Carrot Fries Recipe

Carrot fries recipe

The other day I was in the grocery store, eyeing a cheap bag of carrots that cost only $1.29, and I thought, “What if I made French fries out of carrots? What a brilliant idea! Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?”

Well, you see, someone has thought of that before. In fact, many, many people have thought of that before. Like so many of my “original ideas”, someone else thought of it first.

I’m convinced that there are no original recipe ideas out there anymore. Everything that can be done probably has been done. How much further can we push ourselves? How much more creative must we become?  Please, someone tell me I’m wrong!

The Cost

  • 1 pound fresh carrots (about 10 to 12 carrots) = $1.29
  • Olive oil = $.10
  • Spices = $.05

Total cost = $1.44 for two large or four small servings of carrot French fries

Carrot fries recipe

I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would be all over this recipe as a way to get them to eat their vegetables. They’re essentially just roasted carrots. Yawn. But when you call them carrot fries, they go from boring vegetable to fun and exciting snack. And did I mention they’re super healthy?

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Carrot Fries Recipe

Yield: 2 large or 4 small servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 35 min

Look for carrots that are roughly the same circumference on the top and the bottom. You want the pieces to be as close to the same size as possible to ensure even cooking.

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh carrots, peeled
1 teaspoon hot chili powder
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F. Cut each carrot into french fry shapes. Each carrot should make about 12 fries.
Place carrots in a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil and spices. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes on one side. Flip, and bake for an additional 15 minutes or so, until carrots are lightly browned.
Serve with Sriracha-mayonnaise or your favorite dipping sauce.

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11 Responses to “Carrot Fries Recipe”

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    Linda — April 4, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oooo… excellent idea! I love the sweet potato version of these. I’m going to try thse on my kids! Thanks for the tip!

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    Eileen — April 4, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Oh, what a great idea! We throw plenty of carrots in all our pans of mixed roasted veg, but have somehow never cut them into fry form…clearly this must be fixed. :)

    • Haley replied: — April 6th, 2013 @ 3:22 am

      I know – I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before now! Now, what other types of “fries” can we make out of vegetables…?

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — April 5, 2013 @ 2:25 am

    I’ve always wanted to try carrots as fries! Looks delicious and you are right – “dirt” cheap :)

    • Haley replied: — April 6th, 2013 @ 3:22 am

      Nice pun!

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    Linda — April 8, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Yes, these were AWESOME!!! I made them with some sweet potato “fries” this last weekend, and they were to die for! Next, I’m going to try parsnips mixed in with them! OH, and I added a bunch of garlic, too. You just can’t have enough garlic in anything.

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    Ashley — April 11, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    I always seem to have half a bag of carrots lying around – this would be a fun and different way to use them!

    • Haley replied: — April 11th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

      This is true! Seems like I always have carrots on hand.

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    Carole — May 2, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    Haley, great idea for carrots! Please do drop me a line on ca4ole@gmail.com if you are ok with me linking it to my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

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    Perfect Fries — May 28, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    For someone looking for a unique take on carrots, this recipe might work well for them. Great post.

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