Air Fryer Baby Carrots, Roasted to Perfection!

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Looking for a tasty yet hassle-free side dish? Look no further than this perfectly roasted, caramelized to perfection Air Fryer Baby Carrots.

Roasted air fryer baby carrots with garnish of fresh parsley.

Fresh baby carrots are a great healthy snack. All you need is some ranch dipping sauce to complement their natural flavor.

Fun fact: Baby carrots are made from misshapen or broken carrots that wouldn’t otherwise be sold in the supermarket. Today, the majority of carrot sales are attributed to baby carrots.

They also make a fantastic side dish for chicken wings, along with celery.

Air fryer baby carrots recipe bite shot, served on a white plate with garnish of fresh parsley.

However, for a fancier dinner, you also need to elevate your baby carrots. That’s precisely what we’re aiming for with this air fryer baby carrots recipe

We’re caramelizing them to perfection, adding a few extra ingredients to make them a worthy side dish for your roasted chicken, beef, or pork.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Baby Carrots

Ingredients for air fryer baby carrots recipe

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

You only need a few basic ingredients to make this delish air fryer roasted baby carrots.

  • Baby carrots
  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Parsley, for garnish

It doesn’t get any simpler than that. To make this recipe even healthier, you can omit the brown sugar.

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How to Cook Baby Carrots in the Air Fryer?

Air frying baby carrots is a breeze. You only need 15 minutes or less to transform this humble vegetable into an amazing side dish. Just follow these five simple steps.

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400ºF (204ºC) and then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

🚨 Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

Step 2: Prepare the baby carrots.

Baby carrots in a medium glass bowl

Take the baby carrots out of the packaging and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. It is important to remove as much moisture as possible for the seasonings to adhere properly.

Step 3: Season the baby carrots.

Seasoning baby carrots with avocado oil, salt, pepper, brown sugar

Begin by coating the baby carrots with avocado or olive oil. Next, add the seasonings (salt, pepper, and brown sugar) and toss until thoroughly mixed.

4. Air fry baby carrots for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway.

Step 4: Air fry baby carrots for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway.

Roasted baby carrots in air fryer

Arrange the baby carrots in a single layer and air fry them for 10-12 minutes until they become tender or reach your desired level of browning.

Use a fork to test for doneness by piercing the carrots. If the fork goes through without resistance, they are done cooking.

I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy your air fried baby carrots!

Air fried baby carrots with garnish of fresh parsley.

Now, that’s how you make air fryer roasted baby carrots! It’s a quick and simple side dish that pairs really well with a variety of meals.

It’s an excellent accompaniment to dishes like roasted chicken and beef or pork roasts. The sweetness of the roasted carrots complements the savory flavors of the meat, creating a harmonious and satisfying combination.

Whether you’re serving a Sunday roast or a special dinner, roasted baby carrots add a pop of color and a delightful touch to your plate. Give it a try and see how this delicious side dish makes your meal extra special.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can air fry baby carrots. It’s one of the quickest ways to prepare roasted baby carrots as a side dish, in 15 minutes or less.

As a general guideline, it typically takes around 10-15 minutes to air fry baby carrots. However, the cooking time for air frying baby carrots can vary depending on the number of servings you are making, your desired level of browning, and the specific air fryer model being used.

To air fry baby carrots, begin by preheating your air fryer to approximately 400°F (200°C). Toss the baby carrots in a small amount of oil and season them with salt, pepper, or any other desired seasonings. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the carrots turn golden and become tender.

To roast baby carrots in an air fryer, preheat it to around 400°F (200°C). Toss the baby carrots in oil, season them, and place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10-15 minutes, shaking or flipping them halfway through, until they reach the desired tenderness and browning.

prep time2 minutes
cooking time13 minutes
total cooking time15 minutes

Air Fryer Baby Carrots, Roasted to Perfection! (+Video)

courseSide Dish
cuisineAmerican
Looking for a tasty yet hassle-free side dish? Look no further than this perfectly roasted, caramelized to perfection Air Fryer Baby Carrots. 😋 Fry it to believe it!
Roasted air fryer baby carrots with garnish of fresh parsley.
5 from 2 votes
number of servings4

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb baby carrots 454 grams
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C). Please see note if your air fryer is 4-quart or smaller.
    Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).
  • Meanwhile, get the baby carrots ready. Use a few paper towels or a kitchen towel to pat the carrots dry.
    Baby carrots in a medium glass bowl
  • Season the baby carrots: Toss the baby carrots in avocado or olive oil, season with salt, pepper, and brown sugar for added flavor.
    Seasoning baby carrots with avocado oil, salt, pepper, brown sugar
  • Air fry baby carrots for 10-12 minutes. First, arrange the baby carrots in a single layer. Cook them until they become tender and slightly golden, shaking the basket halfway through. To test for doneness, use a fork and check if it goes through the carrots without resistance. Once achieved, remove the carrots from the air fryer. For a more roasted and charred finish, continue cooking for an additional 2-4 minutes.
    Roasted baby carrots in air fryer
  • Serve and enjoy your air fryer roasted baby carrots! It goes well with any protein.
    Air fried baby carrots with garnish of fresh parsley.

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Notes

  • For smaller air fryers (4-quart and below), reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C). They generate more heat because of the heating element’s proximity to the food.
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400°F (204°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.
  • I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test the air fryer baby carrots recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15641IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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