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These Air Fryer “Roasted” Carrots are simply seasoned and the most versatile vegetable side dish ever! Savory and crisp on the outside, these tender carrots are perfect to serve with any and all meals.
Easy Air Fryer Carrots
When it comes to nutritious side dishes that also happen to taste amazing, I think I’ve found the Holy Grail! These air fryer carrots are quick and easy, plus they have the perfect crisp, roasted texture. They’re just so consistently good and you can pair them with anything, from casual dinners to holiday meals!
My kids even dig into them like they are French fries!
These savory carrots are the ideal side dish to tie your favorite dinners together, and they’re just as perfect as a healthy snack to dip in sauces! You get all the healthy vitamins and minerals of these gorgeous veggies, with the flavor that comes with being roasted in the air fryer. I top these carrots with a combination of parmesan and parsley for some extra flair.
Why Use the Air Fryer to Cook Carrots?
- It’s healthy. Air fried carrots don’t sit in oil and butter, as they do when pan fried.
- It takes half the time. Carrots cook much quicker in the air fryer than with other methods such as sauteing and baking.
- It’s just as delicious! These air fryer carrots are super flavorful, perfectly crisp on the outside, and tender on the inside.
- Carrots: You’ll need about a pound of carrots for this recipe.
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Optional: Grated parmesan and freshly minced parsley for serving.
How to Make Air Fryer Carrots
Prepare the Carrots: Wash and dry the carrots. Next, peel and then cut the carrots into “fries” or spears about 3 inches long and a quarter-inch thick.
Season: Combine the carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Cook: Place the carrots in the basket of your preheated air fryer. Cook for about 12-15 minutes, flipping the carrots every 5 minutes or so.
Serve: Transfer the cooked carrots to a serving dish. If you’d like, you can give them a sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve right away.
Tips & Variation Ideas
- Know Your Fryer: Cooking times and temperatures may vary depending on your individual air fryer, and also the size of the carrots you’re using. So know your appliance and adjust as needed! You can also begin checking your carrots a few minutes before the end of the cooking time, to make sure everything is on track.
- Can I Use Baby Carrots?: Personally, I prefer the flavor of large carrots over baby carrots. However, you can use baby carrots if you’d like. Just be sure to pat them dry if they come out of the bag wet, to prevent them from steaming instead of roasting!
- Use Different Kinds of Carrots: You can use this recipe to roast rainbow carrots for a fun, colorful side dish!
- Try Different Seasonings: These air fryer carrots are such a (delicious) blank slate, you can really get creative with seasoning them however you wish! Try tossing them in chili powder or blackened seasoning for a bit of heat, tumeric for some earthiness, Italian seasoning or ranch dressing. You can even crush up pecans or walnuts and sprinkle them over top for some extra crunch!
How to Store Leftovers
These air fryer carrots keep well when stored airtight in the fridge. Keep them sealed in a container and reheat them either in the air fryer or in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
Make it a Meal
I can’t think of any meal that wouldn’t pair with these easy and versatile air fryer carrots! They make an excellent healthy side dish for casual weeknight dinners, and even holiday meals. I like to serve them with my homemade balsamic ketchup or even marinara sauce for dipping!
Here are some tasty dinner ideas to try them with:
- Maple Glazed Air Fryer Ham
- Gluten Free Baked Ziti
- Sheet Pan Salmon with Pesto
- French Onion Stuffed Meatloaf
And don’t forget other sides to serve with yout meal:
- Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- Easy Air Fryer Green Beans
- Baked Parmesan Polenta Squares
- Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing.
What Air Fryer Do I Recommend?
I use the Cosori XL 5.8 Qt air fryer. It has a nice, large and deep basket. While cooking multiple batches does make for crispier fries, in a pinch you can put an entire pound of fries in here and they still cook pretty well. This has a regular spot on my countertop because I use it several times a week.
More Air Fryer Recipes to Try
- Easy Air Fryer Green Beans
- Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters
- Crispy Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fried Chicken
- Air Fryer Cauliflower
- Air Fryer Parmesan Truffle Fries
Air Fryer Roasted Carrots
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Wash, dry, and peel the carrots. Cut into “fries” about 2-3 inches long and 1⁄4–inch thick.
- In a large bowl, toss the carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper, being sure to coat them thoroughly. Place the carrots in the air fryer basket.
- Cook in the air fryer at 400°F for 12-15 minutes, flipping or tossing the carrots in the basket every 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the carrots from the air fryer and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.