Carrots can be both the star ingredient in a dish and a nice fresh accompaniment, eaten as a raw snack or incorporated into stews or soups. A root vegetable, carrots are a great way of keeping meals healthy and balanced since they provide fibre and antioxidants, and are low in fat and may help lower cholesterol. You can find out more about the health benefits of carrots in our guide, and discover more healthy carrot recipes as well as our main carrot recipe collections.

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20 tasty carrot recipes

1. Spiced carrot & lentil soup

spiced carrot and lentil soup

This spiced carrot & lentil soup is healthy, comforting and incredibly satisfying in winter. The warmth from the cumin seeds and the punch of the chilli elevate the earthy flavours of the carrot and lentils, making it an easy staple soup for the colder months. Add a dollop of creamy plain yoghurt for extra silkiness. We have loads more lentil soups and carrot soups in our collection, so take your pick!

2. Coconut & carrot slices

coconut & carrot slices

Make this coconut & carrot traybake for a school bake sale, coffee morning or afternoon tea at home. The sweet and milky taste of the coconut takes the carrot traybake to another level. With a crunchy topping that adds a lovely texture, it will be a surefire winner with friends and family. For more, check out our old school traybakes and carrot cakes.

3. Carrots with bacon & marmalade butter

Carrots with bacon & marmalade butter

Reach new levels of side dish deliciousness with these carrots with bacon & marmalade butter. A fantastic accompaniment to your Sunday roast or Christmas dinner with all the rest of the trimmings. The complementary salty and sweet elements are irresistible. Try this side and more in these healthy roast recipes.

4. Beef bourguignon

beef bourguignon

Cut carrots into chunks for this impressively rich beef bourguignon. The humble veg adds body and colour, as well as important nutrients, to the classic dish, while red wine brings out the best in the juicy and succulent beef. This is a great weekend or weekday meal for the family. We have more classic beef bourguignon recipes for you to try.

5. Carrot biryani

carrot biryani

Our carrot biryani is a quick and easy vegetarian dish, ready to eat in just 25 minutes. Making the most of storecupboard staples and mixing frozen and fresh ingredients, this crowd-pleasing dinner is as nutritious as it is economical. More biryani recipes can be found in our collection.

6. Hearty lamb stew

hearty lamb stew

Wholesome stew alert! With chunks of carrot, leek, onion and creamy cannellini beans, make this dinner dish is a perfect foil for colder weather. A balanced one-pot meal, this hearty lamb stew is packed full of flavour. It’s also freezable, making meal prep a synch on busy evenings. For more filling family meals, check out our healthy casserole and stew collection.

7. Carrot pakoras

carrot pakoras

These carrot pakoras are a great way of using up limp or softened veg to avoid the produce going to waste. They are also a very versatile and healthy alternative to other popular, deep-fried side dishes. For more healthy home cooking, try our Indian fakeaway recipes and healthy Indian dishes.

8. Carrot halwa

halwa

This North Indian carrot halwa, known as gajar halwa, is a delicious delicacy. Served at Diwali celebrations as a moreish sweet treat, hot or cold, your friends and family will be impressed. Discover more Diwali sweets in our collection as well as Diwali recipes that include savoury dishes.

9. Slow cooker spiced root & lentil casserole

slow cooker spiced root & lentil casserole

Get out your slow cooker for this cracking midweek spiced root and lentil casserole. Loaded with wholesome ingredients, this easy, warming dinner brings forkfuls of winter cheer. Serve with fresh bread or a bowl of rice on the side. Our vegetarian casserole collection has more hearty dinner inspiration.

10. Carrot & ginger soup

carrot and ginger soup

Filling carrot and ginger soup packs a subtly fiery punch. Bursting with nutrients and super simple to make, everyone will ask for seconds. Try out the healthy vegetable soups in our collection and more carrot soups too.

11. Carrot pilaf with coriander chutney

carrot pilaf with coriander chutney

This light carrot pilaf with coriander chutney is a plate full of goodness. Utterly delicious, it contains healthy fats and is low in calories. It makes for a wonderful family lunch at the weekend, and is a treat for work and school lunchboxes. For more one-pot rice dishes, check out these tasty pilaf recipes.

12. Roasted carrots with basil pesto

roasted carrots with basil pesto

Enhance the flavour of roasted carrot with basil pesto. This side is great for Sunday lunch or a more formal dinner, bringing a change of texture and depth of flavour to your plate. Super simple and a healthy addition to any meal. Check out the roasted vegetables and flavour pairings in our collection.

13.Warm pearl barley & roasted carrot salad with dill vinaigrette

Warm pearl barley & roasted carrot salad with dill vinaigrette

Pair up sweet carrots with tender and earthy pearl barley, delicious vinaigrette and crumblings of tangy blue cheese. Toss this warm pearl barley & roasted carrot salad with dill vinaigrette for a feel-good lunch or small plate for colder days and dig in with family and friends. Find more carrot salads right here.

14. Beef ragout

beef ragout

A very special take on the classic bolognese, this beef ragout is comfort food at its finest. Using fresh vegetables and succulent beef stirred through pasta ribbons, and topped with perky parmesan, this dish is an instant weekday hit. Our ragu collection has plenty of tasty mains for you to try.

15. Spiced carrot, coconut & date pudding

spiced carrot, coconut and date pudding

How’s this for a Christmas centrepiece? Our spiced carrot, coconut and date pudding provides an exciting alternative to the heaviness of a traditional pudding. Wonderfully fragrant and a real showstopper, this snowball pudding is festively moreish. Spoon over your favourite tipple, if you like, or simply tuck into the crispy snowy topping. Find puddings galore in our Christmas pudding collection.

16. Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

halloumi, carrot, orange salad

It only takes 20 minutes to make to rustle up this nutritious halloumi, carrot and orange salad. Bursting with fresh, tangy flavours, golden halloumi adds a nice salty element. Delicious as a light starter or lunch, this dish is simply mouthwatering.

17. Heritage carrots with hazelnut granola

heritage carrots with hazelnut granola

This impressive side dish champions carrots, teaming a caramelised nutty element with a smooth creamy purée. A delicious granola that offers a satisfying crunch and a perfect balance of textures. Try these heritage carrots with hazelnut granola for yourself. Our carrot collection includes a wealth of side and main dish ideas.

18. Hidden veg ragu

hidden veg ragu

Pack your meal with flavour and cleverly hide the veg from the veg dodger in the family at the same time! This hidden veg ragu is both nourishing and warming, and pairs well with fresh-cooked pasta on a chilly evening. Look for more flavourful ragus in our inspiring collection.

19. Sticky citrus chicken with carrots & cashews

sticky citrus chicken with carrots and cashews

Chinese sticky citrus chicken with carrots and cashews traybake hits the spot. Super easy to throw together, this oven-to-table dish has a sweet and sour flavour that will go down a treat with everyone at the table. Perfect served with fluffy rice. Explore more chicken traybakes in our recipe collections and recipe list.

20. Carrot cake

easy carrot cake on cake stand with cups of tea
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We all love a timeless classic and this coffee shop staple does not disappoint. Use up a glut of carrots for this mega, super-moist, two-tier, easy carrot cake and keep everyone happy with their go-to favourite. You’ll find countless variations and twists on the queen of cakes in our carrot cake collection.

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