Slow Cooker Roasted Carrots

The most tender and delicious roasted carrots, made in the slow cooker!

Perfectly spiced, these roasted carrots glazed in a mouthwatering sweet and savory glaze, and are the perfect no-fuss side dish for any dinner or gathering!

Tender baby carrots are coated in a sweet and savory glaze, then "roasted" in the crockpot!  Free up your oven with this EASY side dish that's perfect for the holidays!

Are you ready for the whirlwind of holidays coming up?  Okay, not really a whirlwind… but two within a month, then it’s officially Spring!  I love my comfort food, but I’m so ready for things to bloom and for the weather to be warmer.  What about you?

Easter is the holiday I’m really looking forward to… time to break out my amazing Copycat HoneyBaked Ham, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, Homemade Mac and Cheese, Broccoli Salad and more!

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Roasted glazed carrots made in the slow cooker

HOW TO MAKE SWEET AND SAVORY HONEY ROASTED CARROTS

  • Start by picking the best looking carrots.  I love the look of the whole baby carrots, so I found some in my local grocery store that were great looking!  If you can’t find the whole young/baby carrots, you can use regular carrots, and halve them lengthwise.  Alternately, you can also use bagged baby carrots.
  • Pick a slow cooker the carrots fit in.  If you’re using the whole carrots, you want an oval slow cooker so they’re not all mushed up.
  • The cooking time depends on the thickness of your carrots.  On the thinner side, and they’ll be tender in about 6 hours… on the thicker side, and they may take 7.

Plate full of roasted carrots

MAKING ROASTED CARROTS IN THE OVEN

I came up with this recipe so you’d free up some oven space, since on most holidays, the oven is usually way too full.  BUT, maybe your oven isn’t busy… or you’re making this for a non-holiday dinner, and want it ready quickly.

You’ll have to make a few adjustments:

  • Reduce the preserves amount down to 1/4 cup
  • Reduce the butter down to 1 Tbsp and add 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Omit the water and cornstarch completely

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ROAST CARROTS AT 375 DEGREES

You can roast these at several oven temperatures (if you choose to go that route), but 375 is my favorite.  It allows them to get gloriously caramelized, without drying them out, or burning them.  Your oven roasted carrots will be ready in 30-40 minutes, depending on how thick the carrots are, stirring about 17-20 minutes into the cooking time.

Forkful of roasted carrots recipe

MAKING SLOW COOKER ROASTED CARROTS USING BAGGED BABY CARROTS

Sometimes it’s challenging to find the whole baby carrots, but those handy bags of roughly 2 inch long baby carrots are always readily available!  The good news is, you can absolutely use those to make this recipe, with only one small adjustment.  The cooking time.  Generally, they’ll be ready sooner… so they only need to cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.

I hope you give these “roasted” carrots a try… for a holiday or even a casual dinner!!

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  • 6 quart slow cooker – this is the one pictured in this post, and I love that the lid locks down for easy transport!

 

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5 from 11 votes
6 servings
Slow Cooker Roasted Carrots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 

The most tender and delicious roasted carrots, made in the slow cooker!

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs whole baby carrots, washed, peeled and all but 1 inch of carrot tops removed
  • 1/3 cup apricot or peach preserves
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine preserves, butter, honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, salt, dried thyme, ground mustard, and black pepper.  

  2. Separately, combine cornstarch and water, then whisk or stir that mixture into the sauce.

  3. Place carrots in 3 - 6 quart slow cooker, and pour sauce over them.  Stir gently to combine.  Cover with lid and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, or until tender.

FOR A STICKY CARAMELIZED FINISH:
  1. Place cooked carrots on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and broil on HIGH for a minute or two, until slightly caramelized.  Brush with leftover glaze from the slow cooker and serve.

Recipe Notes

OVEN ROASTED METHOD

  • Reduce the preserves amount down to 1/4 cup
  • Reduce the butter down to 1 Tbsp and add 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Omit the water and cornstarch completely

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.  Line a roasting pan with foil.  Toss carrots with sauce (using adjustments above), and roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring about halfway through.  Broil on high for 1-2 minutes to caramelize even more.  Carrots are done when a fork can pierce them easily.

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15 comments on “Slow Cooker Roasted Carrots”

  1. I’d never think to cook a side like these carrots in my slow cooker. Great idea. The glaze looks spot on!

  2. These are amazing! It’s hard to believe that they come from a slow cooker!

  3. I just LOVE the use of preserve in this!!!
    I can just imagine how well it will caramelise on the carrots. AND in a slow cooker! Perfect for keeping space in the oven for other dishes!
    Man it is making me drool!!! 

  4. This is the second carrot recipe I’ve seen today’s seen today’s day in a slow cooker wow I am convinced cooked as fun as raw 

  5. These carrots look absolutely heavenly! You’ve used some really interesting seasonings too — dijon and dried mustard — I’ll bet these carrots don’t last when you bring them to the table.

  6. These look awesome, and thank you for including the oven directions! I am probably the only dinosaur left on earth without a slow cooker or Instant Pot, so I really appreciate that :). I love your menu ideas for Easter too! Sounds perfect!

  7. These sound simply amazing! All the flavors and how quickly a whole carrot comes together… amazing!

  8. Those carrots looks seriously yummy! The perfect side dish!

  9. Wow these carrots are seriously calling my name!!

  10. Such a genius way to make these for any holiday to free up oven space! Love it!

  11. These carrots are absolutely gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to try them!

  12. Healthy means I can eat more, right?

  13. This is just the side dish I was looking for!

  14. Have you ever doubled this using baby bagged carrots? Still cooking them in the crock pot?

    • Hi Bethany 🙂 I’ve made it using 2 lbs of bagged baby carrots before and it works great! Generally they’re ready a little sooner, so cook them on low for 4-5 hours and check to see if they’re tender 🙂