Wok-Fried Ginger Scallion Carrots


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Wok Fried Carrots and rice in a blue bowl

This cooking method for Ginger Carrots is about as simple as it gets, but has tons of flavor from bright fresh herbs. The hot wok cooks the carrots so they get golden brown and sweet on the outside but keep some crunch.  The herb mix is one of my favorites, gently adapted from these well-loved noodles.

The other day I was getting a manicure and reading a celebrity gossip magazine circa 2013 and thinking about change.  I’m pretty sure that Jennifer Aniston is several relationships removed from where she was in 2013, but even old gossip is satisfying.  I feel so pulled between old and new these days.  I’m trying to come up with my Bangkok “bucket list,” and some days I want to spend the next three months hitting all of my old favorites while others I feel certain that we must explore every new place we can before we leave. Plus eat all the Thai food.  All of it.

Ginger Scallion Herbs in a clear bowl

But even as we move on to our next post-Bangkok thing (still a few months out, but fast approaching), I will be forever changed by the experience of living here.  I’ll walk more slowly and appreciate the seasons.  I’ll always know just how much can be communicated through sign language and laughter.  In life’s crazy moments, I’ll find my happy place in memories of perfect beaches and clear blue water.  And I’ll surely always love a good stir-fry loaded with fresh herbs and tangy ginger.

Ginger Scallion Carrots and rice in a blue bowl

Because even as I walk this tightrope between old and new, there’s always room for something satisfying and timeless.  Like wok-fried carrots.  Or celebrity gossip.

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Wok-Fried Ginger Scallion Carrots

This cooking method for carrots is about as simple as it gets, but has tons of flavor from bright fresh herbs.  
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • Wok or Large Skillet


  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 medium Carrots, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
  • 1 large bunch Green Onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Shallots, chopped
  • 2 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 crushed Red Chile Pepper or 1 teaspoon Red Chile Flakes
  • Kosher Salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat until the oil is shimmery and hot, but not smoking. Add the carrots and cook until tender and golden brown in spots, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic and shallots at once and stir until hot and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the fish sauce, sesame seed oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, crushed red chile pepper and salt to taste. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the carrots, about 1 minute longer.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 854mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 10353IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00
Calories: 100
Keyword: easy side dish, easy vegetable side, spring
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Molly skipped the carrots but dug right into her first ever plate of fried rice.

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. Oh wow, end of an era approaching soon! I’d also want to eat all the Thai food! Leaving Sweden still isn’t on our horizon, but I imagine it would be a tough call. I do love your ginger scallion noodles, so definitely going to have to give these carrots a try!

  2. I didn’t realize you guys were leaving Bangkok! I felt the same way when we moved from DC … we were so excited to move on to new things but I definitely made a bucket list before we left!

    These carrots sound awesome!

    1. Yes! Leaving this summer – it feels a little crazy but exciting. But it’s true – there’s so much to do before we leave!

    1. Lol – thanks for your note Zandra! I wouldn’t have been at all surprised if I forgot to list the carrots – you’re right that I’ve got more than a few distractions. 😉

  3. Thank you Jessie for the lovely recipes. I’m sure you will miss your home, but I know you’ll be re-adjusted in a quick fashion just like the last move. You’ll be fine and looking forward to a new adventure. Hugs to Clara and Molly.