You can use a steam basket or steamer to steam carrots, but this frying pan method works great and doesn't require any special equipment.
However you cook the, serve steamed carrots with butter, salt and freshly ground black pepper, if you like.
How to Steam Carrots In a Pan
Bring a scant 1/2 inch salted water to boil in a large frying pan or saute pan. Add carrots, cover, and cook until carrots are tender to the bite and water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Want your carrots a bit more tender? Simply cook them longer!
How to Steam Carrots In a Steamer Basket
The classic method of steaming uses a steamer basket or insert. Bring about an inch of water to a boil in the bottom of a pot into which your steamer basket or insert fits. Put trimmed carrots in the steamer basket, set over the boiling water, cover, and steam until tender to the bite, again about 5 for crisp-tender and up to to 10 minutes for fully carrots. Larger pieces of carrot will need more time, so cut carrots accordingly.
How to Steam Carrots In a Microwave
Steaming carrots in a microwave is certainly quick and convenient. It must be noted, however, that it is more difficult to get any vegetable steamed to a precise and even level of done-ness in a microwave than it is using the two methods outlines above.
Put trimmed, peeled, and cut carrots with water still clinging to them in a large bowl, a small pool of water should form in the bottom of the bowl quite quickly. If you don't see water in the bottom of the bowl, add a tablespoon of water. Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe lid or plate (avoid plastic wrap in microwaves), and cook on high power for 1 minute. Test for tenderness and repeat at 30-second intervals until the carrots are steamed to your liking. Carrots steamed in a microwave may require a bit of draining or drying depending on how much liquid you used and how powerful your microwave is.