Carrot Ginger Casserole

Carrot ginger casserole recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
234 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 3g
Calcium 64mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Coconut milk and ginger add complementary flavor to carrots, highlighting their naturally sweet, nutty flavor. Between the creamy coconut milk and the natural sugars in the carrots, the edges will caramelize in a way that tastes pretty much like carrot candy. This casserole makes sense on the table with everything from spring lamb to the Thanksgiving turkey and reheats quite nicely, making it good for potlucks and other buffet situations.

Note that the recipe calls for using the thick coconut cream and watery liquid of coconut milk separately. For that reason, be sure to buy full-fat coconut milk, which naturally separates in the can, and not low-fat versions which don't tend to do so as much. 

Looking for something even more simple? Try these roasted carrots. Like these flavors but not casseroles? This carrot ginger soup is for you.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots
  • Spray oil or knob of butter
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for carrot ginger casserole
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  2. Preheat an oven to 400 F.

  3. Peel the carrots, then slice them evenly. Cut on a diagonal for a prettier casserole, if you like. If you have a kitchen mandoline, this is a great time to use it, since the evenness of the slices is of utmost importance for an evenly cooked, pleasant-to-eat dish. If you don't have a kitchen mandoline, don't panic, just use a sharp knife and a steady hand to slice the carrots evenly. 

    Chop carrots
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  4. Grease an 8 x 8-inch casserole dish. Layer in about half the carrot slices.

    Carrots in casserole dish
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  5. Grate about half of the ginger over the carrots. You won't be able to distribute the ginger perfectly evenly, but spread it around as much as possible and don't let it sit in giant clumps.

    Grate ginger
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  6. Sprinkle with half of the salt. Layer in the remaining carrots and grate the remaining ginger on top, spreading it around again.

    Sprinkle salt
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  7. Sprinkle with the remaining salt and the cayenne pepper, if you're using it.

    Sprinkle with salt
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  8. Open the coconut milk. Most brands will have separated in the can with a thick layer of coconut cream on top and watery liquid underneath. Use a spoon to scoop out chunks of the coconut cream and either dollop it onto the casserole or spread it evenly over the top. Once all of the thick cream is on the casserole, pour in about 1/4 cup of the watery liquid below.

    Cover
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  9. Cover the dish and bake until the carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.

    Cover the dish
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  10. Continue baking, uncovered, until the carrots are totally soft and starting to brown and caramelize along the edges, about another 30 minutes.

    Bake
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  11. Serve the casserole hot or warm.

    Serve casserole
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Tip

  • If you're planning on making this ahead and reheating it, stop cooking about 10 minutes early, cover, and let cool that way so it doesn't dry out and reheats as if it were just made.