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25 Best Carrot Recipes From Easy Sides to Dessert

These 25 carrot recipes range from breakfast treats and appetizers to side items and desserts.

That’s right! Carrots are way more versatile than people realize. 

They’re naturally sweet with earthy undertones, which makes them ideal for savory and sweet dishes. What little over-achievers!

Sauteed Carrots with Butter and Herbs
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If you’re wondering what to make with carrots, look no further. You’ve just found 25 insanely good carrot recipes!

I mean, we all love carrot cake, right? But have you ever had carrot cake oatmeal? It’s so good!

And when you try the harissa carrot dip, I know you’ll fall in love!

Three tall glasses of Tropical Carrot Smoothie with carrots, strawberries, mango and pineapple chunks
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1. Tropical Carrot Smoothie

Carrots are a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin K1, and more, but they don’t have the type of flavor that lends itself to delicious smoothies. 

This smoothie, though, also uses strawberries, mangoes, oranges, pineapples, and more, so you get all the carrot benefits with very little of the taste. 

If you’re a tropical smoothie for breakfast kind of person, you’ll love this recipe. 

Bowl of homemade Carrot Cake Oatmeal with chopped walnuts and raisins garnished with cinnamon powder
Source: Krollskorner.com

2. Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Putting veggies in your oatmeal may not sound too appealing.

However, when those veggies are carrots, and you get to enjoy the rich, sweet flavor of carrot cake for breakfast, that’s another story.

It’s thick, hearty, and sweetly spiced. Plus, you can make it the night before and simply heat it up the next morning. 

Top view of Carrot Pancakes with cream cheese on top and a bottle of vanilla syrup on the side
Source: Cookieandkate.com

3. Carrot Pancakes 

If you like the idea of carrot cake for breakfast but aren’t a huge oatmeal fan, try these carrot cake pancakes instead. 

They’re fluffy, full of wonderful carrot cake spices, and an entirely decadent way to start your day. 

Stacks of homemade Carrot Cake Waffles with raisins, pecans and grated carrots on top
Source: Thehealthymaven.com

4. Carrot Cake Waffles

Carrot cake waffles are equally delicious, but they have that crispy on the edges, fluffy in the center texture that makes waffle people swoon. 

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You’ll also add raisins for a slightly tangy flavor and chopped pecans or walnuts for extra crunch and nuttiness.

So if you’re looking for a delicious breakfast that doesn’t take too long to make, give these a try. 

Jar of homemade Carrot Cake Overnight Oats with chia seed, raisins. rolled oats and grated carrots
Source: Purelykaylie.com

5. Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Carrot cake for breakfast? Yes please!

This overnight oats recipe is chock full of healthy nutrition, but it tastes like eating carrot cake. 

The blend of fall-inspired spices with a kiss of sweetness from maple syrup is the perfect way to start your day. 

All you need to do is throw it all together the night before, and patiently wait for breakfast.

Bowl of homemade Roasted Beet & Carrot Salad with almonds. walnuts and arugula
Source: Paleomg.com

6. Roasted Beet & Carrot Salad

I mean, it’s hard to argue how pretty this roast beet and carrot salad looks. It’s almost too pretty to eat. 

But it’s more than a pretty face. The earthyness of roasted beets with the subtle sweetness of carrots is a match made in heaven. 

And with a honey and thyme vinaigrette, it’ll be your new favorite salad.

Bowl of homemade Roast Carrot Soup served with fresh arugula on the side
Source: Cookieandkate.com

7. Roast Carrot Soup

The first thing you’ll notice about roasted carrot soup is its distinctive orange color.

After that, the smooth, creamy texture is usually what catches most people’s attention. 

It’s a light soup, but it has lots of garlic and herb flavors that’ll linger on your tongue long after you finish the last spoonful.

Bunch of homemade Carrot Muffins on a wooden board garnished with butter and fresh cinnamon stick on the side

8. Carrot Muffins

If you like your muffins to have just a hint of crispiness around the edges but plenty of fluffiness and moisture inside, these carrot muffins won’t disappoint. 

They have a rich, fruity flavor that’s tempered only slightly by the carrots.

