Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes

air fryer carrots and potatoes

Are you looking for a quick and easy side dish that also delivers on taste while still being healthy?

Then you need to check out this simple recipe for air fryer carrots and potatoes.

Requiring minimal prep, this dish is an excellent option for potluck dinners, family get-togethers, or even your weekly meal prep. It's easy to make, tastes great, and everyone will love it...and you for making it!

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Why This Recipe Works

This air fryer carrots and potatoes recipe is so great because while it's quick and easy to make, it's also delicious, nutritious, and versatile.

Air frying is a quick and easy way to cook vegetables that gives you perfectly cooked veggies each and every time. Plus, air frying requires minimal preparation or clean-up.

Potatoes and carrots made in the air fryer is an incredibly delicious side dish that pairs well with so many different meals. Air frying gives vegetables a crispy texture that is similar to deep-frying, but without the added fat and calories. This makes them more enjoyable to eat than boiled or steamed vegetables. And, air frying ensures that the vegetables cook evenly and are cooked through to the center, unlike other cooking methods that can sometimes result in unevenly cooked vegetables.

Also, air fryer carrots and potatoes can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices to create different flavors and can be served as a side dish or used in other recipes.

Ingredients

Carrots:

Carrots are a readily available, cost-effective, and healthy side dish option that pairs very well with potatoes. Parsnips are another carrot-adjacent root vegetable that you could add to the mix as well. You could even try some rainbow carrots. You might enjoy the added colors they bring!

Potatoes:

The best potatoes to use in this air fryer carrots and potatoes recipe are baby potatoes, but yellow potatoes or purple potatoes are also really good additions to this recipe. You can use any kind of potato you have on hand. Just make sure that the pieces are cut small enough to resemble the size of your carrot slices. This will ensure that you get an even cook throughout the dish without any over-cooked or under-cooked pieces in the mix.

Seasonings:

The seasonings used in this air fryer carrots and potatoes recipe are designed to enhance the sweetness of the carrots while still complimenting the savory earthiness of the potatoes. However, they can easily be swapped out for any other flavor agents you want. For instance, the sugar can be replaced with your favorite sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or agave syrup. You can choose to use rosemary, cajun seasoning, or lemon zest to change the flavor of your air fryer carrots and potatoes.

How to Make Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes

Step One: 

Peel and cut carrots into slices.

Step Two: 

Wash and cut potatoes into pieces roughly the same size as your carrots.

Step Three: 

In a large bowl, combine your potatoes and carrots, then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Step Four:

Add your carrots and potatoes to your air fryer basket and brown them at 360F for 12 minutes.

Step Five: 

While they are browning, combine seasonings in a small bowl.

Step Six: 

Once the carrots and potatoes have completed cooking, remove them from the air fryer and coat in the seasonings and remaining olive oil.

Step Seven:

Put them back in the air fryer to cook at 320F for an additional 8 minutes.

Step Eight:

Remove them from the air fryer, serve while hot, and enjoy!

Tips

  • By preheating your air fryer before adding the vegetables, you can ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Cook your vegetables in batches if you need to. Overcrowding the air fryer basket can prevent the vegetables from getting crispy and evenly cooked.
  • Check your vegetables periodically during cooking and give them a toss or shake to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Season your vegetables with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like. Some good options include fresh garlic or chives.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes

The combination of carrots and potatoes pairs so well with so many dishes that the mealtime possibilities are endless.

Try adding these air fryer carrots and potatoes to your next family dinner paired with smoked meatloaf, roast beef, or roasted chicken with stuffing.

Air fryer carrots and potatoes can also be served alongside any type of fish, like haddock, mahi-mahi, or tilapia.

Leftover air fryer carrots and potatoes can even be added to stir-fries or used to create a warm salad, as they pair well with fresh greens and a tangy dressing.

FAQs

How long can leftover air fryer potatoes and carrots be stored?

Leftover carrots and potatoes made in the air fryer can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container.

To reheat, you can place the vegetables in the air fryer again for a few minutes until heated through, or you can microwave them for a quicker option. However, they won't be as crispy in the microwave.

Can I use frozen carrots and potatoes in the air fryer?

Yes, you can use frozen vegetables in the air fryer, but they may take longer to cook than fresh vegetables. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I add other vegetables to the air fryer with the carrots and potatoes?

Yes, you can add other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, or green beans to the air fryer with the carrots and potatoes. Just make sure they are cut into similar-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.

Can I make it in the Instant Pot?

Yes. In order to do so, check out this Instant Pot Potatoes and Carrots recipe.

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air fryer carrots and potatoes

Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes

These quick and easy air fryer carrots and potatoes make a delicious and healthy side dish for any meal.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes, air fryer potatoes and carrots, carrots and potatoes, potatoes and carrots
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon pepper

Instructions

  • Peel and cut carrots into slices.
  • Wash and cut potatoes into pieces roughly the same size as your carrots.
  • In a large bowl, combine your potatoes and carrots, then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add your carrots and potatoes to your air fryer basket and brown them at 360F for 12 minutes.
  • While they are browning, combine seasonings in a small bowl.
  • Once the carrots and potatoes have completed cooking, remove them from the air fryer and coat in the seasonings and remaining olive oil.
  • Put them back in the air fryer to cook at 320F for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Remove them from the air fryer, serve while hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 4g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 1832mg Potassium: 921mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 19502IU Vitamin C: 30mg Calcium: 98mg Iron: 3mg

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Notes

  • By preheating your air fryer before adding the vegetables, you can ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Cook your vegetables in batches if you need to. Overcrowding the air fryer basket can prevent the vegetables from getting crispy and evenly cooked.
  • Check your vegetables periodically during cooking and give them a toss or shake to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Season your vegetables with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like. Some good options include fresh garlic or chives.
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