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Savory or Sweet Air Fryer Carrots

Tender savory healthy air fryer carrots are easy to make and a healthy side dish even your kids will love. Made in 16 minutes with tons of flavor.

air fryer carrots recipe

I was surprised at how much I liked the way these air fryer carrots turned out! Made savory but could be sweet with a bit of brown sugar, they have a great texture and flavor. One of our easy air fryer recipes we love. (affiliate links present, originally published 2/21)

Air Fryer Carrots Sweet

I shared how to make them on a savory note below but sweet with a sprinkle of brown sugar would work too. You choice. We made pressure cooker carrots a while back, those were great. BUT if you don’t have that small kitchen appliance, you might have an AirWave or Ninja Foodi!

I will start by saying I am not a fan of cooked carrots BUT these turned the page for me. I’ve made them several times this month already as with a few other air fryer vegetables when I didn’t have meat on hand and all of it was a huge hit.

If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Air Fryer Baby Carrots

It is up to you what type you use. I grabbed a bag of baby carrots which need NO prep whatsoever. If you think that whole is best then by all means use those, you’ll just have to peel and slice them into smaller pieces.

This is all we needed to make this easy carrot recipe….I know, so simple. Just as easy as Crockpot carrots but is done much faster. Here are a few questions you might have to begin with:

How do you steam carrots in an air fryer?

It isn’t necessarily steaming because you’re not adding water into the bottom. We did do that when making air fryer broccoli, I didn’t find liquid necessary for these. Hot air makes them tender enough.

Are air fried vegetables healthy?

Oh YES!! From air fryer zucchini to air fryer cauliflower and on and on they are not only healthy but so tasty!

What foods cook well in an air fryer?

Chicken cooked this way is amazing. You can even bake in it like we did with this air fryer cornbread, but veggies are over the top.

carrots in air fryer

Carrots in Air Fryer

Ingredients we used but of course the choice of seasonings are up to you. I think shredded parmesan sprinkled on top of most vegetable recipes is amazing but optional.

  1. Bag of baby carrots
  2. Olive oil
  3. Garlic salt
  4. Onion powder
  5. Paprika

One key to getting the oil and seasoning to stick on well and keep these babies nice and hydrated is to dry them first. Use a few paper towels on the bottom and the top and press down as you see here. Then mix everything in a bowl and you’re ready!

air fryer vegetable recipe

If you make this vegetable quite often you probably have your favorite items to throw on top. If you swear by some chopped cilantro, do it! Onion salt instead of garlic, totally a great swap in.

I list below in the printable recipe card what I prefer but even I will use this and that depending on what I have on hand at the time.

Another trick to remember when you air fry everything is to ensure your food is in a single layer inside your air fryer basket. This is important to ensure they get hot air all the way around each piece.

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Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

You should always try to preheat for a good 5 minutes before adding your cut carrots too. This way your food cooks evenly from the start to the finish of your entire cooking time. You can print recipe below but here is a quick step by step of how easy it is to make.

  1. Pour bag of baby carrots on a few paper towels. Place a few on top and press down to remove water from outsides.
  2. Pour in a large bowl and toss to coat with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper / any seasonings you love. Stir.

Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Pour carrots in basket, overlap least amount possible. Air fry for about 16 minutes shaking basket every 5 minutes until tender. Remember there is always variations in the total cook time. This will depend on how thick each piece is as well as how soft you want them.

ninja foodi carrots

For us 16 minutes is perfect but I like a bit of a “bite” to them, not super soft. If you’re the opposite, 20 minutes might be more to your liking. Just test after 15 and shake every 2-3 until they’re perfect for you.

What is the healthiest way to cook carrots?

This is it!! NO submerging in oil needed. It is quick, much faster than preheating and baking in an oven on a cookie sheet. Just hot air is all you need.

Ninja Foodi Carrots

With this machine you can pressure cook or air crisp them as you see here. If you want them a bit breaded and more fun looking you could slice and make carrot fries too.

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How do you store cooked carrots?

Always wait until food is at room temperature before putting into freezer bag or containers free from air. Then refrigerate and reheat on stovetop with a bit of olive oil or in microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between each time. Looking for dinner recipes to serve with this?

We make the best baked pork chops all the time with these. If we have someone else over I may make these with it too.

If you have any leftovers, make this simple chicken pot pie recipe or our leftover turkey pot pie with them!

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What can I do with extra baby carrots?

This is just one easy idea. You can make this and then blend to make homemade baby food for your little one. OR add taters and make Instant Pot potatoes and carrots together.

Our Instant Pot chicken pot pie soup is amazing as well. Whatever you do, these orange veggies have so many benefits and bring a bit of texture to meals too. Have any other toppings or seasonings you love? Let us know so we can try your mixture and see what we think.

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Air Fryer Carrots

Tender savory air fryer carrots are easy to make and a healthy side dish even your kids will love. Made in 16 minutes with tons of flavor.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, carrots, ninja foodi, savory
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 73kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour bag of baby carrots on a few paper towels. Place a few on top and press down to remove water from outsides.
  • Pour in a bowl and drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle on seasonings. Stir.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Pour carrots in basket, overlap least amount possible.
  • Set to 16 minutes total. Cook for 6 minutes, then shake. 6 more minutes then open basket and spray with olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt. Cook additional 4 minutes or until they're as tender as you'd like.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Carrots
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 343mg15%
Potassium 242mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 12671IU253%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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