Carrot fries have a unique flavor and texture that sets them apart from traditional potato fries. The natural sweetness of the carrots comes through when they’re cooked, giving the fries a slightly sweet and earthy taste. This sweetness is beautifully enhanced and balanced by adding savory or spicy seasoning blends.
Carrot fries are made from fresh carrots sliced into fry-shaped pieces. Season them with a variety of spices and herbs, then quick cook a batch in your air fryer. They serve well as a side dish, snack, or appetizer.
Our Air fryer carrot fries recipe is a tasty treat. And good for you too. Air frying creates crispy and delicious fries with only a fraction of the oil and calories of traditional fries.
Carrot fry are seasoned in a variety of ways. Use simple salt and pepper, our flavor blend, or branch out to more complex flavor combinations like garlic and parmesan or honey and cumin. They can also be served with a variety of dipping sauces for extra flavor and texture.
These easy carrot fries are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with a satisfying crunch. The texture can vary depending on how they’re cooked.
Air-fried carrot fries tend to be slightly drier and crunchier than oven-baked ones. However, both methods give you delicious, crispy fries that are a healthier alternative to traditional potato fries.
What are the Health Benefits of Carrot Fries?
healthy carrot fries are low in calories, and packed with nutrients. Here’s a few ways they benefit you:
- High in nutrients: Carrots are rich in nutrients such as fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants, which are important for maintaining good health. Eating carrot fries can help you meet your daily requirements for these essential nutrients.
- Low in calories: Carrot fries are lower in calories than traditional potato fries, making them a great option for people who are watching their calorie intake or trying to lose weight.
- Good for digestion: Carrots are high in fiber, which helps promote healthy digestion and regularity. Eating carrot fries can help you maintain a healthy gut and prevent digestive issues such as constipation.
- May improve eye health: Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for good eye health and may help prevent age-related macular degeneration and other eye disorders.
- May boost immunity: Carrots contain antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin C, which help strengthen the immune system and protect the body against infections and diseases.
Are Carrot Fries Better Than Potato Fries?
Carrot fries are healthier than traditional potato fries. They have fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, potassium, and beta-carotene.
While potato fries are a beloved comfort food, consuming them regularly can lead to weight gain and health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Carrot fries are a better choice for those looking for a healthier snack or side dish option.
Here’s a comparison of their key nutrients:
|Nutrient||Carrot Fries (per 100g)||Potato Fries (per 100g)|
|Fat||<1g||Several grams (depending on preparation)|
|Carbohydrates||Relatively high||More than carrots|
|Vitamins and minerals||High in Vitamin A||Good source of Vitamin C and Potassium|
How to Make Carrot Fries In the Oven:
Oven baked carrot fries are also simple to do. If you have a convection oven, use that setting. Convection baking in the oven will make the fries crispier and get them done a bit faster and more evenly.
The Method for Oven baking:
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Peel the carrots and cut them into thin, even sticks, about the size of fries.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
- Add the carrot sticks to the bowl and toss until the carrots are evenly coated with the seasoning mixture.
- Place the seasoned carrot fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are spaced apart.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots are tender and lightly browned.
- Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Variations and Enhancements for Carrot Fries:
There are so many ways to make carrots into fries. Change the shape, crispiness and flavor with various methods of cutting, seasoning and cooking the carrots into your personal favorites. Here’s some methods to experiment with.
Shoe String Carrot Fries:
Shoestring carrot fries are a variation of carrot fries that are cut into thin, thin strands, resembling shoestrings. This cutting technique creates fries that are thinner and crispier than regular carrot fries. They can be cooked in the same way as regular carrot fries, either in the oven or air fryer, and are a great option for those who prefer a lighter and crunchier snack or side dish.
What are Carrot Chips Made of?
Carrot chips are made from thinly sliced carrots that are oiled and seasoned then baked or fried until they are crispy. The carrots are usually sliced using a mandoline slicer to ensure they are thin and uniform in size.
Like carrot fries, Carrot chips are healthy alternative to traditional potato chips. They are low in calories and fat while still being crunchy and satisfying. The main difference between the two is the cooking method and the thickness of the cut.
Carrot Fries Seasoning Suggestions.
- Spicy Carrot Fry: Add some cayenne pepper, chili powder, or paprika to your carrots before baking for a little kick.
