Air Fryer Carrot Fries

by Erin @ Food Doodles on April 3, 2021

These air fryer carrot fries are low in fat content, are quick and easy to make, and have a caramelized crunch on the outside and a sweet tender center. They’re a naturally vegan and dairy-free side dish that complements your favorite family dinners.

These aren’t your ordinary fries, they’re air fryer carrot fries and they’re terrific. You won’t believe how incredibly quick and easy it is to make these delicious carrot treats.

hand picking up air fryer carrot friesIf you love the taste of slow-roasted carrots, you’re going to love this carrot fries recipe: it’s so simple, has minimal added fats (in case you’re watching your calories – they use olive oil so it’s good fat!), preserves vital nutrients, and retains the vibrant color and sweet flavor of the carrots.

Air-fried foods have a lower fat content compared to deep frying, and in most cases, takes less time than in a conventional oven. Roasting carrots at high heat intensifies the flavor and brings out the carrot’s natural sweetness.

These air fryer carrots make a perfect side dish any time of year, but I prefer pairing carrots with my holiday meals, and Easter is just around the corner.

 

Super simple ingredients:

  • 4 large carrots
  • Olive oil or olive oil spray
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Chopped parsley (optional)

ingredients for air fryer carrots

How to cook air fryer carrot fries

In 5 easy steps and 20 minutes, you can chow down on these amazing carrot fries.

  1. Peel and cut carrots into matchsticks. If you just wash and leave on the peel, the carrots might be slightly bitter. Be sure to cut an even size so that the fries cook evenly at the same speed.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the parsley and stir until the carrots are well coated, but not dripping in oil.
  3. Put the carrots in the basket of the air fryer, shake to get an even layer, and cook at 400 °F (205 °C) for 15-20 minutes, stirring after 8 minutes, and cook until golden.
  4. Remove and sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

That’s it!

The air fryer makes these carrots colorful and crunchy delicious.

plate of air fryer carrot fries

Tip! These carrot fries are best if eaten immediately, but they can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and reheated in the air fryer.

All air fryers work a little differently, so the cooking time may vary. I recommend watching the carrots closely your first time to gauge how long it takes to cook these carrots perfectly in your machine.

The more you fill your air fryer, the less caramelization you will get, so if you’re cooking for a crowd, you might want to do a couple of batches.

When tossing the carrots in olive oil, the carrots should be well-coated but not dripping in oil, and if you have an oil sprayer, it’s best to coat them lightly and evenly.

carrot fries in air fryer basket

What goes well with air fryer carrot fries?

  • Maple Mustard Glazed Ham This super easy maple mustard glazed ham with only 3 ingredients is just right for an amazing meal. Naturally gluten-free & dairy-free. 
  • Dairy-free Mashed Potatoes These healthier mashed potatoes are super creamy and are paleo, vegan, and Whole30-friendly. 
  • Dinner Muffins All great dinners have amazing rolls, especially at holiday meals. These dinner muffins are yeast-free, whole wheat and stay soft and fluffy for days. Can be made dairy-free. 
  • Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Salad Add some greens with this simple sweet potato goat cheese salad. It’s a satisfying salad that looks impressive. 
  • Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe Don’t want ham, no worries, try this amazingly easy and wonderfully delicious chicken leg quarter recipe. It’s a hit with only 5 ingredients and 5-minutes of prep, your whole dinner is ready in no time. Naturally keto, paleo, whole30, dairy-free and gluten-free.

air fryer carrot fries dipped in sauce

Other Air Fryer recipes:

If you love your air fryer as I do, try these other amazing recipes:

  • Air Fryer Ham That’s right! You can even make a wonderful ham in the air fryer. This recipe calls for a fully baked ham and 5 additional ingredients: butter, garlic and herbs. It’s super easy to make and it tastes amazing. 
  • Air Fryer Baked Apples Want a sweet treat? Try these air fryer baked apples, they’re simply healthy and delicious. With whole wheat, gluten-free and vegan options. 
  • Air Fryer Garlic Fries Who doesn’t love fries? These air fryer garlic fries are tasty crispy treats without the fat, but no one will complain because they’re terrific. Naturally grain-free and gluten-free. 
  • Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Light and fluffy sesame chicken bites are perfect for those busy weeks. Naturally gluten-free and can easily be made paleo. 
  • Air Fryer Tater Tots with Hash Brown Shortcut Surprise them all with these super tater tots, the secret is using frozen hash browns to reduce time. 😉 

air fryer carrot fries in little bag

Are carrots healthy?

