Slow Cooker Honey Carrots. Delicious slow cooked carrots that are cooked with honey and seasoned to perfection. Perfect for dumping in the slow cooker and forgetting about and incredibly simple to make.
Even better, these slow cooker glazed carrots are ideal for using up carrots and avoiding food waste, as we will be showing you today.
These easy honey glazed carrots are an update on a thanksgiving 2016 recipe. We have made the recipe more traditional and updated photos and added extra info for you.
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Slow Cooker Carrots
Do you ever have carrots you forgot about? As in you bought some nice carrots (or a bag of them) from the supermarket and totally forgot to eat them and they are sat in the fridge looking like they have seen better days.
Maybe your old carrots look like this:
Yeah, I know, not exactly good looking carrots, are they?
But you know what?
Once you peel those carrots, they look amazing, and nobody will know that the skin on the carrot had turned.
These are a pack of mine after being peeled:
Looking fantastic and perfect for cooking.
But then you have your other dilemma. You have rescued all these carrots from going bad and avoiding food waste and now you have a load of carrots to cook in bulk.
There are two ways I always use them up, depending on whether I am having a low calorie day, or a comfort food day. One is instant pot carrot and ginger soup and slow cooker roasted carrots is the second.
Everyone in our house loves the slow cooker honey carrots and even when we do a full bag of carrots, we still complain that we wish there was more.
Can You Put Raw Carrots In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can. Raw carrots cook brilliantly on slow via the slow cooker. You can cook carrots in a slow cooker roasted, as part of a roast dinner, as a stock, for gravy, or even as a soup.
There are just so many opportunities when it comes to cooking carrots in the slow cooker.
Will Carrots Soften In Slow Cooker?
Yes, they will. Carrots will always soften in the slow cooker. BUT note that the cook time can vary depending on how big the carrots are and what you are cooking.
For example, if you are doing a beef stew, the carrots are going to be cut small and will cook as the beef cooks.
But when doing honey carrots in slow cooker your carrots are much bigger and this will add to the cook time.
Slow Cooker Carrots For Thanksgiving
As I mentioned above, I use these slow roasted carrots as a way to use up leftover carrots before they go bad. BUT they are amazing as the ultimate carrots side dish for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or just for that lazy Sunday dinner.
You can triple our recipe and make enough carrots to feed your family as a side dish, then use the slow cooker to reheat the leftovers the next day.
You can also turn them into your make ahead honey glazed carrots.
Simply prep the carrots the day before, slow cook them the day before until they are an hour away from being cooked.
Then the next day cook them for the final hour and they will reheat at the same time.
Easy Honey Glazed Carrots Ingredients
Carrots – Of course, you can’t have slow cooker carrots without the carrots. But any will do. You can use bruised and battered and old ones like us. Or you can use some really nice organic ones, or anything in between. You can also use baby carrots and then there is no peeling or chopping.
Honey – We had just been out to an English stately home and had some of their honey (which was amazing). But your honey doesn’t have to be that perfect. Any bottle of honey can be used.
Seasonings – Beyond the carrots and honey, the other main ingredient is the seasoning. I love to do a mix of garlic, mixed herbs and salt and pepper. Though you can mix and match with what you have in, and Italian seasoning is also rather nice.
Oil – I recommend a small amount of oil to stop the carrots from going dry and usually use a little avocado oil.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this honey roasted carrots slow cooker recipe, it has just been our Crockpot. We have this one and its wonderful for vegetables because it can be used on the stovetop making it fantastic for sauteing. Plus it’s also fantastic for browning your meat or reducing your stock.
How To Make Honey Glazed Carrots?
- Prep. Peel and slice up your carrots. I recommend slicing your carrots into either halves or thirds, depending on how big your carrots are.
- Load. Dump ingredients into the slow cooker and mix with your hands.
- Cook. Slow cook your honey roasted carrots and toss in some extra honey before serving.
How Long Do Carrots Take In The Slow Cooker?
The carrots slow cooker time is JUST 4 hours. Note that these are big pieces of carrots and are not like the carrots in a stew.
Also note, that after 4 hours you will have beautifully soft roasted carrots that will not be mushy but perfectly cooked.
More Delicious Thanksgiving Sides
- Slow Cooker Stuffing For Turkey
- Instant Pot No Peel Mashed Potatoes
- Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans
- Air Fryer Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls
- Air Fryer Mac & Cheese
Slow Cooker Honey Carrots
- Peel and slice your carrots into thirds, or for smaller carrots into halves.
- Load the carrots into the slow cooker.
- Pour in the honey.
- Add in other ingredients and mix with your hands.
- Slow cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7. Check that they are done, by doing the fork test and then serve.