Portuguese Marinated Carrots

15 minutes prep 10 minutes active cooking 25 minutes total
Makes 2 - 4 servings

These are often served with drinks as a petisco, the Portuguese version of a tapa, but they make a nice salad, too.

It’s quick and easy to make: just cut up and boil the carrots, then toss them in a simple marinade.

Serve these with good olives, open a cold bottle of vinho verde, and pretend you're in the Algarve.

What You'll Need


For the shopping list

  • 3-4 carrots, cut about 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • To taste black peppercorns, freshly ground

From our shop

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1 tablespoon of  Oregon Blackberry Honey
$10.00– Philomath - Oregon
1/2 teaspoon of  Italian Fine Sea Salt
$7.00– Trapani - Sicily
Use pinch of  Silk Chili
$10.00– Kahramanmaras - Turkey
2 tablespoons of  Sparkling Wine Vinegar
$15.00– Napa - California
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4 tablespoons of  Antheo D.O.P.
$32.00– Sicily - Italy


From the kitchen

  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Stock Pot
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons

"Improve your carrot game with this old school Portuguese bar snack"

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Cook 3-4 carrots in well-salted boiling water for 10-15 minutes, tasting frequently while they cook. You want them just barely tender, not soft. Drain and cool slightly.

Step 2

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 2 tablespoons of vinegar, then mix in 4 tablespoons of oil. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, garlic, black pepper, and cilantro (and red pepper, if using).

Step 3

Pour over the carrots and let marinate for at least an hour. Serve at room temperature.

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