Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Complete
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How to Cook and Eat Carrot Tops/Greens/Leaves – Easy Recipe

 Preparation: 10 minutes | Cook: 5 minutes  4 ingredients  side dish
March 21, 2020 Jump to Recipe Print

Do you ever buy carrots that have the carrot tops still attached? Do you ever get the organic carrots from Misfits Market and wonder what to do with the extra carrot greens or carrot leaves? That’s exactly what led me to experiment with the tops/greens/leaves and come up with this recipe. This recipe is not a Chinese recipe that was passed down to me from my relatives. Instead, I just experimented and came up with it! Please let me know what you think in the comments if you try it for yourself.

The first time I served this to my husband was shortly after our first Misfits Market package. He tasted it and asked me, “what the heck is this?” He had never tried carrot leaves before. Needless to say, he liked it. Now, it’s a regular side dish in our meals whenever a shipment of carrots arrives with their tops attached.

The recipe basically involves blanching the carrot leaves and mixing them with a simple sauce. The leaves have a slightly bitter and sweet taste. The sauce includes some sugar, which help reduce the bitterness and enhance the already subtly sweet flavor of the carrot leaves. The sauce also includes roasted sesame oil, which adds a nice aroma (both smell and taste). The resulting carrot tops/greens/leaves are sweet, aromatic, and a delight to eat. They pair particularly well with fish or meat dishes, because the carrot leaves have a refreshing and mild taste. I sometimes serve this along with my steamed branzino or sweet and sour spare ribs. You can also serve it as part of an array of other cold salads, like Chinese cucumber salad. This side dish also pairs well with other recipes that use carrots because you can use both parts of the carrots.

Active Time: 10 min

Total Time: 15 min

Servings: 4 people as an appetizer or side dish


Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Ingredients
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Ingredients


  1. Start heating a pot of water over medium-high heat.
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
  1. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the carrot leaves. First cut off the leaves from the carrots, then discard the long stem parts2 and chop the carrot leaves into 1-inch (~2.5 cm) pieces. Set the carrots aside (you can use them in my other recipes).
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
  1. Wash the carrot leaves. Remove the ones that have wilted.
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
  1. When the water starts boiling, add the carrot leaves and blanch for 2 minutes. The leaves are very delicate so make sure not to overcook them.
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
  1. Squeeze out the extra water and let cool for 5 minutes.
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation
  1. Add the 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Mix the sauce well with the carrot leaves.
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Preparation


Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Complete
Carrot Greens, Tops, Leaves - Easy Recipe - Complete


  1. Any light soy sauce (not the kind for coloring purpose) can do the job. Kikkoman, Pearl River Bridge (珠江橋牌), Lee Kum Kee (李錦記)are some of the common Asian soy sauce brands. Or you can use San-J gluten free soy sauce if you are gluten free.
  2. The stems are discarded because they are a bit stringy and hard to chew. They have a similar taste to celery.

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    Fang wrote:


    Susan Sheinfeld wrote:

    Thanks very much! (I’m growing carrots on my patio, and appreciate your recipe for using the greens.)

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Glad you liked it! We have tried growing veggies on a patio without too much success. What’s your secret? My father-in-law says we need more dirt, so we’re going to try a full-on garden next year.

    Kristine Walkley wrote:

    Just brought home from the CSA a bunch of carrots with a lot of greens attached and decided not to throw them in the compost this time! Your recipe looked nice and easy so I tried it. Wow! Carrot greens might be my new favorite veggie. Had some leftover spicy peanut sauce from a Thai curry recipe and it goes very nicely with this as well!

    AsianCookingMom wrote:


    I’ll have to give the peanut sauce combination a try sometime. Nice idea!

    Freestylin Foodie wrote:

    Ohhh! That sounds like a nice addition to this recipe. Trying it tonight with carrot greens from our garden. First time growing carrots and felt that those greens shouldn’t be wasted! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Let us know how it goes!

    K Vo wrote:

    Sounds great and delicious just by reading and imagining.! Will make it today.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Hope it turns out well!

    M.L.Sajeevan wrote:

    Was really informative,
    We usually discarded it.

    A M.ERAPPA wrote:

    Recipe is nicely and clearly explained which can be prepared even by a layman(beginner)
    Please be informed is there any side effects by eating carrot leaves?
    From A.M Erappa #432 E BLOCK, 10TH CROSS ,JPNAGAR MYSURU, 570031 Karnataka.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    I’m not personally aware of any side effects, but according to the carrot museum (, there have been reports of people having adverse reactions. I recommend you do your own research on safety and when in doubt, consult with your own health professional. I do not give any medical or side-effect-type advice on my blog.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Vinnie wrote:

    Thank you for that link. The link as far as I could see was all positive. Food allergies and intolerance can occur with any foods, just like some people are allergic to eggs, nuts, and fish for example, they can also be allergic to carrot tops and the carrot itself.

