Clean Eating Grilled Carrots Recipe

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These grilled carrots are proof that life is always better with a delicious grilled side dish on your dinner plate! This easy, healthy baby carrots recipe is one of our favorite clean eating side dishes!

Of course, it’s always better when life involves a good story being served with each dish. This one was no exception…

Life with Mini Chef is nothing but one adventure after another. Whatever he does, he does it with gusto! He’s an “all-or-nothing”, “give-it-110%” kinda kid. He puts his heart and soul into everything from helping me in the kitchen, to chasing the cat around the house with his hamster puppet on his hand screaming, “I WANT A KISSYYYYYYY!!!!” (The cat may never recover from that particular episode.)

So when I told him he could shake the bag of carrots (you’ll see why below), I had no idea what I was agreeing to. He dutifully helped me add all the ingredients to the bag and then I zipped it shut. What ensued from that moment forward is something that should have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

tender grilled carrots in red casserole dish

Not only did he shake the baby carrots until they were darn near tender, he shook them so hard he lost his balance and fell over on the floor, missing the poor cat by mere milliseconds. And he was so proud of himself when he was done!

It’s moments like that that I live for in the kitchen. Those little moments that can only happen when everyone is in the kitchen helping. I love those moments.

And of course, playing ball in the yard while the barbecue grill is doing its thing is the epitome of a fabulous evening for me. Home, family, fabulous food and one very irritated feline. Life is good.

These grilled carrots will pair nicely with just about anything you cook on the barbecue. But we enjoyed these with some grilled citrus chicken. Delicious!

Note: No felines were harmed in the events of this story. He was however thoroughly agitated and all around indignant, which is technically his normal state of being anyway.



Clean Eating grilled carrots in red casserole dish

Clean Eating Grilled Carrots

Enjoy this delicious side dish with just about anything you can cook on the barbecue!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 69kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 2 lbs. organic baby carrots
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  • Place all ingredients inside a large plastic bag, seal and shake until the carrots are well coated.
  • Place a piece of aluminum foil on the BBQ grill and place your carrots on that. Spread them out so that they are in a single layer.
  • Put the lid on the grill and allow to cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally with BBQ tongs. Cook until they are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  • Note: Cooking times will vary based on the temperature of your grill. 30 minutes is an approximate time.
  • Caution: These little buggers really hold their heat! Cutting them and allowing them to cool for a bit before eating them is probably a wise decision.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 15640IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 4/7/11.

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  1. MilesMusclesMom says:

    SOO making these TODAY!! yummmmmm

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MMM – Fabulous!! Let me know how you like them!

  2. These look great! Do you think I could roast them in the oven instead? Colorado weather is still kind of iffy for grilling yet.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sherrie – I don’t see why not. It might not get the exact BBQ flavor, but it should still be tasty!

  3. I think it would be cool to BBQ whole carrots for a party. Just stick a whole carrot on the BBQ – people can cut them as they eat. Or let them cool a bit and serve them with a dipping sauce.

    Anyway, these look fantastic! I love anything grilled.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mike – Yes! That would be fun! Isn’t it amazing how grilling brings out such incredible flavor in food? I love it too!

    2. I am a big fan of whole carrots roasted with maple syrup tender, but firm enough to eat with your fingers! 😀

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Anna – Yes! They are delicious!!

  4. I do this same thing with fresh Broccoli and it’s OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! My family won’t let me make broccoli any other way anymore. In fact, my husband was never a fan of steamed broccoli, but now that I grill it with seasonings, he LOVES it! It gets that nice smokey-charred flavor to it…soooo yummy!

    Instead of grilling it on foil, I throw it into my grill basket (made for grilling small items, such as veggies) and just stir occationally, just like you do with the carrots. DELISH!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimber – Interesting! I’ve looked at those baskets but never given them much of a second thought. Might have to go look again. I love grilling cauliflower too. Soooo yummy. But the small bits always fall into the grill. I bet a basket would work wonders. Thanks!

  5. Trudefaith says:


    1. Anonymous says:

      TF – Ya, pretty much anything off a BBQ is going to taste good! lol

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cayla – Haha!! Ya, we love them too around here. Yummy! Glad you enjoyed them!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Test – I don’t recommend it. Sorry.

  8. Is there a way you could do these in the oven? I know it would not have the same taste, but would like to try in the oven.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      JJ – Sure. Just spread them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and be sure to stir them around every so often.

  9. "T" Ayers aka Nana says:

    So making these tonight on the grill. Also, my favorite recipes are the ones that I call EZ-PZ & this on falls in that category. Happy to have found your site.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nana – Thanks! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    These are amazing! They taste like sweet potato fries according to my husband! Our 9mo gobbles them up too! Amazing simple recipe that has now become a staple!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristin – That’s fantastic!!! 😀 I haven’t made them in a while. I’ll have to make them again once we get settled in the new house!

  11. 5 stars
    My husband and I made this today, I didn’t really properly measure anything Just estimated with my hands and in 2 sandwich bags. hehe But it turned out fantastic on the grill! over foil! They weren’t mushy had a Bite to them which i loved. Delicious flavor. Will definitely make again.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      FDF – Fantastic!! I love these as well. Try the bbq zucchini recipe too. YUM!!

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