Want to know how to use up carrots? Try our best carrot recipes to make the most of this budget-friendly veg.
Growing your own carrots is simple, so use up a glut with our favourite carrot cake recipes (including a vegan carrot cake), along with easy guides to making the perfect roasted carrots and glazed carrots.
You may have noticed root veg tastes sweeter in the winter months – that's because of the starch. During the growing season carrots – as well as veg such as turnips, parsnips and swedes – store up energy in the form of starches, and as the temperature drops, it converts into sugars.
We have some great ideas for cooking with carrots, from carrot and coriander soup, to fragrant Sri Lankan curry, vegetarian burgers, carrot cake and salads.
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Why we love carrots
Carrots are affordable, versatile and good for you, it's no wonder they're one of our favourite ingredients. Grate them into salads, sandwiches and burgers. Add their sweetness to cakes, biscuits and even porridge. They work well in curries with earthy spices, like coriander and turmeric. Roasting them brings out their natural sugars, you could enhance this by coating them in honey or orange juice before popping them in the oven.
The health benefits of carrots
Carrots are a good source of fibre, which means they support a healthy gut. They provide vitamin C and dietary carotenoids. These are converted to vitamin A in the body and used to give eye health a boost.
Easy carrot recipes
This recipe not only uses roast carrots but also their herby green tops, so nothing is wasted. Serve this easy recipe as an impressive side dish at your next family dinner.
Carrot ribbons help make our turmeric-fried rice extra vibrant. This colourful recipe is packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make. Plus, it comes in under 300 calories per serving.
This vibrant salad of beetroot, freekeh and spring onion is packed with colour and texture – it makes for an impressive starter or side dish and is really simple to put together.
This frosted carrot cake is entirely plant-based and uses a surprising (vegan) ingredient that guarantees a moist sponge every time. Find more vegan baking ideas here.
Ground and fresh coriander take this carrot soup to the next level. Top with our ras el hanout croutons for a jazzed-up lunch or supper.
Zesty and full of contrasting textures and fresh ingredients, our easy recipe for carrot salad with chickpeas and lemon is ready in just 15 minutes.
Rarely do you see carrots fried, but here Sabrina Ghayour has combined them with halloumi to make these crispy little balls – perfect with drinks at a party or as part of a feast. Discover more of our easy canapé recipes here.
Carrots are roasted in a gochujang dressing alongside parsnips and swede, making a punchy side dish that’s super easy to prepare.
Try our vibrant carrot curry with Sri Lankan spices. This vegan recipe is easy to make and ready in under an hour, plus it's low calorie too. More vegetarian curry ideas here.
Thai cuisine uses fragrant flavours to create warming and comforting dishes. We've incorporated them into this aromatic carrot soup, which has plenty of zing from the ginger and lemongrass.
Everyone loves the spiced flavour of carrot cake. Here, we’ve added muscovado sugar for a richer flavour, golden sultanas and pecans for texture and a shot of syrup to sweeten the frosting.
If you've never grilled a carrot before, now is the time. This epic BBQ recipe, packed with contrasting textures and flavours, will show you how.
Our vegetarian carrot pilaf with cardamom is an easy way to feed the family and is packed full of flavour. Plus, it's under 500 calories. Try our low calorie vegetarian ideas here.
Roasted carrots bring crunchy freshness to this easy salad, while the dukkah gives a delightful nutty flavour. A great vegetarian meal.
Use the whole carrot in this zero-waste veggie dish, roasting the root and blitzing the carrot tops into a pesto.
That's one seriously orange soup! Carrots are the heroes in this dish, which only has five other ingredients. Blitz them all together to make a vibrant, low-calorie lunch.
Love carrot cake? Love cheesecake? We've combined these well-loved classic puds so you never have to choose. This carrot-based number is packed with plenty of spice, orange zest and crunchy pecans.
Check out this super easy recipe for delicious carrot marmalade. Try it on scones with a dollop of cream, or it’s also good drizzled over labneh on crostini. For a tarter marmalade, add extra lemon.
