This easy air fryer carrots and potatoes recipe makes the perfect side dish with minimal effort. Learn how to make deliciously crispy and flavorful roasted carrots and potatoes in the air fryer with this simple recipe.
Looking for an easy way to make a delicious side dish with minimal effort? These air fryer carrots and potatoes are the perfect recipe! In just 20 minutes, you can have crispy, flavorful roasted veggies ready to pair with any main course.
For your next meal, skip the boring boiled carrots and potatoes. With just your air fryer and basic ingredients like olive oil and seasonings, you can make restaurant-quality roasted veggies. Crispy potatoes and carrots with less guilt! Let this easy recipe inspire you to utilize your air fryer for all kinds of delicious and good-for-you sides.
Air frying is a great way to cook vegetables with little oil while still achieving a crispy texture. It also significantly reduces cook time compared to roasting in the oven. This air-fried carrots and potatoes recipe takes advantage of the air fryer's hot air circulation to roast the veggies evenly in less time!
Serve this as a healthy side dish to some of my other recipes like Chicken Sausages in the Air Fryer, Air Fryer Cube Steak, or Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs. If you want to make your protein and veggies at the same time, try out my Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes recipe!
- 📋 Why You'll Love This Recipe!
- Ingredients for Air Fried Carrots and Potatoes
- ✔️ Ingredient Substitutions
- 📖 How to Make Carrots and Potatoes in Air Fryer
- 🥘 Variations
- 🧂Serving Suggestions
- ⏲ Equipment
- 🍶 Storage
- 🙋🏻♂️ Frequently Asked Questions
- 👨🏻🍳 Top Tips!
- 📒 Recipe Card
- Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes Recipe
- 🍳 More Air Fryer Recipes
📋 Why You'll Love This Recipe!
Cooking carrots and potatoes in the air fryer is a winning technique for several reasons:
- Healthy Side Dish: Healthier than frying with less oil!
- Quick Recipe: Takes only 20 minutes - great for busy weeknights.
- Crispy: Achieves crispy texture without deep frying.
- Vegetable Packed: Allows flavors of fresh veggies to shine.
- Better than Oven: Quicker and more convenient than oven roasting!
- Easy Side Dish: Minimal ingredients and prep - easy weeknight side dish.
Ingredients for Air Fried Carrots and Potatoes
This easy air fryer potatoes and carrots recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients that take this side dish to crispy, golden brown perfection.
Air frying helps bring out the natural flavors of fresh vegetables without needing a lot of added fat or oil. This easy recipe uses simple ingredients you likely have on hand.
Here is what you'll need to make carrots and potatoes in the air fryer:
- Potatoes: The type of potato you use can impact the crispiness. Starchy russet or Yukon gold potatoes are great choices that will get crispy edges in the air fryer. I used baby potatoes for this recipe and just cut them in half.
- Carrots: Look for carrots that are similar in size so they cook evenly. Peel the carrots and slice them diagonally into 1-inch pieces.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A healthy oil with lots of flavor. A little olive oil goes a long way and lightly coats the potatoes and carrots for air frying.
- Salt: Enhances flavor and helps draw out moisture for crisping the veggies.
- Pepper: Freshly cracked black pepper adds another layer of flavor.
- Onion Powder: Dried onion powder provides a punch of onion flavor without the added moisture of fresh onion.
- Garlic Powder: In addition to garlic flavor, garlic powder also boosts the overall savory-ness of the dish.
- Oregano: Dried oregano has an aromatic quality that pairs especially well with potato dishes. Its earthy flavor complements the other seasonings.
See the recipe card for quantities and complete instructions.
✔️ Ingredient Substitutions
This simple vegetable air fryer recipe is very adaptable. Here are some easy substitutions:
- Potatoes: Instead of russet or Yukon gold, try another starchy potato like sweet potatoes or red potatoes.
- Carrots: Swap different vegetables like parsnips, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower instead of carrots. You can also use baby carrots to make this recipe even easier!
- Olive Oil: You can use avocado oil or coconut oil for olive oil.
- Dried Herbs: Switch dried herbs like oregano to rosemary, thyme, or or a little bit of Italian seasoning blend.
- Seasonings: For the garlic and onion powders, use fresh minced versions for some extra flavor! For some sweetness, add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the potatoes and carrots seasoning.
- Oven Directions: Rather than air frying, you can roast the potatoes and carrots in the oven at 425°F, though it will take about twice as long.
📖 How to Make Carrots and Potatoes in Air Fryer
With just a few easy steps, you'll have perfect air fryer carrots and potatoes ready in a flash:
Toss Vegetables with Oil and Seasonings: In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, olive oil, and all the seasonings. Toss until everything is evenly coated. This fully distributes the oil and spices and prevents unevenly cooked vegetables.
Arrange in Single Layer: Add the seasoned potatoes and carrots to the preheated air fryer basket, taking care not to overcrowd them. Arranging them in a single layer allows for maximum exposure to the hot air circulating for fast, even cooking.
Cook 15-20 Minutes: Air fry for 15-20 minutes initially. The exact cooking time will vary based on the size of vegetable pieces and your particular model of air fryer.
Shake Halfway: Important! After 10 minutes, pause to shake the basket of veggies. This helps redistribute them for the most evenly browned potatoes and carrots.
Check Doneness: After shaking, cook for another 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are fork-tender and the edges are crispy browned. For extra crispy veggies, cook a minute or two longer.
Season and Serve: Fresh from the air fryer, the potatoes and carrots will be hot and perfectly cooked. Give them a final seasoning to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Enjoy your side of crispy air fryer carrots and potatoes!
Hint: Be careful when chopping the carrots as they are hard and the knife can easily slip and be dangerous! Use proper cutting techniques, a sharp knife and a stable cutting surface when cutting hard vegetables.
