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 Recipe

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 would serve these along with my steamed branzino or sweet and sour spare ribs. This side dish would also pair well with recipes that use carrots, some of which I will post in the coming weeks.

Active Time: 10 min

Total Time: 15 min

Servings: 4 people as an appetizer or side dish

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

  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

Enjoy!

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

Notes:

  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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DISCUSSION

    Fang wrote:

    这个不错,看着也不复杂,以后吃胡萝卜,叶子也不会浪费掉了。


    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:

    Great!

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


    M.L.Sajeevan wrote:

    Was really informative,
    We usually discarded it.
    Thanks.


    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 (http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotops.html), 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!


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