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Top down shot of carrots being boiled in water in a saucepan with wooden spoon sticking out.

How Long to Boil Carrots

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: How-To
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


A quick and easy tutorial on how to boil carrots to use in your next side dish recipe! Perfect for busy weeknight dinners!


  • 8 medium/large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • water


  1. Fill a large saucepan 3/4 of the way with water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add carrots and let simmer 8-10 minutes or until fork tender. 
  3. Drain carrots and serve as-is, with some butter and salt, or make Candied Carrots! 


  • Cook Time: Depends on the thickness of the carrots. Feel free to start testing after the 6 or 7 minute mark if you want your carrots more on the firm side. 8-9 minutes should be more soft, but firm and then 10 minutes or more will be quite soft. 
  • Storage: store leftover boiled carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.