Easy Microwave Cooked Carrots

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Quick and easy recipe for microwave cooked carrots. Perfect for a last-minute side dish you can have on the table in less than 10 minutes.

Easy Cooked Carrots

I have a super quick and easy recipe for you!  My life has been in chaos for the last 2 weeks straight, so I haven’t had time to really plan out meals, and we were also trying to clean out our fridge and pantry before moving.

These easy microwave carrots are the perfect quick side dish you can throw together in a pinch. If you are like me, you ALWAYS have carrots on hand, and the other ingredients are just household staples.

How to Cook Carrots in the Microwave

You’ll need 5-6 large carrots, peeled and washed. I recommend slicing the carrots into 1/2″ rounds to cook evenly in the microwave. It should be around 4 cups of sliced carrots.

Place the carrots, 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a microwave-safe bowl.

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Stir everything together. Microwave on high, uncovered for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir again to incorporate the melted butter and brown sugar. Microwave again for another 2 minutes. Check the doneness of the carrot slices. If they are not finished, continue microwaving at 1-minute intervals until the carrots are fork-tender.

These cooked carrots are incredibly simple to make. The butter cooks them while the brown sugar gives the carrots a little caramelization. The garlic and smoked paprika is a nice added flavor boost.

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What to Serve With Microwaved Carrots

You can serve cooked carrots with just about any entree. We typically have microwaved carrots with pork dishes, but will also serve with beef. Here a few recipe ideas to serve cooked carrots with:

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Easy Cooked Carrots
Easy Cooked Carrots

Easy Cooked Carrots

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Quick and easy go to side dish when you are in a hurry. Make these yummy carrots in less than 10 minutes


  • 5-6 carrots (about 4 cups)
  • 3 tbsps butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Wash, peel, and chop the carrots into approximately 1/2" rounds.
  2. Place the carrots in a microwave-safe bowl with brown sugar, butter, and seasonings.
  3. Microwave the carrots on high, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes, or until fork-tender. You will want to stop half way through cook time to stir up the melted butter and brown sugar.
  4. Microwave at additional 1-minute intervals until the carrots reach your desired softness.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 114Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 400mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 1g

Nutrition values are automatically calculated by third-party software using global standards. Please note that values can vary based on product brands and different nutritional calculators. The values stated here are only for a basic reference and are not evaluated by medical or nutritional professionals.

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