baby carrots, which are chopped up and processed regular carrots, tend to be more watery and less flavorful, so for a long cooking time as in this recipe, I really recommend using larger carrots. They hold up better in the slow cooker and will be much tastier.

  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

    • 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!

  12. Will this work in an Instapot as well?

    • Hi Sue, I have not tested the recipe in an Instant Pot, but since a certain water level is needed in the IP, and this recipe as written doesn’t use any, I’m not sure how it would come out. If you decide to experiment, I’d search online for similar carrot recipes for timing guidelines.

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