Ranch Glazed Carrots

If you love dipping vegetables in ranch dressing this Easy Glazed Ranch Carrots recipe is for you!  This simple side dish adds a lot of flavor to a casual family meal or a nicer holiday feast.

These cooked carrots are coated with so much flavor and soft to eat that all ages love them!

Silver pan with carrots in a ranch seasoning packet full of flavor

Easy Ranch Carrots Recipe

Super easy to make on the stove top in 15 minutes of less this recipe is a gem when looking for a quick veggie side dish.

As farmers we have a lot of meat in the freezer and we’re always looking for an easy vegetable side dish to go along with our meal.  Some of our favorite meals to serve this with are Baked Pork Chops, Root Beer Glazed Ham or Shredded Chicken Sandwiches.

We all love the flavor in these Ranch Glazed Carrots.  They are so easy to make on the stove top and the recipe could easily be doubled or tripled in a bigger pan to make glazed carrots for a crowd at a holiday meal.

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Silver serving spoon holding ranch glazed carrots above a saucepan full of glazed carrots

Whether there is a vegetable tray with ranch dressing at the party or not, a good Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving meal needs to include some glazed carrots!

Add A Packet of Ranch Seasoning

The ranch flavoring makes it easier for kids to get kids to eat vegetables! If you like a lot of ranch flavor then use a whole packet, feel free to use half of a packet for a more mild flavor.

We always keep these ranch packets on hand because they enhance so many recipes from carrots to our Spicy Ranch Pretzels

We like to buy a big bag of carrots at Sam’s Club or Costco and use part of the bag to make Carrot Salad with Celery and Mangos and the rest to make this recipe for another meal.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Packet of Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
Ingredients to make glazed carrots on a wooden table top are butter, brown sugar, baby carrots and ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix

Step By Step Instructions

Rinse baby carrots and add to a medium sized sauce pan. Add about 1/2 a cup of water.

Adding too much water will prevent the ranch packet of seasoning from maximizing flavor. If there’s not enough water the carrots won’t soften.

Baby carrots partially cooking in water on the stove to soften

Set to medium heat and cover.

Cook until carrots begin to get tender. This is usually about 5 to 10 minutes after the water starts to boil.

If there’s very much water left go ahead and drain most of it. My pan usually doesn’t have a lot of water at this point.

Sprinkle the brown sugar on the carrots. Then add that packet of ranch seasoning.

Ranch seasoning packet and light brown sugar sprinkled over top of baby carrots partially covered in water

Slice up a few pieces of butter and lay across the seasonings.

Stir it all up.

Pats of butter on top of carrots that are glazing

Reduce heat to low and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the carrots are glazed. Stir a couple times to prevent burning and serve warm right out of the pan.

The carrots do hold well on the lowest setting if necessary.

Tips For Making Glazed Carrots

  • Whole carrots can be used in place of carrot sticks, just ensure they are evenly sized so they will cook evenly
  • If using whole carrots they can be peeled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator
  • Even when carrots come prewashed we typically rinse them under cold water again before cooking or eating
  • This recipe can be made ahead of time, but slightly decrease cooking time so carrots don’t become mushy while waiting to be served
  • Leftovers can be reheated and enjoyed again
Sauce pan full of carrots simmering in brown sugar and ranch seasoning

How to Make Stove Top Baby Carrots

  1. Place carrots in a saucepan and add about 1/2 cup of water.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pan combine remaining ingredients including carrots and ranch packet.
  4. Cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes until glazed.

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Printable Easy Ranch Glazed Carrots Recipe

Close up baby carrots glazed with a ranch flavored dressing

Easy Ranch Glazed Carrots

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
If you love dipping vegetables in ranch dressing this Easy Glazed Ranch Carrots recipe is a great side dish for you! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

Instructions
 

  • Place carrots in a saucepan and add about 1/2 cup of water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Drain and set aside.
  • In the same pan combine remaining ingredients including ranch packet.  Add carrots and cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes until glazed.

Notes

  • Whole carrots can be used in place of carrot sticks, just ensure they are evenly sized so they will cook evenly

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 479mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 10661IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally shared November 10, 2018 with updates made on January 15, 2024.

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