I hope you aren’t putting your Air Fryer away anytime soon! These 10 Minute Air Fryer Carrots just may become your family’s new favorite side dish. They are quick, simple, yet have an incredible taste.
If you are here, it most likely means you have been cooking with your Air Fryer. We used our Instant Vortex 7 in 1 this time, but this works great in a basket style like the NuWave or the Ninja as well. Easy peasy.
We can’t get enough of our favorite kitchen gadget as it just makes cooking so much easier and my husband declares “so much fun!” If you are looking for a simple vegetable recipe, try this!
🥕 Why This Works
Four Ingredients: This carrot side dish requires just four ingredients! Now you can change up ingredients if you want, but it is delicious as is.
Simple Prep: Don’t have much time to prep dinner? That’s totally fine. This side dish is so simple to throw together.
Quick Cook Time: 10 minutes is all it takes to make this. It’s a total no-fuss recipe.
Affordable: Buying a bag of carrots is inexpensive. You can make these for dinner multiple times a week and feel good you didn’t break the bank.
Versatile: Essentially, you can season these tasty carrots with anything. Sprinkle on some cheese at the end to entice kids, reach for your favorite spice blend, etc.
The ingredients are super simple! I wanted to take a second to talk with you about the main ingredients. Let’s take a look:
Carrots – You can’t have this recipe without the main ingredient! I chose a bag of the rainbow carrots because they looked fun and taste fabulous.
Minced Garlic – We used one garlic clove. It doesn’t take much to get that great flavor. You may not realize it, but garlic is filled with vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. It’s more than a delicious ingredient. Try my garlic broccoli stir fry, if you really enjoy garlic.
Melted Butter – I usually use unsalted butter when I am cooking or baking. It yields better results.
This side dish is so easy and delish!
Step One: Heat the Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
Step Two: Cut the carrots into long thin strips like matchsticks. Spray a little bit of olive oil on the carrot sticks and put them in the Air Fryer for 10 minutes.
Check at the halfway point and turn over. Depending on how thick you cut them, they may need an additional 1-2 minutes.
Step Three: While the carrots are cooking, melt the butter and combine with minced garlic and fresh parsley. When the carrots are done, add them to a bowl and drizzle them with the butter mixture.
Note: I tend to cook these in a single layer. If you have a front-loading version of the Air Fryer, you will have enough room to cook two trays worth, which should be good for 3-4 people. For the basket models, you have two choices. You can either add all the carrots to the basket and cook for a bit longer, turning them half way through, or you can make the carrots in two batches.
Normally, I don’t stack in the Air Fryer but it works for these carrots and they are forgiving!
You can do several things to make these slightly different each time!
- Replace the garlic with your favorite herb mixture like rosemary and thyme. We keep these growing in the garden and we cut off some fresh sprigs to add to dishes.
- Toss carrots with a little balsamic vinegar. This adds an amazing tangy flavor.
- Drizzle a little warm honey over the carrots in place of the butter.
- Replace with the small baby carrots. These usually have a higher water content, so it may take a little extra time to cook.
🍴 Meal Prep Ideas
I love to meal prep as much as possible and hope you have learned a thing or two in the Meal Prep 101! These can be made even easier if you do a couple of things ahead of time:
- Cut up the carrots and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.
- Prep the butter, garlic, and parsley the night before so you simply grab the cup and microwave. There is no need to mince or prepare these while you are cooking. It is so much better to prep them ahead of time.
- Get the Air Fryer out and ready to go. I like to find my favorite tongs and have them all ready to go.
👩🍳 Recipe FAQs
Carrots are a great source of nutrients. Carrots have potassium, antioxidants, and have even been known to help lower cholesterol. There are so many benefits to incorporating this orange vegetable into your diet.
You should flip the carrots at the halfway point. This provides an even cook but also allows you to look to see how much longer you need to go. The thickness of your slices will alter the cook time.
Absolutely. Place them in an airtight container and store for a few days in the refrigerator. Reheat when ready to eat.
Air fryers are such a great investment! You can cook meats, appetizers, desserts and even side dishes. The cooking options are endless, and a healthier alternative to deep frying.
The air fryer uses hot air to circulate all around your food. That is what helps to provide an even and crispy texture. You should never stack food in your air fryer as it prevents the food from evenly cooking.
Air Fryer Carrots with Garlic Butter and Parsley
- Air Fryer
- 2 Carrots sliced into long thin strips
- 1 tbs Melted Butter
- 1 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley chopped
- Heat the Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
- Cut the carrots up into thin strips the size of french fries. Spray lightly with olive oil and put them in the Air Fryer for 10 minutes. Turn them over half way through. Check them at 10 minutes to see if you want to add 1-2 more minutes.
- Melt butter and add minced garlic and parsley. Stir and allow to rest while waiting on the carrots to finish cooking.
- Remove carrots from Air Fryer and place in a bowl. Pour butter mixture over the top and stir. Enjoy