Oven baked carrot fries are a delicious alternative to French fries that are easy to make at home! Serve alongside your favorite hamburgers or hot dogs for a kid-friendly healthy swap.
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We all know that most kids love fries. Goodness, most adults love fries too! Of course fries aren’t the healthies side dish which is why we have seen such a rise in popularity of sweet potato fries.
Carrot fries are a step up to sweet potato fries. They are lower in calories and carbs than sweet potatoes but are similar in taste and equally dippable. Pair them with BBQ sauce, sriracha fry sauce, curry mayo, or even some red pepper hummus. So good!
Don’t forget to play with the spices just like you can with regular fries. Try lemon pepper or garlic parmesan seasoning or go for something a little spicier like Cajun. The sweet and savory combo is always a winner.
Now you might be wondering if the cornstarch is necessary. If you want crispy fries, tossing the fries in cornstarch before baking helps to absorb any excess surface moisture. This is what helps get you that lovely crispy outside.
It is important to cut the potatoes and carrots evenly and avoid having drastic differences in sizes. This is because they will bake evenly and you won’t get some that are burnt while some are still underdone.
After cutting the potatoes and carrots, pat them dry with a kitchen towel to remove any lingering water. Then toss with the oil and cornstarch.
How to reheat leftover fries?
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and prep a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake your leftover fries in a single layer for 3-5 minutes until they are hot and crispy again.
Tips for cooking with kids
Carrots and potatoes can be difficult to cut for younger kids. For older, more experienced kids, make sure to use a cutting knife and a non-slip cutting board.
All ages can help with the tossing of the cut carrots and potatoes with the other ingredients as well as lining up the fries on the cookie sheet.
See here for more tips on cooking with kids!
What to pair with this
- Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Sandwiches
- Easy Healthy Grilled Buffalo Chicken
- Apple Bacon Turkey Burgers
- Cars Inspired BBQ Bacon Cowboy Burger
- Preheat your oven to 400 F. Move the rack to the top of the oven. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Wash and/or peel your carrots and potatoes. Cut the carrots in half into two equally long chunks, then cut each chunk into planks and then sticks. Cut the potatoes into sticks as well.
- In a large bowl or a plastic freezer bag, add the carrots and potatoes and toss with the olive oil, then add the salt and cornstarch and toss again until every fry is coated.
- Dump the coated fries onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly so the fries aren’t touching or overlapping.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 15 minutes on the top rack, then remove the pan and flip each fry before cooking for another 15 minutes or until evenly browned and crispy.
- Serve the fries alongside the curry mayo and enjoy while still hot!