Bacon Candied Carrots

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4.93 from 13 votes
These Bacon Candied Carrots are and easy side dish recipe will quickly become a family favorite. Delicious carrots are sauteed with bacon, onions and coated in a sweet, sticky glaze.  
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
candied carrots with bacon in a white bowl with striped napkin

These Bacon Candied Carrots are and easy side dish recipe will quickly become a family favorite. Delicious carrots are sauteed with bacon, onions and coated in a sweet, sticky glaze.  

candied carrots with bacon in a white bowl with striped napkin

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These easy Candied Carrots with Bacon will have everyone going for seconds.  I don’t know what I like more, the flavor from the onion or the bacon.  Honestly, it’s probably the combination of the two…a match made in heaven!

I love the different textures in this recipe, too.  The soft carrots, crunchy bacon and syrupy sauce are a great combination.  This recipe is tied for my favorite carrot recipe with these Garlic Roasted Carrots.

Why This Satueed Carrots with Bacon Recipe Works

Let’s face it, regular sauteed carrots can be boring.  By amping up the flavor and adding onions and bacon, the flavor profile of these candied carrot goes up exponentially.

By cooking the bacon first you render out all of the delicious bacon grease.  The onions are then cooked in the grease building up the flavor even more.

The entire recipe is layer upon layer of flavor and texture.

How to Make Candied Carrots with Bacon – Step by Step

  • STEP 1: Slice carrots into 1/4 inch thick slices.  (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 2: You will need 2 cups of sliced carrots. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 3: Cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp.  Then remove bacon from pan and drain grease.  Reserve some grease for next step.  (Photo 3 below)
  • STEP 4: Cook onion in reserved bacon grease.  (Photo 4 below)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING CANDIED CARROTS WITH BACON

  • STEP 5: Add brown sugar to cooked onions. (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 6: Add salt. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 7: Add pepper. (Photo 3 below)
  • STEP 8: Add steamed carrots and stir to combine.  Sautee carrots for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. (Photo 4 below)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING CANDIED CARROTS WITH BACON

Can You Use Baby Carrots for these Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Yes.  You can easily substitute baby carrots in this recipe. I can be a great timesaver if you don’t have time to slice full size carrots.

You will, however, need to steam them longer than sliced carrots since they are thicker.  If you want to use them but cut down on the steam time, you could always slice the baby carrots in half length-wise, too.

What Type of Pan is Best for This Recipe?

To make these candied carrots with bacon, I prefer to use a non-stick pan.  I made these in a Rachel Ray Create Delicious non stick skillet.  I love that they have flared rims to easily pour off the bacon grease.  And the silicone handles make it easy to safely hold on to the pan when it’s hot.

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Rachel Ray Cooking AccessoriesExpert Tips for Making the Best Candied Carrots with Bacon

Here are few expert tips to help you make these Candied Carrots with Bacon:

  • Cut the Bacon First: I find it easier to cut the bacon into bite sized pieces before cooking it.
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Use Baby Carrots: Use baby carrots if you don’t feel like slicing full size carrots.  Just increase the steam time so the carrots are tender.

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candied carrots with bacon in a white bowl with striped napkin

Bacon Candied Carrots

4.9 from 13 votes
These Bacon Candied Carrots are and easy side dish recipe will quickly become a family favorite. Delicious carrots are sauteed with bacon, onions and coated in a sweet, sticky glaze.  
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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Steam carrots until they are fork tender.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.
  • Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in skillet.
  • Saute onion in bacon drippings over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in brown sugar, House Seasoning Blend and cooked carrots.
  • Cook for 5 minutes or until carrots are glazed and heated through.
  • Serve with crumbled bacon on top.

Expert Tips

  • Cut the Bacon First: I find it easier to cut the bacon into bite sized pieces before cooking it. 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Use Baby Carrots: Use baby carrots if you don't feel like slicing full size carrots.  Just increase the steam time so the carrots are tender. 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 7130IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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18 thoughts on “Bacon Candied Carrots”

  1. 5 stars
    I always liked regular glazed carrots, but oh my goodness these bacon glazed carrots are SO MUCH BETTER! Making then again soon for sure – thanks for the recipe!

    Reply
    • I’ve made them a day ahead of time and reheated them on the stove. I did lose a little of the crispiness in the bacon but they were still a hit!

      Reply
  2. How much brown sugar and pepper? The ingredients just say baby carrots!?!?

    I need to make these for a family dinner tomorrow.

    Thanks! 🙂

    Reply
  3. Bacon is on my shopping list, this looks so good! Why wait for Thanksgiving? When I make it I’ll link it back to you.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  4. Oh wow! I need to try this. It looks pretty easy to make and everything tastes better with bacon. 🙂

    Cindy from Superheroes and Teacups

    Reply
    • Hi Cindy! These carrots are incredible! And you’re right, everything does taste better with bacon! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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