Spicy Roasted Carrot ‘Fries’

13 Mar

I’m always looking for more nutritious substitutions for unhealthy foods.  There are so many veggies out there that offer so much more than the traditional white potatoes. Squash, turnips and rutabagas have been making an appearance in my diet lately.

One unlikely suspect to make ‘mock fries’ is…..the carrot!

Potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, carrots…they’re all from the same ‘root vegetable’ category. So I started thinking that if I attempted to make fries out of them like sweet potato or regular fries it may be tasty….and it was!

Carrot Fries2


Spicy Roasted Carrot Fries

Serves 1-2

5-6 medium carrots

olive oil

Spices- paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt & pepper, chili powder

Preheat oven to 425

1. Peel the carrots and slice them lengthwise.

2. Cut them again into thin strips about 1/2 thick.

3. Spray a cooking sheet with non-stick spray or olive oil. Add your carrots and make sure they are spaced out and not over lapping.

4. Drizzle your olive oil over the ‘fries’. Add your spices. I didn’t really measure here, just a couple of dashes of each of the spices (except cayenne, go easy on that!)

5. Mix them up so they are all coated with oil and spices.

6. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Take out the carrots and flip them.

carrot fries

Carrots halfway through

Bake for another 15 minutes or until they are browned. Keep an eye on them..my oven is older so timing may vary.

7. Serve with sunbutter, preferably….. heaven!


The sweetness of carrots and the spices makes a delicious combo with sunbutter or any other nutbutter. Yum! Making these again. So much better than regular fries!

What are your favorite substitutes for fries?


14 Responses to “Spicy Roasted Carrot ‘Fries’”

  1. Amy @ Juice Boxes + Crayolas March 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Oooh, roasted carrot fries!! Sounds delicious! I am loving roasted brussel sprouts and green beans lately; will have to try these!

    As for substitutes for fries…well I love my veggies, but I reeeally love my fries! Just once in a while 😉

  2. quartercenturysouthernliving March 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Those look so much like sweet potato fries! I haven’t ever tried roasted carrot fries, but based on the pictures, it looks like it is worth making them! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  3. cookingfortheotherhalf March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    That looks amazing! Definitely going to try it. The only substitution I’ve tried are butternut squash “fries” — which are definitely delicious.

  4. Alisha's Appetite March 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve never tried carrot fries! I mayyyy be making these tonight – serving it with sunbutter has sucked me in:)

  5. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    As someone who is obsessed (yes, obsessed!) with carrots, these sound SO good!! I love sweet potato fries and parsnip fries, so why wouldn’t carrot fries be delicious?? I love the spicy touch, too!

  6. Tara@Sugar Spice and Bacon March 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Those look amazing! I am definitely going to give those a try- what a great idea!

  7. di @ life of di. March 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Love did idea! I typically replace fries for sweet potato fries but carrots are a wonderful substitute 🙂

  8. Courtney March 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    What a great idea! I need to try this 🙂

  9. P March 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Carrot fries and sweet potato fries can’t be beat! 😀

  10. Holly J March 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    This looks amazing!! Thanks for posting.

  11. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 16, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Yum this looks really good will have to give it a try! I’ve done roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes, not exactly a subsitute for fries but much healthier in any case 🙂

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