Baby Carrot Tips

By: the Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine

Baby carrots, or matchstick carrots, add lend body to dishes.
Baby carrots, or matchstick carrots, add lend body to dishes.

Carrots add sweetness, crunch, and a healthful touch to soup, salad, fish -- even dessert.

These teeny-tiny baby carrots hold up well in stir-fries, can be softened quickly for cakes and cookies, and gives added crunch, color, and body to a wide variety of salads, soups, and stews.


The following are a few ways to use baby carrots:

  • Coarsely chop for salsas: A quick chop of the carrots and a toss into homemade or bottled salsas gives a brighter look and crunchier texture.
  • Toss in soups: Add a handful to canned or homemade soups, and cook until just tender for a heartier and more healthful bowl.
  • Use as a base for stir-fries: Not only can you add them to your favorite stir-fry, but you also can serve stir-fries over cooked matchstick carrots instead of rice. Make a quick side dish: Toss carrots with a little olive oil, a sprinkle of lemon juice, and some chopped parsley and raisins.
  • Add to cake batters and cookie dough: Soften the carrots in the microwave with a bit of water, drain, and add to the batter or dough to give additional sweetness, texture, and moisture.

For more on what to do with baby carrots, visit:

  • Steamed Broccoli & Carrots Recipe
  • Orange-Spice Glazed Carrots Recipe
  • Maple-Glazed Carrots & Shallots Recipe
  • Indian Carrot Soup Recipe