Microwave Steamed Carrots

  • author  Eliza
  • Published Dec 1st, 2018 / Updated Oct 21st, 2019

The best way to cook carrots in the microwave is to steam them. Try this super simple recipe for microwave steamed carrots the next time you need a quick and easy side dish!

Microwave Steamed Carrots on a square white plate.
Microwave Steamed Carrots.

Steamed carrots make a great side dish for many meals. Steaming them in the microwave is super quick and easy, and a great option if you are short on time. You can use baby carrots, or regular carrots cut into ~2in. pieces.

You will need a microwave-safe dish with a lid (or use and upside down plate on top). You just need a small amount of water, just about half an inch of depth in the bottom of the bowl as you don’t want the carrots sitting in the water – we just want the to cook in the steam. The carrots in the bottom of the bowl will be sitting in the water and may get a little overcooked, but you can avoid this by raising the carrots up out of the water using a microwave-safe trivet or steamer basket, like this one by Oxo Good Grips:

Microwave Steamed Carrots on a square white plate.

Microwave Steamed Carrots

How to steam carrots in a microwave.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Global
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 25kcal


  • 4 medium carrots or 16 baby carrots
  • ½ cup water


  • Scrub or peel carrots.
  • If using full sized carrots, cut into 2 inch chunks. Baby carrots do not need to be cut.
  • Place carrots into a microwave safe glass bowl. Add the water. 
    Carrots in a glass bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a (microwave-safe) plate or lid, and place in the microwave.
  • Microwave carrots on high for 2 minutes, then leave to steam for a further 1 minute until they are tender. Take care when removing carrots from the microwave, the bowl and the steam will be very hot.
    Carrots in a glass bowl in a microwave
  • Serve microwave steamed carrots topped with butter. 


Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 10190IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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