Air Fryer baby carrots are a quick and easy side dish that is full of flavor!

Tender baby carrots get nicely caramelized in the air fryer for a sweet and savory side dish everyone will love.

Ready in under 20 minutes, this easy side dish is perfect for busy nights.

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Easy Air Fryer Baby Carrots 

  • Air Fryers cook food quickly with minimal added fats, retaining vital nutrients without losing color and flavor.
  • Cooking denser veggies like carrots and potatoes in the Air Fryer is faster, cleaner, and healthier than deep-fried or pan-fried methods.
  • Kids love bite-sized Air Fryer baby carrots and this is a great recipe for making batches that can be used as snacks, sides, in soups, or in stir-fries all week long!
Ingredients to make Air Fryer Baby Carrots labeled: carrots, brown sugar, butter, salt and pepper

Ingredients and Variations

Carrots No need to peel whole baby carrots! Simply rinse and pat dry before using. Even frozen baby carrots can go straight into the Air Fryer.

Glaze – Use honey or maple syrup in place of brown sugar, if desired.

Variations – Add a dash of sriracha to the glaze for a spicy carrot or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, or cloves. There are so many delicious variations to this recipe!

How to Make Air Fryer Baby Carrots

  1. Mix glaze ingredients in a bowl and toss with baby carrots.
  2. Cook, shaking the basket halfway through, until tender-crisp.

Easy Clean-Up!

Place a clean coffee filter in the bottom of the Air Fryer for easy cleanup!

Storing Leftover Carrots

  • Keep leftover air fryer baby carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze them in a zippered bag for up to a month.
  • Reheat leftovers in the air fryer until the glaze is warm and the carrots are heated through.

Add leftovers to roasted vegetables for a colorful and tasty side dish.

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Air Fryer Baby Carrots

Make a quick and easy side dish with the Air Fryer baby carrots recipe.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4



  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, salt & pepper.
  • Add the baby carrots and toss well to coat.
  • Place the carrots in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 14 to 16 minutes, shaking after 8 minutes, until tender-crisp.


This recipe is intended for store-bought baby carrots. Small garden carrots may cook faster.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or cinnamon if desired.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15726IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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