Air Fryer Carrots

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Learn to make perfect air fryer carrots; crispy on the outside and tender inside. Ready in just 15 minutes, they work with standard and baby carrots.

air fryer carrots.

Cooking carrots in the air fryer has been such a winner in our household.

It gives this veggie a hybrid fried/roasted texture in a fraction of the time and with very little oil or butter. It also caramelizes SO well, like other root vegetables, including air fryer baked potato and air fryer baked sweet potato.

These carrots are so good; my family BEGS me to make it our dinnertime side dish all the time- they say it reminds them of carrot fries!

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to cook carrots in the air fryer
  4. Tips to make the best recipe
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions 
  7. More delicious air fryer recipes to try
  8. Air Fryer Carrots (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • Quick and easy. Add the ingredients, turn on the switch, and walk away. Your air-fried carrots will be ready in just 15 minutes. 
  • Healthier. I used to saute or roast carrots, which were still healthy but still needed some fat to cook. Not air frying, though. All we add is a drop of oil, and that is it!
  • Easy to customize. You can use the simple recipe seasonings or increase their flavor by adding spicy seasonings.
  • Works with baby carrots. I like to change things up by using baby carrots or Dutch carrots, and the results are identical!

Ingredients needed

Air frying carrots need very little to make them taste incredible. Here is everything this calls for:

  • Carrots. I find larger and thicker carrots work best, as you can cut them into equal-sized matchsticks more easily. Of course, if you use baby carrots, this isn’t an issue.
  • Olive oil. Or any neutral-flavored oil.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 
  • Parsley and parmesan cheese. To serve. 

How to cook carrots in the air fryer

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Season the carrots: In a mixing bowl, add carrots, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix well. 

seasoned carrots.

Air fry carrots: Preheat the air fryer to 180/350F. Then, add the seasoned carrots to the air fryer basket to cook for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through. 

carrots in air fryer.

Serve: Once done, remove the carrots from the air fryer, and season them with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. 

air fried carrots.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Always dry the carrots completely after rinsing and before you toss them in the air fryer for cooking. Wet carrots can become mushy and will not yield an entirely crispy exterior. 
  • Don’t forget to shake your air fryer basket when carrots are cooking to ensure they cook evenly. 
  • Chop your carrots into medium-sized pieces, as if they are too small and they will burn. 
  • Make air fryer carrot fries by replacing the potatoes in air fryer French fries with carrots. Alternatively, just cut these carrots into a thin, fry shape.
  • Use baby carrots, Dutch carrots or purple carrots for some variety.

Storage instructions

To store: Put the leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

To freeze: Place leftovers in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Reheating: You can reheat them in the microwave, air fryer, or skillet. 

carrots in air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are air-fried carrots healthy?

Air-fried carrots are healthy because they are cooked using less oil, so they provide fewer calories and unhealthy fats.

What to serve with carrot fries?

These carrots go with pretty much anything but our family loves it with some simple air fryer protein, like air fryer steak, air fryer tilapia, air fryer pork tenderloin, or even air fryer chicken thighs.

More delicious air fryer recipes to try

air fryer carrots recipe.

Air Fryer Carrots

5 from 135 votes
Learn to make perfect air fryer carrots; crispy on the outside and tender inside. Ready in less than 15 minutes, they work with standard and baby carrots. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 16 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

  • 4 large carrots cut into match sticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions 

  • Add the carrots, olive oil, salt, and pepper into a mixing bowl and mix until combined.
    seasoned carrots.
  • Add the seasoned carrots to an air fryer basket and air fry at 180C/350F for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through.
    carrots in air fryer.
  • Remove the carrots from the air fryer and repeat the process until all the carrots are cooked.
    air fried carrots.

Notes

TO STORE: Put the leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
TO REHEAT: You can reheat them in the microwave, air fryer, or skillet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSodium: 341mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 12030IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.3mgNET CARBS: 5g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious side dish! I used baby carrots right out of the bag and tossed them with olive oil, dill, parsley and salt and pepper. I added some Parmesan toward the end. Really tasty!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy to make. Friends and my family members love it. Will keep this recipe in my everyday folder cookbook.

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing way to cook carrots. I love veggies but also have a sweet tooth. This satisfies all of my cravings! It brings out a sweetness in the carrots that makes you think you’re eating a warm dessert. Definitely a must-try recipe!!

  4. Happy to try these! Do you air fry the baby carrots whole or cut them into matchsticks like the big carrots?
    Thanks!
    Marcia