Spice-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt
The sugar in the spice rub can burn if cooked too long, so watch these closely.
- 2 pounds small carrots with tops, scrubbed, tops trimmed to ½”
- 1 teaspoon English mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander or fennel
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon harissa paste
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more
- ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more
- Lemon wedges (for serving)
Cook carrots in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender and skins easily rub off, about 5 minutes; drain. Transfer to a bowl of ice water. Using paper towels, gently rub carrots to remove skins and pat dry.
Mix sugar, mustard powder, paprika, cumin, and coriander in a small bowl. Toss carrots with 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Add spice mixture; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Heat remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron. Working in 2 batches, cook carrots, turning occasionally, until deep brown all over, 6–8 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, place yogurt in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add harissa paste, 2 tsp. thyme, and ½ tsp. lemon zest and gently swirl ingredients, stopping before yogurt turns pink.
Spoon harissa yogurt onto plates and top with carrots, more thyme, and more lemon zest. Serve with lemon wedges.
DO AHEAD: Carrots can be cooked in boiling water and peeled 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill.