Sides Whole30

Crispy Baked Carrot Fries

I know it may sound weird, but trust me – these carrot fries are a MUST try. They taste exactly like sweet potato fries, but with less carbs and calories (which means you can pile more on your plate!) This is going to be your new favorite side dish, guaranteed.

A bowl of crispy baked carrot fries served with a white dipping sauce.

These carrot fries are honestly the best thing I’ve discovered in 2023. They don’t take any time to prep, can be oven-baked or air fried, and come out sooo crispy, salty, and slightly sweet – they taste exactly like sweet potato fries!! Serve this with your favorite dipping sauce and these babies will be gone in minutes!


Ingredients

  • Carrots Of course, we need some carrots! Grab a bag of whole carrots and rinse them well. You don’t even need to peel them to cook!
  • Spices – A little bit of salt, garlic pepper, and cayenne (for a hint of spice) is all you need to transform carrots into something absolutely delectable.

How to Make Carrot Fries in the Oven

I’m going to show y’all two ways to make crispy carrot fries – and each method yields a super tasty result! It’s extremely easy, I promise.

  1. Start by rinsing & scrubbing your carrots to remove any debris. No need to peel them!
  2. Cut the carrots into matchstick pieces that are even in size.
  3. Toss the carrot pieces with olive oil and seasonings. No cornstarch needed in this recipe; we’re going to turn the heat up to get that beautiful crispy outside.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add your seasoned carrot pieces. Try to keep them in a single layer.
  5. Finally, bake at 425℉ for about 35 minutes, stirring everything around after the first 20.
  6. Toss with a bit of parsley for fun and you’re done!
A hand holding a crispy baked carrot fry with a bowl of crispy baked carrot fries served with a white dipping sauce in the background.

How to Make Carrot Fries in the Air Fryer

Y’all know I love a good air fryer side. These crispy carrot fries are great to make in the air fryer as well as the oven!

  1. Start by rinsing & scrubbing your carrots to remove any debris. No need to peel them!
  2. Cut the carrots into matchstick pieces that are even in size.
  3. Toss the carrot pieces with olive oil and seasonings. No cornstarch needed in this recipe; we’re going to turn the heat up to get that beautiful crispy outside.
  4. Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper and add the seasoned carrot pieces in a single layer.
  5. Air fry at  360℉ for 12 minutes, flipping halfway.
  6. Toss with a bit of parsley for fun and you’re done!

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A hand holding a crispy baked carrot fry with a bowl of crispy baked carrot fries served with a white dipping sauce in the background.

Crispy Baked Carrot Fries

Shani W.
Crispy Baked Carrot Fries are the healthiest side dish that's perfect when you have a craving for fries! They surprisingly taste like sweet potato fries, but with half the calories and carbs!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Sides
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ lbs. whole carrots
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Wash your carrots and cut them into matchstick pieces. No need to peel!
  • Toss the carrot pieces with the olive oil and all of the spices besides the parsley.

Oven Baked Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425℉.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the seasoned carrot sticks to the parchment paper, in a single layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and stir the fries around, then bake for an additional 15 minutes until crispy.
  • Sprinkle the optional parsley garnish and serve hot with your favorite fry sauce. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 360℉.
  • Add the seasoned carrot sticks to your air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 12 minutes, flipping and stirring halfway through the cooking time.
  • Sprinkle the optional parsley garnish and serve hot with your favorite fry sauce. Enjoy!
Keyword Air Fried Carrot Fries, Air Fryer Sides, Baked Carrot Fries, Carrot Fries, Healthy Sides

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A bowl of crispy baked carrot fries served with a white dipping sauce.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.97
  • Total Cost (2 servings): $1.93
  • Those Other Guys: $8.99 per serving

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been searching for healthy recipes because I eat far too much junk food (including french fries), so decided to give these carrot fries a chance. I really liked them! I used a salt, pepper, and granulated garlic seasoning and it was really good. A guilt-free midday snack for when I am working from home. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t believe that carrot fries would taste like sweet potato fries until I tried them. Wow! This recipe is bomb and I’ll be making it again. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to find ways to eat my favorite foods in a healthier way. These carrot fries really delivered on the “crispy” in their title. They were a great replacement for the potato version.

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