These Air Fryer Carrot Fries are a healthier alternative to the classic fries and makes a delicious snack or side dish. Enjoy plain or with the spicy yogurt dipping sauce!
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Air Fryer Carrot Fries
These almost look and taste like french fries and are delicious plain or with the yogurt sauce. It is a great low carb vegetable without the hassle of deep frying and cooks much faster when compared to oven baking which might take 20 to 30 minutes.
They turn out tender and tastes amazing with the hint of cayenne that compliments the sweetness. My kids can’t have enough of this nutritious vegetable. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and are much lower in calories and carbs when compared the traditional potato fries.
Our favorite part of this recipe is that it is delicious as a side dish for weeknight dinner or served as a snack anytime. These are fast, easy and have the perfect texture.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE?
- Quick and Easy: It can be made in about 16 minutes, which includes the time to prep.
- Versatile: They can be served as a snack or a side dish.
- Simple: We used a basic seasoning to keep them simple which compliments the spicy sauce.
- Kid friendly: It is great way to make kids eat their veggies. Pair them with chicken nuggets or chicken meatballs for totally kid friendly meal.
WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE?
These look and taste similar to sweet potato fries with a mild seasoning which compliments any main course served with or dipped into the sauce.
HOW TO PICK CARROTS?
When buying loose or bagged carrots, look for firm, plump, smooth vegetable with bright colored skin. They will be more tender and juicy. We like to buy them in bunches with the greens still attached whenever possible. The greens should look vibrant and fresh.
HOW TO PREP?
Wash, pat dry and peel them. We like to use a vegetable peeler which makes the job much easier. If using organic carrots, then you can wash them thoroughly and can skip peeling them. Trim the ends, cut in half, slice each half lengthwise and then cut into 1/4-inch thick sticks.
HOW LONG TO COOK?
We cooked them at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. It is necessary to shake the basket once, half way through cooking, to make sure they cook evenly.
CAN I BAKE THEM IN OVEN?
Sure can! Prep them as instructed, place on a baking sheet in a single layer, bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a pre heated 420 degree oven.
These are perfect served plain as a quick snack or a side dish to your favorite main-course like chicken, fish, shrimp or burgers. But, we took it a level up and served them with spicy lemony yogurt sauce which compliments the sweetness of the vegetable.
This simple recipe requires only 3 main ingredients that are always stocked in your kitchen.
- Carrots – We used one pound.
- Olive oil – Adds flavor and helps them crisp up.
- Seasonings – Salt, Pepper and Cayenne pepper to taste.
PRO TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Don’t overcrowd. Make sure that the sticks are spread in an even layer for even roasting.
- Wish to double the recipe? Cook in two batches.
- Customize with your favorite seasoning blend or make them sweet with honey and butter.
- Cut them in even size. This will make sure that cook evenly.
- Make them crispy. Add a teaspoon of cornstarch along with the seasoning blend.
- Air fryer used. We used Instant Vortex 6 Quart.
- Try using different colored carrots like red, purple or yellow.
Here are few seasoning combination ideas to try:
- Garlic, cumin, onion powder or smoked paprika.
- Sweet– Toss with melted butter and honey or maple syrup instead. Make sure to keep an eye on them since the sugars will caramelize quickly.
- Mexican– Add garlic, onion, cumin and chili powder or toss in homemade taco seasoning.
- Indian – Add turmeric and coriander powder.
- Italian – Mix in Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.
- Garlic Herb – Toss in a garlic powder and a mix of minced parsley, oregano and basil.
- Oil – Use coconut or avocado oil instead.
- Baby carrots – Use baby size vegetable instead of the regular size. Cook at 380 degrees for 16 to 20 minutes.
- Cut into slices instead of sticks.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce like sriracha mayo, curry ketchup, ranch dressing, tartar sauce, honey mustard or garlic sauce.
HOW TO MAKE?
These could not be easier to prepare and they make a perfect snack.
- Prep – Wash, peel and cut vegetable into 1/4 inch thick sticks. Toss in olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Cook – Cook in a pre heated 400 degree fryer for about 10 minutes, giving the basket a shake once in between.
HOW TO SERVE?
They are cooked tender and amazingly nutritious. Here are few suggested pairings for a kid friendly air fryer dinner:
- Chicken burger
- Naan Bread Pizza
- Chicken tenders without breading
- Crispy baked chicken cutlets
- Lemon pepper wings
Or serve as a snack with the creamy spicy sauce.
HOW TO REHEAT?
To reheat, pre heat your air fryer to 360 degrees F and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, shaking halfway. Alternatively, microwave for a few seconds until heated through.
HOW TO STORE?
Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container for up to 4 days.
Frequently Asked Questions:
These are much healthier than deep fried version. They are also low carb, low calorie (only 80 calories per serving), vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
It depends on the type used. If you are using organic vegetable then a good wash will suffice. Whereas, we like to peel when using non-organic variety.
More Carrot Recipes:
- Eggless Carrot Cake
- Thai Carrot Soup
- Almond Flour Carrot Cake Muffins
- Carrot Oatmeal
- Carrot Walnut Cake
- Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
More delicious Vegetables as appetizers in the air fryer :
- Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Breaded Mushrooms
- Jalapeno Poppers <— No Bacon
- Buffalo Cauliflower
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms <— Vegetarian
- Corn on the Cob <— with 3 Flavored Butters
- 1 pound carrots
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper powder
Spicy Yogurt Sauce
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Peel carrots, remove ends and cut them in half. Cut each half into 1/4-inch thick fries.
2. Toss cut carrots, olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne together in a bowl, until thoroughly combined.
3. Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 11 minutes. When hot, add carrots into the basket, spreading them in an even layer.
4. Cook for 9-11 minutes, shaking the basket once half way through cooking. Cook until tender and crisp.
Serve plain or with the dipping sauce.
Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Add all sauce ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.
(Please note that the calories mentioned are calculated only for the fries and does not include the sauce)
Don't overcrowd. Make sure that the sticks are spread in an even layer for even roasting.
Wish to double the recipe? Cook in two batches.
Customize with your favorite seasoning blend or make them sweet with honey and butter.
Cut them in even size. This will make sure that cook evenly.
Make them crispy. Add a teaspoon of cornstarch along with the seasoning blend.
Air fryer used. We used Instant Vortex 6 Quart.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
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