Baked Carrot Fries with Rosemary come out perfectly crispy and make the most delicious veggie fries! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for a side dish the whole family will love. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
These Carrot Fries are baked in the oven until they come out crisp and delicious. It is one of our favorite vegetable fries along with these Crispy Turnip Fries and we always serve them with Skinny Ranch.
One of my favorite ways to make healthier fries is with carrots or parsnips. The texture is pretty close to potatoes and they have just enough sweetness to make them appealing to kids and adults alike. While I often make them simply with salt and pepper, lately I have been loving the addition of fresh rosemary, garlic, and cumin. It's a delicious side dish that goes great with almost anything and it is super versatile since you can make them with any spice blend or seasoning you like.
In order to get the best carrot fries possible, the way you cut the carrot fries is actually pretty important. If they are too thick, they won't get crispy and if they are too thin they will end up burning on the edges. Assuming you have fairly standard size carrots, you will want to cut them in half horizontally and then in half again to give you quarters. At this point, you will have some skinny wedges from the smaller end of the carrot. Cut those off, they are ready to go. For the thicker part of the carrot, you will want to cut them in half again to create skinnier fries. Do your best to make all the fries around the same size so they cook in the same amount of time. If this seems too difficult, you can also make chips by cutting the carrots into thin rounds.
Seasoning Ideas for Carrot Fries
Let's be real, one of the best things about making these fries is getting to jazz them up with a million different spice blends and seasonings. I shared the rosemary since it pairs so nicely with carrots, but we also make them with all kinds of other combos. Here are some favorites:
- Cinnamon and Sugar: This combination is especially great for kids and picky eaters. Toss the carrots with cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar for a sweet carrot fry that kids absolutely devour.
- Garlic Parmesan: If you put garlic and Parmesan cheese on anything, I would probably eat it and carrots are no exception. Either toss the fries with garlic powder before baking and then top with Parmesan. For fresh garlic, it is best to saute it in some olive oil first and then toss with the fries as soon as they come out of the oven. Top with plenty of Parmesan and some fresh parsley or basil if you like.
- Curry Powder: Carrots and curry is a delicious combination. You can use straight curry powder or a garam masala curry powder. You can also add some cayenne if you want spicy curry fries.
- Chili Cheese: Chili cheese fries the healthy way. Toss the fries with chili powder and garlic powder. Then add some cheddar cheese in the last few minutes of baking.
- Cajun: Cajun seasoning is a delicious option for a slightly spicy fry. It goes really well with the sweetness in the carrots.
- Italian Parmesan: Carrot fries with Parmesan are too good not to include two options. For this one toss with Italian seasoning and garlic powder before baking and then add fresh Parmesan cheese as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Buffalo Blue Cheese: After cooking the carrots, drizzle on some buffalo sauce and crumble on some blue cheese - so good! And if you are more of a ranch lover, you can toss the fries with ranch seasoning before baking and then drizzle with buffalo sauce.
Key to Making Carrot Fries Crispy Every Time
A good carrot french fry has to be crispy but there are some very important things to keep in mind in order to get crispy fries every time.
- Breathing room: In order to crisp up, the carrots need some breathing room on the baking sheet. If they are too close together or overlap, they will steam instead of crisping up. Use more than one baking sheet if necessary, but don't crowd your carrot fries.
- High temperature: In order for the fries to get a crunchy exterior, you need high heat. The high heat helps the outside to get a browned and crisp texture. For even more crunch, preheat the baking sheet in the oven as well.
- Parchment paper: Placing parchment paper on the baking sheet prevents the fries from sticking to the pan. This ensures that you won't lose the crunchy outside if the fries stick to the pan.
How to make carrot fries in the air fryer?
In addition to the oven, you can also make some pretty delicious fries with carrots in the air fryer. Cut and prepare the carrots in the same way. Then set the air fryer to 350 degrees. Place the carrots in the fry basket, making sure not to go over the fill line. Cook for 10-15 minutes until nice and crisp.
Dipping Sauce Ideas
- Buffalo Sauce: There is nothing better than buffalo sauce and it is surprisingly low calorie. I always buy Frank's but any brand will work.
- Ranch: As I mentioned at the beginning, my family loves these with a healthy yogurt based ranch dressing.
- Chipotle Ketchup: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of canned chipotles in adobo sauce into your ketchup. Sriracha also works.
- Tzatziki: Another great yogurt-based dressing that uses cucumber, garlic, and lemon.
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- 1.5 lbs. carrots peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 U garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
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Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss everything together and lay on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
Roast for 10 minutes and then shake the roasting pan. Roast for 10 more minutes.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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