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Easy Sauteed Carrots

You can use regular carrots, or make this more fun with a bag of rainbow carrots that come in yellow, purple, red and orange.
Course side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 97kcal


  • 1 pound carrots (peeled and sliced into about 1/4-inch thick rounds)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or olive oil)
  • salt


  • Peel and trim the ends of the carrots.
  • Slice into rounds of equal thickness, about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter (or warm the oil). Add the carrots and stir to coat.
  • Cook, covered, for 8-10 minutes, or until soft when poked with a fork.
  • Remove the cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 2 minutes to let any excess water evaporate.
  • Sprinkle with salt and serve.


  • To store, let cool and store in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Reheat for about 30 seconds in the microwave or until warm.
  • Putting the cover on the pan while the carrots cook traps the steam to both help prevent the carrots from sticking to the pan and resulting in perfectly tender slices.
  • Try to slice the carrots to an even thickness of about 1/4-inch thick. You don't need to measure, but if they're all about the same thickness, they'll cook at the same rate.
  • Use baby carrots if that's what you have on hand.
  • Make this recipe even more fun by using a pound of rainbow carrots. You'll often see mixed bags that have purple, yellow, and sometimes red carrots in the produce section of your store.
  • You can add extra flavor by: Drizzling with honey, sprinkling with cumin or cinnamon, or trading out the butter or olive oil for toasted sesame oil for an Asian spin.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 19119IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg