Grilled carrots are easy to make, full of natural sweetness with a grilled smoky flavor, and may be your favorite grilled vegetable. Unlike steaming, grilling carrots brings out a more natural sweet smoky flavor with a fresh texture that is a perfect side dish for anything from burgers to chicken.
What carrot size should I use for grilling
When it comes to carrots, the size really matters! You want to grill carrots long enough to soften them and bring out the char.
What about small carrots; can I use them?
Baby carrots can actually work well on the grill but you will need a way to prevent them from falling through the grates. My favorite option for this is to use a grill pan or grill basket. These are nice and hot and form the same hot pieces you would get if the carrots were cooked directly on the grill.
Another way is to use a piece of foil directly on the grill. Do not wrap carrots in foil because we do not want them to steam. Just lay down the plate or create a “baking sheet” with foil for them to cook.
Baby carrots will cook faster because they are usually smaller and not as thick. Cut any of the heaviest baby carrots in the middle before slicing so they cook evenly. Plan to cook them for 14-18 minutes or until tender inside.
With grilled carrots, the thinner the better
Here’s one important thing about grilled carrots: keep them as thin as possible to cook. This means that if you find one of those big carrot bags in the store, you will have to cut them into small quarters. When too thick, the carrots remain raw on the inside while turning black on the outside. Another popular method is to steam them before frying
Clean your carrots before grilling
For easy grilling and charred carrots, it is best to clean your carrots a bit before seasoning with salt and pepper and roll them in the soy sauce
Be sure to chop off the greens form the carrots and peel them before seasoning with salt and pepper and wrap them in soy sauce.
Make sure to oil the carrot
Before grilling, give yourself a moment to coats the carrots in the oil. This will really help with the charring when placed directly over heat. For medium carrot use a table spoon of olive oil while you have to be careful when rubbing oil on the smaller carrots. The reason is that there is more space) so you need more oil to rub. Add two teaspoons of oil to make sure they are well covered with oil.
They can’t all done at the same time
Due to the different sizes of your carrots, you will want to make sure you put the smallest ones first and the biggest ones at the later, cooking times varies from 24 to 30 minutes.
Ingredients for grilled carrots
This healthy recipe requires just a few ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Carrots (or large carrots, cut, or carrots)
- Fresh cilantro
- Oil Olive oil, salt and pepper
- Lemon juice and cilantro are key to this recipe, as fresh flavors light up the grilled carrots. If possible, buy real lime instead of the previous juice.
Step by step instruction
Most time grilling carrot takes time to prepare! Once you’ve cut the carrots into quarters and heated on the grill, it all comes down from there. Here are the basic steps:
- Heat the grill on medium high heat (about 425 degrees).
- Sprinkle sliced carrots with olive oil and salt.
- Place the carrots directly on the grill and cook for 6 to 10 minutes until tender. Flip the carrots only once to make sure they cook evenly; they’re ready to flip once again once they’ve got slightly pale and wrinkly.
- Once cooked, toss the carrots with lemon juice and cumin, and enjoy them right away!
What can you serve with grilled carrots?
The best option is to make all the food on the grill. Here are some yummy options for throwing them on the grill with carrots and ideas for serving carrots themselves.
- Use carrots to make an amazing salad by adding sliced avocado, fresh herbs, chopped red onions and a simple vinaigrette.
- Consider making roasted pork chops, lemon chicken, or other roasted protein. Add the roasted corn to make a complete meal.
- Burgers are always a great way to grill and no one will miss the fries if you serve these carrots on the side. Serve them with one of your favorite dipping sauce.
Coating the carrots creates this delicious char out on the outside with a tender, sweet inside. They are so good and are a nice change of pace at a summer cookout or dinner party.