How Long To Boil Potatoes And Carrots – Can You Boil Them Together?

These two veggies are the most popular and widely used all around the globe.

Potatoes are an all-rounder and favorite vegetable among all. People enjoy a variety of potato dishes in almost every culture. Also, carrots are sweet, and delicious and can be served with many dishes.

Let’s check how long to boil potatoes and carrots separately and can you spare time and boil them together.

How Long To Boil Potatoes?

The potato boiling time depends on a few factors, such as size and ripeness. For example, large potatoes such as russet take longer to cook (about 20 to 30 minutes). If your potatoes are cut up into smaller chunks, it will take around 15 minutes to cook. To boil baby potatoes will take about 12 minutes.

boiling potatoes

How To Boil Potatoes?

You should wipe out the dirt with a clean produce brush. Depending on your recipe and preferences, peel the skin off or leave it.

Cut into shape and put them in a large saucepan. Add enough water to immerse all of the potatoes. The next step is salt, add 1 teaspoon to make the potatoes tastier.

When water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and put the lid on the pan. Wait for 15-20 minutes and your potatoes are ready.

Salt Dilemma
There are some controversies about adding salt when boiling potatoes. When you put salt into the boiling water, potatoes gain both flavor and rich texture. If you don’t add salt, the starch will not take up the salt and the potatoes will lack a distinct flavor. There is nothing worse than bland potatoes, we can agree about that, right?

salt in bowl

How To Tell If Potatoes Are Done Boiling?

There is a simple test with a fork. So, simply insert a fork into the middle of the potato and its center should be fork-tender and have the texture of ripe pear or firm but not mushy.

With Or Without Skin?

Some people peel the potatoes before boiling, some don’t, so which method is better? You shouldn’t peel potatoes before boiling, because potatoes with skin on will absorb less water while being boiled, therefore preserving the starch. However, if you don’t want to eat potato skins, peel them after boiling. But first, let them cool down.

How Long To Boil Carrots?

Carrots are naturally sweet vegetables and don’t require much to make them tasty. Boiling carrots requires just water, of course, you can add ingredients like salt, pepper, butter or herbs.

The cooking time depends on the cut and the size. For example, if cut into 1/2-2 inches, it takes about 3-5 minutes. For the whole carrot, it takes about 10 minutes. If you prefer more tender carrots, cook them a little longer, 5 minutes more.

Unlike potatoes, carrots are good to eat raw, so cooking time isn’t so crucial. It’s not harmful to your health if it’s half raw as potato is. However, it’s desirable to be well cooked because the carrot is one of the rare veggies that are healthier cooked than raw.

eating carrots

Should You Peel Carrots?

Many people wonder if you need to peel carrots before boiling. Well, the peel contains nutrients, so many people think that washing the carrots is enough. You just need to get rid of any dirt. It is a personal preference, so it’s up to you.

Can You Boil Whole Carrots?

Yes. you can boil whole carrots, but keep in mind that their cooking time will take longer than cut ones.

How To Boil Carrots?

First, wash the carrots well, or peel off the skin. Cut into shape, keep them similar in size. Take the pan, add carrots and add water. The water should cover the carrots at least 2 inches above. Put the lid on the pan and boil on medium heat for 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of the carrots.

You can serve carrots with many dishes, some of which are chicken, steak, potatoes, rice, etc.

Boiling Carrots And Potatoes Together

So what takes longer to boil carrots or potatoes? These two vegetables have similar cooking times which makes them suitable to boil together.To be more precise, you can boil them together without ruining either one or losing nutritional content. Also, you can save time by boiling them together.

carrot and potatoes

Here is a step-to-step guide so follow the instructions:

  1. Fill your large pot with enough water (room temperature). Once you add potatoes and carrots, they should be fully submerged.
  2. First, put the carrots in the pot, then add potatoes.
  3. Put a lid on the vessel and turn the heat up to high until the boiling point is reached. Now, be careful and don’t let it boil over.
  4. When the water starts boiling, turn down the heat to medium-high. Keep an eye on them, because they are cooking at the moment. You want to prevent your potatoes and carrots from soaking in the water for too long.
  5. Stir these vegetables every five minutes or so.
  6. Take your fork and try to pierce both carrots and potatoes. If you can do it easily, it’s time to take them out of the pot. The cooking time depends on the type of carrot and potato and the size they are cut to.
  7. Cool the potatoes in cold water for about ten minutes.
  8. Lastly, slice your potatoes and carrots into smaller pieces and mix them. Serve it as a side dish.

Should You Eat These Vegetables Together?

Why not? The best part is – vegetables usually complement each other in terms of nutrient value and taste better.

potatoe and carrot

Can You Roast Them Together?

Of course, you can. The ideal temperature for roasted vegetables can vary, but 425 °F works best when cooking potatoes and carrots together. That high temperature gets the potatoes browned and crispy, and allows natural sugars in the carrots to caramelize. Just make sure to cut them to a similar size to cook at the same time. Put them in the oven for 35-40 minutes at 425 °F.

Healthy Benefits Of Cooked Potato & Carrots

Potatoes have various benefits for human health thanks to their carb richness and large quantities of fiber and proteins. They contain vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B6 and minerals like potassium. It improves blood sugar control and keeps cholesterol levels low. Potatoes protect your heart by decreasing your blood pressure.

Carrots are high in potassium, so a cup of carrots contains 20% of your recommended daily intake of potassium. Also, they contain other vitamins and minerals – vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, manganese and others. Carrots contain antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage and prevent cancer.

To Wrap It Up

Both vegetables potatoes and carrots are the world’s most widely eaten crops, so learn how to cook them together without ruining either one or losing nutritional content. They are really healthy and delicious veggies.

Ivana is always desirable for adventures so she was working in restaurants on the Croatian coast, participated in Caffe barista tournaments, led a gardening business, and more. She is a healthy food enthusiast, prefers vegetarianism, and practices yoga. In her free time, she likes to study ancient Buddhist scriptures as well as psychology.