Carrots are great for your health, readily available all year round, and super affordable. With all those pros, I’d say we all need a few more tasty carrot recipes in our lives. I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite easy carrot recipes here so you can turn carrots into the star of the show for just about any meal.
Carrots are one of the most versatile foods out there. They add freshness and crunch to summer salads, texture and taste to soups, and natural sweetness to baked goods. You can create dozens of dishes, both sweet and savory, with this highly nutritious vegetable. But just because carrots are good for you doesn’t mean they can’t taste amazing! In these 14 easy-to-make carrot recipes, you’ll find some of my favorite ways to incorporate this cheap and delicious supermarket staple into your main entrees, side dishes, and even desserts.
Heat brings out the best in carrots as far as nutritional value. Boiled, steamed, and roasted carrots all give you the biggest nutritional bang per bite. Cutting carrots before you cook them can reduce nutrients by 25%, though, so try cutting after cooking when a recipe allows for it.
Raw carrots are great for you, but interestingly enough, studies show that cooked carrots offer more health benefits. Cooked carrots have higher beta carotene levels, the nutrient that converts to vitamin A in your body after consumption. Three cheers for cooked carrot dishes!
Carrots won’t correct any current vision problems you may have, but the vitamin A they contain definitely promotes overall eye health. The bottom line: eating plenty of carrots will support your eye health.
1. Jamaican Carrot Juice
If you’re thinking, “carrot juice, meh,” you’re in for a delectable surprise. While not necessarily a health drink (let’s just say condensed milk is involved 😋), this carrot juice is creamy, sweet, and nothing short of a crowd-pleaser.
This recipe is easy to customize too, which makes it ideal for a variety of situations. You can enjoy Jamaican carrot juice along with your breakfast or add some rum, turning it into the perfect drink for cocktail hour. You can even make a vegan version with vegan condensed milk.
2. Carrot Souffle
This is one of my most favorite carrot recipes! Carrot soufflé is rich, fluffy, and packed with flavor. If you aren’t crazy about sweet potatoes but need a fitting side dish for a spiced roast turkey or a honey-glazed ham, carrot soufflé is an amazing alternative.
Carrot soufflé may sound like a fancy dish, but it’s surprisingly easy to make. Best of all, you can whip up the batter ahead of time, cover, and freeze until you’re ready to use it! Simply thaw it out and then bake for a scrumptious side when you’re in a pinch for time.
3. Roast Potatoes and Carrots
Roast potatoes and carrots are easy, affordable, and flavorful. This fuss-free side goes with just about any meal. Plus, this recipe is kid-friendly and super nutritious – just don’t tell the kids that. 🤭
Coated with just the right amount of seasonings and tossed in melted butter, this carrot recipe delivers the perfect combination of a crispy outer crunch followed by a melt-in-your-mouth flavor bomb that is guaranteed to have you coming back for seconds.
4. Carrot Cake
This carrot cake recipe takes a well-loved recipe to new heights with all those delicious fall flavors like applesauce, ginger, and vanilla. Let’s be honest, though, carrot cake is the perfect dessert any time of year, am I right? It’s light and moist, not overly oily, and the flavors will knock your socks off. Did I mention the cream cheese frosting?
Even if you aren’t a pro baker, this carrot recipe is easy to tackle. It’s also a great cake to bake a day ahead of time. Simply make and frost the cake, cover it, and pop it in the fridge for tomorrow. After a day, the flavors settle down and mingle perfectly together.
5. Carrot Raisin Salad
Healthy side dish and dessert all-in-one? Yes, please! This carrot recipe combines raisins and carrots in a tangy, creamy salad that you can make in less than 20 minutes. It’s cheap to make, kids love it, and it pairs well with so many dishes.
What really makes this salad zing is pineapples and the irresistible dressing. If you somehow have leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for about three days.
6. Carrot Pineapple Cake
Carrots, pineapple, and coconut – oh my! A blast of tropical flavors topped off with silky cream cheese icing makes this cake the perfect finale for any meal.
For all you time-savers out there, you can make this cake 24 hours before frosting with no problem. Simply refrigerate the night before and frost right out of the fridge the next day.
7. Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots
These honey-glazed carrots are naturally sweet, a little crunchy, and oh-so-easy to make. I love this healthy side dish because you can make it from start to finish in literally 15 minutes. It’s the perfect carrot recipe for the after-work-dinner dash.
With ingredients you most likely have on hand and easy cooking techniques, this recipe is likely to be a staple in your weekly dinner plans.
8. Pineapple Ginger-Glazed Carrots
If you have a few extra minutes to spare, you can take the last recipe up a notch by making these mouth-watering pineapple ginger-glazed carrots. They are tender and sweet with all those tropical flavor notes I love so much.
This recipe makes for a great side dish and is ideal for special meals and family gatherings. It’s super simple and quick to put together too!
9. Carrot Ginger Soup
Perfect for cold weather, this carrot recipe takes all the flavors of sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, ginger, and coconut milk and whips them together into a comforting, creamy soup.
You can store carrot ginger soup in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, and you can even freeze it in freezer-safe containers for 5-6 months.
Coleslaw is another incredibly versatile carrot recipe. Coleslaw goes well with so many dishes – anything from baby back ribs to fried fish sandwiches. Plus, you can customize your coleslaw with a plethora of ingredients until it’s just perfect for your family’s palate.
Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and it will last for 3 to 5 days.
11. Instant Pot Lentil Soup
This lentil soup will satisfy you and keep you healthy with some highly nutritious spices and ingredients. It’s an easy recipe to make vegan if you choose, and it comes together in just 30 quick minutes, thanks to your handy dandy Instant Pot.
Serve it up with some homemade focaccia bread, and you’ve got the perfect hearty meal, which tastes even better during those cold winter months.
12. Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
This is one of those classic recipes where carrots are a must. Creamy and hearty, homemade chicken pot pie is perfect for when you need some comfort food without too much work.
Whether you choose to make homemade pie crust (it’s easier than you think, folks) or just go the frozen pastry crust route (still delicious), there’s no substitute for that flaky crust with those steaming chunks of chicken, carrots, and peas hidden inside.
13. Instant Pot Chicken Curry
Chicken curry is one of my go-to meals, and this recipe is super easy to make in the Instant Pot. It comes together in less than an hour and is easy to store, too.
Keep it in an airtight container in the freezer, and it will keep for 2 to 3 months. This is the perfect dish for all the spice-lovers in your family, and the carrots add real depth to an iconic dish. Definitely serve up your curry with coconut rice for maximum flavor impact.
14. Mulligatawny Soup
This Southern Indian dish is so much more than your basic chicken and rice dish. Essentially, it’s a curried soup that is spicy and incredibly flavorful, thanks in part to the chopped celery, carrots, and all those amazing spices.
You can freeze mulligatawny soup in an airtight container in the freezer for about 2 to 3 months. Serve it up with fried plantains whenever you’re ready to bring something refreshingly unique into your weekly meal routine.