Salty, crispy and naturally sweet, these Healthy Air Fryer Carrot Fries are packed with nutrients and taste delicious! You may be familiar with sweet potato fries, but these carrot fries are an even healthier option and are a great way to add more veggies to your diet!
If you’ve always steered clear of carrots because they’re boring, then this is the recipe for you!! Packed with natural sweetness and crispiness that’s just irresistible, even carrot haters will love this Healthy Carrot Fries Air Fryer Recipe.
Why Make Crispy Air Fryer Carrot Fries?
I’ve never been a huge fan of carrots. I like them in stews and soups, but I never thought I would be sitting here telling you how amazing they are! If you are a fan of crispy fries, you’re going to love these carrot fries! Even picky eaters love them.
The best part is you can have a quick and easy side or snack in less than 15 minutes. If you aren’t convinced yet, here are some more reasons why you’ll love carrot fries;
- Amazing flavor– Carrots have a natural sweetness but aren’t too sweet. Crisped up with garlic and salt, the flavor is off-the-charts good.
- Vegan friendly– Not only is this recipe vegan friendly, but it’s gluten-free and with only 4 grams of net carbs, they can even be eaten in small quantities on a Keto diet.
- Their sneaky veggies– These carrot fries are a great way to get kids to eat more veggies. They won’t even know it’s healthy.
- Healthier Alternative – These air fryer carrot sticks are a much healthier alternative to traditional fries or potato chips.
Ingredients for Air Fry Carrot Sticks
These deliciously crispy air fryer carrot fries are an easy 4-ingredient vegan side or healthy snack! Here’s what you need:
- Carrots– Obviously, you need carrots, but make sure you get whole carrots, not baby carrots. The bigger around they are, the easier they will be to cut into carrot sticks.
- Olive oil– I use olive oil because it’s a healthier oil, but you can use canola oil, avocado oil or vegetable oil if you like. Oil helps the spices stick to your carrots.
- Garlic powder-I use garlic powder for seasoning, but if you like your fries saltier, you could use garlic salt.
- Salt– You can’t have fries without salt. If you want to limit your salt intake, you can use Morton’s Salt Substitute instead.
How to Air Fry Carrots in the Air Fryer?
These delicious carrot fries are super easy to make, and will only take you 15-20 minutes to whip up. Follow the directions below:
Step 1: Peel and Cut Carrots
First, use a potato peeler to peel the skin off your carrots. Then, cut the carrots in half lengthwise and cut them into thirds.
Step 2: Toss in Seasonings
Place the carrot sticks in a medium-sized bowl and coat with olive oil. Then, sprinkle your salt and garlic powder to season.
Step 3: Place Carrot Fries Into Air Fryer Basket
Next, spread your carrots out in the air fryer basket. Don’t overcrowd them. You want there to be room for airflow to make your air fryer carrot fries nice and crispy.
Step 4: Air Fry Carrots
Turn your air fryer to 370° F. Air Frying for 10-minutes.
Step 5: Garnish and Serve Air Fryer Carrot Fries
Garnish your seasoned carrots with chopped parsley or a herb of your choice. Serve and Enjoy the best carrot fries around!
What to Serve With These Amazing Carrot Fries?
Carrot fries make good snacks, but they also make delicious sides to a variety of different entrees. Here are my favorite entrees to serve with my carrot fries:
- Instant Pot Copycat Big Mac
- Tasty Tuna Burgers
- Instant Pot Alabama Sliders
- Delicious Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Instant Pot Turkey Burgers
- Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Burgers
- Instant Pot Salsa Dip
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Air Fry Carrots?
The answer is yes – you can air fry carrots! This recipe uses the air fryer to create perfectly crunchy carrot fries that are bursting with flavor. It’s one of my favorite air fryer recipes.
What Are Air Fryer Carrot Sticks?
Air Fryer Carrot Sticks or Crispy Carrot Fries are a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy your favorite root vegetable. These carrot fries are made by tossing raw carrots in olive oil and seasoning, then cooking them in an air fryer until they reach a crispy golden brown.
With their addictive salty-sweet flavor and high nutritional value, these carrot sticks make a great snack or side dish cuisine for any meal!
Best Air Fryer Carrot Fries Seasoning
Air fryer carrot fries can taste wonderful with just the right amount of seasoning. Seasoned carrots are what makes them taste so good. Here are some of my favorite seasoning combinations:
Salt, Garlic Powder and Pepper Seasoning
If you love the classic salty-garlicky taste of oven-baked fries, this is a great option for your air fryer carrots. Just sprinkle on 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, salt and black pepper .
Cayenne Pepper and Paprika Carrot Fries
To make your crispy fries extra flavorful, add in 1/8 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and smoked paprika.
Curried Carrot Fries
Make your carrot fries spicy with a little curry powder. The tangy taste of curry is perfect for carrots. Just mix 1 tablespoon of curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder with ¼ cup olive oil before tossing with your carrots.
Spicy Carrot Fries With Turmeric and Black Pepper
Turmeric is a great spice to use if you’re looking for that “golden curry” taste. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric and black pepper to give your carrot fries a flavorful kick!
Lemon Juice and Parmesan Cheese
if you prefer a tangier taste, try adding a dash of lemon juice and shredded Parmesan cheese to your air fryer french fries. Just sprinkle on a bit before cooking for the perfect zesty and cheesy side dish!
