Air Fryer Baby Carrots
These Air Fryer Baby Carrots are the most flavor yet simple side dish. They are the perfect accompaniment to any protein or side for upcoming holiday meals. The baby carrots are tossed with a few simple ingredients, roasted in the air fryer, and served over a bed of whipped feta because cheese is a must when it comes to vegetables.
- 1 pound (16 ounce bag) baby carrots, pat dry*
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil*
- 2 teaspoons honey*
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 ounces feta cheese crumbles
- 1 ounce whipped cream cheese*
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- sliced lemon halves
- chopped parsley
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In a large mixing bowl combine the carrots, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper (and sliced lemons if using). Toss well.
Place the carrots in a single layer into the air fryer basket.
Air fry at 390 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until done to your liking, shaking the basket halfway through.
While the carrots are air frying, add the feta, cream cheese, and lemon zest into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth. This may take a couple of minutes.
Serve the carrots over the whipped feta and garnish with parsley and dill.
Baby Carrots: You can swap these for 1 pound of sliced full size peeled carrots. I recommend cutting the carrots in half lengthwise and then into 2 - 2.5 inch pieces. You can also use frozen carrots but I do not think they have as good of a texture.
Olive Oil: Swap for avocado oil or vegetable oil.
Honey: Swap for brown sugar.
Whipped Cream Cheese: Swap for regular cream cheese, greek yogurt, or sour cream, but according to this article, whipped cream cheese is the best option.
Refrigerator: Store leftover air fryer carrots and feta in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezer: I do not recommend freezer leftovers.
Dry carrots. I find baby carrots have a lot of excess water in their bag. Place the carrots on a plate or bowl lined with paper towels and pat them dry. Removing the excess moisture helps them roast better.
Check the carrots halfway through. In most of my air fryer recipes, I recommend checking on the food at least once while it is cooking. This is because every air fryer cooks slightly different.
Oven: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place seasoned carrots on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until carrots are done to your liking. Stir 2-3 times throughout the cooking process.
Extra charred/soft: Add 3-4 minutes to the air frying time for softer or more done carrots.