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Carrots inside Air Fryer

Roasted Air Fryer Carrots

With more than 600K pageviews since 2020 and still counting, these air fryer carrots are the most popular air fryer vegetable recipe on my site. You only need 2 ingredients plus salt and pepper to get delicious, roasted veggies you’ll be making again and again!

The secret is making sure you cut all the carrots to the same size so they cook evenly. It may seem super simple, but this step makes a world of difference! You’ll get roasted carrots that are sweet and perfectly tender every time.

Plus, they’re so easy to whip up in your air fryer for a delicious and healthy side any time! Say goodbye to bland, soggy carrots and hello to a dish that’s sure to become a family favorite.

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Air Fried Carrots Ingredients

  • Whole carrots — about 16 ounces
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper

Tools to Air Fry Carrots

How to Cook Carrots in an Air Fryer and Actifry

Step 1: First, peel your carrots and cut the tops off. I recommend using a Y Peeler to make peeling easier. They’re so cheap but useful!

Raw Carrots cut into sticks on cutting board

Step 2: Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees for about 1-2 minutes. This is not mandatory, but I like to heat it up while tossing my food in a little oil.

It doesn’t take long to get the heat up in an air fryer, so why not preheat it like an oven?

Step 3: While the air fryer is preheating, toss the cut carrots in about 1 tsp. oil inside a mixing bowl and toss to coat.

Carrots inside Air Fryer

Step 4: Place the carrots in the air fryer basket and close. Cook carrots for 15-18 minutes until tender. You should be able to glide a fork through the carrot with ease.

Step 5: You can test the readiness of baby carrots the same way. The fork should glide through easily.

Step 6: Season with salt and pepper with 1-2 minutes left and shake the carrots in the basket to coat.

Step 7: Serve warm and enjoy immediately.

Roasted Carrots in a white bowl

How to Reheat Roasted Carrots in an Air Fryer

Air fryers are the perfect way to reheat everything from pizza to brownies in an air fryer.

To reheat these roasted air fryer carrots, heat your air fryer to 325 degrees F and cook for 5 minutes, shaking halfway.

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots Tips

  • I cut my carrots into 2-inch chunks. You may need to cut some in half so they are all a similar size. This is important to ensure each piece cooks at the same speed. Otherwise, some carrots will end up mushy while some still aren’t cooked all the way through. If you’re using baby carrots, you can just cut off any tips and make sure they are washed thoroughly (as you do with normal carrots anyway).
  • You can choose to omit the oil if you want, but the air fryer carrots can turn out a little drier. I personally enjoy using a little olive oil in most of my air fryer recipes. It gives that roasted or fried feel without all the greasiness of soaking in oil when being deep fried. If you’ve never used oil in an air fryer before, this oil guide will show you how to use it, when to use it, and where you should NEVER put oil.
  • I recommend shaking the basket every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • I have found seasoning toward the end of roasting in the air fryer has helped bring out a lot of flavor. All the shaking can cause the flavors to fall off, especially if you are not using any oil. Putting seasoning on at the end will allow most of it to stay on, making your dish just that much tastier.
Closeup of Cooked Carrots

How to make air fryer frozen carrots

Air frying frozen carrots is very simple. You don’t even need oil!

Just pour the desired amount of carrots in the air fryer. Be careful to not overcrowd the frozen carrots.

To allow them to cook evenly, cook them in batches when cooking more than 2 layers of carrots deep.

Turn your air fryer to 360 degrees F and cook for 15-18 minutes, shaking the basket after 7 minutes.

Air Fry Carrots FAQs

Can you Air Fry Frozen Vegetables?

Yes! It is completely possible to air fryer frozen vegetables. They will even come out fresher than microwaving them.
When you microwave vegetables, you typically steam them in water, making them watery and mushy.
With an air fryer, any unnecessary water will fall into the drawer under the basket. This will keep your vegetables from becoming waterlogged.

How do you add flavor to carrots?

To add flavor to carrots, simply toss them with a mix of oil, salt, and pepper. Cooking them in the air fryer also mimics the sweet taste you get from roasting carrots in the oven!
For an extra zing, consider adding a squeeze of lemon juice or a sprinkle of Italian seasoning prior to cooking, like in my air fryer baby carrots recipe.

At what temperature do carrots soften?

Carrots will soften in the air fryer at around 360 to 380 degrees F.
This range ensures they cook thoroughly and become tender without losing their natural sweetness.

How long to cook carrots in the air fryer?

Peeled carrots cut into 2-inch chunks need to cook for about 15-18 minutes in the air fryer. This range ensures they come out tender and develop a slightly roasted exterior.
Don’t forget to turn or flip the carrots a few times to help them cook evenly!


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Carrots inside Air Fryer

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

Samantha Erb
The same great taste of roasted carrots from the oven in less time and less oil.
4.47 from 115 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces of carrots
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel carrots and cut into 2-inch chunks. Cut any larger pieces in half to make all pieces a similar size.
  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees.
  • Toss carrots in about 1 teaspoon of oil.*
  • Place carrots in air fryer and cook for 15-18 minutes, shaking every few minutes.
  • Test carrots with a fork for tenderness. They are done when it glides through the carrot easily.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and shake basket to coat.
  • Serve and enjoy immediately.

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Notes

*Oil can be omitted from the recipe if you prefer no oil, but the carrots will be drier

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 140mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g
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    • Yes! If you dice up the potatoes and cook them with the carrots, they should cook around the same time. Baby potatoes may take a few more minutes dependent on size.

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