3 Ways to Cook Flavourful Carrots2013 Apr 05 | Written by: Katherine Cortes | Tags: Vegan Food, Vegetarian
3 Ways to Cook Flavourful Carrots, Eating carrots helps you move your way to a healthier lifestyle, as carrots are chock-full of beta-carotene, which is helpful for heart health and also an essential cancer-fighting compound. Now, some people are into raw, crunchy carrots, perhaps with some sort of dip – hummus, for instance. Others, meanwhile, prefer them cooked to bring out the root vegetables’ sweetness. Cooking the carrots may also help you feed them to picky little ones.
Here we’ll show you 3 ways to cook flavourful carrots – by steaming, using a microwave and roasting.
You can steam carrots really quick using a rice cooker or a steamer. As done with other vegetables, steaming carrots let them keep their natural flavour without the nutrient loss associated with other types of cooking such as boiling. Preparation hardly takes time, which means you can focus on other kitchen chores.
To steam carrots, add water to a pot. An inch or two will do, as you only need enough to create steam. Bring the pot to a boil. Place the carrots in a steaming basket and set it over the water. Steam until carrots are done, which can range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the size of carrot slices. Taste the carrots for doneness – they can be as crisp or soft as you like them – or stick a fork in the carrot and see if it slides in easily, an indicator that the carrots are cooked.
For more flavour, serve with butter and season with salt and pepper.
Remember that smaller carrot chunks cook faster. It’s more convenient to cut down the carrots to desired size for serving before steaming them.
A microwave oven also quickly cooks carrots and leaves them crisp, tender and flavourful. It also guarantees easy clean-up, as you won’t be using any pots or pans.
First, cut off both ends of the carrots and slice the veggies into 1/4-inch thick discs. Place in a microwave-safe dish, adding 3 tbsp water for every 450 g of carrots. Cover with a cling firm, with a slit for the steam to escape. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, and then take out and stir. Return to the microwave and cook for another 5 minutes, or until tender. When done, remove from the microwave and drain excess liquid. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
You can also glaze the carrots to add flavour: Microwave butter in a microwave-safe dish. Add sliced carrots and a small amount of orange zest and brown sugar and coat. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until crisp tender.
Roasting gives the carrot a mild flavour and also makes them incredibly sweet. Roasted carrots make for a wonderful side dish that goes well with a variety of foods. As before, cutting up the carrots results in faster cooking time.
Here’s an easy recipe for honey-glazed carrots.
- 8 carrots, peeled
- 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 60 ml honey
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 175 C.
- Throw carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper into a ziploc bag and shake to combine.
- Lay out carrots in a baking dish lined with foil.
- Drizzle with honey and mix to evenly coat the carrots.
- Bake in the preheat oven for 40 minutes or until tender.