There are so many possibilities for customizing these air fryer carrots and potatoes. Get creative with different seasonings and ingredients! Here are a few tasty variations to try:
- Balsamic Roasted: Toss with 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and add ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes before air frying.
- Maple Cinnamon: Toss with 1 tablespoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper before air frying.
- Herb Garlic: Use fresh rosemary and increase garlic powder to 1 teaspoon for a stronger fresh herb flavor!
- Chili Lime: Add ½ teaspoon chili powder and zest of one lime for a spicy, citrus kick.
- Ginger Honey: Toss with 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger and 1 tablespoon honey for a sweet and slightly spicy version!
- Everything Bagel: Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of everything bagel seasoning before serving.
These versatile carrots and potatoes pair well with all types of meals. Here are some delicious ideas for what to serve them with:
- Roasted or grilled chicken or beef
- Seafood like salmon or shrimp
- Vegetarian mains such as rice bowls or veggie burgers
- Eggs for breakfast or brunch
- As an appetizer for snacking
- Really anything you would normally serve mashed, baked, or roasted potatoes with works great with these air fryer potatoes and carrots! Their crispy crunch adds fantastic texture and flavor to complete any dish.
Air Fryer: This air fryer roasted carrots and potatoes recipe has been tested using two air fryer models:
- Instant Vortex Plus 6-Quart Air Fryer Oven. This air fryer has a useful viewing window that allows you to monitor the food as it cooks. This model always cooks food a bit quicker than my Cosori model, so reduce the cooking time as needed.
- Cosori Max XL Large Cooker. It has a capacity of 5.8 quarts which is quite large. The basket is smaller than my Instant Pot model but has very good hot air circulation.
Oven Thermometer: Whatever air fryer model you have, test the temperature with an oven thermometer to see if your air fryer runs hotter or cooler than others. All air fryers are different, so results will vary!
One of the bonuses of this easy air fryer side is that air fryer roasted potatoes and carrots store well after air frying. Here are some storage tips:
In the Refrigerator: Allow to cool fully, then transfer leftover air fryer potatoes and carrots to an airtight container. They will keep in the fridge for up to one week.
In the Freezer: For longer term, store leftover air fryer carrots and potatoes in a freezer-safe container or bags. They will keep for 2-3 months.
Reheating: Reheat leftovers in a 400°F oven or air fryer until warmed through before serving again. Allow frozen leftovers to thaw before reheating.
🙋🏻♂️ Frequently Asked Questions
Total cook time is 15-20 minutes. Cooking time can vary slightly based on the size and type of your air fryer.
Yes, preheating is crucial for properly crisping the potatoes and carrots. Always preheat at 400°F for at least 3-5 minutes.
Yes! This mid-cook toss redistributes them for even browning and cooking on all sides.
Absolutely! Just air fry them in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket per batch.
Test them with a fork for tenderness. The potatoes and carrots should also have golden crispy edges when fully cooked.
👨🏻🍳 Top Tips!
- When cutting potatoes, soak in cold water for 5 minutes to remove excess starch for extra crispness. Dry thoroughly before cooking.
- Don't overcrowd potatoes in the basket. They should have space between them for maximum airflow.
- If potatoes aren't getting crispy enough, toss them in some cornstarch before air frying.
- Spray the basket with oil to prevent sticking.
- For caramelized flavor, pre-cook potatoes in the microwave for 2 minutes before air frying.
📒 Recipe Card
Air Fryer Carrots and Potatoes Recipe
- 1 lb. baby potatoes if using larger potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 medium carrots peeled and sliced diagonally
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- Preheat Air Fryer: Make sure to preheat the air fryer fully before adding the vegetables. This helps ensure the high heat necessary for crisping the potatoes and carrots. Set to 400°F which is ideal for properly roasting root veggies without burning.
- Toss Vegetables with Oil and Seasonings: In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, olive oil, and all the seasonings. Toss until everything is evenly coated. This fully distributes the oil and spices and prevents unevenly cooked vegetables.1 lb. baby potatoes, 3 medium carrots, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. black pepper, ½ tsp. onion powder, ½ tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. dried oregano
- Arrange in Single Layer: Add the coated potatoes and carrots to the preheated air fryer basket, taking care not to overcrowd them. Arranging them in a single layer allows for maximum exposure to the hot air circulating for fast, even cooking.
- Cook 15-20 Minutes: Air fry for 15-20 minutes initially, shaking halfway through. The exact cooking time will vary based on the size of vegetable pieces and your particular model of air fryer.
- Shake Halfway: Important! After 10 minutes, pause to shake the basket of veggies. This helps redistribute them for the most evenly browned potatoes and carrots.
- Check Doneness and Continue Cooking: After shaking, cook for another 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are fork-tender and the edges are crispy browned. For extra crispy veggies, cook a minute or two longer.
- Season and Serve: Fresh from the air fryer, the potatoes and carrots will be hot and perfectly cooked. Give them a final seasoning to taste with salt and pepper before serving, or garnish with some fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy your side of crispy air fryer carrots and potatoes!
- Cut potatoes and carrots into uniform 1-inch pieces for even cooking
- Toss chopped veggies in oil and seasonings to evenly coat
- Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket, cook in batches if needed
- Fully preheat air fryer to 400°F before adding vegetables
- Cook for 15-25 minutes, shaking basket halfway through
- Test veggies for fork-tender doneness and crispy edges
- Season with more salt and pepper after cooking if desired
- Allow leftovers to fully cool before storing
- Store cooked carrots and potatoes in airtight container up to 1 week
- Reheat leftovers in 400°F oven or air fryer, adding oil helps recrisp
- Freeze leftovers in freezer bags up to 2-3 months
This recipe was tested with these air fryers: