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Air Fryer Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

Simple is sexy, if you ask me. And these air fryer carrots and potatoes are a prime example of how two simple ingredients can be spiced up into something really delicious with minimal effort. This combo would be perfect as a healthy side dish for your next chicken dinner or any protein that needs something warm and savory on the side.

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How to Make Roasted Carrots and Potatoes in an Air Fryer

This is a super easy recipe. You’ll only need a pound of red potatoes, a pound of carrots, some olive oil, and a handful of spices. I’ll run you through it below and cover a few ingredient modification notes as we go. You’ll find a full recipe card at the bottom of the post if you want to jump ahead. 

Toss sliced carrots and diced red potatoes in a tablespoon of olive oil and air fry for 15 minutes at 400ºF.

sliced carrots and diced red potatoes in an air fryer basket

In case you can’t tell from the photo above, you can get away with imperfectly sliced carrots and potatoes here. Aim to keep the potato slices around the same size as the potatoes, and you’ll be perfectly fine. 

As a quick air fryer note, I use a 301 model Ninja Foodi (6.5-quart) for air frying. If you’re using a smaller or larger air fryer, you’ll probably need to slightly adjust the cook times.

Use the photo below to get an idea of what your potatoes and carrots should look like after air frying the first time. You’re looking for some wrinkling on the potato skins and some browning around the edges.

air fried carrots and potatoes after 15 minutes

You want your veggies to be mostly cooked and fork tender before adding a little extra olive oil and the seasoning blend. There’s no harm in extending the time in the air fryer by a few minutes in this step if you’re unsure about them being done.  

Mix smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, dried oregano, ground thyme, and sugar together in a small bowl.

smoked paprika, sugar, salt, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper in a bowl

This is a similar spice blend to the one I used for my cajun seasoned Ninja Foodi sweet potato fries with a few minor tweaks. Smoked paprika is not very spicy, in my opinion. But if you wanted a more mellow flavor, you could cut the amount in half.

Another option might be something like the garlic parmesan route I took with my air fryer carrot fries or air fryer red potatoes. The seasoning blend is really your oyster—get creative! 

Toss the air fried potatoes and carrots in another tablespoon of olive oil and coat in the seasoning blend. Air fry for an additional 10-12 minutes at 400ºF. 

potatoes and carrots with seasoning before air frying the second time

Be sure to get all the goodies left in the bowl on top of the potatoes and carrots once you put them back in the air fryer basket. After the 10-12 minutes back in the air fryer, you’re looking for some caramelization on the carrots and crispy edges on the potatoes.

As long as you avoid burning the seasoning blend and sugar, you could extend the air fryer time by a few minutes. Or if you’re using a Foodi—broil for a few minutes for extra crispy carrots and potatoes.

Once you get them just right, toss with a bit of parsley and serve them up! 

What to Serve with Your Air Fryer Potatoes and Carrots

It’s hard to go wrong with this one, but here’s a handful of main dishes that came to mind as pairings: 

I’d love to hear about how you serve your potatoes and carrots. Come on back and let me know in the comments at the bottom of this post. And if you have any questions about these air fryer potatoes and carrots, you can drop those in the comments as well. Have fun! 

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Sweet and smoky carrots with crispy air fried potatoes.


  • 1 lb Red Potatoes, diced
  • 1 lb Carrots, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp (32g) Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp (12g) Sugar
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Thyme


  1. Toss the potatoes and carrots in 1 Tbsp (16g) olive oil and air fry for 15 minutes at 400ºF.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl while the potatoes and carrots cook.
  3. After 15 minutes, transfer the potatoes and carrots back to the mixing bowl and toss in an additional 1 Tbsp (16g) of olive oil before adding the seasoning. Toss/stir until evenly coated.
  4. Air fry for an additional 10-12 minutes at 400ºF until the carrots are fork tender and potatoes are crisp. Feel free to shake and continue cooking in short intervals for more caramelization on the carrots.


Each serving has 3 WW SmartPoints (blue).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Servings Serving Size: 3 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 4gCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2g

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Saturday 13th of November 2021

This is the perfect pair for Turkey breast, We really love the flavor🥰

Erik Fischer

Sunday 31st of October 2021

Made this tonight following directions. I would recommend cutting the spice mixture in half. For one pound of potatos and one pound of carrots, the spices seemed to overwhelm the taste of the vegetables. Other than that, i would make this again. Thanks for the idea.


Tuesday 28th of September 2021

This was really good and I would make again. A nice change from the usual herbs and parm. I was tempted to omit the sugar but it really balances the smoky paprika.

Mason Woodruff

Friday 1st of October 2021

Thanks, Suzanne!


Sunday 26th of September 2021

As a kid, my mom cooked unappetizing, tasteless, crunchy carrots twice a year. Given that, I really had an aversion for carrots until one year ago. I’m now on a carrot kick. This was my first time air frying carrots. Seriously, I’ve made this three times in over one month. My fourth time I came up with an idea because I needed to cook up some chicken. I cubed chicken breasts (close to same size as the carrots and potatoes) and air fried the chicken for 7 minutes then let it cool a bit. Mixed chicken in with the veggies, with a good spritz of evoo, and cooked per your recipe. Absolutely delicious. Your recipe has so many options and I thank you for giving me another reason to enjoy cooked carrots.

Mason Woodruff

Monday 27th of September 2021

That's awesome to hear. And the chicken addition is a great idea. Thanks, Clancy!


Tuesday 21st of September 2021

I served them with Korean BBQ beef short ribs and sauteed lemon pepper green beans. I omitted the carrots and added Vidalia onions. It was delicious!

Mason Woodruff

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

That sounds amazing! I have a little dinner envy.

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