Looking for new ways to cook carrots? These easy carrot recipes can help! They include fresh salads, cozy soups, the moistest carrot cake, and more.
What are your favorite carrot recipes? If you said carrot cake or baby carrots and dip, you’re probably not alone. But I’m sharing 40+ of my best carrot recipes here in the hopes that you’ll try cooking this bright orange vegetable in a new way. They might seem humble, but carrots are insanely versatile. Roasted carrots make a wonderful side dish, for example, and carrot ginger soup is the perfect cozy meal for a cold day. Tangy pickled carrots are great for snacking, while a fresh carrot salad could be the star of your next picnic.
Below, you’ll find all these carrot recipes and more. Have fun looking through them! They go way beyond plain old carrot sticks. I hope you find some new ideas you love.
My Top 5 Carrot Recipes
If you try just one of the recipes in this post, make it one of these! They’re the Love & Lemons carrot essentials, ranging from vibrant side dishes to the simplest soup to our best-ever carrot cake.
Roasting carrots intensifies their natural sweetness and gives them a mouthwatering tender texture. Enjoy them on their own for a quick weeknight side dish, or dress them up with lemony yogurt and fresh herbs.
Moist, tender, and warmly spiced, this classic carrot cake is perfect for any celebration! Don’t forget the tangy cream cheese frosting on top.
You won’t find any nuts or dairy in this creamy carrot soup. The carrots themselves create its luscious texture! Serve it with crusty bread for a soothing, comforting meal.
You only need 5 ingredients + a simple homemade dressing to whip up this refreshing (and surprisingly addictive!) shredded carrot salad.
These crunchy, tangy pickled carrots give the best dill pickles a run for their money. They’re delicious as a snack or in salads, sandwiches, and more.
Salad and Side Dish Carrot Recipes
Make one to add a pop of color to your dinner table!
Don’t toss those carrot tops! In this recipe, you’ll use them to make a zesty gremolata to sprinkle over the roasted roots. Bursty pomegrante seeds and drizzles of tahini sauce round out this stunning side dish.
We’re all crazy for grilled asparagus and grilled zucchini, but for my money, grilled carrots deserve just as much love. They’re sweet, smoky, and perfectly tender. Serve them over a swoosh of whipped ricotta with farro, pistachios, and dollops of chimichurri.
This pretty spring salad features crisp watercress, creamy avocado, and colorful roasted root vegetables. I like to roast the veggies the day before so that I can quickly assemble the salad right before serving.
Topped with a fragrant sage oil, these tender, caramelized vegetables will be a sleeper hit at any fall meal…Thanksgiving included!
Julienned carrots mingle with red bell peppers and crunchy cabbage in this festive summer salad. A nutty sesame dressing ties it all together.
My favorite part of this rainbow kale salad? The carrot ginger dressing! Made with just 6 ingredients, it’s zingy and refreshing. If you have any leftover, use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or sushi, or drizzle it over a grain bowl.
Carrots are a great addition to grain bowls like these! Left raw, they add a bright shock of color and crunch. Roasted or sautéed, they’re softer and sweeter. Either way, they add variety and complexity to a simple combination of fresh ingredients.
Spicy gochujang sauce amps up the flavor in this vegetarian riff on Korean bibimbap.
Think of this recipe more as a template than as a strict set of rules. Replace the brown rice with forbidden rice or wheat berries, swap pickled onions or pickled radishes for the sauerkraut, or sub in roasted butternut squash for the sweet potatoes. It works well with a variety of grains, proteins, and veggies. Use what you have on hand or what sounds best to you!
Kimchi, ginger, and fresh lime juice add so much flavor to this all-veggie meal. Top it with a fried egg for extra staying power.
When I’m cooking a soup or stew, I almost always toss in a carrot or two (and often more!). They add wonderful depth of flavor, and, in the case of blended soups, they create a lovely creamy texture without any cream.
This soup only improves as its flavors mix and mingle in the fridge, so it’s a great recipe to make ahead. Serve it cold, like gazpacho, for a soothing summer meal, or warm it up if you’re craving something cozier.
Serve it with crusty bread for sopping up the flavorful tomato broth.
