Wondering how to make carrots in the air fryer? This recipe is quick and easy to make, and it produces delicious, healthy air fryer carrots. Air frying helps to preserve the nutrients in the carrots while also giving them a crispy and tender texture. You can make roasted slices or air fryer baby carrots with this easy recipe. 

Air fryer carrots in a white bowl on a marble countertop.

We love air fryer vegetables like broccoli and artichoke hearts, and even quick and easy French fries. Using the air fryer is often quicker than the oven and frees up y our oven for other dishes, which is especially helpful when cooking big meals. 

Roasted carrots like our Maple Glazed Roasted Rainbow Carrots are always a family favorite vegetable side dish. This recipe is similar and easy to customize with various seasonings. You can use sliced carrots or baby carrots with this recipe. 

Air Fryer Carrots Ingredients 

The ingredients for air fryer carrots in bowls on a marble countertop including everything but bagel seasoning, maple syrup, salta and pepper, and olive oil.

You’ll need just a few ingredients for this simple recipe. 

  • Carrots. You can use whole or baby carrots for air frying. This recipe works with peeled or unpeeled carrots depending on your preference. 
  • Oil. A little oil helps make these “roasted” carrots crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Olive oil is a great choice but you can also use coconut oil or avocado oil. 
  • Maple syrup. The syrup creates a tasty caramelized glaze on the carrots. The flavor is a wonderful compliment to carrots. Feel free to omit the syrup if you are avoiding sugar or prefer a more savory flavor. If you prefer honey, feel free to substitute that. 
  • Salt & Pepper. It’s important to season your carrots for the best flavor. 
  • Additional seasonings. There are many tasty flavor options for air fry baby carrots or carrot chips. We used Everything Bagel Seasoning for the photos but you could also just use salt and pepper, and add some curry powder or za’atar for a Middle Eastern flavor that would be delicious on grain bowls with lentils or falafel and tahini sauce

How to Make Roasted Carrots in the Air Fryer

Sliced carrots in a glass bowl with seasonings on a marble countertop.

Step 1: Toss the peeled and sliced (baby carrots) with the oil, maple syrup, and seasonings. 

Roasted carrots in the basket of a black air fryer with parsley, salt and pepper.

Step 2: Cook in the air fryer until crisp. 

Roasted glazed carrot slices in a gold spoon over white background.

Step 3: Serve warm as a side dish or part of a grain bowl. 

Close-up of sliced glazed air fryer carrots on a gold serving spoon.

Air fryer carrots are an easy vegetable side dish you can make any weeknight or for the holidays. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are air fryer carrots healthy?

Air fryer carrots are a healthier option than boiled or steamed carrots. This cooking method helps to preserve the nutrients and flavor of the carrots.

Can I make air fryer baby carrots? 

Air fryer baby carrots work wonderfully with this recipe and make it even quicker and easier since you don’t need to peel or chop them. 

How do I make this recipe in the oven? 

If you don’t have an air fryer but love the looks of this recipe,  you can make it in the oven. You’ll cook for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees. 

Can I use frozen carrots in an air fryer?

We do not recommend using frozen carrots in an air fryer. Frozen carrots can release too much moisture and will not cook evenly in the air fryer.

What can I serve with air fryer carrots?

Air fryer carrots are a great side dish for any meal. For the holidays we love them with all the other traditional sides like stuffing and mashed potatoes. Try serving them alongside Vegan Lentil Loaf, roasted fish, quinoa, or rice. You can also add them to salads or wraps. Leftover cooked carrots work well added to soups and bowls. 

How do I store the leftover carrots?

Leftover carrots can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer or oven before serving.

Can I freeze the leftover?

Yes, you can freeze the leftover carrots. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating. Keep in mind that the texture will change and the carrots will be more watery. This recipe is so simple we recommend making them fresh. 

What is the taste and texture of air fryer carrots?

The taste and texture of the air fryer carrots will depend on how you cook them. If you like your carrots with a bit of crunch, then I recommend cooking them for 12 minutes. The texture will also be affected by whether or not you peel the carrots before cooking. If you do not peel the carrots, they will have a slightly tougher texture.

Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Carrots

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Making carrots in the air fryer is going to be your new favorite way to cook them. Air fryer carrots (baby or sliced) are tender on the inside and crispy and glazed on the outside.

A white plate filled with air fryer sliced carrots garnished with parsley.


  • 6 medium carrots washed, peeled, and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon each)
  • 2 teaspoons of everything but the bagel seasoning*
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Add the sliced carrots (or baby carrots patted dry) to a medium bowl. 
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper, and any other seasoning. Toss to coat the carrots. Carrot slices with seasonings in a glass bowl.
  3. Place the seasoned carrots in the basket of the air fryer. Carrot slices and seasonings in the basket of an air fryer.
  4. Cook at 380 ˚F for 12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking. 
  5. Serve hot and garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.
  6. You can adjust the cooking time depending on how crispy you want your carrots. Check them after 12 minutes and then add more time (2-3 minutes longer) if want softer carrots.

Oven instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F
  2. Add the carrots to a medium bowl. 
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper, and any other seasoning. Toss to coat the carrots.
  4. Arrange the carrots in an even layer on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes. 
  5. Serve hot garnish with fresh parsley.


We used Everything but the Bagel seasoning for photos but you can omit it and keep it simple or use another seasoning. Keep in mind that bagel seasoning has salt in it so you might not need any additional salt. Try adding other seasonings to the carrots such as curry powder, za'atar, garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika.

If your carrots are not evenly coated with the oil and seasonings, they may not cook evenly in the air fryer. Make sure to stir well so that all of the pieces are well coated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 406mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.