Sauteed carrots is one of the best and easiest way to cook carrots on stove top. We just slice the carrots in rounds, add a little oil to a large pan and saute the carrots for few minutes along with salt & spices or herbs of your choice!
And these easy & simple sauteed carrots are healthy & delicious too!
These sauteed carrots make a wonderful kid friendly vegetable side dish for dinner or any meal.
As I told, it is one of the most easy and simple way to prepare carrots.
Of course, steamed carrots & oven roasted carrots are also easy, healthy ways to cook carrots, but this recipe for sauteing take even less time to cook if you have sliced carrots.
These sauteed carrots are also great to be added to soups, stews etc as they add much more flavor to the soups than the raw carrots.
These are much similar to stir fried carrots though you can stir fry the carrots a little longer along with other vegetables or ingredients.
How to slice carrots to make sauteed carrots?
It is very easy to slice carrots to make sauteed carrots.
Just slice them into almost evenly sized rounds.
I recommed cutting the carrots in about 1/4 inch slices for even and faster cooking of carrots while they can still retain the crunchy texture.
However, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Even if a few pieces are sliced not very evenly also, its very much fine!
Do you need to peel the carrots to make sauteed carrots?
Not necessarily. I prefer to peel the carrots to make these delicious sauteed carrots, but that is just a personal preference.
You can either choose to peel or not to peel the carrots as you want.
If you decide to keep the skin of the carrots, make sure to clean or scrub them well to remove any dirt.
Spices & Herbs To Flavor The Sauteed Carrots
In this simple and easy sauteed carrots recipe, we only use a few spices to flavor the carrots.
However, your options are unlimited based on your preferences.
You may add spices or herbs of your personal preference to flavor the carrots.
You can even add any sauce of your choice if you want to dress up the carrots, once they are sauteed and cooked.
We use a simple mix of spices in this recipe, that includes just salt, garlic powder, onion powder etc.
You can also add spices like turmeric powder & black pepper powder, paprika or pepper powder to spice it up a bit if you wish.
I preferred the light sweetness of the carrots as I wanted my kids to enjoy it too, so I didn’t use any spicy flavors.
As I told you may adjust the spices according to your preferences!
How Long To Saute Carrots?
It takes about 6 to 7 minutes long to saute the carrots when they are sliced.
Whether you saute carrots for soup & stews or you are making them for simple sides with your meals, it wouldn’t take much longer to cook carrots with this method of sauteeing.
In this recipe for sauteed carrots, we slice the carrots in slightly thick rounds, so it wouldn’t take much take time saute.
If you are trying to saute whole baby carrots, it may take a couple of minutes longer depending on how crunchy or soft you want the texture of carrots to be.
How To Make Sauteed Carrots?
To make the sauteed carrots, we use the following ingredients.
Ingredients to make sauteed carrots
carrots 4 medium sized
salt adjust to taste
garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon
onion powder 1/2 teaspoon
olive oil 2 tablespoons
Step By Step Process
Wash the carrots very well, peel and slice the carrots into evenly sized rounds, in about 1/4 inch thickness.
Heat the oil in a large sized frying pan.
Carefully transfer the sliced carrot rounds to the pan, arrange in a single layer.
Cook in medium heat for about 1 to 2 minutes until the slices are lightly cooked on one side.
Flip the carrots carefully and cook the other side too for about 2 minutes until the carrots are beginning to lightly brown.
Add the salt and spices, stir very well to evenly coat with the carrots.
Saute the carrots for another one to two minutes more, stirring in between until they are lightly browned on the edges or sauteed to your preference.
Transfer the prepared carrots to serving dish, serve hot with rice or as a vegetable side dish with dinner or any meal along with other sides.
Sauteed Baby Carrots
Can you make sauteed baby carrots using this sauteed carrots recipe?
If you wish to saute baby carrots instead of regular carrots, you can still slice the baby carrots the same way and saute the baby carrots following the same instructions.
You can use about 2 cups of sliced baby carrots for this recipe.
If you wish to saute whole baby carrots without slicing to make the work more easier, you can saute the baby carrots for longer time.
It will take couple of more minutes to saute the whole baby carrots.
You may use oil as directed in the recipe or you may use butter to add more flavor.
You can use the same spices or herbs as you would use with regular carrots.
How To Serve Sauteed Carrots?
Sauteed carrots are best when they are served hot!
If you are serving for kids, just serve them warm.
You can serve this as a healthy, delicious vegetable side dish with rice and any other curry or other side dishes.
Also this goes great as a side dish with almost any kind of meal or dinner.
It is an easy side dish that you can prepare for a meal, that both kids & adults would like.
Also you can add them to pasta or use them as a topping for pizza etc as you like.
How To Store Sauteed Carrots?
If you are not serving the carrots on the same day of preparation or for long hours after preparation, you can transfer this to air tight food containers and refrigerate for another 3 to 4 days.
Just before serving you may reheat this in the microwave (in microwave safe plates) for few seconds since they taste the best when served warm.
To reduce the cooking time for sauteed whole baby carrots and for a softer texture, you may add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan once you have sauteed the carrots in the pan, then cover and cook for another few minutes to make the carrots softer if you wish.
More Vegetable Side Dishes:
More Carrot Recipes
Below you can get the recipe for sauteed carrots in detail.
Sauteed Carrots – How Long To Saute Carrots
- Wash the carrots very well, peel and slice the carrots into evenly sized rounds, in about 1/4 inch thickness.
- Heat the oil in a large sized frying pan.
- Carefully transfer the sliced carrot rounds to the pan, arrange in a single layer.
- Cook in medium heat for about 1 to 2 minutes until the slices are lightly cooked on one side.
- Flip the carrots carefully and cook the other side too for about 2 minutes until the carrots are beginning to lightly brown.
- Add the salt and spices, stir very well to evenly coat with the carrots.
- Saute the carrots for another one to two minutes more, stirring in between until they are lightly browned on the edges or sauteed to your preference.
- Transfer the sauteed carrots to serving dish, serve hot with rice or as a vegetable side dish with dinner or any meal along with other sides.