Grilled Carrots with Lime and Cilantro

Grilled carrots make for the perfect side dish or appetizer during the warmer months. If you don’t have a grill, you can roast carrots for a similar taste.

Grilled Carrots

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, these grilled carrots were an excellent treat! We ate them as an appetizer since their small size lent well to finger food, but they would also be great as a side dish.

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Grilled carrots ingredients

This healthy carrot recipe requires minimal ingredients. All you’ll need are carrots, a lime, fresh cilantro, olive oil, cumin, 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!

How to grill carrots

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). Large carrots can easily become too blackened on the outside while remaining raw in the center, so smaller carrots are key here.

You’ll want to toss the carrots in a little bit of olive oil to help them achieve perfect grill marks while they cook. 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 grilled carrots with the lime juice and seasoning and enjoy right away!

If you don’t have a grill, roasting the carrots in the oven can achieve a very similar taste. Just make sure your oven is set to a high temperature and that the carrots are fairly equal in size so that they all cook at the same rate.

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grilled carrots

This grilled carrots recipe is…

These grilled carrots are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.


Grilled Carrots with Lime and Cilantro

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Grilled carrots make for the perfect side dish or appetizer during the warmer months. If you don’t have a grill, you can roast carrots for a similar taste.



  • 1 pound small carrots (or large carrots cut in half lengthwise)
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • A few pinches of cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat a grill to medium heat.
  2. Wash the carrots and toss them with a bit of olive oil in a bowl. 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; the timing will depend on the thickness of the carrots). When fully cooked, the carrots can be easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Roughly chop the cilantro.
  4. When the carrots are done, place them in a bowl and toss them with juice from 1 lime, a few pinches kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, cilantro, and a few pinches of cumin.


If you don’t have a grill, you can toss the carrots with olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper, and roast at 400°F for 20 minutes.

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

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

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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.


  • Reply
    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.

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    July 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

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

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

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

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      July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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

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    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.

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    July 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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

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    July 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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

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    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!

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

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

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    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 :)

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      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 :)

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    Parsley Sage
    July 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

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

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    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.

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      April 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Ooo sounds delicious! How did you do it?

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