Easy Carrot Dogs

  • Author: Beth Hornback | Pass the Plants


This plant-based alternative to hot dogs is surprisingly tasty! Easy carrot dogs are just 30 minutes away.



  • 8 carrots, peeled and trimmed to hot dog bun length
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 1 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce or vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup or tomato paste
  • 2 cups water


How to make Carrot Dogs on the Stovetop

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together liquid ingredients.
  2. Add peeled carrots and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a medium simmer and cook carrots until barely fork-tender, 8-10 minutes depending on thickness.
  4. Remove from the heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the cooking liquid and serve with desired toppings.

How to make Carrot Dogs in the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

  1. All all liquid ingredients into the Instant Pot insert, and whisk to combine.
  2. Add carrots and lock the lid.
  3. Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes, then release pressure manually.
  4. Let sit in the marinade for 15-20 minutes, simmering in the liquid if not all the way cooked.


Topping ideas for carrot dogs:

Classic – mustard, ketchup, relish, onions
Coleslaw – southwestern or classic
Vegan Mac & Cheese – yes, I went there, yes, it’s awesome
Vegan Chili – this is a good one, just saying