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.

EatingWell.com, August 2022


Credit: Brittany Conerly

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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. 

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

  • 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

3 carrot corn dogs
263 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 26g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 6g; fat 16g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 5g; cholesterol 36mg; vitamin a iu 13745IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin c 3mg; vitamin d iu 8IU; vitamin e iu 4IU; folate 36mg; vitamin k 20mg; sodium 444mg; calcium 119mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 23mg; phosphorus 110mg; potassium 336mg; zinc 1mg; omega 3 fatty acid 1g; omega 6 fatty acid 3g; niacin equivalents 2mg; selenium 8mcg.