Air fryer carrots come out so tender and crispy with the flavor of garlic butter roasted right into them!

The air fryer has to be the best way to make carrots. It turns them into a delicious dipper or appetizer, or the tastiest side dish ever. Buttery, garlicky, and so delicious, this is one recipe the chef will be asked to make again and again.

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Best Garlic Butter Carrots

  • Roasted carrots in the air fryer are a sweet and savory addition to any main course and they are so easy to make!
  • Air Fryers cook food quickly with minimal added fats, preserving vital nutrients and retaining color and flavor, plus clean-up is a cinch!
  • This recipe makes the best garlic butter carrots and kids just love them!

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Ingredients & Variations

CARROTS: Fresh, large carrots need to be sliced into coins, strips, or on the diagonal before use. Tri-color carrots can also be used and pre-packaged and peeled baby carrots can be cooked from fresh or frozen! Keep baby carrots whole.

SEASONINGS: This simple recipe only needs butter and some minced garlic. Leftover bacon grease in place of the butter will give the carrots a savory flavor, and other seasonings like Italian or lemon pepper seasoning will give them a twist! For even sweeter carrots, omit the minced garlic and toss the carrots with butter and a little bit of maple syrup.

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How to Cook Carrots in the Air Fryer

  1. Toss carrots in butter and seasonings.
  2. Cook seasoned carrots in the air fryer until tender-crisp, as per recipe below.

Tips for Crisp, Crunchy Carrots

  • For a more elegant presentation, cut carrots diagonally.
  • Keep carrots the same size so they cook evenly and avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket for more crispy caramelization.
  • If cooking in batches, keep cooked carrots warm in the oven and then reheat them all in the air fryer basket about 3 minutes before serving.

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Garlic Butter Air Fryer Carrots

Garlic butter air fryer carrots are dripping in flavorful butter. These are so good and so easy to make.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings



  • 16 ounces carrots peeled and cut into sticks
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Toss carrots with butter, garlic, salt & pepper.
  • Air fry for 8 minutes. Shake the basket and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until tender crisp.
  • Remove from fryer, garnish with parsley & enjoy.


Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10661IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | 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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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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