Steamed carrots with lemon and parsley, light and simple

Steamed carrots with lemon and parsley, light and simple

By 18/10/2016

Italians tuck into their vegetables with the same passion as they would do for a juicy steak.

The key for super tasty veggies is to buy them fresh and to dress them properly. The classic Italian dressing is a mix of olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt but there are variations to that.

For carrots for instance I always add lemon juice instead of vinegar. The classic way of preparing them is with lemon juice, parsley, olive oil and a pinch of salt. The lemony taste in carrots is simply divine: just one ingredient can add so much flavour to a vegetable. We must never forget that in Mediterranean cooking simplicity is best.

Carrots are delicious raw or cooked. Try to avoid boiling them as you will just loose all the vitamins when you throw away their cooking water. You can steam them or cook them in very little water which will eventually evaporate whilst cooking.

Here you have this super simple way of preparing carrots, avoid over cooking them if you want them to retain their maximum flavor and their overall nutritional value.

  • Prep Time : 5 minutes
  • Cook Time : 8 minutes



Clean the carrots, top and tail them and cut them at julienne or just chop them finely. Put them in a steamer for about 8 minutes until they are soft but still on the crunchy side.

Sliced carrots

Dress them with the olive oil, the lemon juice, the parsley and a pinch of salt. Mix well. You can prepare them in advance and just warm them up before eating them.

Carrots with lemon, parsley and olive oil

Carrots with lemon, parsley and olive oil

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13 Responses to Steamed carrots with lemon and parsley, light and simple

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Such a simple yet divine side dish. I love to have veggies as afternoon snack and this one is perfect.

    • Alida

      We are the same then 🙂

  2. Francesca Polisano

    Delicious! Carrots are full of Vitamin A, good for the skin and eyes.

    • Alida

      Absolutely,I love to snack on raw carrots too.

    • Alida

      Yes a good dressing will just bring veggies to a different level.

  3. Chiara

    spesso le carote sono trascurate, questa ricetta invece le rende particolarmente gustose, la segno ! Un abbraccio

    • Alida

      Hai ragione e fanno anche molto bene.

  4. elisabetta

    As a side vegetable carrots can sometimes be perceived as being boring, usually served plain or dressed with olive oil, vinegar etc. Well the humble carrot can boast of a new dress. This citronette is a great idea. Thanks Alida.

    • Alida

      Lemon and carrots just work so well together. Ciao cara.

  5. speedy70

    SEmplice e deliziosa, che bella ricettina!

  6. Linda

    They look beautiful and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. My grandparents on my father’s side are from Kent. 🙂

    • Alida

      Oh very close to me then! Ciao Linda!

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