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Garlic Butter Cooked Baby Carrots


This super-simple recipe for garlic butter baby carrots is going to be your new go-to side dish! This method is both fast and easy because the cooked baby carrots are boiled and seasoned in one pot. And the best part is they’re a great side dish with almost any dinner or holiday meal.


  • Salt for boiling water plus 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste)
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, optional


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add a generous pinch of salt and carrots. Return to a simmer and cook until fork tender, 4 to 7 minutes, depending on how chunky the carrots are.
  2. Drain the water away and return the pot of carrots to the stovetop. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add in butter, oil, garlic, pepper and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often until the garlic is lightly golden brown and toasted, 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in dill if using. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead

To make ahead, chop the garlic up to 1 day ahead. Keep in a tightly sealed glass jar until ready to cook. If making ahead to reheat and serve for a special occasion, make sure to omit the dill and only add it at the last minute for the freshest flavor.

Leftovers and Reheating

Leftovers can be kept for 3 days. Keep sealed in an air-tight resealable container in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave until steaming hot. Or stir in a saucepan with a few tablespoons of water over medium heat until they are steaming hot. Add in fresh dill before serving

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Boiling and Sauteing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 112
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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