Vegan Smoked Salmon: Carrot Lox

Vegan Smoked Salmon: Carrot Lox recipe

For the plant-curious, the seafood-intolerant, or those simply looking for a change, our Carrot Lox recipe acts as the perfect alternative to smoked salmon! Enjoy as a side for brunch, as an appetizer, or as a classic bagel topping. 

What you need


Medium-sized mixing bowl


Airtight container for storage

Chopping board



  • 6 large carrots
  • 1 cup tamari or soy sauce (use gluten-free tamari for a gf option)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • ½ tbsp. caper liquid
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp. kelp granules
  • 1 tbsp. miso paste
  • ½ tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fennel seeds


Step 1

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Step 2

Using a mandolin slicer or a knife, thinly slice the peeled carrots into about 3mm ribbons. The carrot ribbons should resemble the thickness and shape of lox slices.

Step 3

Line a tray with baking paper and add your sliced carrots and salt. They can overlap each other; you don’t want to spread them out as you want them to steam. Cover with a lid or tightly with foil, and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  

Step 4

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients to make your marinade.

Step 5

Add the cooked carrot ribbons to the marinade, ensuring that they are fully coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid, and let the carrots marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but up to overnight.

Step 6

Once done, taste the carrots for seasoning. If they still taste too, well… carrotty, then let them sit in the marinade a little longer. Drain the finished carrots and plate as desired.


  • Make it your way: We’ve tried a few different veggies for this recipe, with other notable favourites including beetroot and parsnip. Carrots are our go-to, though – but if you’ve got some root vegetables around, feel free to try with those!
  • Storage: these can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Steam it: You can also steam the carrot ribbons instead of baking them. Place the marinated carrot ribbons in a steamer basket and steam for 5-10 minutes or until tender.

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