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Pan Seared Carrots

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-8 servings 1x


Savory and simple but magical! This five ingredient side dish is made by searing carrots in cast iron for lots of flavor.


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds carrots (about 8 medium to large sized carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Peel and trim your carrots. Cut them into 3-4 inch pieces and cut them in half as needed. The goal is to have carrot pieces that are similar in size so that they cook uniformly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Add the oil to a large cast iron or oven proof skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the carrots, cut side down.
  4. Let the carrots sear until charred, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and turn the carrots over so that the seared side is up.
  5. Place the pan in the oven and let the carrots bake until they are tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.


These would be delicious with a little bit of good hard cheese, like Romano or Parmesan grated on top just before serving.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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