34 Incredibly Easy Carrot Recipes That Taste Delicious (2024)

How do you prefer your carrots: roasted or steamed? Shredded, sliced, diced, or julienned? However you like them, we have easy carrot recipes guaranteed to please. From simple to sophisticated to unusual, we unearth surprising ideas for this versatile root vegetable. There are appetizers and desserts—and almost everything in between. Alas, we have no carrot-focused co*cktail recipes yet, but watch this space!

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Carrot Ginger Dip

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To start this carrot-infused recipe, whirl cooked carrots, peppery ginger, and maple syrup in a blender (or food processor). Add garlic for kick and olive oil for depth and smoothness, bring to room temperature, and you have a bold dip. Serve with fresh-cut veggies, pita chips, and whatever else you like to dip.

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Carrot Soup With Candied Almonds

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This carrot recipe transforms two pounds of carrots into a simple, silky soup topped with goat cheese smeared toast and a rosemary-spiced candied almond mixture. Hearty enough for dinner, this vegetarian dish also makes a great appetizer for a classic main dish like roasted chicken.

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Spiced Carrot Salad

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If you enjoy Moroccan carrot salad, give this recipe a whirl. It features sweet, citrus-plumped raisins and is seasoned with a warm garlicky cumin-spiced oil with a spicy kick. Serve it alongside spiced lamb or chicken for a complete feast.

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Slow Cooker Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you can fit a cake pan in your slow cooker, you can apply that appliance's set-and-forget convenience to baking. This carrot cake cooks for about 2 hours—but allow at least 3½ hours for mixing, cooling, and frosting.

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Carrot Hummus

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True, carrots aren't what we usually think of as a base for hummus, but they bring so much more vibrant color than chickpeas do. To make this version, whiz cooked carrots in a food processor with tahini, lemon juice, and garlicky olive oil. For dippers, we recommend pita chips, almond crackers, blanched green beans, and radishes.

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Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

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This simple lentil soup packs plenty of spice thanks to cumin seeds, turmeric, and fresh ginger: perfect for when temperatures start to dip. Coconut milk adds a silky creaminess, resulting in a jewel-toned vegan soup that tastes as vibrant as it looks.

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Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Bread

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The carrot-and-coconut combo is a well-known winner as a flavor pairing, and this recipe confirms that once again. However, the ingredients you wouldn't expect are a ripe banana and sour cream, which give this loaf ultimate moistness and added flavor.

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

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Make your childhood dream come true, and start your day with dessert. These surprisingly healthy carrot cake-like cookies are made of wholesome, fiber-rich ingredients—rolled oats, almond flour, walnuts, and a shower of shredded carrots— to help keep you full until lunch.

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Rosemary-Roasted Beets and Carrots

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Smart home cooks who love roasting vegetables in large quantities know that roasting is an easy way to prep delicious veggie side dishes for the rest of the week. That's just one of the many charms of these rosemary-roasted beets and carrots. They're a wonderful addition to pretty much any autumnal, springy, or wintry main course.

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Carrot-Apple Slaw

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This recipe uses carrots and apples to tone down the pungency of prepared sauerkraut. Add sweet pops of raisins and a mayo-free dressing, and you have a delightfully fresh side for your next backyard bash.

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Lemony Carrots

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Three ingredients, 30 minutes, and one baking sheet are numbers to fall in love with for this carrot dish. This recipe brightens a simple veggie roast with a sliced lemon, which lightly caramelizes during the cooking process, making the carrots tender and flavorful.

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Caramelized Veggies With Poppy Seed Dressing

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In this recipe, rainbow carrots, vibrant beets, parsnips, and fennel get an upgrade courtesy of a punchy dressing made with lemon juice, garlic, tahini, poppy seeds, and olive oil. Don't forget the parsley topping for added freshness and a pop of color.

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Carrot Muffins

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Let's face it: Muffins are essentially cupcakes without the guilt. These are gluten-free, packed with nutrient-rich carrots, and moist and sweet enough that you won't miss the frosting. Make a batch of these muffins on Sunday and eat them throughout the week. (Bet they won't last through Thursday.)

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Red Curry Veggie Stew

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This hearty Thai-inspired stew is filled with vegetables, predominately carrots and cauliflower. Warm and toasty Thai curry paste and creamy coconut milk add flavor and silkiness to this vegan recipe, while lime zest and chopped cashews contribute brightness and crunch. Serve over rice and enjoy!

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Crispy Chickpeas and Veggies With Carrot Hummus

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Get a double dose of carrots with this recipe: steamed carrots and a silky carrot-tahini purée—served alongside crispy chickpeas and just-wilted baby kale. The result is a cornucopia of textures, flavors, and colors to entice the whole family.

