Air Fryer Carrots

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Air Fryer Carrots – Perfectly roasted carrots in the air fryer in no time! Top with a pesto butter to make them over the top delicious.

I am always looking for new ways to mix up side dishes. But I want them to be relatively quick and easy, and not take longer than the main course to cook. This is a vegetable side dish you can have ready in about 15 minutes and will be requested over and over.

air fried carrots on plate with fork


Carrots in the air fryer are ready so much faster then when you roast the in the oven. Typically they can take at least 30 minutes in the oven to get roasted and soft enough to enjoy. These air fryer carrots are ready in just under 20 minutes!

I really like to use whole carrots that you take the time to peel and dice for this recipe because I think the flavor is so much better. But yes, technically you could use baby carrots if you wanted. The flavor just wouldn’t be quite the same.

ingredients for air fried carrots

How To Make Air Fryer Carrots

  1. Start by preheating your air fryer to 325 degrees F. This will help them cook faster once they are ready to go.
  2. While that is preheating prep your carrots by peeling them and cutting into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Toss the carrots with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Then add to the basket of the air fryer in and even layer.
  4. Let them cook for 12-15 minutes, depending on how done you like them. Shake them half way through the cooking time to make sure they cook evenly.
  5. While they are cooking you can melt the butter and mix with the pesto.
  6. Once the carrots are cooked, remove from the fire and drizzle butter over to serve.
roasted carrots on plate with fork

Are Air Fried Vegetables Healthy?

Using an air fryer means there is a lot less oil involved, so yes they are healthy for you. If you top with cheese or butter it can take away some of the health benefits, but it is still better than drowning them in oil or using a deep fryer.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Carrots

roasted carrots on white plate with pesto butter

To make this recipe I used a Cosori 5.8 Qt Air Fryer. It is big enough that you can fit plenty of food in, and the basket comes out so you can easily shake, stir, or flip whatever you are making.

Air Fryer Tips

  • You want to make sure that you cut your carrots 1/2 inch thick. This ensures that they cook quickly but also evenly. If you have some pieces that are very thin they will burn before the others cook through.
  • Carrots get tender as they cook in the air fryer. Usually you use the air fryer to get thing extra crispy, but carrots are different. If you wanted them charred on the edges, you could cook for longer.
  • If you are trying to cut down on oil you could lightly spray the carrots with cooking spray instead of tossing with olive oil.
  • If you want to skip the pesto butter toss the carrots with 1 tsp of your favorite dried herbs when roasting.
  • If you want to double this recipe cook them in batches. They can stay warm in a 200 degree oven until you are ready to serve.
close up of air fryer carrots on plate

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cooked carrots on a plate with fork
5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Carrots

By Erin
Air Fryer Carrots – Perfectly roasted carrots in the air fryer in no time! Top with a pesto butter to make them over the top delicious.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 2


  • ½ pound carrots, peeled, stem removed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon prepared pesto sauce


  • Preheat the air fryer to 325°F.
  • Cut the carrots into ½ inch slices. Toss the carrot slices in the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the carrots directly into the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • While the carrots are cooking, mix together the butter and pesto.
  • When the carrots are cooked, toss in the butter sauce and serve.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 371mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 165
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  1. Another great recipe for my air fryer! These will pair perfectly with dinner tonight; my family loves carrots!