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Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots

Subtly flavored with mustard seeds and paprika, these Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots would make a lovely side dish for your Holiday dinner table or even a snack for everyday!

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*This post on Ginger Cardamom Carrots was originally published in October 2016. Life as I know it has changed a lot since then. This is one of our favorite holiday recipes so today I am republishing this recipe along with some updated photos for the Holiday season. Thanks so much for stopping by.*

Last night I had the honor of attending a special event hosted by Macy’s Culinary Council in celebration of Macy’s birthday here in Atlanta.

And, at this event, I got to sit in on a cooking demo by the winner of Season 3 of The Next Iron Chef, the owner of American Cut and Macy’s Culinary Council Chef, Marc Forgione!

Forgione’s waffles and quail (a twist on the south’s infamous waffles and chicken) and his 10-minute marinara sauce taste were bud tantalizing in the best way possible!

But what really blew my mind were his tips on how to make little adjustments and alterations to produce these taste bud tantalizing concoctions!

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Life’s always about learning – right?

Prior to last night, I would never have thought to infuse rosemary and ginger (or any other spice and herb combo) into warmed honey.

Or, to use brown butter flavored with a herb and not the actual herb itself to render a subtle taste to whatever that brown butter was used in! Ahhhh, it is always about those little things – eh?!

I am super excited to have received a copy of his cookbook “Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant” and over the next few months I plan on tackling some of his recipes and sharing them on here with little tweaks that fit into my everyday eating – hoping they will fit into yours too.  🙂 

Ginger Spiced Carrots Holiday Table Photo

Today’s Ginger Cardamom Carrots however are not from his cookbook. I actually whipped these carrots up to nibble on before I drove down to the event last night.

And, in a weird coinky-dink kinda way, these subtly spiced carrots rely on little adaptations and spices to really make them shine.

Ginger Cardamom Carrots Photo

To start these carrots off, I sauteed some fresh, grated ginger and some mustard seeds in some extra virgin olive oil.

Right as the mustard seeds started to dance around in the hot oil, I added in some cardamom pods and the carrots.

I used cardamom pods for an aromatic effect. I didn’t use powdered cardamom as that would change the taste of this dish drastically.

I finished this dish off with a smidge of paprika and seasoned it with salt and pepper before I introduced my fork to it!

Y’all know what – while these Ginger Cardamom Carrots were an appetizer for me (before Marc Forgione’s delicacies at the event), these would also make for a wonderful side dish on your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table!

Ginger Carrots For Thanksgiving Photo

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Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrots

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Subtly flavored with mustard seeds and paprika, these Ginger Cardamom Carrots would make a lovely side dish for your Holiday dinner table or even a snack for everyday!


  • 3 tablespoons oil of your choice
  • 6 carrots sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds I used the black ones
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley - for garnish optional


  1. Add the oil, grated ginger and mustard seeds into a large frying pan and place it over a low-medium flame and stir so ginger doesn't stick or burn
  2. As soon as the mustard seeds start to dance around as the oil warms, add in the carrots and cardamom pods
  3. Lower the flame and cover the pan and let it cook for about 7-9 minutes with the lid on, shaking the pan so carrots don't burn
  4. Sprinkle the paprika and season with salt and pepper - give it a good stir, garnish (optional) and enjoy!


Make sure to use cardamom pods, they can usually be found in the International section of your grocery store. If you cannot find them, then omit them - they are added for aroma more than taste in this recipe.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 90Total Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 6.5gSugar 3.1gProtein 0.7g

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