Carrot Fries – When most people think of fries, they think of perfectly golden, fried and crispy potato strips. And while there are definitely ways to make your classic french fries healthy, there are also many other delicious types of fries that don’t include any potatoes at all!
These Carrot Fries are a unique and tasty spin on fries. With a similar texture to fried potatoes, yet a very different sweet and earthy flavor, these Carrot Fries are the perfect way to get in more veggies, and add variety to your meals. And believe it or not, this recipe requires less than 30 minutes from start to finish! Quick, easy, and full of nutrients, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading for all the details!
I have always loved french fries for their salty flavor, and ability to satisfy that carb craving whenever hits. And like I stated above, potatoes aren’t bad for you at all when prepared correctly. They actually offer many health benefits!
If you eat potatoes whole and with their skins on (which is how I recommend you eat them), then you are getting a lot of nutrients. You’ll get a good dose of antioxidants and phytonutrients along with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, tryptophan, iron and potassium. Click here to read more about the benefits of potatoes.
Since we’ve cleared the air on that, I want you to know that the inspiration behind this Carrot Fries Recipe wasn’t to avoid potatoes, but rather, to explore and enjoy a totally different take on fries!
The word fries encompasses so much more than just potato fries. Fries could be carrot fries, rutabaga fries, zucchini fries, and much more! Want some inspiration for new fry recipes? Click here!
These fries, in particular, are not only incredibly tasty, but they’re very quick and easy to make. Here’s how I did it!
How to Make Carrot Fries
Health aside, personally, I don’t enjoy deep fried food. Even when I use to eat foods like this on a regular basis, they would always leave me feeling nauseous, weighed down, and simply gross. That’s why I have spent the last few years since I bought one absolutely obsessed with my air fryer! Think…all the flavor, without any of the uncomfortable after effects. It’s a win win!
The air fryer is also what makes this recipe so quick and easy to make. While carrot fries may take 45+ minutes in the oven and turn out partially burnt, and partially chewy, the air fryer fries up a batch of these Carrot Fries in 20 minutes flat…perfectly crisp! All of this to say, if you are yet to buy an air fryer, I highly encourage it. Totally worth the investment.
To make my carrots fries, I bought precut carrot sticks (although you’re welcome to peel and cut them yourself), brushed with a little avocado oil, and sprinkled with some Himalayan pink salt and garlic powder.
Looking for a little extra spice? Feel free to experiment with spices, adding sprinkles of paprika, chili powder, cayenne, or anything else that satisfies your preference!
The BEST Air Fryer
I often get asked what my favorite air fryer is. And while I’ve enjoyed many air fryers in the past, the Instant Pot Omni Plus has far surpassed all of my expectations! An 11 in 1 in toaster oven that includes the ability to air fry, dehydrate, toast, roast, bake, broil, and much more, this air fryer really does everything! It’s also massive in size, and can fit enough to cook dinner for the entire family!
The 11 in 1 model I have is not currently available through Amazon, however, their 14 in 1 is, and is currently on sale! Click here to buy.
Are Carrots Healthy?
Before we jump into the recipe, I wanted to address a common question we get asked…”Are carrots healthy?”. To kick this question off, we believe there is a place for all plant foods, and that they all offer health benefits (excluding health issues that may prohibit somebody from eating certain foods).
A quick break down of carrots would tell you that while they are a carbohydrate, they are an incredibly healthy source of carbs!
I don’t think anyone can argue that carrots are an excellent source of nutrients. Carrots are incredibly rich in both alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A in your body.
Carrots also have a ton of fiber, anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients, a hefty dose of potassium and a little calcium and magnesium.
Want to learn more? Click here to read more about the benefits of carrots! And if you love carrots as much as we do, click here for all of our favorite carrot recipes!
All-in-all, Carrot Fries are a fun and different way to switch up your traditional french fries recipe, and make eating vegetables fun for the whole family! This following recipe will serve 2-3 people, so feel free to double, or triple the recipe for larger families!
Ready for the recipe? Let’s get into it!
Crisp and perfectly air-fried, these Carrot Fries are the perfect way to get in more veggies, and add variety to your meals.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 12 ounces carrot sticks
- 4 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- Begin by preheating your air fryer (like this one) to 385ºF on the air fry setting.
- Place carrot sticks in a medium-sized bowl, and pat dry.
- Coat with avocado oil, garlic powder, and Himalayan pink salt, and mix well to evenly coat.
- Place in air fryer basket, and set timer for 20 minutes (check fries at 15 minutes to ensure they don’t burn, and then again at 20 minutes to ensure they are crisp, yet soft and thoroughly cooked).
- Remove from air fryer, and serve warm. Enjoy!
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