Vichy Carrots (Carottes Vichy)

Vichy Carrots (Carottes Vichy) Recipe

Carottes Vichy is named after the town of Vichy, located on the banks of the Allier River in the northern part of the Auvergne region in France. Vichy is famous for its numerous spas and its carbonated water, which is used in this dish to soften the carrots.

This recipe is ultra easy. All you need are some carrots, some Vichy water and some butter.

Veni, Vidi, Vichy! Maybe it's just me but I find this funny. It's in reference of Julius Caesar's immortal words "I came, I saw, I conquered" when he announced to the Senate his victory over Pharnaces. I spent 5 years studying classical Latin in school; that's probably the only few things I remember.

As a child, carrots Vichy was probably my favorite meal at the cafeteria of my elementary school. It was easy to eat (I was a slow eater), tender, sweet and so flavorful. For lunch time, I remember it was always served with a filet de merlan au citron et persil, which is a pan seared sage-flavored whiting (fish) drizzled with lemon juice with some capers and parsley.

Check back often to follow my French-inspired menu this week. We're having a 4-course "French meal" in honor of the opening of the movie called Julie and Julia



Yields: 8

4 lbs carrots
6 cups seltzer water (see tips)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 stick butter, (8 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon light molasses
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons curly parlsey, finely chopped


Peel and cut the carrots on the bias into 2-inch slices using a vegetable carving knife (you don't have to cut them this way; I just think it's pretty).

In a pot, heat the olive oil. Add the carrots. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and molasses, salt, 6 tablespoons of butter and the carbonated water. Bring to a boil. Cover with a lid. Reduce to medium-heat and cook for about 40 minutes (until fork tender).

Drain the extra liquid (if any).

When you're ready to serve, add the remaining butter and sprinkle some curly parsley.

Super easy, don't you agree?

Recette Carotte Vichy


I used seltzer water, I couldn't find any Vichy water in the Bay area. I've seen some people using club soda which contains sodium or sweetened lemony soda like Sprite. In this case, do not add more sugar or salt.

For an Asian version, check my sweet and sour tofu recipe, made with pineapple.

Carrot Vichy Recipe

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on August 3, 2009.


[-] simply delicious - Guest-lisaiscooking
This carrot dish looks delicious. I think your school cafeteria lunches were very different from mine! I don't look back fondly on anything from those days.;)

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[ Posted at 1:54 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-SallyBR
Loved the Veni Vidi Vichy, although in my case would be Veni Vidi Badoit :-)

Actually, after moving back to the US we were so addicted to Badoit and Perrier, that we ended up getting a carbonated water system for our home - the best thing we bought in the past couple of years!

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[ Posted at 3:14 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] carbonated water - Jackie
I can't find Badoit in the Bay area either. Trader Joe's carries San Pellegrino and Orangina but I even suspect that the formula of US Orangina is different from the one in France. FYI You can make fizzy drinks by adding some active yeast to sweetened drinks. Set it aside for a few days and you'll have a soda. I'll post a recipe soon. It's super easy!
[ Posted at 11:42 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] nice and sweet - Guest-doggybloggy
these look so sweet....

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[ Posted at 6:08 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julia @ Mélanger - Guest-JuliaMlanger
I already love carrots, but this sounds irresistible!

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[ Posted at 6:21 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-LeelaSheSimmers
Great tip on using seltzer to soften the carrots. I never knew that. Thanks, Jackie. What a great looking recipe. So simple and elegant!

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[ Posted at 6:43 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Amanda's Cookin' - Guest-AmandaFormaro
Wow! You had fish drizzled with lemon and capers on your school lunch menu? Sounds fabulous! :) The carrots look really great, one of my very favorite veggies.

We had a French dinner tonight. I made Peppered Steak, Au Gratin Potatoes and Herbed Green Beans, all of the recipes came from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child.

I can't wait to see the movie Friday! :)

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[ Posted at 7:16 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-peachkins
Carrots has a very nice and sweet flavor so I bet this taste really good.

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[ Posted at 8:13 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-Linda
Wow you had some fancy meals at elementary school. LOL I remember in primary school, my lunch would consists of either a meat pie with tomato sauce or a fried chicken drumstick, not very nutritional. Carrot Vichy looks like a great dish, I think it would be a great compliment to a roast leg of lamb.

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[ Posted at 9:23 PM on 8/3/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-Natasha5StarFoodie
Beautiful carrots!

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[ Posted at 12:53 PM on 8/4/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-Jenofa2eatwrite
This looks fabulous, and we're just at the peak of carrots in Michigan. I am absolutely making this within the next day or two!

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[ Posted at 5:51 PM on 8/4/09 | Reply ]
[-] Hey! That looks familiar! - Guest-justine
I have the same Eiffel tower keychain : ) Thanks for stopping by my blog.


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[ Posted at 11:30 AM on 8/5/09 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Guest-Paula923
Could I divide by 2 and make a half batch? I live alone and two pounds of carrots would last several meals. Four pounds would be way too much.
[ Posted at 9:30 AM on 4/8/10 | Reply ]
[-] Carrot Vichy - Jackie
There shouldn't be any problem. You might want to increase the amount of butter a little. Make sure the seltzer water barely covers the carrots. Let me know how it turns out :)
[ Posted at 3:44 PM on 4/8/10 | Reply ]

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