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How to Steam Carrots on the Stove

Super easy and fast steamed carrots!  Ready in less than 30 minutes when you know how to steam carrots on the stove !  Your family will be begging for more of these amazing carrots.

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How to Steam Carrots

Steamed carrots are a super easy side dish to add to any meal. Steaming carrots brings out the natural sweetness of carrots and makes this side a favorite with kids.

“Steamed carrots are a super easy side dish to add to any meal.”.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

ingredients on cutting board
  • Carrots – You can use any type of carrot but whole large carrots are best for this recipe
  • Knife – make sure your knife is sharp
  • Vegetable peeler – I prefer this peeler that slides on my finger like a ring! You can find them on Amazon
  • A pot with water – Fill a pot with water to create the steam
  • A steamer basket – anything with holes, that fits over your pot will work fine. I used a strainer.

It’s Easier Than You Think!

You’ll love how delicious and easy the carrots are!

Here’s an Overview of How To Make This!

  1. Boil water
  2. Peel and slice carrots
  3. Place in the steamer basket
  4. Put over the water and cook

“You’ll love how delicious and easy the carrots are!”

Frequently Asked Questons (FAQ’s)

How long do carrots take to steam?

Carrots take between 5-15 minutes to steam.  This depends on the size of the carrot pieces. You’ll know they are done when a fork easily slides into the carrot. (Don’t burn yourself).

How can I steam carrots without a steamer?

While it is an inexpensive kitchen gadget you don’t have to run out and buy one for this recipe.  If you have a heat resistant colander, strainer, or any other item that will allow the steam to pass through, it will work fine.

Is it better to boil or steam carrots?

Boiling and steaming carrots will bring about similar results and flavors but steaming does preserve some of the natural vitamins that boiling leaches out. It just depends on which you find easier or more convenient.

What Other Flavors Go With Steamed Carrots?

Steamed Carrots go GREAT with some other dishes! Try one of these combos today!

  • Shrimp sauce – this sauce works great for picky kids!
  • Peas! What goes together better than peas and carrots? Nothing!
blue bowl of carrots with fork, green napkin and cutting board

Tips and Tricks

  • The slotted bowl should NOT be submerged in the water
  • Cut the carrots into even pieces so that they all cook evenly. 
  •  Fork tender means that you can easily stick a fork in the carrot and remove it with minimal force or work. 
  • Want to know a LOT more about growing your own carrots? Check out my friend Pam’s site, Brown Thumb Mama and her article on growing carrots!

PRO TIP: Any item that is heat resistant, and that will allow steam to pass through it can be used as a steamer basket.  You do not have to have a steamer basket to steam vegetables.

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blue bowl of carrots with fork, green napkin and cutting board

How to Steam Carrots

Super easy and fast steamed carrots!  Ready in less than 30 minutes when you know how to steam carrots!  Your family will be begging for more of these amazing carrots.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Steam Carrots
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Sarah Blackwell

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 3 Carrots

Instructions

  • Fill pot with 2 cups of water. Place on high heat on stove
  • Peel your carrots
  • Slice carrots into quarter inch coins
  • Place sliced carrots into collander, and put collander over the boiling water
  • Allow carrots to steam for 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender
  • Once they are fork-tender remove from the heat and serve (see notes below)

Notes

  • It’s fine to use baby carrots
  • The slotted bowl should NOT be submerged in the water
  • Cut the carrots into even pieces so that they all cook evenly. 
  •  Fork tender means that you can easily stick a fork in the carrot and remove it with minimal force or work. 
  • Want to know a LOT more about growing your own carrots? Check out my friend Pam’s site, Brown Thumb Mama, and her article on growing carrots!
Pro Tip: Once steamed for more flavor add 1 tbs butter, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, and 1 tbs of honey or maple syrup for a delicious sweet carrot.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Steam Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 38 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 293mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15286IU306%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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