How to Steam Carrots Without a Steamer

By Contributing Writer

Carrots are a good choice when you need a fast and easy side dish for dinner -- they cook quickly and need very little seasoning. Carrots are also a nutritious choice due to their high vitamin A content. According to, one medium carrot provides more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake for vitamin A and 2 grams of fiber -- all for a mere 25 calories. Carrots are typically steamed in a vegetable steamer, although they can be baked or boiled as well. Steaming your carrots in the microwave is the easiest cooking option if you find yourself without a vegetable steamer.

Steam Carrots Without a Steamer

Step 1

Wash your carrots well with cool water and peel them with a vegetable peeler.

Step 2

Chop the carrots into small, round pieces using a sharp knife.

Step 3

Put the carrots in a microwave-safe bowl and sprinkle 1 tbsp. of water over the carrots. Cover the bowl with cling wrap.

Step 4

Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, carefully remove the cling wrap and stir the carrots. Be careful not to burn yourself on any steam escaping from the bowl.

Step 5

Return the carrots to the microwave and microwave for another minute. Carefully remove the cling wrap and test the carrots with the tip of a knife. If the carrots are not tender enough, return them to the microwave for one-minute intervals until they reach the desired tenderness.

Step 6

Place the carrots into a serving bowl and season with butter, salt and pepper. For a sweet side dish, sprinkle a few tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup over the carrots.