Garlic Butter Cooked Carrots

Cooked carrots don’t have to be sugary sweet! Try these easy Garlic Butter Carrots. They’re sautéed with a savory mix of butter and garlic and finished with fresh parsley for a simple side dish that’s sure to please!

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Garlic Butter Cooked Carrots

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When I was a kid, I was not into cooked carrots. Probably because I always seemed to have them roasted in some sort of orange juice concoction and the whole thing was way too sweet for me. I don’t mind that recipe now, but I still am not a huge fan of it.

But this is not your mushy, overly sweet cooked carrots recipe of yore. This is a spin off of my husband’s Nanou’s legendary Garlic Green Beans aka the way to make anyone love green beans. Think about it: anything tastes way better if you saute it in butter.

Fresh minced garlic adds the most delicious flavor to the butter and it’s finished with freshly chopped parsley to add a delicious freshness that elevates this dish to one that you’d be proud to contribute to any holiday table (but still easy enough to throw together for your weeknight dinners).

A shot of a saute pan with sautéed carrots.

Tips for making sautéed carrots

  • You can precook these by boiling for 2-3 minutes. I prefer to steam them in the microwave for 3-5 minutes to begin cooking while the garlic begins to saute.
  • Keep a close eye on the garlic because burnt garlic will ruin any recipe, adding a bitter flavor. If the garlic burns, wash the pan out and start over again.
  • Prepare the ingredients in advance, as this comes together pretty quickly once you get started.

How do you store carrots?

I keep mine in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Do carrots have to be peeled before cooking?

For this recipe I recommend using baby carrots as they’re already cleaned and cut but if you choose to use whole carrots, peel them and cut to be around the same width.

How long does it take to soften carrots?

I steam them in the microwave for 3-5 minutes depending on how thick the carrots are.

How long do you saute carrots?

For around 10 minutes.

How long do cooked carrots last?

Around 3-5 days covered in the refrigerator.

Cooked carrts in a pan covered in parsley.

Ingredients for garlic butter glazed carrots

  • Baby carrots
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley

How to cook carrots in butter

  1. Place a couple Tablespoons of water in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl along with the carrots and cover it.
  2. Microwave for 3-5 minutes to soften (depending on thickness).
  3. While the carrots cook, melt butter and olive oil together in a large saute pan.
  4. Add minced garlic to the pan and begin sautéing.
  5. Drain carrots and add them to the pan.
  6. Saute for around 10 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with fresh parley.
  8. Serve immediately.

A close up image of baby carrots in a pan.

Helpful tools:

  1. Garlic press
  2. Large saute pan
  3. Wooden spoon
  4. Chef’s knife
  5. Cutting board
Garlic Butter Cooked Carrots
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Cooked carrots don't have to be sugary sweet! Try these easy Garlic Butter Carrots. They're sautéed with a savory mix of butter and garlic and finished with fresh parsley for a simple side dish that's sure to please!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: cooked carrots
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 1 16 ounce bag baby carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place a the carrots and a splash of water in a microwave safe bowl and cover.

  2. Microwave for 3-5 minutes to soften the carrots slightly (depending on thickness).

  3. While the carrots cook, melt butter and olive oil together in a large saute pan over medium heat.

  4. Add minced garlic to the pan and saute stirring frequently (be careful not to burn the garlic) for 2 minutes.

  5. Drain carrots and add them to the pan.
  6. Saute for around 10 minutes, stirring often.

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with fresh parley.
  8. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If you'd rather not use a microwave, you can also boil the carrots for 2-3 minutes.

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