Grilled Carrots with Lime and Cilantro


Our new charcoal grill has been the source of much inspiration this summer, from bean burgers to Spanish fare to salad greens. So when the carrots from our square foot garden were harvest ready, we knew just what to with them – toss them on the grill!

As expected, grilling brought out a lovely sweet flavor in the carrots (there doesn’t seem to be much the grill can’t improve!). Tossed with the lime juice, cilantro, and just a touch of cumin, they were an excellent treat!  We ate them as an appetizer since their small size lent well to finger food; they would also be great as a side dish.

Check your farmer’s markets or the grocery’s organic section for carrots on the small, thin side (if none are available, you could use larger carrots and cut them in half lengthwise). And don’t worry if you don’t have a grill – roasting the carrots in the oven can achieve a very similar taste.


Grilled Carrots with Lime and Cilantro
Serves about 4 as a side or appetizer

What You Need
1 pound small carrots (or large carrots cut in half lengthwise)
One lime
A handful cilantro
A few pinches of cumin
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

1  Preheat a grill to medium heat. (If you don’t have a grill, toss the carrots with olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper, and roast at 400°F for 20 minutes.)

2  Wash the carrots. In a bowl, toss them with a bit of olive oil. Place the carrots on the grill and cook until the carrots turn paler in color and a bit wrinkled; flip over and cook the same amount (around 8 minutes total for small carrots, but the timing will depend on the thickness of the carrots). When fully cooked, the carrots can be easily pierced with a fork.

3  Wash and coarsely chop the cilantro.

4  When the carrots are done, place them in a bowl and toss them with juice from the lime, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, cilantro, and a few pinches of cumin.

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Comments 14

  1. Chrissie

    Those look great! We’ve been loving the charcoal grill this summer too, these will definitely have to make our short list of things to try.

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      Aww, thanks! Yes, please come over pronto — we’ll have some grilled carrots waiting!! :)

  2. anja

    I saw a similar recipe in a cooking journal recently and thought of doing it soon. lime and cilantro are the best details.

  3. Simone

    That looks gorgeous! I recently made grilled carrots for the first time with goat cheese. Delicious too. Love the simple flavors!

  4. tami

    I’m finally coming around to being a carrot fan…mostly because of recipes like this. Never thought of grilling them! Thanks for sharing :)

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      It took me a while to become a carrot fan too – it wasn’t until I started eating “real” carrots (and not the pre-peeled baby carrot bags!) that I realized they were actually quite delicious! Hope this recipe helps you enjoy them :)

  5. Tammy D

    Roasted carrots are the best, so I can imagine grilling them would be equally fabulous. I made a carrot, cilantro, cuman side dish similar to this (without the grilling) to eat with your Mexican lasagna. Mouth watering good.

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