Of course, you know the answer, and carrots aren’t only good for your eyes, but they are also great for antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene. These antioxidant nutrients are believed to be good for your heart and inhibit the growth of some cancer cells.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. Plus, they’re a weight-loss-friendly food with only 25 calories per carrot and linked to lower cholesterol and improved eye health.

Air fryer carrot fries are a perfect quick side dish for any meal (as are these Sheet Pan Potatoes). It’s a healthy alternative to carbs and tastes nice and sweet. Carrots are easily available, affordable, and easy to change the flavor profile with different seasonings when you’re feeling a little daring.

If you decide to try these carrots or any other recipe you find here, snap a pic and tag #fooddoodlesrecipes so I can be sure to find them.

Air Fryer Carrot Fries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 4 large carrots (about 400-500 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or olive oil spray
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley optional
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut carrots into matchsticks. If you just wash and leave on the peel, the carrots might be slightly bitter. Be sure to cut an even size so that the fries cook evenly at the same speed.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the parsley and stir until the carrots are well coated, but not dripping in oil.

  3. Put the carrots in the basket of the air fryer, shake to get an even layer, and cook at 400 °F (205 °C) for 15-20 minutes, stirring after 8 minutes, and cook until golden.

  4. Remove and sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

  5. Best eaten immediately but can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and reheated in the air fryer.

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1 Nicole April 11, 2021 at 22:13

I LOVE the idea of air frying carrots and serving them as fries! I’m always trying to find new ways to get my toddler to eat her veggies and this might just do the trick. And roasted carrots are my favourite, so it’s a win-win!

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2 amycaseycooks April 11, 2021 at 22:09

What a great idea for fries instead of potatoes. And anything with garlic is a hit with me.

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3 Jenny April 11, 2021 at 20:53

Genius recipe, easy to make and taste delicious! My kids loved them, no complaints, which is a miracle! I will make them again. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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4 Adriana Lopez April 10, 2021 at 02:48

This is a genius way to enjoy carrots, love teh idea I bet these are sweet too. Cannot wait to try them!

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5 Jennifer Fisher April 9, 2021 at 13:41

This is a great way to add more vegetables to my day — and get my kids to join in too! Thanks for the recipe!

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6 Linda April 9, 2021 at 07:27

Ahhh, this looks awesome and perfect for Fri-yay! Even better since this can be done in an air fryer

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7 Donny April 9, 2021 at 01:16

Carrot fries are highly underrated for some reason but these look so good!

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8 Stacey Crawford April 8, 2021 at 19:19

I can’t wait to try these in my air fryer! I like how simple they are to prepare.

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9 Farrukh Aziz April 8, 2021 at 10:39

I love carrot, and turning it into fries sounds like a great idea! The best thing about this recipe is that it has a few ingredients, but the results are delicious!

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10 Colleen April 7, 2021 at 18:29

These are so delicious! We made them on the weekend just to snack on and they are now a new favorite!

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11 Enriqueta E Lemoine April 7, 2021 at 17:21

This exactly my kind of snack or side dish! Your carrot froes have all the crispiness of a regular fry plus all the carrot nutrients. Bingo!

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12 Yang April 7, 2021 at 04:21

Carrot fries are so delicious! I can’t wait to make these in the air fryer.

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13 Jean Choi April 6, 2021 at 02:58

Can’t wait to try this! I love my air fryer but never tried cooking carrots in it before. Looks so good!

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