These braised saffron carrots are tossed in a buttery saffron and sherry vinegar sauce for an easy Spanish-inspired side dish.
Braised Saffron Carrots
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 35 M
- Serves 4 to 6
Trim and peel the carrots if you like. Leave the carrots whole or, if they’re quite thick, halve them lengthwise. Place them in a medium saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water and a little sea salt and bring to a boil. Cover and boil gently over medium heat until the carrots are al dente rather than completely tender through and through, 8 to 12 minutes. Drain the carrots and pat them dry. (You can set them aside at room temperature for a while if need be.)
Just before serving, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the carrots and cook gently, turning occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the saffron and sherry vinegar and cook for 2 minutes, turning the carrots once or twice. Add the butter, cover the skillet, and let stand off the heat for 5 minutes.
Season the braised saffron carrots with salt and pepper and serve immediately or at room temperature.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Wow—what a pleasant surprise! The saffron was such a natural match for the buttery carrots. I halved the recipe and needed to remove the carrots after about 12 minutes or so as they were getting too soft and starting to caramelize (no complaining here — yum).
They were tasty hot off the stove but also cooled down to room temperature. I’ll definitely be making this one again and again.
This carrot dish is unique and quite wonderful. How special can braised carrots be? Well, with the surprise of the sherry vinegar and hint of saffron, these braised carrots turned into something special.
The only caveat I have regarding the recipe, as it is written, is that the carrots are supposed to be braised to al dente, so be sure to check the carrots after even 8 minutes to see how they're progressing. The dish is much better with carrots cooked al dente, as opposed to completely cooked to softness. The dish needs the slight “crunch” of the carrot to hold up to the sherry vinegar.