3 Ways to Prepare Carrots in the Microwave

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3 Ways to Prepare Carrots in the Microwave
3 Ways to Prepare Carrots in the Microwave

If you love the taste of cooked carrots but don't feel like using the stove, how about cooking it in the microwave? The microwave maintains the freshness and sweet taste of the vegetable, in addition to making preparation simpler and faster. There are also great recipe options, with and without additional ingredients, sweet or spicy!


steamed carrot

  • 500 g of carrots.
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of water.

Glazed carrot

  • 500 g of carrots.
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of orange zest.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of brown sugar.

peppered carrot

  • 700 g of carrots.
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of brown sugar.
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of ground cumin.
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 g) of crushed red pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of coarse salt.
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of white vinegar.
  • 2 spring onions.


Method 1 of 3: Steamed Carrot

Step 1. Peel 500 g of carrots and cut them into sticks or slices

Wash the carrots under running water, dry them and peel them with a vegetable peeler. Then, with a sharp knife, remove the tips and stalks of all the carrots and cut them into thin sticks or slices.

You can also use frozen baby carrots. They come already washed, but you can repeat the step and dry them. You can cook them whole or cut each one into two or three pieces

Step 2. Place the carrots and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of water in a microwave-safe dish

Choose a large microwave-safe dish (glass or ceramic is best) and has plenty of room to accommodate carrots and water.

  • Never place metal dishes in the microwave.
  • If you must use a plastic bowl, make sure it is microwaveable.

Step 3. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic-film

Do not leave the lid half open or drill air holes in the plastic. The idea is to keep the water inside the container to cook the carrots.

Plastic-film can melt if it comes in contact with carrots. If necessary, use a larger bowl

Step 4. Cook carrots on high power for three and a half minutes

When the time is up, remove the bowl using oven mitts as it must be very hot! Remove the lid or plastic carefully so that steam does not reach your arms or face.

This cooking time is for a microwave with 1000 watts of power. If your device has a higher power, reduce the time to three minutes. If it's smaller, increase it to four minutes

Step 5. Stir the carrots, cover them again and continue cooking until they are soft

Re-cook them on full power for another two minutes. Then take them out of the microwave again and see if they are ready by sticking a fork, which should easily pierce the carrot pieces. If the carrots aren't ready yet, return them to the microwave in one-minute sessions and check them out.

  • Thinly sliced ​​carrots take about six to nine minutes to prepare.
  • The toothpicks usually take about five to seven minutes in total.
  • The full ones take between seven to nine minutes, more or less.
Microwave Carrots Step 6

Step 6. Serve the steamed carrots while they are hot

You can serve them without anything or seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. You can even add a little butter.

They can accompany many dishes. Try boiled carrots with grilled chicken breast or baked fish, for example

Method 2 of 3: Glazed Carrot

Step 1. Prepare 500 g of carrots by cutting them into slices about 0.5 cm thick

Wash, dry, peel and slice carefully using a sharp knife. Another option is to cut them into sticks of the same thickness.

You can even use a package of frozen baby carrots instead

Step 2. Melt 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter in a large bowl

Melt it in the microwave on high power for 30 seconds. If necessary, heat the butter a little more in 15-second sessions and keep checking. Keep an eye out as it can burn in the blink of an eye.

Use a bowl made of ceramic, glass, or other suitable material with enough space to accommodate the carrots after the butter has melted

Step 3. Add 1 teaspoon (5 g) of orange zest and 1 tablespoon (15 g) of brown sugar

Use a grater to scrape the outer skin of the orange (don't reach the white part, which is bitter). Mix orange zest and brown sugar in butter until sugar dissolves.

Another suggestion is to replace the brown sugar with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of honey

Step 4. Place the carrots in the bowl and mix everything gently

Use a tongs or a spoon to distribute the mixture of orange zest, sugar and butter evenly over the carrot pieces.

It sticks better if the carrots are dry. Use a piece of paper towel

Step 5. Cover the bowl and microwave it on full power for five to eight minutes

Use a lid or plastic-film without holes. Check the doneness after three and a half minutes and add another 90 seconds until the carrots are tender.

  • Wear oven mitts and be careful of hot steam when stirring the bowl.
  • Cooking time may vary depending on the power of the appliance. The indicated here goes for a microwave with 1000 watts of power.

Step 6. Take them out of the bowl and serve while still hot

If you prefer, you can decorate them with a little orange zest before serving. They are a great accompaniment to a roast pork or just as a sweet snack!

Method 3 of 3: Spicy Carrot

Step 1. Cut 700 g of carrots into 0.5 cm thick slices

Wash and peel the vegetables before cutting them with a sharp knife. You can also use the same amount of baby carrots.

If they are too thin at one end and thick at the other, cut the thicker side slices in half to make the pieces a similar size

Step 2. Heat coconut oil, brown sugar and spices in a baking dish

Use an 8" x 8" square baking pan that is microwave-safe. Add the ingredients below and heat them until the sugar melts (in about 30 seconds):

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of brown sugar.
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of ground cumin.
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 g) of crushed red pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of coarse salt.

Step 3. Add carrots and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of white vinegar

Add the vinegar, mix and add the carrots, stirring carefully to season them well.

Step 4. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and drill six holes with the tip of a knife or toothpick

Without adequate ventilation, carrots are soft (rather than soft and crunchy).

If the container already has a lid with ventilation holes, use it

Step 5. Heat the carrots at five-minute intervals for 15 minutes

Cook the vegetable for five minutes on high power, remove the pan from the microwave and quickly stir the carrots. Cover them once more and repeat the process twice more. If the carrots are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed by then, they are done.

  • Otherwise, put them back in the microwave and for another two minutes and keep checking until they reach the point.
  • Take care when uncapping the pan: steam can burn your skin!

Step 6. Finish the dish with two finely chopped spring onions

Place most of the sliced ​​spring onions with the carrots and spread the rest over the plate when serving. Then just taste!

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