Carrot Fries with Chipotle Sauce


An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.

These carrot fries with chipotle sauce are a stealthy healthy way to get everyone at your table to enjoy their veggies. Carrot sticks are tossed in a gluten-free coating and roasted until crispy. The sweet and spicy chipotle dipping sauce that’s served alongside takes these veggie fries over the top.

An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce. : Autumn Michaelis

Adapted from Autumn Michaelis | Whole Food for Your Family | Harvest, 2022

I used to get an appetizer just like this at one of my favorite restaurants, which has since shut down. Carrots can sometimes be a hard veggie to get excited about, and my hubby has flat-out told me he’s just not into them. But these are a wow! The sweet sauce with a kick is a clincher for the already awesome flavor of these carrot fries.–Autumn Michaelis

Why our testers loved this

There’s a whole bunch of reasons our recipe testers devoured these fries. They found the carrot fries to be easy to make, and “crisp on the outside and wonderfully soft on the inside.“ Ruby Francis also found the dipping sauce to be “addictive” with “all the right sweet and spicy notes.”

Rema S. joined in with her comment, “My husband and I devoured these carrot fries so quickly I almost can’t remember the details of what made them so good.”

Notes on ingredients

Carrots, mayo, oil, onion powder, garlic powder, maple syrup, and paprika on a white background.Carrots, mayo, oil, onion powder, garlic powder, maple syrup, and paprika on a white background.

  • Carrots–Take care to cut your carrots into similarly sized “fries” so that they cook evenly. To save time, the carrots can be left unpeeled.
  • Paprika–Any type of paprika will work here, however, we love the flavor of smoked or hot paprika on the sweet carrots.
  • Maple syrup–The sweetness of the maple syrup balances the spiciness from the chipotles in the mayonnaise. You could also substitute date syrup or date molasses.

How to make this recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F. Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet.

Some carrots, a knife, and carrot sticks as well as a steamer basket with carrot sticks in it.Some carrots, a knife, and carrot sticks as well as a steamer basket with carrot sticks in it.

  1. Cut the carrots into sticks 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
  2. Steam the carrots in a steamer or in the microwave until just tender.

Steamed carrot sticks being patted dry and a bowl of carrot sticks into which oil is poured.Steamed carrot sticks being patted dry and a bowl of carrot sticks into which oil is poured.

  1. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Coat the carrots with olive oil. Combine the flour, spices, and salt in a separate bowl.

A bowl of carrot sticks being tossed in a coating and a baking sheet with the sticks in one layer.A bowl of carrot sticks being tossed in a coating and a baking sheet with the sticks in one layer.

  1. Toss the carrots until they are evenly coated.
  2. Arrange the carrots on the wire rack. Make sure they are in a single layer and aren’t touching. Roast until crispy.

A man's hand mixing a small bowl of chipotle mayo and maple syrup.A man's hand mixing a small bowl of chipotle mayo and maple syrup.

  1. Make the dipping sauce. Mix the mayo and maple syrup together in a small bowl. Serve the carrot fries with the sauce.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these in a deep fryer?

Yes. Although they won’t be as “healthy,” our testers found that they had excellent crispiness when deep fried at 350°F for 6 minutes. For best results, skip the steaming and use regular all-purpose flour for coating the carrots.

Can I use a steam oven for my carrots?

If you’ve got a steam oven, then definitely use it for the steaming step. Our testers found that 6 minutes at 212°F was perfect.

Helpful tips

  • To make your carrots even crispier, spray them lightly with cooking oil before baking.
  • These carrot fries are best served immediately after baking. We don’t recommend storing or reheating.
  • The chipotle mayonnaise can be prepared up to 1 week before using. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • This recipe is suitable for gluten-free and dairy-free diets. To make this recipe vegan, use vegan mayo when preparing the dipping sauce.

An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.

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If you make this recipe, or any dish on LC, consider leaving a review, a star rating, and your best photo in the comments below. I love hearing from you.–David

Carrot Fries with Chipotle Sauce

An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.An oval platter filled with carrot fries and a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.

These good-for-you baked carrot fries are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, just like a perfect French fry should be.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 35 mins

Total 50 mins

Make the carrot fries

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Trim off the tops and tips of the carrots. Cut them into thin sticks, about 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide and 4 inches (10 cm) long.

  • In a covered steamer basket set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave in a covered microwave-safe dish with 2 tablespoons of water, steam the carrots until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Pat the carrots completely dry.

  • In a large bowl, toss the carrots in the olive oil. In a second large bowl, whisk the flour, garlic and onion powderspaprika, and salt together. Add the carrots and toss to coat.
  • Arrange the carrots in a single layer on the wire rack, taking care to make sure they are not touching each other. Roast until the carrots are crispy, about 30 minutes.

Make the chipotle sauce

  • In a medium bowl, combine the chipotle mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Taste, and add more maple syrup, if desired.

  • Serve the carrot fries immediately with the chipotle dipping sauce.

  1. Extra-crispy fries–To make your carrots even crispier, spray them lightly with cooking oil before baking.
  2. Reheating–These carrot fries are best served immediately after baking. We don’t recommend storing or reheating.
  3. Make-ahead–The chipotle mayonnaise can be prepared up to 1 week before using. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  4. Dietary–This recipe is suitable for gluten-free and dairy-free diets. To make this recipe vegan, use vegan mayo when preparing the dipping sauce.

Serving: 1portionCalories: 427kcal (21%)Carbohydrates: 32g (11%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 33g (51%)Saturated Fat: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 16mg (5%)Sodium: 732mg (32%)Potassium: 543mg (16%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 15g (17%)Vitamin A: 25309IU (506%)Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 74mg (7%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Recipe © 2022 Autumn Michaelis. Photos © 2022 David Leite. Photo © 2022 Autumn Michaelis. All rights reserved. All materials used with permission.

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