Carrot Corn Dogs

Tender carrots marinate to pick up smoky, savory flavors before they're wrapped in a cornmeal batter and fried until golden brown, just like a classic corn dog. Small, thin carrots, or baby carrots that are on the larger side, work best here. The carrots are ready to batter and fry in as little as 10 minutes, but you can marinate them overnight for even more flavor.

Carrot Corn Dogs
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 12 small, thin or baby carrots

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ cup cornmeal

  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Place carrots and water in a medium microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap, leaving a small vent to let steam escape. Microwave on High until just tender, about 3 minutes. Carefully drain the carrots. Whisk soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, liquid smoke, garlic powder and onion powder together in a small bowl; drizzle over the carrots. Toss to combine and set aside at room temperature for 10 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

  2. Whisk cornmeal, flour, baking powder, buttermilk and egg in a medium bowl.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Pat the carrots dry. Thread each carrot lengthwise onto a 3- to 4-inch skewer (see Tip). Working in batches of 4, dip each carrot into the batter then transfer to the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining carrots. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

To make ahead

Marinate carrots (Step 1) in refrigerator overnight, if desired.


4 bamboo skewers or 12 long toothpicks (see Tip)


Look for toothpicks that are 3 to 4 inches long, or cut 10-inch bamboo skewers into thirds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
16g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 carrot corn dogs
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Vitamin A 13745IU 275%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin D 8IU 2%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Vitamin K 20mcg 17%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 336mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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