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How to Cook Carrots

When cooked, fresh carrots lend a sweet, slightly tangy flavor to dishes. They're also delicious raw. Here's how to prepare fresh carrots.

How to Prepare Carrots

  • Work with 1 pound of fresh carrots at a time.
  • Wash, trim, and peel or scrub, if necessary.
  • Cut standard-size carrots into 1/4-inch-thick slices or into strips (1 pound makes about 2-1/2 cups slices or strips).

Note: You can use purchased peeled baby carrots as well. In that case, measure 3-1/2 cups baby carrots and follow the steps below.

How to Cook Carrots on the Stove

Cook 1 pound carrots, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water until crisp-tender:

  • 7 to 9 minutes for 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 to 6 minutes for strips
  • 8 to 10 minutes for baby carrots

How to Cook Carrots in the Microwave

  • Place 1 pound carrots in a casserole dish with 2 tablespoons water.
  • Microwave, covered, on 100 percent power (high) until crisp-tender, stirring once:
    -- 6 to 9 minutes for 1/4-inch slices
    -- 5 to 7 minutes for strips
    -- 7 to 9 minutes for baby carrots

How to Steam Carrots

In a steamer cook 1 pound carrots until crisp-tender:

  • 8 to 10 minutes for 1/4-inch slices
  • 5 to 7 minutes for strips
  • 8 to 10 minutes for baby carrots

How to Roast Carrots

  • Cut 1 pound carrots into 1-inch pieces. Arrange cut carrots or baby carrots in a baking pan.
  • Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and other seasonings, if desired.
  • Cover pan with foil.
  • Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil; stir carrots.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes more or until carrots are tender.

How to Cook Carrots


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