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You can turn carrots into bacon.

I wasn’t a believer until I did it, and now I’m going to show you how too!

carrot bacon

Crispy, smoky, and unbelievably delicious!

They will still taste like carrots, but the marinade gives it a nice bacon flavor. So yummy!

I first saw how to do this on TikTok from Tabitha Brown. She doesn’t give you exact measurements, so this is my version of it!

How to make carrot bacon

It is a rather easy process. Simply slice your carrots thinly with either a mandoline slicer or a peeler. Marinade them in a mixture of maple syrup, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and spices for a few minutes. Then bake them until they start bubbling like bacon.

An air-fryer works best but I made mine in a regular gas oven and was able to achieve delicious results.

Serving suggestions

Eat this as a side with tofu scramble, a stack of pancakes, a breakfast hash, in a vegan BLT or any sandwich for that matter—the possibilities are endless!

carrot bacon

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This carrot bacon recipe is so easy and great for when you want the delicious sweet and smoky-ness of bacon! Just 8 simple ingredients, a peeler, and an oven or air-fryer is all you need. Vegan bacon can be made in many ways but this carrot bacon is one of the simplest and most similar looking to actual bacon. And did I mention delicious? #carrotbacon #veganbacon #plantbased #vegan #veganrecipe #veganbreakfast #plantbasedbreakfast #meatfree #meatlessmeals

Carrot Bacon

4.76 from 117 votes
Author: Rachel
Smoky and delicious bacon made from carrots!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • oven
  • Peeler


  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce tamari or liquid aminos work too
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • tsp black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) if using a regular oven. If using an air-fryer set it to 380°F (190°C).
  • Wash carrots and peel thinly lengthwise with a vegetable peeler or mandoline slicer.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Marinate the carrot strips in the sauce for at least 5 minutes. Work in batches if needed so that the carrots are fully covered.
  • Place carrots on a lined baking sheet evenly spread out. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes (or in an air-fryer for 5 minutes), flipping halfway through. When they are wavy they are ready. Don't worry if they're not crunchy yet, they will harden more as they cool. Sprinkle with salt if you want them to dry out faster and become crispier.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5157IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I think other commenters are being a little harsh. Did they really expect carrots to taste EXACTLY like bacon?? This recipe is delicious, crispy, and smoky with a nice sweet/salty flavor and is exactly what I was looking for to replace bacon (and yes it still has a carrot flavor but so what?) I love that it’s a healthier bacon alternative than storebought options. I also found it super easy to make, and made mine in the air fryer to make it even easier. Thank you for this recipe, I will be making it often!

    1. Thank you, Maria! I strive to be honest about my recipes and what people can realistically expect and do explain in the article that it will still taste like carrots. Thank you for understanding and for enjoying the recipe for what it is: a tasty, healthier plant-based bacon substitute made from carrots!

  2. 5 stars
    This carrot bacon turned out great! I love how crispy and flavorful it is. I added a little extra liquid smoke and it was perfect!

  3. As a bacon replacement, no. These should just be called carrot chips. Not worth the effort if you’re looking for that real smoky taste, but they are tasty.

    1. 2 stars
      Didn’t get the smokey taste that I was looking for. If there is a next time for me making this recipe, I would definitely increase the amount of liquid smoke. I also agree with one commenter it’s more like a carrot chip.

  4. This sounds quite interesting, but what if you’re allergic to soy products? What can be substituted for soy sauce?

    1. Hi Dennis, you can use liquid aminos instead. You could also possibly omit and add a pinch of salt instead but may need a splash of water or more maple syrup to have enough liquid to coat the carrots.

    2. Coconut aminos taste exactly the same. Less sodium and no soy! I literally cannot taste a difference between the two.

  5. 3 stars
    I was pretty disappointed with the carrot bacon. Did I expect it to taste exactly like bacon? Of course not (it’s a carrot!). I was, however, expecting it to be a bit more smoky and savory (I marinated the carrot strips overnight to get a more intense flavor too). These are pretty dang good carrot CHIPS, but I wouldn’t compare it to bacon.

  6. 5 stars
    My mind is officially blown. I made some for my vegetarian best friend this morning. Unbelievably good!

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! I think carrot bacon is my new favorite breakfast! It’s so tasty and crunchy I couldn’t believe it!