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Sautéed Carrots Three Ways

I love Carrots. And with the holidays upon us one can always use a good carrot dish. This one can be made three ways. You can choose the healthiest version and simply sauté carrots in butter with a little sea salt… or sweeten it up by adding a little light brown sugar… or make it extra fancy by adding sugar and the zest of an orange. All three ways are delicious!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy side dish recipe, holiday recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Author Linda Spiker


  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally, ¼ inch thick
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Butter
  • Sea Salt and Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4-1/3 cup light brown sugar (for fancier option)
  • Zest of one medium orange (for fanciest option!)


  1. Peel and slice carrots on the diagonal
  2. Melt butter in pan on medium heat
  3. Use enough butter to lightly coat carrots
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally until carrots are soft. This will take about 12-15 minutes.
  5. If you are keeping it simple, add a little sea salt and pepper and serve.

  6. If you want to make the sweeter version, lightly salt and then sprinkle with a little brown sugar, allow to melt and serve. If you want to really make it a tasty treat add the brown sugar and the fresh orange zest!