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Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Burgers With Carrot Slaw

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Carrots on a burger? Try it, and you'll wonder, "Where's this been all my life?" This lime-infused carrot slaw is spiked with cilantro and mint that makes any burger more moist and delicious. However, the slaw is also great on its own.

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Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie

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This recipe blends carrots with mango, doubling down on this smoothie's bright orange hue. Apple cider vinegar adds just the right amount of tang, fresh lime juice balances the sweetness, and a drizzle of coconut milk makes it irresistibly creamy.

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Carrot and Parsnip Slaw

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Carrots and parsnips costar in this colorful slaw dressed in plain yogurt, lime zest, and fresh dill. Serve it with saucy ribs, burgers, and other BBQ staples.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

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While carrots aren't the star of this classic dish, there's no doubt the soup would be incomplete without them. Here, they're thinly sliced and joined by celery, onion, chicken, and plenty of egg noodles. This bowl is sure to cure whatever ails you.

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Quick Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew

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One of the best things about this Easter favorite, among many, is it's prepared in a single large pot. Loaded with lamb steaks, carrots, diced tomatoes, green beans, and onion, this meal comes together in just 30 minutes and is so satisfying on a cold night.

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Pork Burgers With Crispy Carrot Fries

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In this easy recipe, irresistible yet simple carrot fries bake away while you work up the pork-burger mixture. By the time you're done searing those Southwestern-inspired burgers, the carrot fries are tender and perfectly cooked. Yes, please!

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Steak With Roasted Carrots and Onions

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This elegant fit-for-company meal features a simple oven-roasting treatment for carrots and onions. What elevates this dish, besides the sirloin steak, is a luscious white-wine-and-Dijon sauce that tastes great on the steak and the veggies.

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Hanger Steak With Buttery Mashed Carrots

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Mashed potatoes? Of course. Mashed cauliflower? Sure. Mashed carrots? Yes! Lemon zest, parsley, cilantro, and garlic lead the spice patrol that elevates plain cooked carrots to fluffy, flavorful heights,

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Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots

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In the morning, save a cup of coffee to make this dinner recipe. It calls on brewed coffee—along with tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar—to wake up the flavors of carrots, potatoes, and brisket over an 8-hour cook time. So easy!

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Sweet and Sour Glazed Pork Chops With Turnips and Carrots

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This dinner recipe teams carrots with its root-veggie cousin for a one-skillet meal. The veggies braise in a vinegary honey-mustard sauce that tastes great on the pork chop, too.

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

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Here's a great way to take your carrot cake to go! While they look a little fussy, these portable treats are no more complicated to make than their namesake layer cake. Ingredients like coconut shreds and oats make these fiber-rich sandwich cookies healthier, too.

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

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Start your day with your favorite breakfast that tastes like your favorite dessert. Mind blown! At the risk of sending you into orbit, serve these with cream cheese syrup.

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Carrot Pineapple Smoothie

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This smoothie is equally effective as a reason to get up in the morning and a way to keep hunger pangs at bay in the afternoon. Just add a banana, orange juice, carrots, pineapple, and ice, then whirl. There's minimal prep, no added sugar, and no waiting in line!

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Potato-Chip-Crusted Pork With Carrot-Quinoa Salad

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Pork tenderloin takes center stage in this meal, but the carrot quinoa salad playing a supporting role is not to be overlooked. Raw carrot ribbons meander through cooked quinoa and arugula in a lemon-olive oil dressing for a fresh and hearty side.

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Harissa Carrot Soup

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This smooth, spicy soup features harissa—a red chili paste popular in North African cuisine—along with cinnamon and cumin for a warm, smoky bowl. It's garnished with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of nuts, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and mint leaves.

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Root Vegetable Latkes

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This tasty recipe swaps potatoes—the traditional star of this Hanukkah classic—with carrots, parsnips, and beets, giving the latkes a colorful, flavorful boost. Serve warm with a creamy yogurt sauce as directed, and top with sour cream and smoked salmon.

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Maple Roasted Vegetables

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Interested in a simple yet elegant side dish that even veggie-haters will love? Here's the secret: Add a touch of maple syrup to olive oil for a pre-roast toss. This recipe pairs carrots with Brussels sprouts, but a carrots-only situation works just as well, as does the addition of squash,sweet potatoes, or green beans.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

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This take on a classic carrot cake recipe uses buttermilk for an extra moist batter, but its real innovation is in the icing. A dose of browned butter—cooled to room temperature—adds richness to the standard cream cheese frosting that takes it to the next level. Top with toasted coconut flakes for the total package.

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Roasted Carrot Salad

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This colorful salad will warm up your belly and liven up your dinner spread. Rainbow carrots and shallots are seasoned with earthy thyme and mildly spicy crushed red pepper and drizzled with olive oil before being roasted. The carrots become tender and caramelized in the oven. Topped with lemon zest to brighten up the mix, this carrot salad will not disappoint.

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