The raisins add a sweet and tangy texture, and the shredded carrots provide bright pops of color throughout

Homemade Carrot Fries with dipping sauce   slice lime and garnish with chopped parsley
Source: Hostthetoast.com

9. Carrot Fries

Carrot fries look similar to sweet potato fries, and if you season them just right, they taste a lot like them, too! They’re crispy and have a delightful paprika kick. 

They’re also relatively healthy, at least compared to regular fries, and you’ll bake them instead of deep-frying them, so they’re much less greasy

Bowl of homemade Honey Glazed Baby Carrots on close up

10. Glazed Carrots

All you’ll need to make these copycat Cracker Barrel glazed carrots is a package of baby carrots, butter, brown sugar, and just a dash of salt. 

They’re tender, beautifully shiny, and taste just sweet enough to be wholly addictive.

They’re also insanely easy to make, so if you’re looking for a quick and simple side, give these a try.

Creamy Homemade Coleslaw in a White Bowl

11. Coleslaw

I’ve tried dozens of coleslaw recipes over the years, and few of them come close to a side of coleslaw ordered at KFC.

That’s why I love this copycat recipe so much.

It’s perfectly creamy and zesty, but the ingredients retain just enough crispness to give you a satisfying crunch when you chew it.

There’s also an underlying sweetness that you’ll absolutely love.

Bowl of homemade Harissa Carrot Dip garnished with cilantro
Source: Spicesinmydna.com

12. Harissa Carrot Dip

Looking for a great Thanksgiving side dish or appetizer? This harissa carrot dip understood the assignment. 

Not only does it capture the colors of fall, but it also tastes like autumn on a plate!

The peppery smokiness of harissa tastes amazing with sweet, creamy carrots. 

Just make sure you have enough dippers to gobble up every last drop.

13. Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

This incredibly filling stew is light on the stew broth and heavy on the chunky bits. 

With thick, tender beef, potatoes, celery, carrots, herbs, and more, it’s something worth coming home to after a long, cold day.

It’s ‘stick to your ribs’ food that’ll keep you full all night long and maybe even into the following day!

Carrot Fritters dipped on a bowl of hummus dip with fresh cilantro on black stone tablet
Source: Theclevermeal.com

14. Carrot Fritters 

You can make these crunchy, garlicky carrot fritters with nothing more than carrots, an egg, flour, garlic, cumin, and fine salt.

Coriander leaves and pepper makes good additions, too. 

If you’re in the mood for something extra special, whip up the yogurt hummus dip (yogurt, hummus, and lemon juice) for a dipping sauce.

Bowls of homemade Carrot Souflé

15. Carrot Souflé

If you really want to impress your in-laws this Christmas, you have to try this carrot souflé. 

And don’t worry, it’s not actually a complicated souflé. It’s more like a creamy carrot casserole dressed up as a souflé. 

It’s so rich and buttery with a kiss of spice from cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s a perfect accent to your fancy holiday meal.

A slice of Carrot Cake Cheesecake on a saucer with chopped pecans on top
Source: Thedomesticrebel.com

16. Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Can’t decide between carrot cake and cheesecake? Well, this recipe delivers the best of both worlds!

It pairs a delicately sweet and impossibly moist carrot cake with a cheesecake topping. 

Do I even need to go on? 

With light spices and a pecan topping, this is sure to be a big hit at our next holiday party.

Three scoops of homemade Carrot Ice Cream on a stainless bowl
Source: Food52.com

17. Carrot Ice Cream

Nope, that orange ball of ice cream in your bowl isn’t orange sherbet, not if you used this recipe, anyway!

It’s carrot ice cream, and it’s more appetizing than you’ll ever imagine. 

You’ll make it with heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, light brown sugar, salt, carrots, and apple cider vinegar.

It has a sweet, delicate taste that’s entirely refreshing. 

Homemade Carrot Casserole with Cheesy Sauce

18. Carrot Casserole

Carrot casserole is such an easy Christmas side dish when the table needs more veggies.

It’s so delicious that it’ll turn your meat-and-potatoes uncle into a veggie lover!

What makes this easy side dish so scrumptious is that it doesn’t skimp on the cheese. 

