Carrots are inexpensive, colorful, and tasty. What more could you want? How about a windfall of nutrients? They’re a great source of fiber and vitamin A in particular; in fact, carrots are your best source for beta-carotene—a compound form of vitamin A that’s full of antioxidant properties. Carrots are also low in calories: 1/2 cup steamed carrot has about 27 calories.
Last but not least, carrots are extremely easy to cook and very versatile—they go with just about everything. Read on for our favorite ways to cook carrots.
The first step in learning how to cook carrots in the oven, stove top, or slow cooker is knowing how to prep them. For four servings of carrots, start with 1 pound of fresh carrots.
Tip: If your recipe calls for cooking carrots whole, you can leave some of the stems intact for a pretty presentation. Trim stems to 1 inch and scrub stems thoroughly.
Time-Saving Tip: If you’re wondering how to cook carrots fast, start with packaged peeled baby-cut carrots. There’s no prep needed. Simply measure 3-1/2 cups packaged peeled baby carrots for four servings. Each method below shows you how to cook baby carrots, including the correct timings for these little gems.
To boil carrots, cook 1 pound carrots, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water until crisp-tender. Here’s how long to cook carrots on the stove top depending on how they're cut:
Drain carrots and season to taste with salt and pepper. If you wish, add some butter and honey to the cooked carrots; stir until the butter is melted and carrots are glazed. Try boiling carrots in this Glazed Carrots with Pistachios recipe.
To steam carrots on the stove top using a steamer basket:
Wanting to cook carrots fast? The microwave is the ticket! Plus, you can save valuable space in your oven while dinner cooks! Here’s how to cook carrots in the microwave:
Bring out the natural sugars in carrots by roasting them. The caramelized flavors make the vegetables taste like a treat—even to picky eaters. Here’s how to cook carrots in the oven:
Try It: Honey-Cumin Roasted Baby Carrots
We’re not done yet! Here’s how to cook carrots on the stove top or oven alongside a roast, as well as how to cook carrots in the slow cooker.
How Long to Cook Carrots with a Pot Roast (Stove Top or Oven):
How Long to Cook Carrots in the Slow Cooker
When your oven and stove top are jammed at the holidays or other family gatherings, you can cook this recipe for glazed carrots in your slow cooker.