How to Make Crispy Carrot Air Fryer Fries

Ssweet potato fries are so last summer, aren’t they? (Just kidding — I still love you, SPF.) Still, we’re not averse to giving our starchy potato a little break — as long as it means swapping them out for those Air Crispy Carrot Fries that come together in a wink. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this healthy snack is the perfect excuse to add some must-have veggies to your summer BBQ. Serve them as a side to a veggie burger, bite into them on their own, or dip them into homemade dips – however you like, it’s a guaranteed win.

Best of all, this easy-as-pie recipe is fully adaptable and compatible with substitutions. Don’t have one of the ingredients on hand? No worries, you can easily swap items and use what you already have in your pantry to spice up those crispy fries. Plus, we’ve included a few recipes for homemade dips, like Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise and Lemon Tahini Herb Sauce, to pair with these fries. Talk about a match made in heaven.

The health benefits of carrot fries are awesome, BTW

As a child, you probably heard your parents urging you to eat more vegetables because they would help you grow tall and strong. Of course, we now know that they weren’t just on a devious mission to get you to eat healthier foods. Carrots are among the best vegetables with many health benefits that help support a balanced lifestyle.

While this bright orange vegetable can’t give you superhuman immunity or nightjar vision, it’s packed with tons of vitamins and minerals that promote eye health, boost your immune system, and help your skin glow. For a, according to USDAabout a cup of carrots provides the entire suggested daily value of vitamin A, which is about 900 micrograms for adults and children aged four and over. “It’s hard to say that eating ‘x’ amount of carrots will help improve eyesight, but in the context of a healthy diet, meeting your daily vitamin A requirements will help keep your eyes healthy,” Registered Dietitian Katie Gallagher, Dt.P.previously said Well+Good.

But that’s not all carrots have to offer — they’re also a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient loaded with tons of heart-healthy fiber. Why is fiber so important, you ask? “Adequate fiber intake helps reduce the risk of heart disease, control blood sugar and improve digestive health,” says Gallagher. Fortunately, carrots contain tons of it, that is to say about 3.5 grams of fiber per cup. On the other hand, store-bought frozen fries only have about 2.9 grams of fiber per serving (100 grams) and don’t offer vitamin A, which is a real eye-opener (ahem), IMO.

How to Make Crispy Carrot Airfryer Fries

In a recent Instagram video by @eva.koper, Eva Koper shows how to make Crispy Deep Fryer Carrot Fries in four easy steps. She begins by removing the caps from the carrots and then cutting them into sticks (cutting with a knife for small sticks or thick fries). Once the carrots are prepared, she puts them in a large bowl and sprinkles them with cornstarch. Pro Tip: Cornstarch helps absorb remaining moisture on the surface for crispier, crispier fries. However, you can also substitute cornstarch for arrowroot, which has a similar effect.

Then Koper seasons the fries to his liking. In this recipe, Koper uses a blend of spices like paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, along with a little salt and pepper. To tie it all together, she adds a little oil and they go in the air fryer. Bake for 20 minutes at around 400°F, until golden and crispy.

Now, as we mentioned earlier, this recipe is compatible with exchanges. If you don’t have all of these ingredients on hand, feel free to swap them out for a spice blend you like the most, like chilli, turmeric, or even curry powder. And if carrots aren’t your jam, other veggies like taro and parsnips can also do the trick.

Some dips that go perfectly with carrot fries

1. Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise

This vegetable sauce of my vegetarian family is the perfect way to add heat, tartness and creaminess to crunchy carrot fries. Made with a five-ingredient blend of cashews, chipotle peppers, lemon juice, salt, and water and blended together to form a luscious, creamy dip, this vegan chipotle mayonnaise checks every box.

2. Anti-inflammatory tomato sauce

Packed with anti-inflammatory tomatoes, this sauce is as delicious as it is healthy. A much healthier alternative to sweet, store-bought ketchup, this tomato sauce is made in one pot with ingredients like onions, heart-healthy olive oil, tomatoes, Italian spices and garlic. garlic. Don’t forget to make more, because you can use this simple sauce for a bowl of spaghetti or veggie lasagna all week.

3. Lemon Tahini Herb Sauce

This easy dressing not only adds tons of flavor, but it’s also made with ingredients that help fight inflammation and promote longevity. This Blue Zone Friendly Lemon Tahini Herb Sauce calls for tahini, garlic, lemon, almond milk, and dill for a tangy, creamy sauce that’s even better than ranch (yes, seriously).

carrot fries recipe

Makes 4 servings

5 1/2 cups carrots
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons of paprika powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons oil

1. Remove the tops from the clean carrots and cut them into wide strips (1/4 inch by 1/4 inch by 2 to 2 1/2 inches). Put them in a large bowl.

2. Add the cornstarch, making sure all the pieces are well coated.

3. Add paprika, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and oil. Stir to mix well.

4. Air fry the carrots at 400°F for 20 minutes.

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Freeda S. Scott