These easy Stove Top Ranch Carrots are a great family friendly side dish and go with just about any main dish. They’re even great as a snack on their own.
All you need is a bag of baby carrots, (no peeling carrots for this Easy Ranch Cooked Carrots) some ranch dressing mix, and a little oil. Pop them on the stove for about 10-15 minutes, and you’re good to go. Perfect for back-to-school night dinners.
I decided I wanted to make this recipe when I made the Air Fryer Ranch Carrots. Sometimes the air fryer is busy making the main dish, and you just need something simple to cook on the burner. These carrots are the answer!
Perfectly roasted carrots are a dish that both kids and adults will love! And they couldn’t be easier on the cook, just 3 ingredients and about 15 minutes total to make. And they’re vegetarian and gluten-free.
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Pro tips for great carrots
There isn’t really anything complicated about this recipe, so be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe card for full ingredient amounts. But I wanted to give you some tips so you can get the best carrot side dish.
Bags of baby carrots usually contain some water. Drain off that water, and give them a good rinse. Sometimes I find the water gets a little slimy, and the rinse will help freshen them up.
Also, be sure that the carrots that are firm rather than limp, soft, or rubbery. If you find a bag of carrots that are soft, they are probably old and possibly bitter so you won’t get the best side dish you can.
You can also use carrot chips in bags that I see at the grocery store for a fun kid-friendly snack!
Toss the cleaned carrots with a little oil and the ranch seasoning mix. Feel free to use your favorite oil here, olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, etc…
If you aren’t going to go with a homemade ranch seasoning mix, please be sure to grab the Hidden Valley Ranch brand. They’re just better in my opinion.
If you have any leftover carrots, just pop them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat them in the microwave or on the stove for a few minutes. Or, just eat them cold from the fridge!
What to make with Cooked Carrots?
These carrots are a welcome addition to any family holiday gathering like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter.
They’re also great for weeknight dinners because they’re so easy to make.
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Stove Top Ranch Carrots
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix
- Rinse the carrots under cool tap water, and drain well.
- Toss carrots, oil, and ranch mix in a bowl until combined.
- Place a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the seasoned carrots and ¼ cup water. Bring the water to a boil, cover the skillet, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove the lid, and cook uncovered 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally, until carrots have browned and softened a bit.
- Enjoy hot or at room temperature.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.