Whether you like your carrots salty or sweet, spicy or mild, there are plenty of delicious seasoning combos that can be used to make your air fryer carrot fries better than any traditional french fries.
Dips and Sauces for Carrot Fries
If you’re looking for a little something extra to go with your carrot fries, there are plenty of delicious dipping sauces and condiments that will complement their flavor perfectly. Some of my personal favorites include:
Aioli sauce– This creamy garlic sauce is the perfect companion for crispy air fryer carrot fries.
Spicy Mayo– If you like your carrot fries on the spicy side, this is a great option for dipping.
Honey Mustard– This sweet and tangy sauce pairs perfectly with carrots.
BBQ Sauce– For a richer taste that will take your carrot fries to the next level, try stuffing them in a brioche bun with barbecue
Maple Syrup – This sweet and sticky sauce is a delicious complement to the crunchy texture of carrot fries.
Ranch– This classic creamy dip pairs perfectly with just about any kind of vegetable fries, especially carrots!
No matter which flavor combos you choose or dips you like to pair your carrot fries with, they are sure to be a hit at your next get-together or family dinner!
How Long to Air Fry Carrots?
These carrot french fries take 10 minutes to cook in the air fryer. For crispier fries add an extra 1-2 minutes of cooking time at the end.
How to Make Instant Pot Fries?
Whether you’re making healthy air fryer carrot fries, sweet potato fries or regular instapot fries, you can make the best carrot fries or instant pot fries right in your Instant Pot by using the Instant Pot air fryer lid.
The Instant Pot air fryer lid is designed to fit on the Instant Pot 6 Qt and 8 Qt Instant Pot models and lets you quickly air fry your food right in the Instant Pot.
To make instant pot carrot fries or any fries in the Instant Pot, simply toss the carrot sticks in oil, season with your preferred spices, and then place them in the Instant Pot basket.
Next, select “Air Fry” mode on the Instant Pot, set the temperature to 370° F, and cook for 10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce!
Whether you’re looking to make quick and easy carrots fries, or you’re craving a crispy potato fry fix, the Instant Pot air fryer lid makes it easy to whi up delicious snacks and sides in no time. So what are you waiting for? Try making your own instant pot carrot fries today!
How to Keep Fries From Getting Soggy?
Cooking fries in the air fryer can result in soggy fries from time to time. If your carrot fries come out soggy, there are two reasons this could happen: they are cut too thick or you didn’t cook them long enough.
How to Make Soggy Fries Crispy?
Make sure that you don’t cut your carrots too thick. You want them to be about 1/4 inch in thickness for the crispiest fries. Carrots hold more water than potatoes, so if the fries aren’t as crispy as you like, cook them for a couple of minutes longer.
Can I Use Cooking Spray Instead of Regular Oil?
Yes, you can use a cooking spray such as olive oil cooking spray instead of coating your fries in regular olive oil. Air fryers will work just as well with a light coating of cooking spray. It’s much healthier than deep frying and will result in a crispier carrot fry due to the flow of air that circulates around the fries as they cook.
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- First, use a potato peeler to peel the skin off your carrots. Then, cut the carrots in half lengthwise and cut them into thirds.
- Place the carrot sticks in a medium-sized bowl and coat with olive oil. Then, sprinkle your salt and garlic powder to season.
- Next, spread your carrots out in the air fryer basket. Don’t overcrowd them. You want there to be room for airflow to make your air fryer carrot fries nice and crispy.
- Turn your air fryer to 370° F. Air Frying for 10-minutes.
- Garnish your seasoned carrots with chopped parsley or a herb of your choice. Serve and Enjoy the best carrot fries around!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1219mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Can I Make Roasted Carrots in the Air Fryer?
Yes, you can make roasted carrots in the air fryer! To roast carrots in the air fryer, simply toss them with a little oil and your preferred seasonings.
Air fryer vegetables are much faster than cooking them in the oven, and they will turn out evenly crispy and golden brown every time.
Making roasted carrots in the air fryer takes around 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the carrot. Check out our Roasted Carrots Air Fryer Recipe here!
How to Store Air Fried Carrots
Air Fryer Carrots are best if eaten right away since they can get soggy if left out for too long. However, if you do have too many carrots you can store them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 2-days. To crisp them back up, reheat them in the air fryer at 350° F for 2-3 minutes.
Are These Keto Carrot Fries?
These air fryer carrot fries are a great option for those on the keto diet, as they are low in carbs and high in healthy fats. They can be added to your meal plan along with other keto-friendly foods such as grass-fed butter, avocado, wild salmon, coconut oil, and leafy greens.
Whether you’re following the keto diet for weight loss or to manage a health condition, this carrot fries air fryer recipe is a healthy recipe and is sure to become a staple in your kitchen!
More Air Fryer Recipes You Can Make in Your Air Fryer
Here are some more fantastic air fryer recipes that you can make in your air fryer or the Instant pot using the air fryer basket and Instant Pot air fryer lid.
- Air Fryer Turkey Legs
- Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Air Fryer Almond Chicken
- Air Fryer Sweet n Sour Chicken
- Air Fryer Butterfly Chicken
- Air Fryer Egg Bites
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Air Fryer Chimichangas
- Air Fryer Sliced Potato Bites
- Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers
- Air Fryer Huli Huli Chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken Pot Pies
- Turkey Wrapped Asparagus