It’s creamy, slightly sweet, and earns a crunchy boost from seasoned breadcrumbs.

Stacks of homemade Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies
Source: Ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com

19. Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

These carrot cake whoopie pies are like Oatmeal Creme Pies.

Except for these, you’ll use tiny, individual carrot cakes for the “sandwich” and cream cheese frosting for the cream centers.

If you love carrot cake, then you’ll go nuts for these little pies! They’re basically mini versions of carrot cakes turned into sandwich cookies. 

Every bite is a mouthful of heaven.

Sliced Homemade Moist Carrot Cake with Walnuts and Coconut

20. Moist Carrot Cake

Every home baker needs a perfect carrot cake in their back pocket. And this recipe is the most amazing carrot cake you’ll ever have. 

This cake is so moist it just melts in your mouth like butter. It delivers the perfect balance of sweetness and spices. 

But the real star of this show is the creamy and tart cream cheese frosting.

Homemade Ginger Carrot Pickles on a bowl and mason jars with unseasoned rice wine vinegar and star anise
Source: Healthyseasonalrecipes.com

21. Ginger Carrot Pickles

Wondering what to make with all those carrots? If your carrot harvest burst at the seams this fall, you have to try these ginger pickled carrots. 

They’re crispy, crunchy, and the ideal balance of spicy and sweet. 

I like to keep a jar in the fridge to top on a burger, or just eat by the forkful.

Homemade Carrot-Apple Slaw on a plates with shredded napa cabbage, red cabbage,  golden beets, apples, dried cranberries, pepitas, sunflower seeds and pecans
Source: Theviewfromgreatisland.com

22. Carrot-Apple Slaw

Nothing screams autumn like this carrot apple slaw. It’s bright and crispy and makes a perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

It pairs fall’s greatest hits like apples, red cabbage, carrots, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. 

Toss it in a creamy cider dressing, and watch it disappear! It makes a bright accent to all those heavy Thanksgiving foods.

Bowl of Carrot Ginger Soup topped with coriander and carrot crisp
Source: Nataliepenny.com

23. Carrot Ginger Soup

Making restaurant-quality soup at home is so easy with this ginger carrot soup recipe. 

There’s so much flavor hiding in this simple soup. Carrots provide a hint of sweetness, while ginger and turmeric bring on the spice. 

And that pesto garnish takes this recipe over the flavor edge. 

It’s a great dish to impress your guests with your soup skills this holiday season.

Stacks of homemade Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies with pecans
Source: Sunshinetxcookies.com

24. Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies

Take your cookie game to the next level with these carrot cake-stuffed cookies. 

Dare I say these cookies are even better than a slice of carrot cake?

Each bite delivers the perfect ratio of spiced carrot cake and delicious cream cheese icing. 

Consider yourself warned: it’s hard to stop at just one cookie!

Bowl of Carrot Top Pesto with fresh carrots on a wooden tray
Source: Minimalistbaker.com

25. Carrot Top Pesto

Don’t throw those carrot tops away! While carrots are sweet, those leafy green carrot tops are incredibly earthy and savory. 

And they make for a mouth-watering pesto!

Paired with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and lemon, it’s the best pesto you’ll ever have. 

So, make sure that none of those carrot tops ever go to waste.

25 Best Carrot Recipes

Course: AppetizersCuisine: American


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From appetizers to sides to desserts, you’ll love these carrot recipes! For starters, try honey roasted carrots – a perfect blend of rustic charm and gourmet flair.


  • For the Carrots:
  • 1 1/2 pounds small carrots, peeled and trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the Honey Butter Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and black pepper until well-coated.
  • Spread the carrots out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until they become fork-tender and have started to brown. Toss them halfway through the cooking time for even roasting.
  • While the carrots are roasting, prepare the honey butter sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in honey and cayenne pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture is slightly thickened.
  • Drizzle the honey butter sauce over the roasted carrots and toss to coat.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme and parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Cut carrots evenly to ensure they cook uniformly.
  • The roasting time may vary depending on the size of the carrots.


  • Calories: 205kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 465mg
  • Potassium: 419mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Calcium: 70mg
  • Iron: 2mg
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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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