Why It Works
- At 183°F, carrots will soften but not turn mushy.
- Cooking carrots sous vide cooks them in their own juices, packing them with intense carrot flavor.
- Tossing the carrots in the skillet for a couple minutes after cooking glazes them in their reduced juices, enhancing their flavor and appearance.
There are some vegetables for which sous vide cooking can't be beat. Carrots top that list. When cooked in a sealed bag with a little bit of butter, sugar, and salt, the natural flavor of the carrot intensifies into a sweeter, stronger, and downright tastier version of itself.
- 1 pound baby whole baby carrots, peeled or well-scrubbed, or 1 pound medium to large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) chopped parsley (optional)
Preheat sous vide precision cooker to 183°F. Place carrots, butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a vacuum bag and seal according to manufacturer's instructions. Cook carrots in the water bath until fully tender, about 1 hour. At this point, carrots can be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Empty entire contents of bag into a 12-inch, heavy-bottomed skillet and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until liquid has reduced to a shiny glaze, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in parsley, and serve. If glaze breaks and turns greasy, add water a teaspoon at a time, shaking pan to re-form glaze.