Irish Buttered Carrots

Slieve na Mbam is the name of a regional Irish dish of carrots cooked in cream and butter. Here, the carrots are steamed and then tossed in butter, along with thyme leaves and parsley or celery leaves. Good quality Irish butter is the key to this simple dish. Slideshow: More Carrot Recipes 

Irish Buttered Carrots
Good quality Irish butter is the key to this simple dish and can be found at most grocery stores. Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted Irish butter

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon celery leaves or flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. In a steamer basket set over simmering water, steam the carrots, covered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the carrots to a serving dish.

  2. Melt the butter, then toss with the carrots along with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Sprinkle the carrots with the thyme and celery leaves. Serve.

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