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Making the perfect Air Fryer Carrots is easier than you think! Perfectly caramelized with brown sugar and garlic, these roasted carrots are a simple side dish your family will love.

Guys, I'm feeling optimistic about the things I love being reality again. One of those things? Family holidays. I LOVE the production of a big, traditional holiday meal, and having my nearest and dearest gathered together! With Easter coming up, I'm dreaming of this Double Smoked Ham and some fantastic side dishes like these Roasted Air Fryer Carrots! 

Perfectly Roasted Air Fryer Carrots - Air Fryer Side Dish

For these perfectly roasted Air Fryer Carrots, I chose a bunch of rainbow carrots with the tops still on. You absolutely do NOT have to use rainbow carrots, but they sure are pretty! 

In lieu of rainbow carrots, you can choose a plain bunch of carrots with the tops on. I love keeping the tops on for a more elegant look. 

I have found rainbow carrots everywhere from Wal-Mart to Whole Foods! But, I found this rainbow carrot bunch with the tops on at Sprouts. 

You can also use baby carrots, just reduce the time in the air fryer to 15 minutes! 

Perfectly Roasted Air Fryer Carrots - Air Fryer Side Dish

I love the idea of using the air fryer for these roasted Air Fryer Carrots because my oven is BUSY when I make holiday meals! Using an appliance like the air fryer or Instant Pot can help free up valuable space when you're making meals for a crowd.

But, you don't HAVE to own an air fryer to make these delicious carrots! You can bake them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes in the oven. 

Perfectly Roasted Air Fryer Carrots - Air Fryer Side Dish

Air Fryer Carrots FAQ

Will these carrots be sweet with the addition of brown sugar?

No! The brown sugar in this recipe is there to help accelerate the caramelization of the outer part of the carrots. If you like your carrots on the sweeter side, I recommend doubling the brown sugar.

I don’t have an air fryer. Can I still make these?

Yes, You can bake them in your oven on a sheet pan for 30 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Air Fryer Carrots - Air Fryer Side Dish Recipe

Can I use baby carrots?

Yes, but you will need to reduce your cooking time down to 15 minutes.

How do I get the cooked brown sugar off the air fryer?

Ah, yes. Sticky brown sugar goo! It's actually pretty easy to get off! I recommend adding hot water to the pan and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. After this, it should be dissolved and easy to scrub off. 

Air Fryer Carrots - Air Fryer Side Dish Recipe
Air Fryer Carrots - Air Fryer Side Dish Recipe

Perfectly Roasted Air Fryer Carrots

Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, topped, halved
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, optional

Instructions

  1. Peel your carrots and cut them in half; depending on their length, cut them in half if they are too long for your air fryer basket.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the carrots with the oil, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper, toss until they are well
    coated.     
  3. Place the carrots into your air fryer.
  4. Set the air fryer to 390°F for 20 minutes;
  5. Shake/stir the carrots halfway through the cook time.
  6. Garnish with parsley and enjoy. These carrots are delicious warm or at room temperature.

Notes

If the carrots come with the green tops on, trim the tops off, leaving about ¾ inch of the green top on the carrot.

Air Fryer Carrots
Air Fryer Carrots

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