These air fryer carrots are one of the best simple side dishes you can make!
With a hint of sweetness, these carrots are “air roasted” to perfection but are still juicy on the inside!
It’s an easy-to-make side dish that pleases the taste buds of family and guests – or just enjoy a few roasted carrots yourself!
To make these roasted carrots, you’ll need:
- Carrots – One pound of carrots which is approximately 3 medium-sized ones.
- Avocado oil – Other oil such as canola or vegetable oil also works.
- Balsamic vinegar – To add flavor and some slight acidity.
- Honey – For some sweetness. Can also use maple syrup.
- Garlic powder – For a slight garlic taste; feel free to skip if you don’t like garlic.
- Salt – To add flavor; use more or less to taste.
- Pepper – To add flavor and a bit of spice.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
Before you make carrots in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best results:
- Make sure the carrot sticks are roughly the same size so that they are done cooking at the same time.
- You can peel the carrots or leave the peel on and just wash them well, it’s up to you.
- You can also use baby carrots for this recipe instead of full-sized carrots. If the baby carrots are pre-washed, you can start at the step where you add them to a bowl and toss in the oil and spices. Depending on the exact size of the baby carrots, you might have to adjust the cooking time a little bit.
- This recipe is for fresh carrots – but you might be interested in trying out making carrot bacon and you can also make frozen carrots in the air fryer!
We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.
Step by Step Instructions
If you’d like to see step-by-step process photos for how to make carrots in the air fryer, stay in this section.
That way, you can see exactly how we cut and prepared our carrots. Otherwise, just skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
First, cut the ends off the carrots. Then peel the carrots them with a peeler.
You don’t have to peel them though – you can also just wash the carrots well.
Next, cut the carrots into thirds (or half if they are small), then cut each of the pieces into halves or thirds lengthwise depending on the thickness of the carrot.
At this time preheat your air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the cut carrot sticks into a mixing bowl. Add the oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Toss or mix with a spoon or tongs until the carrots are evenly coated in oil and spices.
When the air fryer is hot, add the carrots and spread them out evenly in the tray.
Cook the carrots at 385 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-16 until fully cooked and slightly roasted on the outside.
Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes during cooking so that the carrots cook evenly.
Your cook time might vary a little bit since every air fryer cooks slightly differently. Your personal preference for softer or firmer carrots can also affect cooking time.
When the carrots are done, remove them from the air fryer and place them in a serving bowl. Serve them as a side dish with the rest of your meal. Enjoy!
You can store any leftover carrots in a sealed container and put them in the fridge overnight.
The carrots might get a little bit soggy in the fridge but they will still be tasty.
Properly stored, the carrots will last for around 3-5 days, but we’d recommend eating them sooner rather than later.
You can reheat these carrots in the air fryer – 280 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes until warm will do the trick.
What to Serve Air Fryer Carrots With
These air fryer roasted carrots have a hint of sweetness to them. So, they make a nicely flavored side dish to go with lots of recipes:
- A simple chicken breast or turkey breast with mashed potatoes and gravy (or even a baked potato) would go really nicely with this recipe.
- For their earthy tones, carrots pair well with other veggie sides like Brussels sprouts with bacon!
- You can also use the sweet undertones of the carrots to compliment summertime recipes – like at an outdoor barbeque with grilled meats or veggies!
For more great air fryer vegetable side dishes, check out these recipes that might interest you!
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Air Fried Beets
- Radishes in the Air Fryer
- Acorn Squash in the Air Fryer (Sweet and Savory)
Air Fryer Carrots
- 1 pound carrots
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- First, cut the ends off the carrots. Then peel the carrots them with a peeler. However, you don’t have to peel them – you could also just wash the carrots well.1 pound carrots
- Next, cut the carrots into thirds (or half if they are on the smaller end), then cut each of the pieces into halves or thirds lengthwise – depending on the thickness of the carrot.
- Preheat your air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In the meantime, place the cut carrot sticks into a mixing bowl. Also add the oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss or mix with a spoon/tongs until the carrots are evenly coated.1 teaspoon avocado oil, 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- When the air fryer is hot, add the carrots and spread them out evenly in the tray. If they don't fit in one layer, cook them in two batches.
- Cook the carrots at 385 degrees for 12-16 total until fully cooked and slightly roasted on the outside. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes to help with even cooking. Every air fryer is slightly different, so your cook time might vary a little bit.
- When they are done, remove the carrots from the air fryer and place them into a serving bowl. Enjoy!
- Instead of regular-sized carrots, you can also use baby carrots. Assuming they are already washed, you can just toss them in a bowl and start at the stage where you add the spices. Depending on how big or small the baby carrots are, you might have to adjust the cooking time.
This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.