Vegan Carrot Lox {oil-free}

September 6, 2016


By: Jasmine Briones 

Vegan Carrot Lox (oil-free) #oilfree #carrotlox #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #veganloxThe absolute perfect way to enjoy your Sunday brunch? Bagels and lox, of course. This carrot lox will actually blow your mind, and you will not miss out on anything, I promise. Chris and I have served this to many MANY nonvegans, and vegans as well, and it was a hit all around. Vegan Carrot Lox (oil-free) #oilfree #carrotlox #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #veganloxThe inspiration for attempting this dish in my kitchen was my friend Ted (@wokwikside). Ted had invited ChrisYvonne and I over for brunch last September (wow, a year ago, how crazy!), and while there, Ted served us a plethora of homemade recipes, including vegan lox.Ted is a serious wizard in the kitchen, and the first bite of his carrot lox actually BLEW MY MIND. I had no idea such a thing could be done, and I just HAD TO share it with the rest of my (non-vegan) family. I came across the marvelously talented Olives For Dinner‘s recipe, as well as Mary’s Test Kitchen who did an awesome job of bringing this recipe to life and creating a video view of how this process works. Vegan Carrot Lox (oil-free) #oilfree #carrotlox #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #veganloxYou can check out the video below:

And of course you are going to have to pair this lox with some cream cheese and a bagel! I highly recommend the Chive Kite Hill Cream Cheese, it is our absolute favorite in this house, and you can never go wrong with it.

AND I also suggest you either visit a bakery for some freshly baked bagels, or better yet, make your own! Try out my Fluffy New York Style Bagels recipe 🙂 Make sure you tag me on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan or twitter @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of my recipes, I love to see your photos!

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Vegan Carrot Lox (oil-free)

  • Author: Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 49 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups


Carrot Lox

  • 3 cups coarse sea salt, plus more if needed
  • 9x13 glass baking dish (or any size suitable for the length and width of the carrots)
  • 5 large carrots (do not peel!)
  • 2 TB vegetable broth
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 3/4 teaspoon coconut vinegar

Then pair with:

  • Homemade bagels
  • Vegan cream cheese (Kite Hill Chive is our favorite!)
  • Capers
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Fresh dill


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a glass baking dish, cover the bottom with a layer of coarse sea salt. Rinse the carrots and place them wet into the salt, making sure they do not touch the glass. Pour about a cup or so of salt over the carrots, or enough to fully cover.
  3. Place into the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, make the marinade with the remaining ingredients. Set aside.
  5. Remove from oven, and cool. Tap the salt with the back of a spoon to break it up, then remove the carrots. Peel off the skin, removing as much as you can!
  6. With a mandolin or sharp knife, slice into long thin strips.
  7. Place the carrots into a large ziplock bag, then pour the marinade over them. Seal, remove air, then around a few times to ensure they are all in the liquid.
  8. Place the carrots in the refrigerator for at least two days to marinate.
  9. Serve at room temperature. We enjoy ours on a bagel with capers, chive vegan cream cheese, red onions and fresh dill.


Original recipe is from Olives for Dinner 🙂
For a video view of how this process works, Mary’s Test Kitchen did an awesome job and you can check it out here.

  • Prep Time: 48 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

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  1. Jordan Leigh says:

    Currently watching your latest vlog and putting these ingredients on tomorrow’s shopping list. You could say I’m a bit obsessed ??

  2. Simple and delicious 🙂

  3. Cassie says:

    This looks amazing, Jasmine! I’ve always loved salmon lox. Definitely have to try this soon!

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  5. Kathie says:

    Could I use some other vinegar instead of the coconut vinegar? My husband reacts to anything coconut brought into the house. It starts to close up his throat. He doesn’t need to ingest it, just needs to be in the house to get a reaction. I have apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar, if any of them are okay to use instead.

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