This post is sponsored by the United Soybean Board through Kitchen PLAY.
These easy carrot fritters are packed full of flavor with the addition of cilantro, shallots, and garlic. They make a great side dish and an even easier appetizer. Serve plain or with my delicious Greek yogurt cilantro lime sauce!
I’m always on the lookout for easy peasy appetizers and side dishes. I haven’t made a ton of fritters on the blog, but the ones (ok, one) I have made I have LOVED. Not to take you away from these carrot fritters, but if you’re in the mood for Greek zucchini fritters, you need to check that recipe out!
But, let’s get back to these delicious little shredded carrot treats.
I wanted to keep them simple so I added in a little cilantro, shallots, and garlic and not much else. I really wanted that carrot taste to shine. And, since I knew I was going to spin this as an appetizer OR side dish, I also made a simple little Greek yogurt cilantro lime dip.
It pairs perfectly with the fritters!
How to make carrot fritters
It really doesn’t take a lot of time to make carrot fritters. Honestly, the most important part is making sure you use the right oil so you don’t burn your fritters or smoke out your own house.
Why soybean oil?
That’s why I teamed up with the United Soybean Board to learn (and teach you) all about soybean oil, which is typically just called vegetable oil. In fact, most of the heart-healthy vegetable oil you find in the store is 100% soybean oil made with U.S.-grown soybeans. And since there are over 515,000 soybean farmers in the U.S., you are supporting some very busy farmers.
Soybean oil is also an excellent source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is mostly talked about in terms of blood clotting, BUT it also plays a role in bone metabolism. That means that soybean oil just might support bone health. Pretty nifty, right?
And I know there has been talk that eating soy can increase breast cancer risk BUT studies have shown that is false. Eating soy does not increase the risk of breast cancer. You can also find soybean oil in a lot of your favorite snacks and salad dressings. Even restaurants get in on the goodness of soybean oil!
Plus, with a smoke point of over 450 degrees, you can easily pan fry these carrot fritters without fear of burning.
How to adapt carrot fritters
I know you always ask about how to adapt so I’ve come up with a few ideas:
- Add in fresh minced herbs and crumbled cheese
- Mix it with other shredded vegetables like zucchini or summer squash
- Add in cumin and hot peppers to add a zing of extra spice
- Mix tahini in with the Greek yogurt for an extra dipping flavor
Loving these easy carrot fritters?
Gives some of my other easy dishes a try!
- Cajun Shrimp Hummus Crostini
- Pesto Hummus Sweet Potato Bites
- Charred Triple Onion Dip
- Heirloom Tomato Tart
- Preserved Lemon and Mint Whipped Feta Dip
- Blistered Shishito Peppers
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
- 1 small shallot, finely minced
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Set aside carrots and if they give off any moisture make sure to drain it off.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl add egg and whisk.
- Add in 2 tablespoons cilantro, shallots, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, and flour.
- Whisk until combined.
- Stir in grated carrots.
- Add vegetable to a 12-inch skillet and set over medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot add 2 tablespoons sized scoops of the carrot mixture into the oil and flatten slightly. Continue until the pan is full. I like to cook 4-5 at a time.
- When the bottom is golden brown flip the fritter and continue cooking until the other side is browned.
- Remove from the skillet when fully cooked and place onto a paper towel lined plate.
- Continue until all the fritters have been cooked.
- In a small bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, cilantro, and lime juice.
- Serve fritters with Greek yogurt dipping sauce.
If the carrots give off a lot of moisture and the mixture gets runny you can add in a little more flour to hold it together.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
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