BON APPETAROT: The Magician’s Smokey Carrot “Lox”

The fusion of food and tarot!

The Magician represents power, skill, and concentration. They love to get creative, and the kitchen is the perfect lab for their magical, and tasty, experiments. This recipe is a great alternative for lox (if you don’t eat it fish of course). These carrots are a nice smokey and salty add to your bagels. An illusion of delicious sorts.

🥕 The Magician’s Smokey Carrot Lox”🥕


In an oven safe dish, or gallon ziplock, add the following for the smokey marinade:
1 1/2 cups soy sauce (use low sodium if needed, tamari works too)
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce (vegan version if you don’t eat fish)
2 heaping tbs smoked paprika
1 tsp smoked salt (if you don’t have this use more paprika, or splash liquid smoke)

Next, thinly slice, or peel with a peeler, enough carrot strips for your marinade. This will be approx 6 cups of strips. I used about 10 carrots but this all depends on their size. The wider the carrot the better.

Add the carrots to the marinade and make sure every carrot is coated. Add more soy sauce if needed. Soak overnight.

Preheat oven to 350. Add carrots and marinade to an oven safe dish (if you marinated them in one you can use same dish). Cook until tender. About 1/2 hour dep on thickness of strips. Check for desired consistency. You want tender, but not falling apart.

Let carrots cool, then chill in fridge until you are ready to get these magical strips on a bagel!

Top the bagel like so:
cream cheese (@kitehill is a nice dairy free option)
smokey carrots
red onion


*Note: I can’t take credit for using carrots as the swap in this recipe for lox. I’ve seen it before in many places but not sure who the Orig Merlin in this situation was.

And this wouldn’t be a post about the Magician without sharing another trick up their sleeve. Enjoy your smokey carrots with avocado and toast too. This is inspired by tuna tartare.



In a small food processor add the following:
1 1/2 cups smokey carrots from previous recipe
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
Process until it’s chunky but not totally smoothe (like tartare)

Top carrot tartare with the following (optional):
Mashed avocado (or guacamole)
sesame seeds
Wedge of lime
cilantro and/or chives

Serve with toast.

(Both of these recipes do not taste like fish. If you want to add a flavor that mimics it, add some dulse flakes to the smokey carrot marinade.)


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