Air Fryer Carrots are the perfect side that’s savory and so easy to make. Simply toss sliced or baby carrots with oil and spices and pop them in the air fryer for a healthy dish. This recipe is kid-friendly and guaranteed to have everyone coming back for seconds.

Healthy and delicious air fryer carrots are easy to make.

If you have never made veggies in the air fryer, you don’t know what you’re missing.

This method is the fastest way to get a quick side dish on the table for dinner.

From Air Fryer Asparagus, Air Fryer Broccoli, to Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes… the possibilities are endless.

I only thought I had tried them all until I saw a big bag of carrots that needed to be used up in my fridge.

Simply peel, slice, then toss them in a spicy-sweet mixture and let the air fryer do the work.

Plus, these carrots are ready in almost half the time as roasting in the oven. But, you still get that crispy exterior and tender bite.

Have time and want to spend even less effort? These Crockpot Glazed Carrots are a must-try next!

Carrots, oil, and seasonings are the ingredients for air fryer carrots.

Ingredients

The simple ingredients you need to make this Air Fryer Carrot recipe include:

  • Carrots. You can peel and slice your own, or save time and buy a bag of baby carrots. You’ll need about 4 medium-sized ones.
  • Oil. Avocado oil is best because it has a high smoke point. Olive oil will work, as well.
  • Sweetener. Opt for brown sugar or honey for a hint of sweetness. You can also use agave nectar or maple syrup.
  • Cumin. This savory spice adds an earthy flavor that really complements the carrots.
  • Paprika. Either choose Hungarian or smoked paprika for a little extra heat.
  • Garlic powder. Just a little bit adds a savory feel to the recipe.
  • Cinnamon. It might be a bit surprising, but this warm spice is perfect with carrots.

How to Make Air Fryer Carrots

These are the steps to follow to make this Air Fryer Carrots recipe:

Cut the Carrots

You can save time by using baby carrots. But if you prefer, you can prepare them yourself.

Use a vegetable peeler to carefully remove the skins from the carrots and slice off each end.

Then, cut them into one-inch pieces. Place the carrots into a large bowl.

Oil and Seasonings

Drizzle the oil over the carrots in the bowl. Toss well until all of the pieces are covered.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sweetener, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

Pour the seasonings over the oiled carrots and toss to combine.

Cook in Air Fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 380℉ for at least three minutes before cooking.

Add the carrots to the basket. Air fry for about 20 to 24 minutes. Be sure to shake the basket halfway through cooking.

Depending on how thick the carrots are, they could be ready in as little as 18 or up to 25 minutes. Start checking every few minutes towards the end.

Serve immediately. These are delicious with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Enjoy!

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: To save time, slice the carrots up to one day ahead of time.
  • To Store: Keep leftover carrots in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days.
  • To Freeze: Place carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash freeze for a couple of hours. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 9 to 10 months.
  • To Reheat: To get the carrots crispy, pop them back in a 325℉ air fryer for 5 to 7 minutes. You can use the microwave, but they will get soggy.
A white bowl has seasoned carrots cooked in the air fryer.

FAQs

How long do carrots take in the air fryer?

Depending on how thick you slice the carrots, they will take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes in the air fryer.

Are air fried carrots healthy?

Air fried carrots are very healthy. They are full of nutrients like vitamin C and fiber. When you cook them in the air fryer, they are better for you than boiling, roasting, or frying, as well.

Do air fryers destroy nutrients?

No! Air fryers are fantastic to give you the “fried food” taste but without all the oil and batter. The quick cooking also depletes less nutrients than roasting or other cooking methods.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Take a shortcut. Save time with a bag of baby carrots from the supermarket.
  • Small and even. If you peel and cut your own, be sure to slice the carrots into similarly sized pieces that aren’t too large so they cook consistently.
  • Give it a toss. Be sure to completely coat the carrots in oil and seasoning for the most flavor in every bite.
  • Change it up. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Try your favorite herbs, or add some heat with red pepper flakes.
  • Flash freeze. Lay the carrots out in a single layer and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours before transferring to a freezer-safe bag.
An overhead shot of air fryer carrots in a bowl.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Carrots

Air fryer roasted carrots are delicious when you pair them with any of these recipes:

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These air fryer recipes are a quick and easy way to get veggie sides on the table:

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Air Fryer Carrots Recipe

Air Fryer Carrots are the perfect side that's savory and so easy to make. Simply toss sliced or baby carrots with oil and spices and pop them in the air fryer for a healthy dish.
Yield 6 servings
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ lbs. carrots about 4 medium-sized
  • 2 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar or honey
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat a 6-quart air fryer to 380 degrees.
  • Peel carrots and cut into 1-inch chunks.
  • Add the cut carrots to a large bowl along with the oil. Toss until all of the potatoes are evenly coated in the oil.
  • Whisk the seasonings in a small bowl and then add to the carrots. Mix until the carrots are well coated.
  • Add the carrots to the air fryer basket and cook for 20-24 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
  • Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, if desired, and enjoy!
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Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: To save time, slice the carrots up to one day ahead of time.
  • To Store: Keep leftover carrots in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days.
  • To Freeze: Place carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash freeze for a couple of hours. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 9 to 10 months.
  • To Reheat: To get the carrots crispy, pop them back in a 325℉ air fryer for 5 to 7 minutes. You can use the microwave, but they will get soggy.

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Sodium: 398mg, Potassium: 384mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 19052IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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