Cumin-Scented Carrots

Ten minutes is all it takes to make these cumin-scented carrots. And it uses pantry staples: carrots, cumin, orange juice and zest, butter, chives, and salt and pepper.

Oval pan with cumin-scented carrots sprinkled with chopped chives, orange zest, and pepper

This carrot side dish calls for ingredients you probably already have on hand, comes together in 10 minutes, requires minimal cleanup, and may even lower your husband’s cholesterol. (What are you doing still reading. You should be gathering your ingredients!) Originally published November 16, 2010.Renee Schettler Rossi

Cumin-Scented Carrots

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  • 10 M
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  • Serves 6
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Ingredients


Directions

In a covered steamer set over simmering water, cook the carrots until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil until fragrant. Add the cumin and sauté just until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds. Stir in the tangerine zest and stir, then add the carrots and toss to coat. Add the chives, butter, tangerine juice, salt, and pepper and toss again to coat. Serve immediately. (Yes, it’s that simple.)

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Quick, easy, and full of flavor! I didn’t have baby carrots, but I did have some fresh organic carrots from the market, so after cleaning and paring them I cut them into little knobs. This is an easy recipe to halve or double for as many guests as needed. A great do-ahead tip is to steam your carrots in advance, then sauté them in the cumin-butter mixture right before serving.

I had always been indifferent about carrots, and then this recipe came along. Not only do I love these carrots with cumin and citrus, but I can unequivocally call this recipe one of my favorite side dishes. The amounts of ingredients were just right: just enough oil, fat, and juice to help the tangerine zest cling to each carrot. Every bite is sweet, and the aroma is addictive—the tangerine so fresh, the cumin almost otherworldly. The recipe is quite easy; you can make it with your eyes closed from the second time on—always a plus.

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