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Air Fryer Carrots (Sweet or Savory)

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These Air Fryer Carrots are perfectly roasted in your Air Fryer. Make them sweet or savory, whichever you prefer, in less time than it takes to roast them in the oven.

carrots in air fryer basket topped with parmesan cheese and parsley


 

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Carrots in the air fryer are pretty darn amazing. The one thing I love about it is how fast they can be made compared to the oven. Traditionally, roasted carrots in the oven take about 30 minutes to get perfectly tender and charred, but with the air fryer, you can cut that time down to about 20 minutes. 

Since I can never make up my mind about anything, I’ve included two recipes for air fryer carrots (one sweet and one savory) and will discuss my method and process for both. 

How to make Air Fryer Carrots

Sweet

For the sweet version of this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: Carrots, brown sugar, butter, and salt. Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon if you like.

First, wash and peel the carrots. You can leave the peel on if you prefer, but I found that the peel gives the carrots a slight bitter taste. If peeling, use a vegetable peeler so you don’t peel off too much of the carrot. 

Next, chop carrots into 1 inch large chunks and place in a large bowl. Pour melted butter, brown sugar, and salt over carrots and stir until the carrots are fully coated. 

Transfer carrots into an oven safe bowl that will fit in your air fryer. Cook on 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway.  Salt to taste.

Why the bowl? I’ve tested these carrots with and without the bowl for this sweet method. Without the bowl, the butter and sugar mixture seemed to drip right off the carrots, before it had a chance to really caramelize and flavor the carrots. In the bowl, the carrots are able to cook and caramelize in the butter mixture and results in much better flavor.

If you can’t find a bowl that will fit your air fryer, you could use a little bit of foil paper in the bottom of the basket.

up close photo of roasted carrots

Savory

For the savory version of these air fryer carrots, you will need the following: Carrots, olive oil, garlic powder, and paprika. You can also use any other seasoning mix you like, such as this all-purpose seasoning.

Wash and peel your carrots. Place carrots in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and paprika.

Place in the air fryer basket and cook on 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, shaking halfway through.

Once done, top with parsley and parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. 

How to store leftover air fryer carrots

Store cooled carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Cooked carrots will last up to 9 months in the freezer.

How to reheat carrots in the air fryer

To reheat carrots, add the carrots to the air fryer basket and reheat on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes, about 4-7, until reheated through.

Notes

  • You could use baby carrots if you prefer but they won’t taste exactly the same. The larger carrots have much better flavor when roasted.
  • The size of your carrots will determine how long you need to cook them. Smaller carrots will cook faster while larger carrots will take longer. Check on your carrots halfway through cooking to determine doneness.
  • To use frozen carrots, add a few minutes to the cook time. Season halfway through cooking if using frozen carrots.

I hope you enjoy these roasted air fryer carrots as much as we do! If you’re looking for more air fryer vegetables, try these out:

This recipe is great paired with Air Fryer Ham.

Watch this video tutorial and see how I make these carrots from start to finish.

Roasted Air Fryer Carrots (Sweet or Savory)

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots made two different ways. Whether you like sweet or savory carrots, this recipe has you covered. Make them in the air fryer in less time than a traditional oven.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer carrots, roasted carrots
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 119kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Sweet Carrots

  • 1 lb carrots washed, peeled, and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Savory Carrots

  • 1 lb medium sized carrots washed and peeled
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley optional

Instructions

Sweet Carrots

  • Pour melted butter, brown sugar, salt over carrots and stir until the carrots are fully coated.
  • Place carrots in an oven safe bowl that will fit in your air fryer. Cook on 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway.

Savory Carrots

  • Place carrots in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook on 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, shaking halfway through. Once done, top with parmesan cheese and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.

Video

Notes

*Nutritional information in post reflects sweet carrots. 
You could use baby carrots if you prefer but they won’t taste exactly the same. The larger carrots have much better flavor when roasted.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 19119IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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This recipe was originally published on November 18, 2019. It has been updated with additional helpful information and tips.

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JC

Thursday 8th of February 2024

I'm new to air frying and haven't tried carrots yet. I made the savory version and it was delicious!

Tanya

Saturday 10th of February 2024

Thanks so much, JC! So happy you like the recipe.

Linchi

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I just made this and this was soo good! I look forward to making it again but with a bigger batch :)!

Tanya

Thursday 21st of September 2023

Thank you, Linchi! So happy you liked the recipe :)

Sue

Friday 28th of July 2023

Oh my gosh. I just made the sweet carrots. Positively delicious. I had to halve the ingredients b/c of the size of my air fryer and bowl. Now I am going to make the savory carrots.

Tanya

Monday 31st of July 2023

Thank you Sue! So happy you liked the sweet carrots :)

Colleen Campbell

Monday 12th of June 2023

These look amazing. Will be making them tonight!

Tanya

Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Thanks Colleen! Hope you enjoy them.

Grace Van Dyck

Thursday 18th of May 2023

Amazing!!! I absolutely loved the sweet carrots. Thank you!