These healthy baked carrot fries, or carrot chips as they are more commonly known in the UK, are a delicious side dish, but could also be served as a tasty and nutritious after-school snack for kids, with dips like hummus or homemade ketchup!
My kids LOVE fries, and would probably eat them every day if given the opportunity. These healthy baked carrot fries are a nutritious alternative to regular fries that are baked in the oven rather than fried.
✔️ Why should you try it?
- Healthier than regular fries
- A nutritious after school snack for kids
- Crispy on the outside, soft and sweet in the middle
The ingredients list for these tasty carrot fries is so simple. You will need carrots (500g), cornflour, rapeseed oil (or olive oil), smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and salt.
Why are carrots so good for you?
Carrots are low in calories (25 calories per half a cup) and packed full of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. They are also rich in beta-carotene, which helps keep your eyes healthy.
A vegetable peeler, sharp knife, and a baking sheet are all you need to make these healthy carrot fries.
The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post
Carrot fries are so easy to make!
One: Wash and peel your carrots and cut into batons.
Two: In a bowl, mix together the cornflour, oil, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Pour over the carrots and use a spoon to make sure they are all coated. Season with salt.
Three: Spread the carrots onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
Four: Serve as a tasty snack or as a side dish to a main meal.
Carrots are lovely and sweet, so a wide variety of robust spices can be used to flavour them. In this recipe, I've used smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, but ground cumin and coriander would also work well. If you don't like strongly spiced food, then just use sea salt.
If you were serving these fries as part of a main meal, a sprinkling of fresh thyme at the end of cooking would also taste great.
🍴 Serving suggestions
The carrot fries go great with burgers (particularly these courgette & feta burgers), homemade chicken nuggets, air fryer chicken breasts, puff pastry sausage rolls, cheese & bacon turnovers, and slow-cooked pulled beef.
They also make a tasty after-school snack for kids. I usually serve the carrot fries with homemade hummus, homemade ketchup, and guacamole. They definitely help stave off those post-school hunger pangs!
Other root vegetables could be used, either instead of, or in combination with carrots. Sweet potatoes and parsnips would be the best options, to get that crispy outside and soft middle.
Some more tasty side dishes;
- Easy roast sweet potatoes - flavoured with smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. A great alternative to traditional roast potatoes.
- Air fryer roast potatoes - crunchy air fryer roast potatoes are super quick to make and require no par-boiling!
- Apple coleslaw - crunchy, sweet coleslaw perfect with salad, burgers, or in sandwiches.
- Loaded parsnip fries - loaded Roasted Parsnip Fries are seasoned lightly with garlic, salt, and pepper, then topped with crispy, crumbled jalapeño bacon, drizzled in a zesty horseradish sauce, and topped with sliced scallions.
- Slow cooker candied carrots - candied carrots are a wonderful side dish for any meal!
- Easy beetroot coleslaw - this beetroot coleslaw recipe is deliciously crisp & refreshingly earthy. This vegan beetroot salad is the perfect side or show-stopping main salad, on burgers, tacos, or hotdogs.
- Sheet pan roasted fingerling potatoes - deliciously simple, extra crispy, and super easy to prepare!
- Microwave sweet potato gratin - a tasty classic Sweet Potato Gratin that you can make in half an hour. A simplified recipe without reducing its deliciousness.
- Scottish Rumbledethumps - a traditional Scottish pie made with potatoes and cabbage. It's a very comforting side dish that's cheap to make.
- Whole roasted onions - a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that is full of flavor. These whole roasted onions in foil are ready to roast in just 5 minutes and are perfectly creamy and soft.
- Honey roast parsnips and carrots - sliced carrots and parsnips are tossed in honey and thyme, then oven-roasted until tender.
After-school snack ideas to try!
Baked Carrot Fries
- 500 g Carrots peeled and cut into batons
- 1 tablespoon Cornflour
- 2 tablespoon Rapeseed oil or use olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the oven to 200°c (180 fan/ 400F/ Gas 6)). Peel and cut your carrots into batons and place in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cornflour, oil and seasonings, then pour over the carrots. Use a spoon to make sure all the carrots are coated.
- Spread onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Give them a shake half way through cooking to ensure all sides of the carrot are cooked and crispy.
I'm linking this up to #CookBlogShare which this week is hosted by Recipes Made Easy!
The flavor is incredible, love the smoke paprika on them!
I love smoked paprika on everything!
A unique recipe. Never tried Baked Carrot Fries ever. This is definitely a delicious starter option. My kids to love it.
Oh my, these carrot fries are spot on delish. Easy to make and perfectly seasoned. We will be making these often.
So glad you enjoyed them!
Seriously addicting! I love this recipe. Feels like I'm indulging but really it's healthy eating. YUM!
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
What a great snack option for kids - and even fab as a side dish! These sound and look ever so delicious!
I have a big bag of carrots at home that would be perfect for making this recipe! Such a great way to switch up fries!
What a colorful and healthy snack, especially for kids! Love its easy making! Thanks. 🙂
I love any type of fries and this are amazing, thanks for the yum recipe
I’m seriously addicted! I can't believe I ate a whole bag of carrot in the last two days! The flavour is spot on!
Rebecca - Glutarama
These look lovely - I'm always on the look out for a potato chip substitute as I cannot tolerate potatoes. These look delicious.
Jacqui – Recipes Made Easy:Only Crumbs Remain
What a fun side dish for kids and the young at heart of course. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare.
Kat (The Baking Explorer)
I love this idea! Great for getting kids to eat veggies
Helen - Cooking with my kids
I love the look of these. The perfect snack for kids and a great way of getting them to eat more veggies #cookblogshare
Nicole - haricoco.com
Great recipe! I love carrot fries, they go literately with everything! 😉
Cat | Curly's Cooking
Love the sound of these, they look so delicious! What a great idea.
This is basically genius!