This easy vegetarian rosti is made with grated carrot and topped with a fried egg. Quick, filling and meat-free, it goes well with a leafy green salad.
The carrots help give this multi-purpose healthy bread a really moist texture, along with walnuts and yogurt. Spread with cream cheese for extra indulgence.
We love roasted carrots, and these ones, served with chickpeas and a tahini sauce, are the best. Any leftovers make a great packed lunch.
Use up your carrots to give these delightful falafel balls a lighter taste and texture. What's more, they're low in calories and full of flavour.
A healthy carrot 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. Take a look at our other Asian salads recipes here.
These carrot, cumin and feta fritters are deliciously golden and crispy. Serve with herb yogurt and salad. We have more fab fritter recipes here.
Carrots buddy up with nutty, smoky, protein-rich super grain freekeh in this recipe. Not only are these burgers healthy and easy to make, they might just be the best vegetarian burgers ever!
Give your roasted carrots an impressive sticky glaze with pomegranate molasses, honey and blackberry jelly.
Chantenay carrots, tender lamb and hearty Guinness make up this warming one-pot stew with creamy mash and peas. No pre-frying of ingredients required.
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.
Carrot mostarda is a Venetian Jewish recipe, a dish for celebrating the new year. This recipe will make enough for 12 cicchetti but you can also try it out with a roast or on sandwiches.
This decadent hybrid recipe combines a buttery pistachio shortbread base with a layer of kewra (or pandan extract) scented caramel, and moreish, fudgy carrot halwa topping.
Show your leftover roast veggies some love and use them to top a nourishing bowl of spiced tarka dhal. This makes an easy vegan dinner for four.
Give classic carrot cake an upgrade with a silky smooth, nutty tahini buttercream – these easy muffins make for the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Make carrot season last even longer by fermenting with citrussy orange zest and fragrant herbs. Once pickled, this funky veg is fantastic paired with grains, orange slices and pistachios for a zingy vegan salad.
Thick greek yogurt is the key to these miraculous muffins, flavoured with orange zest, mixed spice and maple syrup.
Pearl barley makes a great change from rice in risottos, and you won’t need to continuously stir it. This mushroom risotto is topped with beautifully sweet and nutty roasted rosemary carrots.
Whizzing the cream in at the end makes for a super-creamy soup. Enjoy this cosy, orange soup with a swirl of double cream and a hunk of buttered bread.
A classic cake in cupcake form, made all the more delicious with an orange cream cheese frosting. You don't need any butter for this recipe – it calls for light olive oil instead.
Make steak super colourful by matching strips of sirloin with rocket, roasted red peppers and a homemade red cabbage, beetroot and carrot slaw.
Check out our simple red lentil soup recipe with lightly spiced curried carrots. This veggie soup is easy to make and under 300 calories.
Make our simple vegan soup with sweet potato, carrot, and fiery ginger. This warming soup recipe is ideal for a quick and easy wintery lunch, plus it's low in calories, too.
Recreate this easy jewelled carrot and pistachio pilaf, coloured gold with turmeric and studded with ruby pomegranate seeds.
Turn your carrot cake up a notch with our impressive recipe. Carrots, pistachios and almonds give this gluten-free cake a rich, moist crumb, and the marshmallow icing is a lighter topping than traditional buttercream.
Give your winter veg star status with this zesty, colourful carrot side dish for two.
Festive clementines are a great way to jazz-up carrots for Christmas Day, plus roasting these baby carrots whole looks so much more special than slicing them into coins.
A light and fresh vegetarian soup recipe made with carrots and warming smoked paprika and a handful of fresh coriander leaves. Best for lunch or a low-fat midweek meal or even a dinner-party starter.
This easy carrot soup is seasoned with bay leaves and honey and topped with mint and basil crème fraîche. Make a little extra and heat up the leftovers for a tasty lunch at the office.
Sneak some carrot-goodness past the kids with our best orange and carrot muffins. This tangy combination is loved by all and is perfect for a special breakfast treat. Top with grated orange zest for an extra special touch.
These gratins make for great side dish to have alongside beef or lamb. Use fresh horseradish if possible as it has a fresher flavour than bottled.