Spicy Glazed Carrots

 A sweet and spicy side…

Matching the earthy sweetness of carrots with butter and brown sugar is already a delicious pairing. But when you add in some chili powder and a pinch of cayenne powder? Now we’re talking a spicy side delight.

This is a great side dish for roasted turkey, ham, or even steak, so keep it at hand during holiday season or for dinner parties. It’s a quick recipe to make that has a lot of flavor for the effort. The cayenne pepper powder is optional, but just a little pinch brings a nice warmth to the carrots.

spicy glazed carrots

Spicy Glazed Carrots

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 carrots or 1 package baby carrots, peeled and cut as preferred
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 pinches salt to taste
  • Pinch black pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne pepper optional, to heat desired
  • Parsley chopped, as garnish


  • In a medium-sized pot, bring water and a pinch of salt to a boil.
  • Add the carrots and boil them until they are tender, approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the carrots and place to the side. 
  • Empty the water from the pot and pat dry. Place the pot over medium heat and add the butter. Melt the butter, then add the sugar. Stir to combine. 
  • Add the chili powder, as well as pinches of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional, for more heat). Stir to combine. 
  • Place the carrots back in the pot with the butter mix, and stir to coat the carrots. 
  • Transfer the glazed carrots to a serving dish and top with chopped parsley. Serve.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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