    Francesca wrote:

    Thank you for sharing. I had the carrot tops with roast duck (from a restaurant) and it helped cut some of the fattiness by providing an earthy fresh flavor. I added a squeeze of lemon to mine also.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Thanks for stopping by. I’ll try your lemon idea at some point in the future.

    Vinodh wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    I was wondering: why do you only blanch the carrot tops and mix in the sauce after that? I was thinking of stir-frying the tops in the sauce. Is that something you tried?

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Blanching best preserves the original flavor and is suitable for a salad. The salad is meant to be eaten cold. I’m not sure if it would work for a warm/hot stir-fry, but you can try and let me know how it goes. I’d be interested.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    VRKelley wrote:

    My new garden is not yet up to speed. Glad to be able to eat the carrot leaves too! Thank you for this recipe.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Marsha wrote:


    I just received my first box from Misfit Market. I got a bunch of colored carrots. I wondered what I could do with them and googled it. I saw your recipe and how funny that you mention Misfit Market. I am definitely trying it. I do want to waste any food.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Great, I hope it turns out well. Let us know how it goes!

    Matt wrote:

    I was curious about the possibility of cooking carrot greens and found this recipe and tried it. It was great. Thanks for sharing it.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Thanks for the feedback. It’s great to hear back from those that have tried my recipes. I hope you’ll try a few more!

    VERONICA C.Moore wrote:

    I tried it for the first time using carrottops, & I like the recipe.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Clara Nieforth wrote:

    I don’t discard the tougher part of the carrot stems, I simmer them with pea pods, the stem end of beans, and the peel from broccoli stems (and other vegetable matter – whatever I have left from vegetable prep) and use it as vegetable stock or soup base.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Great tip!

    Kathleen Schalk wrote:

    My Carrot Tops turned out tough and I’m not sure why.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Did you remove the leaves from the stems (step 2)? The stems tend to be tougher and are not used in this recipe. If you removed the stems and it’s still tough, you can try blanching a bit longer as well. Hope that works for you!

    Tara wrote:

    I was so happy to find this recipe today. I didn’t have what u used so I winged it and it was good but I’m going to plan for it again soon. I am so excited to know that I can eat the tops bc that makes my harvest double!

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    I hope it turns out well! We actually just planted carrots too here recently. Please share if you have tips on growing carrots!

    MP Holtz wrote:

    Trying it now, just got a nice bunch of Misfit organic carrots and thought “what a waste”! Not anymore! Thank you.


    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Let me know how you like it!

    Elisabeth wrote:

    Lovely and simple to make, thank you for sharing

    Cara S wrote:

    Loved the simple recipe! Really amped up our “rerun” dinner (aka leftovers) tonight. Went well with lemon-pepper chicken and spicy jerk sausages.
    Have been using the tops of our homegrown carrots like parsely, but this way we can use up the large accumulation!

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    Great to hear! We just harvested carrots recently too. On to tomato season…

    Jane F Schwind wrote:


    DML wrote:

    I drained the sauce off after a bit and added a spash of lemon juice. Very good.

    marcy youker wrote:

    Great recipe tasted very good, thanks ,love your recipes.

    Anthony Gondoun wrote:

    Thanks. Jus got some carrots leaves from a friend garden. I know it’s good but don’t know how to prepare it. Now I need to follow the directions.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    I hope you like how it turns out!

    Cheryl wrote:

    Lol… I will be trying this soon! 5 stars because you nailed the “misfits box!”

    Simon wrote:


    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    你喜欢这个萝卜叶子的菜谱太好了! 谢谢你来我的网站.有什么建议请随时留言.

    Tatiana wrote:

    I never knew carrot tops could be so delicious. Yummy!

    Delcita McKenzie wrote:

    Delcita (N.Y.)wrote:

    Love it I’m trying it right now….wow no longer throwing the leaves of the carrot out in the trash I was also on the phone with my cousin telling her about it!!!!

    Kim H. wrote:

    We grow our own carrots so after harvesting some today, I thought I’d give this a shot. I stripped the greens off of nearly all the stems. The suggested blanching time and the ingredients were accurate. It just didn’t “Wow” us at all. It tasted like it was good for me.

    AsianCookingMom wrote:

    I’m sad to hear you didn’t like it. I hope you find some other recipe to make use of the tops!