Eat an entire plate of carrot fries dunked in a yogurt dipping sauce. It's okay. This carrot appetizer, side dish, or snack is healthy and delicious. An easy recipe that bakes in the oven or air fryer.
When is it acceptable, dare I say desirable, to eat an entire plate of "fries"?
Answer: When you are munching on "fries" made out of carrots with a crispy, spicy coating! Don't worry about the carrots being too hot because the cool yogurt dip offsets the heat.
If you're hooked on vegetable appetizers, then check out Baked Green Bean Fries, Sweet Potato Chips, and the other healthy alternatives to chips we've been enjoying. We're here to make sure vegetables are never boring!
Here's what you need to make the carrot fries recipe:
- Unpeeled, carrots - 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!)
- Cajun spice blend - Salt and pepper can be used instead.
- Olive oil - Oil is mixed with spices to create a crusty paste for the outside of the carrots.
See the recipe card for exact measurements and quantities.
Here's how to make the carrot fries:
1. Cut carrots into the shape of a French fry.
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 crosswise, cut a notch at the top of the carrot before pressing down to cut the carrot all the way through. See the picture below.
Cut each carrot half into 4 pieces. So, 1 carrot yields 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 making them
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.
2. Coat carrot segments with paste.
Mix the Cajun spice blend and olive oil together in a small bowl to form a thin paste. Pour the mixture over the carrots. Use your hands to really massage the olive oil and spices into the fries.
If you don't have a blackened spice blend you love, check out the one in the recipe card that we make from scratch.
3. Oven Directions
Now you're ready to roast!
Place the carrots on a baking sheet lined coated with cooking spray. Bake the carrot fries in a 425 °F oven for about 30-40 minutes or until desired crispiness.
There is room for variation here. The cooking time depends upon the thickness of the carrots, the oven, and the 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.
4. Air Fryer Instructions
There's no need to preheat the air fryer. Arrange carrots in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Roast at 400 °F for about 30 minutes, checking periodically and turning halfway through. The exact time will vary depending upon your appliance.
Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce for Carrots
Dunking spicy carrot fries in a cool dip takes them over the top! It's similar to the sauce in our Greek Layer Dip with Tzatziki except this version does not have shredded cucumber in it.
To make the sauce, mix together a cup of plain, non-fat yogurt, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, minced, and ¼ 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!
It's great spooned over fish or blackened chicken too. Yum!
Carrot fries are always best eaten right away. But, if you any left:
Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Reheat: Warm in the oven (at 350 °F) or air fryer (at 350 °F) until heated through.
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Carrot Fries and Yogurt Dipping Sauce Recipe
- 1 pound whole carrots scrubbed, but not peeled
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon spicy seasoning blend make the spice blend recipe below
- 1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ¼ cup fresh dill chopped
- Salt and white pepper to taste about ¼ teaspoon each
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 °F.
- 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."
- Combine olive oil and spice mixture.
- Pour olive oil mixture over carrots and toss to thoroughly coat, using fingers to ensure that all sides of each carrot are coated.
- Place carrots on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
- 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.
- Remove carrots from oven and serve immediately with dip.
Air Fryer Directions
- Prepare carrot fries as described in steps 1 - 3.
- Arrange carrot fries into a single layer in an air fryer basket.
- Roast at 400 °F for about 30 minutes, checking periodically and turning halfway through. The exact time will vary depending upon your appliance.
- Combine ingredients in a small bowl and keep refrigerated until serving time.