Easy Carrot Dogs

This plant-based alternative to hot dogs is surprisingly tasty! Easy carrot dogs are just 30 minutes away.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American Vegan
Keyword 30 minute meal, vegan hot dog, vegetarian hot dog
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 carrot dogs
Calories 224kcal
Author Beth Hornback


  • 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
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together liquid ingredients.
  • Add peeled carrots and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a medium simmer and cook carrots until barely fork-tender, 8-10 minutes depending on thickness.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the cooking liquid and serve with desired toppings.
  • How to make Carrot Dogs in the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
  • All all liquid ingredients into the Instant Pot insert, and whisk to combine.
  • Add carrots and lock the lid.
  • Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes, then release pressure manually.
  • 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


Serving: 1carrot dog | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 1253mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 12.3g | Vitamin A: 1800IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1.8mg