Crave-Worthy Carrot Recipes You Need to Try

updated Feb 27, 2023
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We need to talk about how amazing can-do carrots are. Yes, carrots. There aren’t many other vegetables that can be equally tasty served alongside a roast chicken as they can be baked into a cake that’s piled with cream cheese frosting. It’s time for carrots to get the recognition they deserve.

So next time you’re at the grocery store, go on and buy that big bag of carrots. I am always surprised by how cheap a bag is; it will barely set you back a few dollars, and that’s still the case even if you’re buying organic. And if you don’t use them all now, you can easily freeze your carrots. So, naturally, carrots are a good grocery investment all around. You’ll have no trouble cooking your way through the bag (and getting a serious dose of vitamin A) — especially if you lean on these carrot recipes for inspiration.

From classic glazed carrots to a pot of cozy carrot soup to muffins, cake, and more, here are 50 carrot recipes that cover all the bases.

Sides, Salads, and Starters

Carrots make for a colorful side dish or unique appetizer, whether roasted, glazed, shredded for a crunchy salad, or blended into a creamy dip. If you bought that bag of rainbow carrots, you can have even more fun with how the final dish looks.

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Smashed Carrot Salad Recipe
In this salad, every ingredient has a purpose—lending texture, temperature, brightness and acidity to what turns out to be a symphony of flavors.
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Grilled Carrots and Leeks With Labneh
Ease into autumn with carrots grilled to caramelized smokiness then propped on a bed of creamy labneh with a shower of fresh herbs.
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Candied Carrots With Ginger and Cinnamon
A delicious syrupy glaze helps to enhance the natural sweetness of carrots in this stunning, glossy, bejeweled vegetable side dish.
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Creamy Carrot Soup With Lemon and Dill
Just one bowl of this thick and nourishing creamy carrot soup won't be enough.
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Coronation Coleslaw

A side dish inspired by the legendary Coronation chicken dish.

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Air Fryer Carrots
Slender carrot sticks seasoned with garlic, lemon, and fresh herbs air fried until tender and blistered.
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Carrot Salad
This mayo-dressed, raisin-studded salad is a simple mix of kitchen staples, making it the easy, delicious cookout side you need.
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Carrot-Ginger Soup
A bright and cozy bowl of carrot-ginger soup might just be the perfect dinner to warm you up from the inside out.
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Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
A homemade BBQ spice mix adds big flavor to this sheet-pan side dish.
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Roasted Carrots with Orange
The sweetness of carrots in a savory recipe can be challenging, so we tossed these carrots with a generous sprinkle of chili powder and orange slivers.
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Quick Pickled Carrots
Meet the spicy pickled carrots that are about to forever change your Taco Tuesday or even just your snack-dinner Wednesday. These crunchy, spicy, tangy pickles are made for serving with (or on top of) Mexican staples like tacos and enchiladas, or even just alongside a cold beer.
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Honey-Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots
Once you’ve tasted these roasted carrots bathed in a honey-garlic butter sauce, you might proclaim that it’s the only way you’ll ever eat carrots again.
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Grilled Carrots with Lemon and Dill
Carrots are one of our favorite vegetables on the grill: Their charred, sweet flavor needs just a squeeze of lemon and some fresh herbs to become a simple-but-surprising side dish.
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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Carrots, Parsnips, and Chickpeas
Elegant but not complicated, this dish is just the thing to both comfort and awaken the palate on a winter day.
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Carrot Tahini Salad with Spiced Chickpeas
This salad comes together easily, and sweet raisins pair exceptionally well with the spiced chickpeas for a wonderful combination of sweet and savory.
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Baby Beet and Carrot Salad with Herbed Yogurt Ranch
This salad makes the best of spring's most colorful arrivals, combining tender beets, quick-roasted carrots, and tangy beet greens. A creamy ranch-style dressing made with Greek yogurt, green onions, and herbs brings it all together for a salad that’s both fresh and hearty.
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Cumin-Roasted Carrots with Wild Rice and Chickpeas
The flavor of cumin shines with the mellow flavor of the carrots. Add in some earthiness from the wild rice and chickpeas, and the dish comes together nicely.
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Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Carrot Hummus
This hummus is so irresistible, both in flavor and in color. The Moroccan spices add such a lovely dimension, too.
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Tangy Carrot Slaw
This slaw makes a light, flavorful lunch on its own but also begs to be paired with a simple roast chicken for dinner.
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Carrot Soufflé
Puréed carrots, eggs, milk, and cheddar cheese get blended into a soufflé base that puffs beautifully into a light, airy, almost custard-like side dish.
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Classic Glazed Carrots
Whether you reserve this side dish for Thanksgiving or eat it all year long, glazed carrots are a classic that will never go out of style.
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Mains for Lunch and Dinner

Carrots become part of the main attraction when they’re tossed with pasta or tucked alongside a roast.

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Gỏi Gà (Vietnamese Shredded Chicken and Cabbage Salad)

Gỏi Gà is fresh and tangy and everything I want to eat right now.