This creamy, cheesy soup is comfort in a bowl! I use julienned carrots here because they remind me of grated cheese, which makes the soup look extra-cheesy and fun. But for a shortcut, diced carrots work too.
Carrots add sweetness and enhance the creamy texture. A grilled cheese for serving is optional, but highly recommended.
Aromatic veggies like onion, fennel, and carrots add depth of flavor to these brothy beans and pasta.
Top this hearty, comforting soup with homemade croutons for crunch.
This soup freezes perfectly! I love to keep a stash in my freezer for an easy meal on a winter night.
Handheld Carrot Recipes
Who says carrots can’t be fun? These hands-only recipes will prove them wrong!
Peanut sauce for dipping makes these fresh rolls a 10/10 meal.
A vegan riff on the classic Vietnamese sandwich! Pickled carrots and daikon radish add sweet and tangy flavor.
Uhhhh, yes. These are carrots in hot dog buns. The concept might sound crazy, but I promise it’s delicious! I steam and marinate the carrots before grilling so that they soak up tons of smoky, savory flavor. Top them with all the fixings, and you won’t miss the meat one bit.
Hoisin-glazed tempeh, avocado, and crisp veggies make a satisfying filling for these pillowy bao buns.
Noodle and Pasta Carrot Recipes
Want to turn a bunch of carrots into a quick and easy meal? These carrot recipes are a great way to do it.
You could add almost any vegetable to this noodle bowl. Roasted broccoli, sautéed mushooms, pan-seared bok choy… But julienned carrots and cucumber are my favorites. I love the way they mix and mingle with the noodles, so you get a little veggie in every bite.
If you love low effort, high reward recipes (who doesn’t?!), then this weeknight pasta is for you. The flavorful sauce cooks up in right around 15 minutes, which gives you just enough time to boil water and cook the pasta.
This easy, toss-together pasta is a simple, delicious summer meal. Feel free to swap in whatever veggies you have on hand!
No noodles? No problem! Skip them, and serve this tasty stir fry over a bed of cooked rice.
Carrot Recipes for Breakfast
Trust me on this one.
They’re insanely moist, perfectly spiced, and studded with tender raisins and crunchy walnuts. If you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely reach for a second.
Wish you could eat carrot cake for breakfast? Well, now you can! These crisp, fluffy waffles are flecked with grated carrots and warmly spiced with cinnamon. I love to make them on lazy weekend mornings, but leftovers freeze perfectly. Thaw them in the toaster for a quick breakfast during the week!
Break out the bagels! These roasted and marinated carrot ribbons taste surprisingly similar to regular lox, but they’re 100% plant-based. Serve them with fixings like cucumbers, capers, fresh herbs, and (vegan) cream cheese for an unforgettable brunch.
Quinoa adds fiber and plant-based protein to these hearty vegan and gluten-free breakfast cookies. Eat one as they come out of the oven, and freeze the rest for later. They thaw perfectly for an easy breakfast or snack!
I love to eat this veggie-packed breakfast bowl after a morning trip to the farmers market. An herbed yogurt sauce and a jammy soft-boiled egg make it filling and flavorful.
Another carrot cake-inspired breakfast treat! Made with coconut, dates, and sunflower seeds, these sweet, chewy little balls are gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan!
Carrot Recipes for Dessert
Just add cream cheese frosting to take these carrot recipes over the top!
They’re seriously delicious and seriously cute—sure to be a hit at your next party!
We love this plant-based carrot cake, and readers do too. It has over 150 5-star reviews. Try it to see why!
Carrot cake, but in cookie form! Made with oat flour, almond flour, and pure maple syrup, these cookies are fairly wholesome. Skip the frosting and enjoy them as a snack (or even breakfast!), or layer it on for a more decadent treat.
Carrot Recipes: Honey Roasted Carrots
- 1 bunch carrots, about 1 pound
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the whole carrots on the baking sheet. Toss the carrots with a drizzle of olive oil, the honey, coriander, cumin, and pinches of salt and pepper. Roll the carrots with your hands to coat and arrange them on the sheet with space between the carrots. Roast for 15 to 25 minutes, or until the carrots are fork-tender and lightly browned but not mushy. The timing will depend on the size of your carrots.
- Remove from the oven and slice in half lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper and serve.