Baked Carrot Fries: A Healthy Alternative to French Fries

Carrot fries created, photographed, and devoured by Beth Morey (2010).
Carrot fries created, photographed, and devoured by Beth Morey (2010).

As much as I enjoy my healthy eats, I must admit -- there are not many foods that can beat a well-made French fry. Warm, salty, and limp with oil fresh from the deep fryer, good quality French fries are delicious. Not at all nutritious, of course, but tasty nonetheless. Unfortunately, the French fry's less-than-stellar nutritional statistics make this delicacy a very rare indulgence.

However, when I feel in the mood for a good fry, I am not without recourse. As unlikely as they might sound, baked carrot fries are a simple and healthy alternative to the tradition grease-laden fry. Packed with vitamins but without the excess trans fats and starchy carbohydrates, carrot fries are a delicious way to satisfy a French fry craving.

Here's what I do. Select some nice, fat carrots. I typically use 4-6 carrots to make a single serving. Cut the carrots into matchsticks. Throw the cut carrots onto a greased cookie sheet and and toss with canola oil (or another preferred oil), or simply spray with cooking spary.

Next, sprinkle on some spices (see below for ideas). Put the whole sheet into an oven preheated to 425*F. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the carrot fries have reached the crispiness of your choosing. A minute or two under the broiler can lend a nice texture as well.

Although carrot fries are delicious plain or with a light sprinkle of sea salt and pepper, here are some other spice options to play with:

  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • cumin with garlic and onion powders
  • chili powder with cinnamon
  • sea salt, pepper, and cinnamon
  • maple syrup and cinnamon
  • garam masala (or curry powder)
  • basil and oregano
  • paprika and sea salt/garlic powder
  • seasoned salt and cinnamon

Serve plain or drizzled with ketchup or barbecue sauce.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Well now this sounds like it might really be an alternative, better grab a patent on it and sell ti to McDonald's, Wendy's or Burger King. Loved this!


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betherann 6 years ago from Montana Author

Thanks, Putz!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting recipe, I will have to try this healthy alternative; thank you.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I don't know about this. I love my french fries. I'd have to taste one to be a convert.


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betherann 6 years ago from Montana Author

If you do try this recipe, coolmon and lovelypaper, I'd love to hear what you think!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

I will try these, have made turnip fries and sweet potato fries.


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betherann 6 years ago from Montana Author

Bob -- Hmm turnip fries? I'll have to try them when the farmer's market returns!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Oh my! These look so good!


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betherann 6 years ago from Montana Author

Thanks, theherbivorehippi!


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askjanbrass 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh goody! These look delicious and I can't wait to try them. I'll also take your suggestion and make them with a little bit of maple syrup and cinnamon. Cheers!


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betherann 6 years ago from Montana Author

Thanks, askjanbrass! Enjoy!

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