If you are looking to cook up some carrots for a quick snack or as a side for dinner, microwaving them is a fantastic option.
It takes less time to cook carrots in the microwave than it does to boil or bake them.
Like anything else you cook in the microwave, the carrots may not cook evenly, so you will have to stir them a few times while cooking to ensure they have uniform doneness.
Supplies Needed for Cooking Carrots in the Microwave:
If you choose to cook carrots in the microwave, you will need a few things to prepare and cook them.
You will need:
- Microwave-safe bowl with a microwave-safe lid.
Directions for Cooking Carrots in the Microwave:
- Rinse and peel the desired amount of carrots.
- Cut carrots into desired thickness.
- Place wet carrots in a microwave-safe bowl with about 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.
- Cover the bowl of carrots with a microwave-safe lid and place it in the microwave.
- Microwave on high for 1-5 minutes stirring the carrots once or twice to ensure even cooking.
Be careful when removing the lid from the bowl as the carrots will be steamy, and the steam is extremely hot!
Check the doneness of the carrots with a fork or the tip of a knife. If they are not quite done, place them back into the microwave and cook for 30 seconds at a time until they are tender or cooked to your liking.
If there is an excessive amount of water in the bowl, you can strain the carrots using a colander.
Serve the carrots plain or with your desired seasoning and enjoy!
Other Ways to Cook Carrots:
There are a lot of other ways to cook and season carrots too. Some of the options include boiling, baking, and pan-frying. You can even use them to make a yummy dessert!
One great way is to bake the carrots in the oven. Baking carrots can take up to at least 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the carrots and how many you are baking, so if you are pressed for time, this might not be the best option.
Another great way to make carrots is to pan-fry them on the stove with whatever seasonings your heart or stomach desires. I like to pan-fry my carrots with butter and brown sugar to make a delicious side for dinner, maybe combine it with a baked potato with sour cream and some tasty lentil soup, and the kids love it.
Boiling carrots is a good option if you do not have time to wait for the carrots to bake, and you do not want to stand over the stove while they cook. It only takes a few minutes longer to boil the carrots on the stove than to cook them in the microwave.
Whether for dinner or a snack, cooked carrots are always a delicious and healthy option!