Carrot Fritters

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These carrot fritters come together with a few simple ingredients and are perfect to serve up for a quick lunch! They’re great served on their own or with your favorite dip!

Cheesy carrot fritters served with strawberries and broccoli.

I promise it doesn’t get easier than these carrot fritters! They are a great way to incorporate some veggies into a meal and are the perfect soft texture for babies and toddlers. If your little one isn’t a fan of carrots, try giving these savory fritters a shot!

If you’re looking for more fun ways to incorporate carrots into your little one’s diet, be sure to try out these cheesy carrot bites, carrot oatmeal cookies, and oat flour carrot cake muffins!

What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make these carrot fritters:

Ingredients to make carrot fritters.
  • Carrots: The main star ingredient for these fritters. I like to use baby carrots that are pre-peeled to save time with peeling!
  • Egg: Used as a binder to help hold these fritters together.
  • Cheese: To give the fritters some added flavor.
  • Flour: Used to help the fritters maintain their shape and hold together.
  • Spices: Onion powder and garlic powder are used to add flavor and enhance the natural sweetness of the carrots
  • Oil/Butter: To cook the fritters.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe Substitutions & Additions

  • Eggs: For an egg-free version, substitute the egg with a flax egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and letting it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to set and thicken. You may also use a liquid egg replacer like the brand Just Egg.
  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour for these fritters, but any type of flour may be used.
  • Cheese: The cheese may be replaced with dairy-free shredded cheese.

Step By Step Instructions

Steps to make carrot fritters.

STEP 1: Use the smallest size hole of a box grater to finely grate the carrots. Grating the carrots finely ensures that they cook through fully in a short amount of time.

STEP 2: Add the cheese, egg, flour, and spices to the bowl with the grated carrots (Image 1). Mix well until combined (Image 2).

STEP 3: Heat 1 tablespoon of butter on a frying pan on medium-low heat.

STEP 4: Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of the carrot mixture onto the pan and press down to shape the portions into small fritters (Image 3).

STEP 5: Cook the fritters until golden, about 2 – 3 minutes per side (Image 4). Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. They may seem flimsy at first but will firm up slightly as they cool.

Storage Instructions

Once cooled, store the carrot fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, place the cooled fritters in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag with parchment paper lined between each one and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature before reheating, or quickly reheat on high in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Cheesy carrot fritters served with strawberries and broccoli.

Tips For Success

  • Make sure to use the smallest size hole of a box grater to finely grate the carrots for a smoother-textured fritter.
  • I loved to use 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese for these fritters, but any grated cheese will work well here. Mozzarella cheese is a great low-sodium cheese option for babies and dairy-free shreds work as well.
Cheesy carrot fritters served with strawberries and broccoli.

Recipe FAQs

Can I grate the carrots into larger pieces?

I recommend using the smallest size hole of your box grater to grate the carrots. This ensures that the carrots cook fully and results in smoother-texted fritters.

What is the best replacement for the egg?

For an egg-free version, substitute the egg with a flax egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and letting it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to set and thicken. Then use it in place of the egg in the mixture.

What is the texture like of these fritters?

These fritters are soft-textured and perfect for babies and toddlers. They may seem flimsy at first but will firm up slightly as they cool. Be sure to make the fritters small (tablespoon-sized) so that they will be easier to flip in the pan.

Can I use a food processor to chop up the carrots?

Yes! You can start with pre-peeled baby carrots and use a food processor to grate them, just make sure not to puree them.

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Carrot Fritters

These carrot fritters come together with a few simple ingredients and are perfect to serve up for a quick lunch! They're great served on their own or with your favorite dip!
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 12 mini fritters

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup packed finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt, optional
  • Unsalted butter/oil, for cooking

Instructions 

  • Use the smallest size hole of a box grater to finely grate the carrots. Grating the carrots finely ensures that they cook through fully in a short amount of time.
  • Add the cheese, egg, flour, and spices to the bowl with the grated carrots. Mix well until combined.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter on a frying pan on medium-low heat.
  • Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of the carrot mixture onto the pan and press down to shape the portions into small fritters.
  • Cook the fritters until golden, about 2 – 3 minutes per side. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. They may seem flimsy at first but will firm up slightly as they cool.

Notes

  • Make sure to use the smallest size hole of a box grater to finely grate the carrots for a smoother-textured fritter.
  • I loved to use 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese for these fritters, but any grated cheese will work well here. Mozzarella cheese is a great low-sodium cheese option for babies and dairy-free shreds work as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 27.88kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.04g, Protein: 1.71g, Fat: 1.42g, Saturated Fat: 0.73g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.12g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.44g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 17.33mg, Sodium: 91.33mg, Potassium: 36.39mg, Fiber: 0.36g, Sugar: 0.58g, Vitamin A: 1522.28IU, Vitamin C: 0.29mg, Calcium: 29.46mg, Iron: 0.24mg
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About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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8 Comments

    1. Hi Gina! I haven’t tried baking these, but if you’d like to bake them, I’d suggest baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges begin to slightly brown. I’d also suggest baking them on a sheet of parchment paper so that they don’t stick to the pan. Let me know if you try them!

  1. 5 stars
    YUMMY!!! I hardly like carrots myself but I could even snack on these all day. So delicious love the recipes you come up with. Same with my toddler 🙂

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you both enjoyed these fritters! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Alyssa!😊

  2. How many fritters should a 16month old boy eat? (he’s a big boy).. just wondering how many i should serve in a meal! thank you for the recipe!

    1. i Virginie! I’d suggest maybe starting with 3 and offering an additional one at a time if your little one shows interest😊

  3. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I made them for my toddler who is still learning to like carrots & she loved them. They were a hit for the whole family. I made them slightly larger (about 2tbsp) each & the recipe made 9 fritters. I would never think to pair carrots with cheese, but it is such a tasty combo! Will def be making these again.