Best Grilled Carrots

Grilled carrots make for the perfect easy side dish! These are perfectly charred and flavored with cumin and a spritz of fresh lime juice.

Grilled carrots

Our new grill has been the source of much inspiration this summer, from grillable veggie burgers to paella to grilled Caesar salad So when we found a bag of carrots at the bottom of our refrigerator produce drawer, we knew just what to with them: throw 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 cumin, this healthy veggie was an excellent treat! We ate them as an appetizer since they were perfect finger food, but they’d also be great as a side dish. Here’s how to make them!

Grilled carrots ingredients

This healthy grilled carrots recipe requires just a handful of ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Carrots (either large carrots, which you can cut into quarters, or thin carrots)
  • Lime
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper

The lime juice and cilantro are key to this recipe, as the fresh flavors brighten the grilled carrots. If possible, buy an actual lime instead of the pre-bottled juice. It really does make a difference!

Grilled carrots

The thinner, the better with grilled carrots!

Here’s one important thing about grilled carrots: keep them as thin as possible so they cook through. This means that if you get one of those bags of large carrots from the store, you’ll have to cut them into quarters (or even smaller). If they’re too thick, the carrots become blackened on the outside while remaining raw in the center. Another popular option is to boil or steam the carrots before grilling (like we do with this grilled cauliflower). But Alex and I wanted to keep this recipe quick and easy: so cutting them into thin pieces works!

Another alternative: check your farmer’s markets or the grocery’s organic section for carrots that are small and thin, and sold in a bunch. Often you’ll see rainbow carrots sold this way! If they’re long and thin, they work perfectly for the grill.

How to grill carrots

How to grill carrots (basic steps)

What takes the most time for grilled carrots is the prep time! Once you’ve sliced them into quarters and preheated the grill, it’s all downhill from there. Here are the basic steps:

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat (about 425 degrees).
  • Toss the sliced carrots with olive oil and salt.
  • Place the carrots directly on the grill and cook 6 to 10 minutes until tender. Flip the carrots over just once to ensure they cook evenly; they’re ready to flip once they’ve gone slightly pale and wrinkly.
  • Once they’re cooked through, toss the carrots with the lime juice and cumin, and enjoy right away!

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Grilled carrots

Best Grilled Carrots


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Grilled carrots make for the perfect easy side dish! These are perfectly charred and flavored with cumin and a spritz of fresh lime juice.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound large carrots cut in quarters lengthwise, or small thin carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. Peel the carrots and cut them into quarters if large or half if medium to small (the thinner the better!). 
  3. Place the carrots in a bowl and mix with olive oil and kosher salt.
  4. Place the carrots directly onto the grill grates and grill for 6-10 minutes, turning once.
  5. Roughly chop the cilantro.
  6. When the carrots are done, place them in a bowl and toss them with juice from 1/2 lime, cumin, cilantro, a few pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grilled carrots, carrots with cilantro, mexican carrots, grilled carrots recipe, how to cook carrots on the grill,

Last updated: April 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Chrissie
    July 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply
    KatySheCooks
    July 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

    So lovely! Must make Tim try these next time he lights the grill.

  • Reply
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    July 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

    These are so pretty you guys! Can we come over again? :) Love it!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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

  • Reply
    anja
    July 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

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

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    July 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I totally forgot about grilled carrots!! These (with the lime) sound so yummy!!!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    July 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Love it! Especially with the cilantro lime – it totally screams summer!

  • Reply
    Simone
    July 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

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

  • Reply
    Mama's Gotta Bake
    July 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Now that I like. I can’t wait to make them.

  • Reply
    tami
    July 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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

    • Reply
      Sonja
      July 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      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 :)

  • Reply
    Parsley Sage
    July 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Fantastic grilling side! Never thought of cilantro on a carrot before :) Buzzed!

  • Reply
    Tammy D
    April 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Ooo sounds delicious! How did you do it?

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