These Crispy Baked Carrot Fries make a healthy snack or side dish you can make in the oven or the air fryer.
I recently discovered this fantastic side dish or snack and feel guilty that I didn’t find it earlier. I used to fry vegetables in oil, but now I prefer baking them in the oven for a healthier and tastier outcome with a delightful crispiness. While I usually make herb-roasted sweet potatoes or marinated Brussels sprouts as a side dish, carrots don’t get cut. Probably because I’m not a big fan of carrots, I wasn’t, respectively. This recipe changed my preconceptions about carrots.
Pair them with your favorite dip, and the perfect side for a busy weeknight or to serve as a snack or appetizer.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These crispy baked carrot fires are plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, and a great substitute for potatoes if you have none left
- It is great when you have a surplus of carrots and are looking for creative ways to use them.
- It is a healthy side dish, similar to sweet potato fries, and a great alternative to traditional french fries
- Easy way to sneak veggies into dishes that kids will appreciate
- Fast to make and hassle-free.
What’s In Crispy Baked Carrot Fries
You can use any type of carrot, including baby carrot. You can also experiment with various colors. Just make sure you slice and cut them into the same-size fry shapes.
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamins K1, B, and C. In addition, they are packed with fiber, which helps regulate digestion (1).
If you have an abundance, this raw carrot salad is my favorite.
The oil is important to get a nice crisp. Use any oil you have on hand; I prefer Olive Oil, but avocado oil or sunflower oil are also good choices.
With simple ingredient recipes, seasoning is key. Fresh parsley is a great choice, but you can also opt for chive, dill, or oregano.
The natural sweetness of the carrots pairs perfectly with the salty seasoning. You can play with the spices; herbal salts, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, sriracha, pepper or paprika will work, too. Season them with your favorite herbs for regular and sweet potato fries.
How to Make Carrot Fries in the Oven
First step: Preheat the oven
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Second step: Cut the carrots and Parsley
Peel and cut carrots into fries and combine in a large bowl with olive oil, parsley, paprika, salt, and pepper. Finely chop the parsley.
Third step: Season the carrots
In a large mixing bowl, combine carrot fries with oil, seasoning, and fresh parsley, and toss to coat till carrots are coated with seasoning.
Fourth step: Roast the carrot fries
In the oven
Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer. Spread the carrot fries in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway. Watch your carrot fries and pull them until the carrots are fork-tender and crisp outside.
Similarly, you can make carrot fries in the air fryer.
in the Air-Fryer
Depending on the size of the air fryer and carrot quantity, you may have to split it into 2-3 batches. Please place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket for the best result. Cook them for 12-15 minutes, and shake the basket about halfway through. For crispier fries, you may have to put them back for another 2-3 minutes.
How to store these ovens or air Fryer Carrot Fries?
These carrot fries are the crispest when fresh. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container and just reheat them before serving. They will lack the crispiness.
Best tips and tricks to make this side dish
- Cut the carrot into evenly sized sticks to ensure even cooking. Aim for a thickness similar to traditional fries.
- To achieve extra crispiness, Pat the carrot sticks dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. You can also add cornstarch to enhance their crispiness.
- Make sure to overcrowd the carrots; arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheet. When crowded, vegetables will steam in an oven.
- Flip the carrot fries midway through cooking time to ensure they cook evenly on all sides. If you are using your air fryer, shaking the basket halfway through cooking will help to cook up evenly.
- Make sure you use the parchment paper to help soak up some of the oils! Ours were a little wet.
- Every oven or air fryer cooks differently, so keep an eye on them and remove them once crispy and brown.
How to serve these crispy carrot fries
- Serve carrot fries like sweet potato fries with a variety of dipping sauces. Options include horseradish aioli, Thai basil pesto, lemon herb tahini sauce, spicy ketchup, or sour cream and spice dip. The sky is the limit!
- Grate Parmesan or sprinkle your favorite cheese over the carrot fries just before serving for a savory kick.
- Use crispy carrot fries as a unique and healthy side dish alongside main courses like Chicken Fricassee, burgers, or Simple Steamed Salmon. Next time, at a family gathering, why not replace traditional roasted or mashed potatoes with these crispy baked carrot fries?
- Arrange carrot fries on a snack platter with other finger foods.
- Create a fun and kid-friendly presentation by arranging carrot fries in a cup or mug. Kids may enjoy them with their favorite dipping sauce.
- Incorporate carrot fries into wraps or pita pockets for a unique sandwich.
Carrot Fries Recipe Variations
Umami Flavor: Add nutritional yeast to this carrot fries recipe for an earthy, cheesy, umami flavor.
Sesame Ginger Infusion: Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, and grated ginger. Toss them in this mixture before baking and sprinkle with sesame seeds for an Asian-inspired twist.
Balsamic Glazed: Make this recipe with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a hint of honey before baking for a sweet, tangy glaze.
Paprika and Lime: Combine smoked paprika with a squeeze of lime juice and toss them baking for a smoky and citrusy flavor.