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Air Fryer Carrots

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Air fryer carrots are an easy and delicious side that pairs well with countless dishes. This recipe calls for peeled carrots to be tossed in oil and lightly seasoned which are then cooked to perfection. They’re fork-tender and great as side dish or standalone snack.

Fork holding a carrot.

Air fryer carrots are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. They are easy to make and require minimal ingredients. Using an air fryer saves time and energy compared to traditional methods of cooking carrots.

Carrots can be seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, or any other desired spices before being placed in the air fryer. Air fryer carrots are a great side dish for any meal and can be served with dips

Let’s look at how to cook carrots in an air fryer.

⏲️ Cooking Time

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Serves: 2-4

📝 Ingredients

  • 8-12 Carrots
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • ⅛  teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Carrots, salt, pepper, and oil.

Equipment

  • 4 Quart or Larger Air Fryer

👩🏻‍🍳 Directions

Carrots on a cutting board.

To make air fryer carrots, start by washing and peeling the carrots. Cut them into thin slices like French fries.

Carrots tossed in oil and seasoning in a glass bowl.

Place the carrots in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and any other spices you like.

Drizzle some olive oil over the top of the carrots and mix until they are evenly coated.

Carrots in an air fryer basket.

Place the carrots in the air fryer basket and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the carrots are tender. Serve with your favorite dip or as a side dish. Enjoy!

📌 Tips

  • The smaller the carrots are cut, the faster they will cook. So cut them how you want to serve them and change the time accordingly.
  • For a more tender carrot, cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. As-is, they will have just a touch of crunch left to them, which is my preference, but might not be yours.
  • I peel my carrots, but it’s not a must. I just prefer it because they look better and absorb the seasonings better. You’ll want to at least wash them really well.
  • You can use baby carrots for this recipe as well. Again, be aware of size and thickness of carrots. This will adjust your timing as far as cooking goes.
  • If you are not sure how long to cook carrots in your air fryer, try a test batch first. If they overcook, you have options:  you can reduce the heat or reduce the time. It will help to shake them periodically during the cooking process. 
  • If they are undercooked, you can cook them longer.
Plate of air fried carrots.

🧂 Seasoning Suggestions

You can add any seasonings you like to this recipe. This recipe is a good base for roasted carrots, but you can add more seasonings to better match the main course you’re serving.

Once the carrots have cooked, you can toss them in a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar or honey for a sweet glaze.

You can also add garlic powder, onion powder, or smoked paprika for a savory flavor.

For an Asian twist, try adding some sesame oil and soy sauce.

Carrot on the end of a fork.

🤷🏻‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when my carrots are done?

The best way to tell if your carrots are done is to check them with a fork. If they are tender, they are done.

Can I use other vegetables in the air fryer?

Yes, you can use a variety of vegetables in the air fryer. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Some vegetables, such as potatoes and squash, may take longer to cook than carrots.

Plate of air fried carrots.

Air Fryer Carrots

Air fryer carrots are an easy and delicious side that pairs well with countless dishes. This recipe calls for peeled carrots, tossed in oil, and lightly seasoned, before being cooked to perfection. Fork tender and great as even a standalone snack!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 112kcal

Equipment

  • 4 Quart or Larger Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 8-12 Carrots
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Peel the carrots. Wash and cut off the ends of the carrots and then cut the carrots in half lengthwise.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the carrots, salt, pepper, and oil and toss gently.
  • Place the carrots in the air fryer, spacing them out evenly in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, tossing them halfway through.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • The smaller the carrots are cut, the faster they will cook. So cut them how you want to serve them and change the time accordingly.
  • For a more tender carrot, cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. As-is, they will have just a touch of crunch left to them, which is my preference, but might not be yours.
  • I peel my carrots, but it’s not a must. I just prefer it because they look better and absorb the seasonings better. You’ll want to at least wash them really well.
  • You can use baby carrots for this recipe as well. Again, be aware of the size and thickness of carrots. This will adjust your timing as far as cooking goes.
  • If you are not sure how long to cook carrots in your air fryer, try a test batch first. If they overcook, you have options:  you can reduce the heat or reduce the time. It will help to shake them periodically during the cooking process. 
  • If they are undercooked, you can cook them longer.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20382IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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