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Air Fryer Carrots

If you’ve never roasted carrots in the air fryer, you’ve got to give it a try! These air fryer carrots make a super easy side dish that pairs perfectly with almost any main course. And by using bagged baby carrots, there’s absolutely no peeling or chopping involved!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword air fryer, carrots, dairy-free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, veggies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 51kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bag of baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (plus more or a non-aerosol, propellant-free spray for greasing the air fryer; can sub olive oil instead)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (plus more to taste after cooking, if desired)
  • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (depending on preference)
  • 1-2 lemon wedges, for serving (optional - see notes below for variations)
  • fresh thyme leaves, for garnish (optional - see notes below for variations)

Instructions

  • Add *carrots to a mixing bowl. Add oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • If your air fryer has a separate elevated crisping tray or plate, be sure to insert it. Lightly grease the crisper plate or bottom of the air fryer basket with avocado (or olive) oil or a **non-aerosol, propellant-free spray. Add the carrots to the air fryer and spread out evenly.
  • Air fry the carrots at 400°F for 15 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes. The carrots are done when they are easily pierced with a fork. They should be tender but not mushy. If you would like them a little softer, continue to cook for up to 5 additional minutes.
  • Season with additional salt if desired. Garnish with freshly squeezed lemon juice and thyme leaves, if using.

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Notes

*Be sure the carrots are dry before you toss them with the oil, salt and pepper. Sometimes there’s water in the bag so be sure to drain off any excess water and pat the carrots dry if necessary.
**If using a spray to grease the air fryer, note that avocado oil or olive oil should be the ONLY ingredient. There should be no no additives. You can also use a spritzer bottle and fill it with your own oil. Propellants and additives can ruin the non-stick finish on your air fryer.
Storing and reheating leftovers
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can reheat the carrots in the air fryer at 350° for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until warmed throughout. You can also microwave them, but they will lose their crispiness.
Variations
  • Use dried thyme leaves if you don’t have any fresh on hand.
  • If you’re not a fan of thyme or don’t have any, try garnishing with other fresh or dried herbs such as parsley, rosemary or chives.
  • Leave off the lemon if you prefer or drizzle with a balsamic glaze, agave, honey or maple syrup instead.
  • Try changing up the flavor by tossing with ¼-½ teaspoon garlic powder or onion powder or ⅛-¼ teaspoon smoked paprika.
  • Try topping off the carrots with some vegan butter and/or vegan Parmesan cheese (or dairy-based if not vegan or dairy-free) after cooking.
  • Omit the thyme and lemon and serve the carrots with vegan honey mustard or maple mustard dipping sauce.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Information shown should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Oil to grease the air fryer was not included in the nutrition calculation.

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 3g