Star anise-glazed carrots in a pot

Best ever carrot recipes

Try one of our 23 best ever carrot recipes and discover how versatile this staple vegetable is. From a thai carrot and lemongrass soup to an indulgent muscovado carrot cake, we've covered all bases!

Try our easy carrot recipes. It’s easy to grow your own carrots, so use up a glut with our favourite carrot cake recipe, along with easy guides to making the perfect roasted carrots and glazed carrots.

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We also have some great ideas to use carrots in dishes, such as cardamom and carrot pilaf, a fragrant Thai soup and vegetarian carrot burgers. From vibrant side dishes for a Sunday roast, to vegetarian midweek meals, check out our ideas here…


Spiced carrot and lentil soup

Need an easy carrot soup recipe? Try our simple red lentil soup recipe with lightly spiced curried carrots. This veggie soup is under 300 calories, great for a midweek lunch.

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup

Thai carrot and lemongrass soup

Thai cuisine uses fragrant flavours to create warming and comforting dishes. Our thai carrot and lemongrass soup is an easy vegetarian option with plenty of zing from the lemongrass and ginger, plus the coconut milk makes the soup really creamy. Try our warming soup recipes here.


Turmeric-fried veggie rice

Brighten up your fried rice with carrot ribbons on this vibrant turmeric-fried rice recipe. This colourful recipe is packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make. Plus, it comes in under 300 calories per serving.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

Roasted baby carrots with citrus

A great way to jazz-up carrots for a roast. Clementines add a refreshing touch, and lemon lifts the whole dish. Roasted whole baby carrots look beautiful, and feel that little bit more special than ‘carrot coins’.


Roasted carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

This zesty roasted carrot and spelt salad is fresh, vibrant and super easy to make. The dukkah gives this salad a delightful nutty flavour, perfect for a vegetarian meal.

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

Carrot falafels with cumin and coriander

Try our take on the Middle Eastern classic, falafels. Use up your leftover carrots to give these delightful balls a lighter taste and texture. What’s more, they’re low calorie and full of flavour, and of course carrots can help you to see in the dark, even in falafel form. Bonus!

Carrot Falafel

Carrots glazed with star anise

These carrots, with a sweet anise glaze, make a great festive side. Ready in under 30 minutes, they’re also quick, easy and vegetarian.

Star anise-glazed carrots in a pot

Buddah bowl salad

Check out this low calorie vegan buddha bowl. This bright and colourful bowl of goodness is a super easy way to get some nutritional balance into your day.

Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe

Carrot and cardamom pilaf

Our vegetarian carrot and cardamom pilaf makes an easy way to feed the family and it’s packed full of flavour. Plus, it’s under 500 calories. Try our low calorie vegetarian ideas here.

carrot and cardamom pilaf

Ghee-roasted spiced roots

Carrots join parsnips, artichokes and more in our vegetarian ghee-roasted spiced roots recipe. These roasted roots make for a great gluten free dinner party side. Ghee can be used in place of butter or oil in any recipe. It has a high smoke point, which means it can be used for roasting, frying or even deep-fat frying.

Christmas Vegetable Side Dishes

Salt-roast chicken with spiced carrot coleslaw

This coleslaw has a warm dressing, which helps the carrot soak up the flavours of the cumin and mustard. Look out for younger, sweeter new season carrots when buying. A mandolin is useful for all the shredding.

Salt Roasted Chicken with Spiced Carrot Coleslaw

Roasted carrots with goat’s cheese

This fast and fresh recipe roasts the roots with cumin, chilli and mustard seeds until caramelised and sweet then finishes with fresh coriander and goat’s cheese. Serve as a side dish or as a vegetarian main with couscous.


Potato and carrot rosti

Easy vegetarian rosti: made with potato and grated carrot and topped with fried egg. Quick, filling and meat-free, it goes well with a leafy green salad.

Potato and carrot rosti

Carrot and cumin soup with fresh coriander

A quick idea for carrot soup. Spiced with cumin and finished with fresh coriander it’s satisfying, quick and enough for two but easily doubled.

Carrot and cumin soup with fresh coriander

Green chilli carrots with yoghurt rice

A quick vegetarian carrot and rice dish that everyone will love. Quick to make, just 30 minutes, it’s an easy midweek alternative to your usual meals.


Freekeh and carrot burgers

Nutty, smoky freekeh is the next big protein-rich super grain and well worth a try. Not only are these burgers healthy and easy to make, they might just be the best vegetarian burgers ever!


Vietnamese carrot salad

A super-healthy carrot and white cabbage based salad gets the Asian treatment. The zingy lime, chilli and ginger dressing gives crunchy veg a massive lift. Serve as a side with chicken or pack up for a low-fat lunch. If you like this, why not have a look at some of our other asian salads recipes.


Carrot, cumin and feta fritters with coriander yoghurt

These carrot, cumin and feta fritters (try our fab fritters recipes here) are a deliciously golden and crispy starter that vegetarians and meat eaters alike will love. Serve with herb yoghurt and salad.


Roast carrots with crisp chickpeas and tahini

We love roasted chickpeas, and these easy ones, served with roasted carrots and tahini sauce are the best. Any leftovers make a great packed lunch.


Quick carrot and walnut bread

This multi-purpose healthy bread works for breakfast, brunch, or just served up with a nice cup of tea. The carrots. walnuts and yoghurt give it a really moist texture. Spread with cream cheese for extra indulgence.

Quick Bread Recipe For Carrot and Walnut Bread

Carrot cake recipes

Carrot, pistachio and toasted marshmallow cake

Looking for a gluten-free carrot cake recipe? Try our version that uses carrots, pistachios and almonds to make a moist sponge. The marshmallow icing is a lighter topping than traditional buttercream, too.

Carrot and Pistachio Cake with Marshmallow Icing

Carrot cake with maple frosting

How do you improve on a classic carrot cake? Roast the carrots for an even denser, richer cake, then slather in maple buttercream. This is a modern twist on a favourite that really elevates it to the next level.

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Muscovado carrot cake

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! Everyone loves the spiced flavour of carrot cake. We’ve added muscovado sugar for a richer flavour, golden sultanas and pecans for texture and a shot of syrup to sweeten the frosting.

Carrot Cake Recipe with Muscovado Sugar