Hot & Sour Carrots

September/October 2009

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The hot-and-sour sauce on these quick sautéed carrots is not for the timid palate. They have an abundance of bold, spicy flavor. Try them with steamed white fish and brown rice.

"I made this tonight for a healthy snack and it was fantastic! The recipe said to add crushed red pepper but it didn't specify the amount so I just added a sprinkle. This is sooooo good! Yummy! "
Hot & Sour Carrots

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 cup each

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  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon black bean-garlic sauce (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound carrots (5-6 medium), cut lengthwise into 3-by-1/4-inch sticks
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced


  1. Combine vinegar and black bean-garlic sauce in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add carrots, onion and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sauce and cook, stirring, until the vinegar has evaporated, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Tips & Notes

  • Ingredient Note: Black bean-garlic sauce, a savory, salty sauce used in Chinese cooking, is made from fermented black soybeans, garlic and rice wine. Find it in the Asian-foods section of most supermarkets or at Asian markets. Refrigerate for up to 1 year.


Per serving: 92 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber; 388 mg sodium; 368 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (339% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat

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