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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

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. 

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.  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.

up close photo of roasted carrots

Savory

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 20 minutes, shaking halfway through.

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

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.

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.

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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 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

Savory Carrots

  • 1 lb medium sized carrots washed and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp 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.

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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Tina Bailey

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Question..Are you roasting the sweet carrots versus air fry?

Tanya

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

I'm air frying them.

Pam

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Question: I am making the sweet recipe and the butter and brown sugar do NOT mix. They stay separated so that carrots have nice coating of left-over butter but brown sugar/butter mixture is in clumps? i.e. brown sugar is not absorbing the butter. What did I do wrong? Thank you! They're air frying now and I will just keep trying to mix in those "globs" 🤗

Tanya

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Hi Pam, I pour melted butter, sugar, and stir in the bowl until coated rather than stirring the brown sugar and butter together before adding it. I'm wondering if that's the issue you're having with it clumping together.

Mary Carter

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I made the savory carrots, I'm so pleasantly surprised with the way this recipe turned out! The flavors are great and the crunch reminded me of french fries. Such a wonderful recipe, I cannot wait to try more of your creations.

Russ

Thursday 31st of December 2020

So, my air fryer has other settings like, "bake." Should I assume "air fry?"

Tanya

Friday 1st of January 2021

Yes, you would use the air fry setting on your machine.

Annette

Friday 28th of August 2020

I am looking forward to making these. Can I make these using olive oil as I do not have butter?

Tanya

Monday 31st of August 2020

Hi Annette, yes olive oil would work fine as long as it's not extra virgin.