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Teriyaki Chicken Bowl With Carrots
Rice, steamed broccoli, and carrots turn sweet and savory teriyaki chicken into a complete meal.
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Hoisin Marmalade Chicken with Carrots, Baby Bok Choy and Rice
This easy sheet pan recipe is the perfect blend of flavors and textures.
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Carrot Peel Pesto
Ditch the traditional green pesto for a fresh, carrot-flavored pasta sauce.
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Farro with Caramelized Carrots, Crispy Broccolini, and Herby Yogurt Dressing
This good-for-you grain bowl is quick to whip up, and is packed with veggies, protein, and a simple yogurt dressing.
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Moroccan-Spiced Carrot and Sorghum Soup
At its heart, this is a pretty basic carrot soup, but it becomes special with the addition of the warm spices and sorghum.
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Instant Pot Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes
While a traditional pot roast is a labor of love that takes a significant chunk of a day to cook, an Instant Pot is your best friend when you want pot roast on the dinner table stat. Here’s how to do it.
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Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine
The carrots lighten this pasta dish a bit, but it’s super satisfying! The sauce is simply olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan. Garnish with a bit of basil and lemon zest (and more cheese, if you wish!) — it’s a fresh and filling main course.
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Roast Chicken with Fennel, Carrots, and Gremolata
Tired of mashed potatoes and gravy with your roast chicken? Here’s a classic dinner with a flavorful punch of fresh herbs — plus sweet roasted fennel and carrots, which absorb savory juices from the chicken by sharing the same pan.
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Individual Pot Roasts with Thyme-Glazed Carrots
We like to serve this quite simply with just the carrots, making it a true one-pot meal. The carrots get tender but not mushy with just the faintest bit of snap still left inside.
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Curried Carrot Soup
If you’re looking for a recipe to turn you into a soup person, here’s the one that did it for me.
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One-Pot Farro with Carrots and Chickpeas
Here, farro forms the base for one of the fastest feel-good meals we know. Cook the farro in a big pot, stir in protein-packed chickpeas and a bag of seasoned frozen carrots, and you’ve got a three-ingredient dinner that’s ready in 20 minutes.
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Honey Mustard Salmon with Caramelized Carrots
This easy honey mustard salmon has a lot going for it. With savory, sweet, and spicy flavors in every bite, it’s a skillet dinner that’s sure to add excitement to your weeknight routine.
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Shaved Beet & Carrot Salad with Sumac & Dill
This salad is perfect for fall and winter when root vegetables are in abundance. Since both beets and carrots can be rather tough raw, slice the beets and carrots as thinly as possible (using either a mando­line or your hands) to create a delicious crunch.
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Sweet Breakfasts & Desserts

Carrot cake is classic, sure, but carrots can dabble in other sweets too, like muffins, scones, and even cookies!

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Big Mary's Carrot Cake

This tender cake gets its texture and flavor not from carrots but from jars of carrot baby food. No carrot-grating required!

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Carrot Halwa
Carrot halwa is an Indian dessert made with grated carrots, whole milk, dried fruit, and nuts, and it has a delicious light-yet-fudgy texture.
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Vegan Carrot Cake
You won't miss the dairy products in this spice-packed vegan carrot cake.
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Carrot Cake Muffins
Turn your favorite, spice-packed cake into a morning muffin.
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Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
One-bowl carrot cupcakes with an easy cream cheese frosting.
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Carrot Cake Power Bites
These snacks are vegan, require no baking, and come together quickly in the food processor — but best of all, they taste like carrot cake!
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Olive Oil Carrot Muffins
These muffins make carrot cake accessible for more than just dessert, which, as carrot cake-lovers, is music to our ears.
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Carrot Cake Scones with Spiced Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
These simple carrot cake-inspired scones are loaded with fresh shredded carrots and drizzled with a spiced cream cheese glaze.
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Spiced Carrot Oat Cookies
These breakfast cookies are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with oats, walnuts, shredded carrots, and raisins — making them perfect for a quick breakfast.
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Upside-Down Carrot Cake
This version takes the classic upside-down cake and turns it on its head. Very thinly sliced carrots form the pretty, striped top. It might not have cream cheese frosting, but it’s got pizzazz.
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The Silver Palate Cookbook's Carrot Cake

This cake balances many variables: sweet, yet spicy; moist, yet delicate; and beautiful, but not pretentious, all under a mountain of fluffy cream cheese frosting.

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Domenica Marchetti's Carrot Polenta Cake with Marsala
A little rustic, a touch boozy, and all Italian, this is a carrot cake to make you look at the classic dessert in a whole new way.
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Carrot Quick Bread
This moist carrot quick bread is flecked with warm notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, loaded up with cups of shredded carrot, and topped with a glaze made with powdered sugar and yogurt.
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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies With Cream Cheese Glaze
These are perfectly chewy cookies studded with freshly grated carrots covered in a tangy cream cheese glaze. Part oatmeal cookie and part carrot cake, these are the perfect treat for people who can’t decide between the two.
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Carrot Cake Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Spiced with fragrant cinnamon, studded with carrots and walnuts, and finished with both a crumble topping and a cream cheese drizzle, this updated twist brings together all the things I love about carrot cake and marries it with a classic coffee cake.
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