How to Cook Carrots

Need help making cooked carrots? We've got you covered. Cooked carrots lend a sweet, slightly tangy flavor to dishes. Learn how to prepare fresh carrots, and check out some of our carrot recipes. We'll even share some of our favorite carrot desserts!

Cooked carrots should be delicious and flavorful, not mushy and bland. Let us show you how to cook carrots by roasting them for delicious sweetness and crisp-tender texture.

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).

How to Cook Baby Carrots

Purchase peeled baby carrots, measure 3-1/2 cups, and follow the steps below.

To take baby carrots to the next level, try our Grilled Baby Carrots recipe.

How to Cook Carrots on the Stove

For stove-top carrots, 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

Get the recipe: Chardonnay-Glazed Carrots

How to Cook Carrots in the Microwave

Microwaved carrots ensure your veggie side is done fast. Plus, you can save valuable space in your oven while dinner cooks!

  • 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

Get the recipe: Honeyed Carrots

How to Steam Carrots

Steamed carrots are great because they require no added fat. For perfectly steamed veggies, cook 1 pound of carrots in a steamer 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

Get the recipe: Glazed Carrots with Pistachios

How to Roast Carrots

Bring out the natural sugars in carrots by roasting them The caramelized flavors make the vegetables taste like a treat—even to picky eaters.

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

Get the recipe: Honey-Cumin Roasted Carrots

More Cooked Carrot Recipes

Celebrate cooked carrots with a few of our favorite recipes! This crunchy, colorful veggie makes a delicious side dish on its own, and is a great addition to heartier meals.

Baking with Carrots

These aren't quite cooked carrot recipes, but baking with carrots is just as delicious (if not more so)! Choose from carrot muffins, bread, bars, cupcakes—and classic carrot cake, of course.


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