Fresh ginger and carrots are natural companions, and cilantro gives this dish an added boost. For a simple dinner, serve these carrots with pan-fried fish and a wedge of lime.
Cut the carrots in half lengthwise. Holding your knife at a sharp angle, cut the carrot halves into 1-inch lengths, measured point to point, to make diamond shapes. Put them in a 10- to 12-inch sauté pan (they should be almost in a single layer) and add water to come halfway up their sides. Add the butter, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan with the lid slightly askew, reduce the heat to medium high, and cook at a steady boil, shaking the pan occasionally, until the carrots are tender but not soft (a paring knife should enter a carrot with just a little resistance), 7 to 9 min. Uncover, stir in the ginger, and continue to boil until the liquid evaporates to create a syrup. Shake the pan and roll the pieces around to evenly glaze the carrots. Add a pinch more salt if needed, toss with the cilantro if you like, and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on six servings;
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