Air Fryer Carrots are scrumptiously sweet and satisfyingly crispy. Naturally sweetened with honey, the crispy carrot fries are topped with fresh sprigs of rosemary, salt, and pepper.
This recipe is incredibly easy to make for a side with burgers or an anytime snack!
Using an air fryer is one of the healthiest ways to enjoy your favorite vegetables.
With just a tiny amount of oil, you still end up with crispy, golden brown veggie fries. And air frying is so quick, too!
Air Fryer Carrots
Air fryer carrot fries go great with dipping sauces – ketchup, buttermilk ranch dressing, sriracha mayo, you name it!
Or, serve them as a side with my air fryer turkey breast.
I like to serve honey rosemary carrots as a side dish, but they also make a great appetizer or healthy snack.
They’re especially great as a substitute for French fries or fried potato chips – or if you’re craving something crunchy!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Carrots – There are several different varieties of carrot, and any one of them will work. Baby carrots, purple carrots, white carrots…
Whatever you like! Keep in mind that cook times will vary depending on size.
- Olive Oil – This can be swapped out with vegetable oil or canola oil, but I think that olive oil has the best flavor. Plus, it’s the healthiest option!
A bit more oil adds a more robust flavor, and makes the honey rosemary carrots extra crisp.
- Honey – This luscious sweetener just goes so well with the flavor of the carrots and the rosemary. For a substitute, you could use maple syrup!
It’s so thick and sweet, with a deeper and almost caramel-like flavor compared to honey. You can also use agave syrup if you prefer.
- Rosemary – You can’t describe this herb with just a few words! It’s fresh yet peppery, and almost minty with a bit of a lemony flavor.
It’s hard to substitute, but it goes well with so many other herbs: try throwing in some thyme, oregano, or parsley.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Carrot Fries
Modify the cooking time based on the size of the carrots.
Smaller carrots won’t take as long to crisp up in your air fryer. If you’re using, say, baby carrots, they’ll only take 7-10 minutes.
So, be sure not to overcook small veggies or undercook large ones!
Add a bit of cheese.
A light dusting of shredded parmesan adds a wonderful saltiness to these fries. Add a cheese topping after frying, not before. It adds a nice melty coating.
Consider other spices and seasonings!
The air fryer carrots are a bit on the sweet side, but not as sweet as candied carrots.
To tone down the sweetness, you can sprinkle some salt onto the fries just before serving them.
They taste scrumptious with just a tiny bit of freshly cracked sea salt!
Storing and Reheating
I don’t recommend refrigerating, freezing, or reheating air fryer carrots. Most fried foods lose their texture and flavor when cooled and reheated.
But if you want to make these earlier in the day and reheat later, then throw them into an air fryer preheated to 375° F for 3-5 minutes.
Just keep in mind that they won’t be as crisp!
I definitely, absolutely recommend serving these as soon as they’re done cooking for the best results.
Air Fryer Carrots FAQ
It depends on the carrot size, but it will generally take between 7 and 15 minutes.
Honey glazed carrots are sweet, so try something with some heat! A chipotle mayo sauce has a kick, but is still zesty and smooth.
Any hot sauce and mayo combo is a safe bet!
Ranch and carrots are a pretty classic duo, too. Ranch on its own is good, but a barbecue ranch sauce would be even better.
And if all else fails, just dip them in some ketchup!
First, make sure your fryer is hot enough — it needs to be preheated before use to reach 375° F.
Second, make sure you’re jostling the carrots about halfway through cooking time to help all of the veggies cook evenly.
Third, alter the cooking time based on carrot size. Are you using huge, thick carrots that you haven’t trimmed down? Then they’ll take a little while longer!
Each air fryer is different, so keep an eye on the basket and give your air fryer carrots some more time if they’re still a bit hard.
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Air Fryer Carrots
- 1 pound carrots, (see Notes if using baby carrots)
- 1 tablespoons olive oil, or more if needed (See Notes)
- 3 tablespoons honey, liquid type
- 5 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, (3 for marinade), additional for air frying and garnish
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for serving, if desired
- black pepper to taste
- Wash and dry the carrots, and peel if desired. Trim the ends (most of the very thin part should be cut off as it will char and burn very quickly). Cut medium size carrots in half lengthwise (larger ones in fourths). Mine came up to about 4 inches long and 3/4 inch thick strips.
- In a large bowl, toss the carrots in oil, honey, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Set aside to marinate for 20-35 minutes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375° F according to manufacturer instructions. (It takes 5 minutes in a Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer.)
- Once the air fryer is preheated, spray the basket lightly with oil (or use an air fryer basket liner). Transfer half of the carrots into the basket, and top with some fresh rosemary leaves.
- Air fry for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through a couple of times to ensure even frying. Remove cooked carrots and air fry the remaining carrots. (You’ll need to fry in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. It took 2 batches with my Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer.)
- The carrots should be crispy, lightly golden brown and cooked through. Enjoy as, is or with dipping sauces.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published July 2022
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