Air Fryer is the best way to make easy, and healthy vegetable side dishes. Whether it be carrots, asparagus, green beans, or sweet potatoes, you can perfectly roast almost any vegetable in the Air Fryer! This is your ultimate guide to roasting vegetables in the air fryer.
Many people ask me about making fried foods such as French fries in the air fryer, however I tell them that I use my air fryer the most to roast vegetables for dinner!
Yes, air frying vegetables is one of the best uses of the air fryer. The vegetables are cooked similar to roasting - a little bit more crisp on the outside, which my family loves!
The best part roasting vegetables in the air fryer takes half the time compared to roasting in the oven. And you can also skip preheating for most cases.
If you have still not bought an air fryer, check out my guide for how to choose an air fryer.
Why roast veggies in the air fryer?
✓ Easy (cut, season and air fry)
✓ Fast (less than half the time of roasting in the oven)
✓ Healthy (uses a fraction of oil compared to frying)
22 Amazing Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables
Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Air Fryer Cauliflower with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
Perfect Air Fryer Broccoli
Air Fryer Carrots
Air Fryer Beets
Spicy Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Crispy Air Fryer Kale Chips
Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Air Fryer Green Beans with Garlic (Chinese-style)
Air Fryer Asparagus
Air Fryer Pumpkin
Air Fryer Plantains
Air Fryer Turnips
Cheesy Samosa Jalapeño Poppers
Kurkuri Bhindi / Crispy Fried Okra Recipe
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Aloo Gobi (Indian Spiced Potato & Cauliflower)
Air Fryer Stuffed Eggplant / Bharwan Baingan
Air Fryer Taro Fries / Crispy Arbi
Air Fryer French Fries
Bharwa Bhindi Recipe (Stuffed Okra)
Tandoori Aloo Tikka
Air Fryer Tandoori Gobi / Cauliflower Tikka Bites
Tips for perfectly cooked Air Fryer Vegetables
- Cut veggies into equal sized pieces. This helps to to ensure all pieces are cooked evenly.
- Do not add too much oil. Air fryers don't need too much oil to cook the food well.
- Put the food in the air fryer in a single layer. Do not overcrowd.
- Shake the basket half way through.
When air frying vegetables, you need to use much less oil compared to deep frying, which means lesser calories and fat content. That makes air fried vegetables much healthier.
Air frying also helps to retain nutrients, as the veggies are cooked for a short period of time.
Steaming vegetables is not a common use of the air fryer, as air fryers work by circulating hot air around the food. However you can put a small amount of water in the outer air fryer basket and food to be cooked within a mesh basket. This helps to retain moisture in the vegetables.
I would recommend to consider steaming vegetables in the instant pot.
Yes! You can cook veggies that are frozen in the air fryer. Just add a few minutes to the cooking time to account for the veggies having to thaw during the cooking process. The circulating air in an air fryer helps to remove the moisture and crisp the veggies. However they might not have the same amount of crispness as fresh vegetables.
Air Fryer Vegetable Cooking Time Chart
I have created an easy printable chart for cooking times for vegetables in the air fryer. Click below to download it!
Air Fryer Vegetables
- 1 cup Cauliflower cut into small florets
- ½ cup Bell Pepper chopped
- 1 cup Zucchini sliced
- ½ cup Red Onions
- Preheat air fryer to 380°F.
- In a bowl, toss the vegetables with oil and seasonings. Transfer seasoned vegetables to the air fryer basket, and spread in a single layer as much as possible.
- Air Fry for 10 to 12 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket half way through.
- Enjoy the vegetables as a side with your meal!
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.