These spicy curry oven baked carrot fries with lime cilantro tahini sauce are going to become one of your favorite side dishes if you like things on the spicy side! The sweet carrots become the best fries and pair perfectly with the spicy curry powder topping. These fries are gluten free, grain free, paleo, Whole30, vegan and lower in carbs than traditional fries!
Carrot fries have pretty much become a thing around here. I even made them for my parents and they were like “these taste better than sweet potato fries”. So yeah, oven baked carrot fries are now my “go to” when it comes to simple side dishes that are sure to impress people.
Needless to say, I’ve been playing around with the recipe and really wanted to kick things up a notch in the flavor department. I saw a recipe for curry spiced sweet potatoes and knew I wanted to replicate the flavors with my beloved carrot fries! And it was BEYOND amazing. Honestly, I ate through the entire recipe in one morning. I barely had enough of these spicy curry oven baked carrot fries to take proper pictures for you all.
How to make carrots into fries
The easiest way I have found to cook carrots in the oven is to first cut them down into “fries”:
- Usually, I start by cutting the top and bottom off the carrot and then dividing the carrot in half to create a top and a bottom.
- Then I take one of the halves created, and cut that in half from top to bottom longwise, creating two long half moon shaped carrot pieces.
- Take one of the half moon shaped pieces and cut it either one or two times (depending on how thick it is) from top to bottom longwise to create carrot spears.
- I repeat this process with the rest of the carrot. Most carrots I get between 8 and 12 “fries”.
How to bake carrots in the oven
- Once the carrots are cut down into fries, I add a silicone mat or parchment paper to a rimmed cookie sheet.
- Spray the silicone mat/parchment with non-stick spray and add the carrots.
- Sprinkle the seasoning over the carrots evenly and toss with clean hands or a large spoon.
- After tossing the carrots, be sure to try to re-distribute them on the cookie sheet so they can cook evenly.
- Bake in the oven in high heat (425F-450F) for 20-3o minutes, stirring at least one time.
The best dip for oven baked carrot fries
For these spicy curry oven baked carrot fries, I made lime cilantro tahini sauce to pair them with. Although these would be great with ketchup, this sauce really takes these fries to the next level. I highly recommend the tahini dip if you are trying to make a good impression on company or if you are looking for an extra special weeknight meal. The best part is that the sauce only takes a minute to make!
Why I love tahini
- Tahini is packed with protein (5g per 2 tbs) and healthy fats (great for satiety and glowing skin, hair and nails)
- Tahini is made by grinding up sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are a great source of zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper and calcium. Grinding the sesame seeds into a paste makes it easier for your body to digest.
- Tahini is a great source of copper which is important for iron absorption, a healthy immune system and is critical in your bodies ability to make its own collagen
- Sesame seeds are also high in the amino acid methionine, which is a natural detoxifier, which helps keep your liver healthy.
Spicy Curry Oven Baked Carrot Fries
- Preheat the oven to 450F
- Cut the carrots into fries. First cutting the top and bottom off. Then cutting the carrot in half. Take each half and cut that from top to bottom. Cut each quarter into 2-3 sections, resembling fries. Note: you should get between 8-12 fries from each carrot
- Place silicone or parchment on a rimmed cookie sheet. Spray with non-stick spray
- Add the carrot fries, curry seasoning and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir well with your hands or a large spoon.
- Try to get the carrots into one even layer, it's ok if they overlap though.
- Bake at 450 F for 15 minutes. Take out and stir the carrots. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. (checking after 5 minutes and re-stirring if needed)
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Make the lime cilantro tahini dip.
Lime Cilantro Tahini Dip
- In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir well until combined.