18 Incredibly Easy Carrot Recipes That Taste Delicious

These dishes will help you add ample beta-carotene to your diet.

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Roasted, shredded, transformed into a slaw, or steamed—any which way you like your carrots prepared, we've got an archive full of enticing carrot recipes that are guaranteed to please. Want to keep things simple? Roasted carrots tossed with rosemary require virtually no prep and minimal cleanup; pair them with bright purple beets and a vinegar-y marinade, and you have a sophisticated side dish that's delicious and deceptively easy. Feel like going a more unusual route? Play up carrots' natural sweetness by caramelizing them and pairing them with a creamy tahini-based dressing studded with poppy seeds.

Nutrient-dense and delicious raw or cooked, the carrot deserves better than a tub of hummus. Unearth some surprising ideas for this versatile root vegetable in these 18 easy recipes.

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Rosemary-Roasted Beets and Carrots

Rosemary-Roasted Beets and Carrots
Con Poulos

Smart home cooks who love roasting vegetables in large quantities know it's an easy way to have delicious veggie side dishes to eat for the rest of the week. That's just one of the many charms of these rosemary-roasted beets and carrots. Prep them in just 10 minutes, pop them in the oven for about 30, and wait till the house smells wonderful and your side dish emerges lightly caramelized, redolent of rosemary, and ready to be served alongside chicken, roast beef, or potato gratin. They make a wonderful addition to pretty much any autumnal, springy, or wintry main course.

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Lemony Carrots

Lemony Carrots
Marcus Nilsson

There's nothing like a veggie side dish you can make with two staples you already have kicking around the fridge. These are the classic roast carrots of your dreams, and they employ a mere three ingredients (plus salt and pepper). The whole thing is brightened with slices of lemon that lightly caramelize during the cooking process, and it's a good idea to stop, toss, and return them to the oven so none of those slices char and become bitter. It's the one necessary step in a couldn't-be-easier 10-minute dish. The result is super-tender carrots that even fussy kids will consider.

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

A cookie for breakfast? With these carrot cake-like treats, you can make your childhood dream come true and start your day with dessert. And believe it or not, these cookies are surprisingly healthy. That's because they are made up of wholesome, fiber-rich ingredients, such as rolled oats, almond flour, walnuts, and a shower of shredded carrots, which mitigate the release of added sugar into your bloodstream and help keep you full until lunch.

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Caramelized Veggies With Poppy Seed Dressing

Caramelized Veggies with Poppy Seed Dressing
Caitlin Bensel

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

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Carrot Soup With Candied Almonds

Caitlin Bensel

In this recipe, two pounds of carrots are transformed into a simple, silky soup that's topped with a goat cheese-smeared toast and a rosemary-spiced candied almond mixture. While this vegetarian dish is hearty enough for a dinner, it would also be a great appetizer for a dinner party alongside a classic main dish like roasted chicken.

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Carrot-Apple Slaw

Carrot-Apple Slaw Recipe
Antonis Achilleos

Though very healthy, sauerkraut is too pungent for some. In this simple recipe, the fermented food is paired with apples and carrots, plus sweet pops of raisins, which make the summer BBQ staple less intense. Ginger adds just enough heat and spice without being overpowering, while the sauerkraut liquid works to lightly pickle the raw onion. Serve this dish at your next backyard bash to impress your guests.

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Carrot Muffins

Carrot Muffins Recipe
Jennifer Causey

Carrot cake meets muffins in this tasty, one-bowl recipe. The muffins rely on almond flour for their dense crumb (which also means they happen to be gluten-free), and the shredded carrot adds extra moisture. Additionally, nutmeg draws out the vegetal notes without overpowering the flavors, while a bit of butter adds richness. Make a batch of these muffins on Sunday and eat them throughout the week—they'll stay fresh for several days.

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Spiced Carrot Salad

Garlicky, cumin-spiced oil enhances the flavor in this recipe for Spiced Carrot Salad.
Greg DuPree

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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Red Curry Veggie Stew

Red curry veggie stew
Victor Protasio

This hearty Thai-inspired stew is filled with vegetables, including cauliflower and carrots. 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

Crispy Chickpeas and Veggies With Carrot Hummus
Caitlin Bensel

Get a double dose of carrots with this recipe, which includes both steamed carrots (alongside crispy chickpeas and just-wilted baby kale) as well as a silky carrot-tahini purée. The resulting dish is a cornucopia of textures, flavors, and colors to entice the whole family.

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Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

Carrot-And-Red Lentil Soup
Greg DuPree

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

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Carrot-Ginger Dip

Carrot Ginger Dip
Caitlin Bensel

In this bold dip, carrots are cooked until tender with peppery ginger and then puréed in a blender with maple syrup, which sweetens everything just a tad. Garlic adds kick, while olive oil lends depth and smooth texture. Serve with fresh cut veggies, pita chips, and whatever else you like to dip.

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Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Burgers With Carrot Slaw

Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Burgers With Carrot Slaw
Greg DuPree

Simple chicken patties get tons of flavor here, thanks to a finishing glaze of delicious hoisin sauce. What's more? Each burger is topped with a lime-infused carrot slaw, which also includes a generous serving of cilantro and mint. If you make the carrot topping ahead, make sure to drain any extra liquid before topping the patties to avoid making the buns soggy.

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Carrot and Parsnip Slaw

Carrot and Parsnip Slaw
Danny Kim

Carrots and parsnips are the stars of this colorful slaw, which also includes plain yogurt, lime zest, and fresh dill. Serve it with saucy ribs, burgers, and other BBQ staples.

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Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie

Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie
Greg DuPree

Carrots are blended with mango in this smoothie, which boasts a bright orange hue. Apple cider vinegar adds just the right amount of tang, while fresh lime juice balances the sweetness and a drizzle of coconut milk makes the drink irresistibly creamy.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

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Jennifer Causey

While carrots aren't the star of this classic soup, there's no doubt that the dish would be incomplete without them. Here, they're thinly sliced and joined by celery, onion, chicken, and plenty of egg noodles.

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Quick Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Easy Supper Ideas: Quick One-Pot Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew Recipe
Quentin Bacon

This Easter favorite is beloved, in part because it is prepared in a single large pot. It includes lamb steaks, carrots, diced tomatoes, green beans, and onion. Believe it or not, this meal comes together in just 30 minutes, and is also satisfying on a cold night.

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Pork Burgers With Crispy Carrot Fries

Pork Burgers with Crispy Carrot Fries
Antonis Achilleos

In this recipe, irresistible yet simple carrot fries bake away while you spike mayonnaise with chopped green chiles and then spice up a pork burger mixture with cumin, garlic, and more green chiles. By the time you're done searing the Southwestern-inspired burgers, the carrot fries will be tender and perfectly cooked. A burger night you can prepare in 30 minutes? Yes, please!

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