This easy side dish is flavored with a spice mix of cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and bay leaf, then finished with lemon juice.

Amy

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan, and fill with 1 1/2 cups of water, or just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the sliced carrots, reduce the heat to medium, and cover the pan again. Steam until tender but not mushy, 4 to 6 minutes depending on the thickness of the slices. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and thyme. Cook the spices and garlic, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add the 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid and the bay leaf, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Stir in the carrots, tossing well to coat with the spice mixture, and cook until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and remove the bay leaf before serving.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 13.5g 4% DV; fat 11.6g 18% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 476.3mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2010
What an unusual (and tasty!) alternative to my dull way to prepare carrots! I would've given this recipe 5-stars, if not for the over-bearing cinnamon taste that put-off both my husband and 3-year old, so next time, I will scale it back to 1/4, if not, 1/8 tsp. The only thing that I changed was using way less than the 5 TB olive oil called for. Overall a very exotic and yummy way to prepare carrots! I served it w/ 2 recipes from here -- "Brilliant Sauteed Broccoli" & "Roasted Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Garlic Sauce" and the result was a vibrant, colorful plate of complimentary flavors. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2011
this was not to our tastes at all. But I didn't steam them as directed I steamed/baked them in the oven with all the ingredients and a bit of water (for steam). the lemon taste didn't seem right at all... Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2010
What an unusual (and tasty!) alternative to my dull way to prepare carrots! I would've given this recipe 5-stars, if not for the over-bearing cinnamon taste that put-off both my husband and 3-year old, so next time, I will scale it back to 1/4, if not, 1/8 tsp. The only thing that I changed was using way less than the 5 TB olive oil called for. Overall a very exotic and yummy way to prepare carrots! I served it w/ 2 recipes from here -- "Brilliant Sauteed Broccoli" & "Roasted Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Garlic Sauce" and the result was a vibrant, colorful plate of complimentary flavors. Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2011
These are possibly the best carrots I've ever eaten. Didn't use lemon juice because I didn't think they needed it. Such a welcome change from the old butter/dill or brown sugared carrots. These were an excellent side to our spicy curried chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2010
Great flavors and fresh twist on the traditional steamed carrots. It was very important to maintain a crisp-tender texture in the steamer to avoid mushy carrots after sauteeing with spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
I'm always looking for creative ways to cook carrots and this is perfect! I admit I was skeptical at the cooking instructions and combination of spices... but it works! Delicious! I did not saute the garlic as long as the recipe suggested though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
I didn't really follow the measurements exactly because I made the dish for 20 but the spice and herb combination tasted great together. I suggest tasting as you saute to make sure the combination is just right Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2011
This is my new favorite way to prepare carrots. I could eat a pound of carrots this way I loved them that much! I used carrots and sliced them into sticks rather than using baby carrots. Awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2011
I julienned these. They were absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2011
Simply delicious! My family aren't much for cooked carrots but they couldn't get enough of these. I did tweak the recipe a little instead of lemon juice I just used Lemon Thyme. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2011
Delicious! Made it following the directions and they came out beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2011
this was not to our tastes at all. But I didn't steam them as directed I steamed/baked them in the oven with all the ingredients and a bit of water (for steam). the lemon taste didn't seem right at all... Read More
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