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Carrot Dog

Clara Cakes

Not only are these carrots in a hot dog bun a great prank, but they're also full of flavor and taste great.

Carrot Dog

prep time15Min


serving time4


  • 4 large carrots

  • 4 hot dog buns

  • Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 clove crushed garlic

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage

  • 1/4 cup water from boiled carrots

  • Dash of red pepper flakes

  • Toppings:

  • Wasabi mayo (1/2 cup mayo mixed with 2 tablespoons wasabi paste)

  • Crispy jalapeños

  • Fresh jalapeños

  • Mustard

  • Sweet relish

  • Diced white onion

  • Ketchup


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil, add carrots and boil for 8 to 9 minutes, or until they feel slightly tender when poked with a fork. Drain carrots, reserving 1/4 cup of carrot water.

  2. In a large bowl, add all marinade ingredients and stir until well mixed.

  3. Place the drained, boiled carrots in a large zip-top bag with the marinade. Allow to marinate for 24 hours. Gently shake the bag every once in awhile to ensure each carrot gets marinated.

  4. Grill the carrots for about 4 minutes on each side, or until they look nicely charred. If using a nonstick pan instead of grill, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil first.

  5. Toast hot dog buns, place carrot dogs in each, and add preferred toppings.

Carrot Dog




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- Hey guys, today I'm grilling up some carrot dogs. And these guys are the number one prank to bring to your next barbecue. And they're also full of flavor and super delicious. So lemme show you how to make these guys. All right, so get started on these carrot dogs, I'm gonna boil whole carrots. For about eight to nine minutes, or until they're tender, which you can check by poking a fork in the middle, and then seeing if it pokes in easily. And while those are boiling, I'm gonna get started on the marinade. So I'm gonna use soy sauce. Now, I just added some melted butter as well. Then I have some onion powder, some black pepper, some red pepper flakes for a good spiciness and then garlic, ground sage, tomato paste, brown rice vinegar, and I think lemon juice balances out the sweetness of the carrot, and then scoop about a quarter cup of this carrot dog water. Just gonna measure it to be sure, perfect, and I like to use the carrot dog water just because it's kinda pre-flavored, so it's almost like a carrot broth, in a way, and I think it's a lot more flavorful than using the normal water. So whisk all of the ingredients just until it looks pretty combined. It's not like a batter, so you don't have to be too precise about this part. All right, now that my marinade is all done, I'm gonna take out these boiled carrots and place them in a plastic bag. I like to use a plastic bag for the carrots to marinade because you can move them around and make sure that all the carrots soak up the marinade. This is one of my favorite recipes to make, 'cause I think it's kinda funny. You're just being pretty obvious about making a vegan meal. You can't get more vegan than carrot dogs. But I promise you, the flavor in these carrot dogs is way more complex and delicious than your average hot dog. So go ahead and mix the marinade around the carrots. Just kind of do this every couple of hours, too, while they're marinating. All right, I'm going to let them sit in the fridge for about 24 hours, so they can fully soak up all of juicy goodness. All righty, so I have my cute little carrot dogs that have been marinating to 24 hours. Now they're super juicy and ready to be grilled. So I'm gonna put some olive oil onto the grill pan, just so they cook really nice and crispy. Okay, so I'm gonna add carrot dogs to my grill pan. Ooh. Smoky. And I'm gonna let them cook for about three minutes or so on each side, or until it's nice and charred. And then I'm gonna flip them over and then cook the other side. Look at that. All right, so now that these carrot dogs are all grilled up, transfer them and now it's time to start building. Okay, so I have a pretty large assortment of toppings that I like. I went with the classics, so a little mustard, a little ketchup, some relish, and then these crispy fried jalapenos. I like to add a nice spice. Look at that. I love how unproportional it is to the bun, too. I mean, carrot dogs are just so cute, you know? I'm gonna top it off with jalapenos, some fresh ones. Diced onion. Now some crispy fried jalapenos to top it off. All right. Let's try this dog. So flavorful, nice and garlicky, a little tangy, a little spicy. These carrot dogs will blow your normal hot dogs away.