This EASY recipe for honey lemon glazed carrots is made in the slow cooker for a no-fuss vegetable side dish for the holidays! Or for any weeknight really, because this stuff tastes like candy and who doesn't want to eat honey carrots that are this sweet and delicious? The lemon gives them the perfect tang.
Peel the carrots and chop off the ends. Slice the carrots into medium size pieces. See photo. I prefer larger chunks, but it's totally up to you. (The smaller you chop them, the faster the carrots will cook.)
Melt 1/4 cup butter in a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup honey, zest from 1 lemon, (reserve some for topping finished carrots, if you want) and juice from half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons) and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir it all together.
Pour the butter mixture over the carrots and stir it together. Use a spatula to spread the butter up the sides of the crock pot a few inches so that the carrots don't stick to the pot while cooking.
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for about 5 hours.
Sprinkle with extra lemon zest and chopped parsley or chives.
*The glaze is pretty thin. If you prefer a thicker glaze, transfer the liquid to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes until the glaze has thickened. Drizzle over warm carrots and serve right away.To make this recipe with baby carrots, just pick up with step 2 (dump them in your slow cooker.) Easy peasy!This recipe can be made with orange zest and juice! That's how it is featured in Valerie's book. Use the same amounts!Source: this recipe is adapted from my friend Valerie's cookbook, The Foolproof Family Slow Cooker (And Other One Pot Solutions). It's a really great cookbook for easy weeknight dinners! Highly recommended! Valerie blogs at Valerie's Kitchen, and she is so talented! She has a real knack in the kitchen and I know you will love her recipes!