These easy air fryer carrots provide a boatload of nutrition and flavor the whole family will love. So they’re a dish you’ll want to make often.
You can use either whole carrots that you peel and cut or baby carrots that only require a quick rinse. Since I buy both, I just use whatever I happen to have in my vegetable crisper drawer.
Air Fryer Roasted Carrots
Carrots cooked in your air fryer have the best features of both roasted and fried carrots. They’re packed with flavor that is enhanced by the heat swirling around in your air fryer, bringing out the sweetness of this delicious vegetable.
This carrots recipe is one you’ll want to keep. Serve them as a delicious side dish for a family dinner or tasty appetizer for a special meal. They’ll liven up any main dish, regardless of what it is. They have such amazing flavor that they’re perfect for holiday dinners.
Air Fryer Carrots Ingredients
You don’t need many ingredients to make these delicious little nibblers. In fact, I almost always have what I need for this recipe.
Sometimes I use large carrots, but I just happened to have a bag of baby carrots in the crisper.
Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
- A pound of carrots (either baby carrots or regular carrots cut into 2-3-inch pieces)
- Olive oil (or avocado oil)
- Salt and black pepper to taste (I use Himalayan sea salt.)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
You can use frozen carrots as well. You’ll need to follow the same steps.
To change this recipe up, try using other ingredients, like balsamic vinaigrette, honey, or maple syrup. However, carrots are naturally sweet, and air frying them brings out the flavor. So I recommend using a very light hand on adding more sweetness.
For a spicy version, sprinkle a little cayenne pepper over them before you put them in the basket. I love the blend of spicy heat and sweetness. Again, use a light touch the first time you try this.
Other things you can add include parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, cinnamon, onion powder, or garlic powder. Try different seasonings to see what you prefer.
If you don’t have oil, you can use melted butter. It will have a slightly different flavor, but I have no doubt it will be really good.
How to Air Fry Carrots
I always recommend placing all of the ingredients close by to make sure you have everything you need. It’s also good to measure it out, but I have to admit that I typically eyeball a lot of things.
First, you need to preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F. For thicker carrots, you might want to lower the temperature to 365 and increase the cook time. While it’s heating up, get your carrots ready to cook.
Secondly, peel, cut, and rinse the carrots. I used baby carrots that were already peeled, so all I had to do was rinse them. If you cut them, make sure they’re all a similar size so they cook evenly.
Place carrots on a paper towel to dry. I use a second paper towel to blot them.
Next, put the carrots in a medium-size mixing bowl.
If you’re making more, use a large bowl.
Drizzle the olive oil over them.
Either swirl the bowl or use a spoon and stir to make sure the carrots are coated all over with oil.
After the air fryer reaches the desired temperature, put the carrots in the basket in a single layer.
Cook the carrots for 15 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket at 5 minute intervals.
The reason you do this is to make sure the carrots cook evenly on all sides.
Also, the cooking time may vary slightly according to the thickness of the carrots.
If the carrots are thick, cook them longer. If they’re thin, cook them for less time.
After the carrots are done, sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them and serve. I like to add color with a bit of parsley as well.
These tasty carrots make any great meal even better.
How to Store Leftovers
If you happen to have leftovers, put them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They should be good for 2-3 days.
How to Reheat Air Fryer Carrots
There are several ways to reheat these yummy carrots. You can put them in the microwave for about a minutes. However, they’ll come out a little bit limp.
My favorite way to reheat them is to put them back in the air fryer. Reheat them on 350˚ F for one minute, and they’ll taste as good as they were the first time around.
Air Fryer Recipes
This is actually one of the easiest recipes I have. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that nothing I do in the kitchen is difficult. My air fryer makes cooking even easier!
Cooking in an air fryer delivers great flavor without the need for a lot of fat. I do use olive oil in many of my recipes, but just enough to crisp up the outside of the food. Remember that in an air fryer a little oil goes a long way.
You can cook quite a few foods in an air fryer. If you need a little help on knowing what temperature to cook the food on and how long to cook it, check out this air fryer conversion page.
Here are some more things I like to make in my air fryer:
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts – Another great side dish that goes with anything. I also like to snack on them.
“Boiled” Eggs – Surprise, surprise! You can make “boiled” eggs in your air fryer! Of course, they’re not literally boiled, but you can’t tell the difference. They come out perfect every time, and they’re easier to peel.
Crunchy Air Fryer Ranch Chickpeas – Snacking has never been so delicious … or healthy!
More Delicious Recipes
I’m always making something new in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s brand new to us, but other times it’s a twist on an old favorite.
Here are some of our recent favorites:
Southern Egg Salad – perfect for sandwiches or salads.
Copycat Taco Bell Baja Sauce – yummy for drizzling or dipping chips, veggies, and anything else that needs a little extra flavor.
Smothered Potatoes and Sausage – a delicious meal that’s easy to make and comforting at the end of a long day.
Pork Chop Casserole with Tomato Gravy – an old family favorite with a slightly different twist.
- 1 pound of carrots (baby carrots or regular carrots cut into 2-3-inch pieces)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or avocado oil)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat air fryer to 375˚ F.
- If you haven’t already cut the carrots, do that now. Give them a quick rinse.
- Dry them with a paper towel and then place them in a medium-size bowl
- Drizzle the olive oil over them and mix to coat all of the carrots.
- When the air fryer reaches the desired temperature, place the carrots in the basket in a single layer.
- Cook them for 15 minutes, shaking the basket at the 5-minute and 10-minute mark. Make sure the carrots turn over when you shake them. This enables the carrots to evenly cook on all sides.
- Salt and pepper the carrots according to your taste. Serve hot.
If you want to switch the flavor up a bit, use balsamic vinaigrette instead of plain olive oil. Or if you prefer sweeter carrots, use a blend of olive oil and honey. Don’t be afraid to try different coatings. You just might discover a new favorite side dish.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 47Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 141mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 1g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.