30 Creative Carrot Recipes
A year-round veggie that's good in savory and sweet recipes? We're in love!
While we’re all about seasonality, we’ve got a soft spot for produce that’s available and delicious all year round. Potatoes get all the glory, but we’d like to give carrots some much deserved spotlight. They’re super cheap, are enjoyable no matter how you cook them, and are great in everything from side dishes to dinner. Plus, they’re the basis for one of the best desserts ever—carrot cake. Potatoes could never. Check out our 30 carrot recipes for ideas!
When it comes to a side dish that’s simple yet exciting, easy to make but still impressive, nothing beats one made with carrots. Pair them with a simple glaze or marinade (we like them with a little honey or mustard), and then roast them, steam them, grill them, or even air fry them. They truly take well to pretty much any preparation. Try turning them into pickles and putting them on ALL your lunch sandwiches (they’re the crunchy classic on a Vietnamese banh mi for a reason). Take them to your next BBQ as a side, like classic coleslaw or a Moroccan carrot salad. Cold out, or feeling under the weather? Turn those carrots into a warm and comforting soup, like our carrot and coriander soup or carrot ginger soup. You can even use them to replace meat (😮), like in our carrot hot dogs or carrots in a blanket. They might never fully replace your favorite hot dogs, but trust us, they make for a pretty delicious vegetarian alternative.
Want even more veggie inspiration? Check out our favorite fall butternut squash recipes, summer zucchini recipes, and spring asparagus dishes too.
How do you make a picky eater fall in love with vegetables? When it comes to carrots, our answer is two-part: slather them in a sweet and sticky glaze and then roast them. In the oven, the honey and butter in the glaze will caramelize, transforming plain, boring carrots into an addictive side dish.
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This is your cake, so feel free to customize it to your liking. Not a fan of pecans? Sub in walnuts or pistachios, or leave the nuts out entirely. Want to skip the raisins? Feel free to, or switch them out for dried cranberries, cherries, even pineapple!
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These sweet-savory carrots are topped with the most delicious mix of crunchy nuts and spices. We like pistachios and black and white sesame seeds, but feel free to swap in your favorites.
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This simple recipe is the most versatile side dish, and it's impossible to mess up. Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread in an even layer on a large sheet tray. (Feel free to throw in any of your favorite herbs or spices as well!)
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Sweet baby carrots are the perfect match for this tangy balsamic glaze. Fancy enough for a holiday meal, but easy enough for a weeknight, this recipe is endlessly riffable and guaranteed to deliver crisp-tender carrots every time.
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These are, by their soft, tender, and pillowy nature, very rustic—one might even call them ugly. But worry not: once you sauté them in butter, herbs, and pistachios, they will look every bit as delicious as they smell. You can also use them as you would store-bought gnocchi, like in our one-pan creamy chicken & gnocchi recipe.
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These pickled carrots are just as easy as homemade dill pickles. All you need to do is make a brine (water + spices + sugar + salt), heat it up, and pour it over your veggies. Let the whole thing cool to room temperature, then wait at least 2 hours. The longer you wait, the more flavorful your pickles will be.
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No summer potluck is complete without a big bowl of coleslaw, and our recipe is the best. More a fan of red cabbage? We got you—check out our red cabbage slaw too.
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A combo of spices adds a riot of flavor to those carrots that may or may not have been sitting in the crisper for too long. Serve alongside anything grilled, like our grilled tofu or grilled pork tenderloin.
Canned coconut milk makes this flavorful soup super creamy and rich while keeping it conveniently dairy free. Just a tablespoon of fish sauce adds depth and makes this soup feel that much more special. A sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro at the end ties in all the flavors and makes it look ultra appealing. Want to up the presentation even more? Add crispy fried shallots and chili oil for that final chef’s kiss.
