Slow Cooker Honey Orange Glazed Carrots

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings

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Carrots cook all day in a honey orange glaze and transport easily in the slow cooker or crockpot! These glazed carrots are the easiest Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish! 

We love serving these carrots with this Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe and this Garlic Parmesan Orzo Pasta!

slow cooker honey orange glazed carrots in white bowl with orange zest and parsley on top

One might say I’m not actually that adventurous when it comes to food.

Maybe you think back to some of the crazy combinations you’ve seen on here: BBQ Chicken Pasta or Grilled Pizza Kebabs maybe, or Apple Crisp Doughnuts. But those recipes are for carbs: pizza, pasta, doughnuts — I can easily get adventurous with my carbs.

With my veggies? Not so much.

I like to blame this on my Dad. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he likes plain cooked corn, peas or carrots just fine. Other than that? I don’t see him getting all that crazy with his vegetables.

whole baby carrots in black slow cooker with glaze and metal spoon scooping some

And so here I am, and I also like plain cooked corn, peas and carrots just fine. I like bell peppers in my pasta and on my pizza, and in a soup, chili or casserole I will eat pretty much anything. But I don’t often experiment with the ways I cook my vegetables (which is probably why the amount of vegetable side dishes I have on this here blog is a little slim).

But I saw this recipe in a Cooking Light cookbook, and I knew how fantastic the honey and citrus combo is from this Baked Honey Lemon Chicken, and so I gave it a shot.

Friends, honey + citrus in any savory dish… just amazing. It’s like the honey mellows out the acidity of the citrus and it’s basically just perfection.

white bowl with slow cooker honey orange glazed carrots and fresh oranges behind

Around the holidays, with Thanksgiving and Christmas so close together, we always have a ton of potlucks and gatherings going on. I love slow cooker recipes like this because they’re (a) EASY and (b) they transport to potlucks so well, and you can just plug it in when you get there, wherever “there” is. Or if you’re the one hosting, throw them in the crockpot and forget about them while you cook the rest of dinner!

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Slow Cooker Honey Orange Glazed Carrots

4.77 from 13 votes
These Slow Cooker Honey Orange Glazed Carrots are the easiest holiday side dish! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 113cal


  • 2-3 pounds baby carrots I used 2 lbs, and you can see there’s plenty of glaze
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • Place carrots, juice, honey, salt and butter in a 4 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until tender (mine only took about 6 hours — if you used more than 2 lbs though, it might be closer to 8).
  • Stir in orange zest and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 113cal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 206mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g

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    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Shelley, you probably could, but I’ve only tested it this way. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  1. Michelle Giroux says

    Could large carrots be used? Just cut smaller? I just got a box of large CSA carrits and would like to use them.

  2. Marla Burrows says

    My carrots juice in the crockpot. I followed the recipe and the timing. We love crockpots and carrots! Do you think adding much more orange juice would effect the taste next time? Thanks

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Marla! I think you would notice if you added more, but if you like them a little saucier you can add some. You can also add a bit of water or broth if you just want more liquid.

  3. Kristine says

    If you don’t own a crockpot how would you suggest I make these? The combo of orange and honey sound amazing!

  4. Traci says

    Hello – I’m just wondering since you need orange zest if you can used the fresh squeezed orange joice

  5. Darlene Schuller says

    oh yummy, these look absolutely amazing! I will have to add this to our Christmas Dinner this year! Thank you so so much.

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Giiirl, you are so right – honey and citrus in a savory dish is total heaven! And these carrots? GIMME! Love that they are cooked in the slow cooker too! You should totally venture outside of your comfort zone in the veggie department, because you KILLED it with these! Pinned! Cheers, dear! πŸ˜‰

  7. Jess @ Sweetest Menu says

    What a neat idea Ashley! I really love to use my slow cooker but you are so clever with all the different ways you use yours. Can’t wait to crack it out once we unpack and give these delicious carrots a go!

  8. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! It’s funny, I don’t like raw carrots, but I’ll scarf down cooked carrots! I usually glaze them with brown sugar and butter, but I’m sure going to try these! πŸ™‚

  9. Jen | Baked by an Introvert says

    These would make a fantastic side at Thanksgiving! Orange and honey over carrots sounds wonderful. Pinning this to save for later!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Glazed carrots are one of my favorite ways to eat them, Ashley! I love this slow cooker version. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving, and even better because of the orange glaze. Gives it such a flavorful and creative touch!

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