These air fryer carrots are the best simple side dish you can make!
With a hint of sweetness, these air fried carrots are roasted to perfection but 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!
Before you make air fryer baby carrots, read through these recipe tips so that you achieve the best results:
- You can definitely use larger carrots for this recipe instead of baby carrots. Just make sure to cut the carrots into sticks that are roughly the same size and thickness so that they will cook evenly. Depending on the exact size you cut them, you might have to adjust the cooking time a little bit.
- We have a 6-quart air fryer. If your air fryer is smaller, you may have to cook the carrots in two batches because they shouldn’t be too crowded on the tray/basket.
- We use avocado oil because it has a higher smoke point. We don’t typically recommend olive oil in the air fryer due to its lower smoke point.
- This recipe is for fresh carrots – but 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, you can see them in this section. Otherwise, just skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
First, add the baby carrots (or normal-sized carrots that you cut into smaller pieces) to a mixing bowl.
Then, add the oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Toss or mix with a spoon until the carrots are evenly coated.
Preheat your air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it is done preheating, add the carrots and spread them out evenly on the tray. If they don’t fit in one layer, cook them in two batches.
Cook the carrots for 14-16 until fully cooked and slightly roasted on the outside. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes.
Every air fryer is slightly different, so your cooking time might vary a little bit.
When the carrots are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and place them in a bowl. Serve them as a side dish with the rest of your meal.
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. Definitely eat leftover carrots within 2 days or else they might taste mushy and old.
To reheat these roasted carrots, you can place them back in the air fryer until heated through or just toss them in the microwave. They will get softer in the microwave but that’s inevitable.
What to Serve Air Fryer Carrots With
These air fryer roasted carrots have a hint of sweetness and a little vinegar to them. So, they make a nicely flavored side dish to go with more simple recipes.
A simple roast beef or chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy would go really nicely with this recipe.
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 other top recipes:
- 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 baby carrots
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Place the baby carrots into a mixing bowl. Add the oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss or mix with a spoon until the carrots are evenly coated.
- Preheat your air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 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 for 14-16 until fully cooked and slightly roasted on the outside. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes. Every air fryer is slightly different, so your cooking time might vary a little bit.
- Instead of baby carrots, you can also use regular-sized carrots. Just make sure to cut them into smaller pieces so that they roughly have the same size. This will help them cook evenly. Depending on how big or small you cut them, 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.