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As with most root veggies, carrots take awhile to cook through, meaning they've got to be tended to and turned frequently to get tender on the grill. The good news is that your hard work will be rewarded; the carrot's natural sweetness comes out during cooking, a complementary foil to the smoky char achieved on the grill. We love serving this veggie side atop creamy ricotta, with a punchy carrot top-based chimichurri sauce for some brightness.
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A quick side dish is always appreciated, especially one as easy as this combo. It goes well with your steak dinners, your rice & beans, or your vegan meatloaf, but if you really love your peas and carrots, you could just eat this in one sitting, as a meal (we have! 😉).
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Our version picks up a little spice from the jalapeños and draws out the sweetness from the carrots by roasting them first. It has plenty of coriander for a perfectly spiced, citrusy spoonful at every bite.
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To make this delicious vegetarian side dish, you'll toss a pound of steamed carrots in a slightly spicy honey-butter glaze. Rather than cooking the carrots and the glaze together in the pan, you'll cook the carrots and the glaze separately, reducing the risk of mushy veggies.
This carrot-and-raisin salad gets an upgrade with a slightly spicy, slightly sweet harissa and honey sauce. It brings out the sweet freshness of the carrots and makes the whole dish sing. We're tempted to pour it over all of our salads from here on out.
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We love this cupcake like bunnies love carrots. Every bite is filled with warm spice and sweet carrots and topped with the most delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
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Just a heads up: any dish that features the word “candied” is bound to be on the sweet side and more than likely something you won’t be eating every day. That said, don’t be shy about the amount of butter and brown sugar that goes into these candied carrots: Decadence is the goal here!
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This is one of our favorite ways to roast carrots—with their tops still on! You're going to want to put this honey balsamic glaze on everything.
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Marinating carrots in veggie broth, vinegar, soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic powder, paprika and liquid smoke makes them taste uncannily like a hot dog—these are the vegetarian and vegan dogs of your dreams.
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Sweet, savory, rich, and tender—the Easter Bunny would approve! We used full-sized orange carrots here, but these would be so cute with mini rainbow carrots too.
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With classic carrot cake on the bottom and rich, creamy cheesecake on top, we can't think of a better mash-up dessert. Some of the carrot cake batter gets poured into the middle of the cheesecake to create a swirly look and we didn't forget the best part of a carrot cake—the cream cheese frosting!
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You bought gorgeous carrots with those cute little green tops still attached. Now what? Surely you're not going to just... toss them away, are you? No, of course not. Because they're good to eat, especially when you blend it all up into pesto with deliciously toasted nuts, savory cheese, a touch of garlic and herbs, and a drizzle of oil.
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We know, we know—baby carrots will never replace your favorite cocktail weenies. But trust us, these are a surprisingly good dupe, especially for vegetarians! Let the carrots marinate for at least a half an hour so they can really soak in that smoky salty flavor.
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Love maple bacon... everything? Us too! You're going to LOVE this maple Dijon chicken, particularly paired with simple fresh thyme and carrots.
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It's undeniable. A Vietnamese banh mi is the PERFECT sandwich. Rich, savory meat combined with bright and crunchy homemade pickled daikon and carrots stuffed into a fluffy baguette; what's not to love?! We're extra into this version because it requires minimal ingredients but still packs a powerful punch of flavor.
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These flavor-packed cookies are an easy and fun mash-up of two iconic desserts: fluffy carrot cake and classic oatmeal cookies.
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Be still our beating tarts! Use rainbow carrots for extra color if you can find them.
Everyone knows the best part of carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting, and this carrot cake dip does not skimp on the good stuff. While many other cake dip recipes use boxed cake mix, this version is gluten-free and uses wholesome toasted pecans, caramelized cinnamon, carrots, and plump rum raisins to bring out that signature flavor.
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Feed your french fry craving sans potatoes with these low-carb carrot fries—they're reminiscent of sweet potato fries, but with extra veggie flavor.
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Inspired by that sweet and tangy bright orange dressing you can find on iceberg salads at Japanese-American restaurants, this blended recipe is super simple and extra flavorful.
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