Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries and Yogurt Dill Sauce

When is it acceptable, dare I say even desirable, to eat an entire plate of “fries” dipped in a creamy sauce? Answer: When you are munching on Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries dipped in a Yogurt Dill Sauce!

Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries and Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce Recipe
You can get away with eating a lot of these healthy and delicious “fries.” Don’t worry about the carrots being too hot because the cool dipping sauce offsets the heat. This combination is not only delicious, but also makes a healthy snack and side dish.

Hopefully, you won’t turn orange from eating too many carrots…I’m testing the boundaries on this. ūüôā

We are bit obsessed with vegetable fries and chips. Once you are hooked on this recipe, you’ll want to head over and check out¬†Baked Green Bean Fries and Sweet Potato Chips.

How to Make Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries

This site is all about easy recipes. So…you may wonder, why aren’t already peeled baby carrots used? ¬†Generally, those are thicker, harder to cut and just don’t resemble fries! We recommend the garden variety (lol…pun intended!)

How to Cut Carrots into Fries

Scrub a pound of carrots and cut them into french fry-sized strips. Don’t peel them! The look comes from the skin and it saves a bit of prep time.

Here’s a little tip to prevent the carrots from rolling around as you try to cut them. After cutting the carrots in half cross-wise, cut a notch at the top of the carrot before pressing down to cut the carrot all the way through. See picture below.

Cutting Carrots

I cut each carrot half into 4 pieces. So, 1 carrot yielded 8 fries. The half pictured was cut in half and then each half was cut in half! Whew!!! This should totally make sense when you are in the process of cutting.

A larger carrot might need to be cut into more pieces. The goal is to have “fries” that are all about the same thickness so they roast evenly.

How Long to Cook Carrot Fries in the Oven

After getting your hands messy and really massaging the olive oil and spices into the fries, you’re ready to roast! By the way, this recipe uses a Cajun spice mix. But, any seasoning will work.

Place the carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or coated with cooking spray. Bake the carrot fries in a 425 degree F oven for about 30-40 minutes or until desired crispiness.

There is a lot of variation here. The cooking time depends upon the thickness of the carrots, the oven and desired crispiness. After 20 minutes, the carrots will be fork tender, but they won’t be too crispy. Turn the carrots over with some tongs and let them cook a little longer, checking on them every 10 minutes.

Carrot Fries and a Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce

Yogurt Dill Sauce for Carrot Fries

Dipping the spicy fries in a cool dip takes this side dish or snack over the top!

To make the yogurt dill sauce, mix together a cup of plain, non-fat yogurt, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, minced and 1/4 cup of fresh, chopped dill.

It’s totally worth it to chop up the fresh dill. And, it is easy to do. Just pull off the soft fronds from the stalk and run the knife over it a few times. Season the dip with salt and white pepper if desired…I didn’t need any!

Yogurt Dill Dip for Carrot Fries

If you have leftover yogurt dill dipping sauce (or double the batch,) spoon it over some fish or blackened chicken. Yum!

At last, guilt-free fast food. Well..sorta fast, but the Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries are definitely EASY!

Spicy Carrot Fries with a Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce
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Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries and Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Eat an entire plate of these spicy carrot fries dipped in a yogurt dill sauce. It's okay. They are healthy and delicious and a fun way to enjoy your veggies.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 116 kcal
Ingredients
Carrots
  • 1 pound whole carrots scrubbed, but not peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon spicy seasoning blend make the spice blend recipe below
Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce
  • 1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
  • Salt and white pepper to taste about 1/4 teaspoon each
Spice blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
Instructions
Carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut carrots into french fry-sized pieces. This will vary depending upon the size of the carrots. Generally, cut carrot in half and then cut each section into 4 pieces so that each carrot yields 8 "fries."
  3. Combine olive oil and spice mixture.
  4. Pour olive oil mixture over carrots and toss to thoroughly coat, using fingers to ensure that all sides of each carrot are coated.
  5. Place carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or coated with cooking spray.
  6. Roast carrots for 30-40 minutes or until desired crispiness. Turn carrots at 20 minutes and then check periodically until done. Roasting time will vary depending upon the thickness of the carrots.
  7. Remove carrots from oven and serve immediately with yogurt dill dipping sauce.
Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce
  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and keep refrigerated until serving time.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries and Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 273mg 11%
Potassium 540mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 385.2%
Vitamin C 12.7%
Calcium 16.5%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

Spicy Oven Baked Carrot Fries Recipe

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Comments

  1. Anything that allows me to eat a whole plate of fries and dipping sauce is A+ in my book, but the flavors in this are especially up my alley! Great recipe!

  2. sounds like a fun way to eat your veggies

  3. These look awesome! I love yogurt dipping sauces, and I’ve never had carrot fries. I’ll need to try them!

  4. I love everything about this recipe! I love roasting veggies, and these carrots paired with the dip? Yes, please!

  5. Would love to try these! That spice blend sounds so good!

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