- Parmesan Carrot Fry: Mix grated Parmesan cheese with your seasonings and sprinkle on top of your baked carrot fries.
- Panko Carrot Fry: Coat your carrot sticks in panko breadcrumbs for an extra crispy texture. (try our zucchini fries for a breaded fry recipe)
- Garlic and Herb Carrot Fries: Toss your carrots with garlic powder, dried basil, and oregano for a flavorful twist.
- Curry Carrot Fry: Mix curry powder with some olive oil and coat your carrots before baking for a unique and exotic taste.
- Honey Mustard Carrot Fry: Mix honey and mustard together and use it as a dipping sauce for your baked carrot fries.
- Balsamic Glazed Carrot Fry: Toss your carrots in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey before baking for a sweet and tangy flavor.
- Cajun Carrot Fries: Mix Cajun seasoning with some olive oil and coat your carrots before baking for a spicy and smoky taste.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can also experiment with other seasonings, multi colored carrots for fries, and dips to find your perfect variation of carrot fries.
Dipping Sauces For Carrot Fries:
Carrot fries are delicious just plain. Their sweet and salty slightly spiced flavor and crunchy texture are delicious and satisfying. But carrot fries are also tasty served with a variety of dipping sauces.
Here are a few dip for carrot fries ideas: Just Remember, dipping sauces can be high in calories and carbs.
- Chick-fil-A sauce: mix together equal parts of honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing, and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
- Garlic aioli: Mix mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste for a creamy and garlicky dip.
- Spicy ketchup: Mix ketchup, hot sauce, and a squeeze of lime juice for a tangy and spicy dip.
- Hummus: Serve carrot fries with your favorite flavor of hummus for a healthy and protein-packed dip.
- Ranch dressing: Use ranch dressing as a classic and crowd-pleasing dipping sauce.
- Sweet chili sauce: Mix sweet chili sauce with a squeeze of lime juice for a sweet and tangy dip with a bit of heat.
- Peanut butter sauce: Mix peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a bit of honey for an Asian-inspired dipping sauce that goes well with carrot fries.(Try our Peanut sauce recipe here)
Experiment with different dipping sauces to find your favorite flavor combination. And then come back and tell us what you did. 🙂
Tips for Making the Best Carrot Fries:
- Choose the right carrots: Look for young, fresh carrots that are firm and straight. Baby carrots or smaller varieties work well for making carrot fries because they are more tender and cook faster.
- Slice the carrots evenly: To ensure that the carrot fries cook evenly, slice them into uniform sticks that are roughly the same size. Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife can help you achieve consistent results.
- Preheat your oven: Preheating your oven to a high temperature, such as 425°F (220°C), can help ensure that the carrot fries cook quickly and become crispy.
- Use parchment paper: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper(or oiling it), helps prevent the carrot fries from sticking to the pan and makes cleanup easier.
- Avoid overcrowding: Be sure to leave enough space between the carrot fries on the baking sheet to allow for proper airflow. Overcrowding can cause the fries to steam instead of becoming crispy.
Air Fryer Carrot Fries
Tasty, sweet and crunchy, Carrot fries are a delicious and healthy, alternative to traditional French fries. These fries are lower in calories, fat, and sodium than regular fries, and they are also rich in nutrients. Carrot fries are simple to make and add fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants to your diet.
- 4 large carrots
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Peel or scrape the carrots and cut them into thin, fry-shaped strips.
- In a medium bowl, toss the carrot fries with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper until they are evenly coated.
- Place the carrot fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket (or turning the carrot strips on a tray) every 5 minutes, until the carrot fries are crispy and golden brown.
- Serve hot as a side dish or snack.
If your air fryer is small cut the recipe down by half or quarter as needed.
If your carrots have clean tender skins, just wash and brush them with a good scrub brush. No Peeling necessary.
Use convection setting if you have it. Convection baking will give you a crispier fry and cook them a bit faster.
Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
Peel the carrots and cut them into thin, even sticks, about the size of fries.
In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
Add the carrot sticks to the bowl and toss until the carrots are evenly coated with the seasoning mixture.
Place the seasoned carrot fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are spaced apart.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots are tender and lightly browned.
Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Serving Size1 carrot , cut in strips
Amount Per Serving Calories 48Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 101mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 0g
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