Air Fryer Carrots with Irresistible Honey Glaze

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Are you craving a side dish that’s both satisfying and sweet? These air fryer carrots have just the right amount of Sucanat or coconut sugar, butter, and honey to turn this simple vegetable into a gourmet dish worthy of a sophisticated dinner party and easy enough for a simple weeknight dinner at home.

Air fryer carrots in a white bowl with carrot greens behind it.
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Why You Will Love Air Fryer Carrots

Quick Cooking Time: Compared to traditional oven roasting, air fryer carrots are ready in only a fraction of the time. This is especially helpful during busy weeknights or when you want to prepare a meal on short notice.

Minimal Effort, Maximum Flavor: You can transform ordinary carrots into a gourmet side dish with just a few simple ingredients. 

Perfectly Tender: Air fryer carrots are tender all the way through for a satisfying texture, just like oven-roasted recipes, allowing the natural flavors of the carrots to stand out and meld perfectly with the sweet glaze.

Budget Friendly: Carrots are affordable produce that provides exceptional value for your money and has a long shelf life if stored properly. 

Ingredients

Fresh carrots with tops laying on a cutting board next to four small white bowls of recipe ingredients.
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Carrots: The star of this side dish, carrots, are low in calories and full of nutrients. 

Melted Butter: While melted butter also helps prevent the carrots from drying out during the air frying process, its distinctive and savory flavor complements the sweetness of Sucanat or coconut sugar and honey.

Olive Oil: A small amount to help tenderize the carrots and thin the Sucanat or coconut sugar honey glaze.

Honey: A natural sweetener that retains the carrots’ moisture, ensuring the carrots are perfectly tender.

Sucanat: Sucanat or coconut sugar will work well here.

Fresh Parsley (optional): Fresh parsley adds a vibrant burst of green color to the dish, contrasting the warm tones of the roasted carrots and creating a more appetizing presentation. 

A side view of a white bowl filled with air fryer carrots.
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Equipment

Air Fryer: You can use any size or type of air fryer, as they all cook your food evenly by circulating hot air.

Peeler: Use the peeler to remove the thin outer skin of the carrots. 

Sharp Knife and Cutting Board: To slice carrots into evenly sized pieces.

Small Microwave Safe Bowl: To melt the butter in the microwave.

Small Bowl: You only need a small bowl to combine the Sucanat or coconut sugar and honey glaze ingredients.

Medium Bowl: Use a bowl large enough to hold your sliced carrots and stir in the sweet glaze.

Air Fryer Parchment Paper: Add parchment paper underneath your basket to catch drippings and make cleaning a breeze.

Instructions

Wash and peel all your carrots. Slice the carrots into 1 ½ inch long pieces to ensure they cook evenly in the air fryer. For extra thick parts of the carrot, also slice them long ways to create two 1 ½ inch pieces. Place in a medium-sized bowl.

Air fryer carrots recipe ingredients in individual bowls sitting on a cutting board.
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Melt butter in the microwave for 6-8 seconds. Add olive oil, honey, and Sucanat to the melted butter and stir well until combined. Pour glaze over the sliced carrots and stir well to coat all sides of the carrots. Preheat your air fryer for 2 minutes at 370 degrees F.

Carrots in a white mixing bowl mixed with seasoning and oil.
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Add the coated carrots to your air fryer basket in a single layer. Carrots shrink as they cook, so it is ok to have slight overlaps in the basket. 

Air fry for 8 minutes. Then, shake the basket to rearrange the carrots. Drizzle any remaining leftover glaze on top of the carrots. Continue to air fry for 4 minutes. 

Air fried carrots in an air fryer basket.
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Test the tenderness of the thickest carrot with a fork. If needed, add 2 minutes to achieve more tenderness.

Place the air-fried carrots into a serving dish and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Substitutions

Feel free to substitute honey for a sweetener like maple syrup or a medium caramel agave nectar.

You can use other types of carrots for this recipe, such as baby carrots. The key is ensuring your carrot pieces are the same size to reach tenderness at the same cook time.

Variations

Add ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt to tone down the sweetness of these air fryer carrots.

Include your favorite spices to change up this easy side dish each time you serve it for dinner. A touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice will yield a deliciously different flavor.

Glam it up! Top your carrots with feta cheese or goat cheese crumbles.

Storage

To Store: Have leftovers? Store in an air-tight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To Reheat: Place them back in your air fryer at 370 degrees F for 4-5 minutes or microwave on high in 30-second intervals until heated all the way through.

To Freeze: Place your air fryer carrots in a freezer-safe container or baggie and store for up to 3 months. Let thaw in your refrigerator before reheating.

A closeup of air fryer carrots.
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Serving Suggestions

Air fryer carrots are the perfect side dish for any protein you serve as a main dish. 

Chicken: Enjoy with these seasoned air fryer chicken leg quarters or as a healthy side for these chicken burgers.

Salmon: Air fryer roasted carrots are the perfect accompaniment to this air fryer honey garlic salmon or any of these tasty salmon dinners.

Beef: Pair carrots with your main beef dishes, such as beef Wellington or prime rib. 

Air Fryer Carrots FAQs

Why Are Carrots So Good For You?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, carrots are an essential source of vitamin A and are high in carotenoids, which can help you fight infections and may help protect you from a variety of cancer-related diseases. Plus, it can lower your cholesterol.

Can I Use Frozen Carrots

Frozen carrots cannot absorb the flavors and moisture from the glaze. You’ll need to thaw your frozen carrots fully before air frying.

How Long to Air Fry Carrots?

For fully tender carrots, the cooking time is 12 to 15 minutes. The thickness and size of your carrots will determine how long they should be air-fried.

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Air Fryer Carrots with Irresistible Honey Glaze

Unlock the secret to mouthwatering air fryer carrots with a Sucanat or coconut sugar honey glaze packed with flavor. This easy carrot recipe is a side dish game changer.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 246kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 15 medium carrots
  • 2 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. Sucanat (or coconut sugar)
  • fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Wash and peel all your carrots.
    Fresh carrots with tops laying on a cutting board next to four small white bowls of recipe ingredients.
  • Slice the carrots into 1 ½ inch long pieces to ensure they cook evenly in the air fryer. For extra thick parts of the carrot, also slice them long ways to create two 1 ½ inch pieces. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
    Air fryer carrots recipe ingredients in individual bowls sitting on a cutting board.
  • Melt butter in the microwave for 6-8 seconds.
    Add olive oil, honey, and Sucanat or coconut sugar to the melted butter and stir well until combined.
    Pour glaze over the sliced carrots and stir well to coat all sides of the carrots.
    Carrots in a white mixing bowl mixed with seasoning and oil.
  • Preheat your air fryer for 2 minutes at 370 degrees F.
    Add the coated carrots to your air fryer basket in a single layer. Carrots shrink as they cook, so it is okay to have slight overlaps in the basket.
    Raw carrots in an air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 8 minutes. Then, shake the basket to rearrange the carrots. Drizzle any remaining leftover glaze on top of the carrots. Continue to air fry for 4 minutes.
    Test the tenderness of the thickest carrot with a fork. If needed, add 2 minutes to achieve more tenderness.
    Air fried carrots in an air fryer basket.
  • Place the air-fried carrots into a serving dish and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
    An overhead view of air fryer carrots in a white bowl.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 750mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 38390IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg

This article originally appeared on Pink When.

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