Air Fryer Parsnips are a delicious and healthy alternative to french fries or an easy side dish! These honey-roasted parsnips are cooked in the air fryer and come out perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with minimal oil. They are naturally sweet like a carrot, making them the perfect side dish for any meal.
Air Fryer parsnips are a super easy side dish! They're much faster than oven roasted parsnips and have less oil.
These parsnips are drizzled with a little honey to sweeten them up, and are balanced with a little salt and pepper. They are soooooo tasty.
The benefits of cooking food in the air fryer are pretty much endless.
For one, it’s a lot healthier than deep frying or oven roasting because it doesn't require excess oil.
And two, it’s so much faster than cooking in the oven because of the constant dry circulating heat!
Parsnips are root vegetables that look like white carrots. They have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor and become even sweeter when cooked.
Although there are many ways to cook parsnips, air frying them results in a parsnip that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. And because air fryers cook food quickly, you don’t have to worry about parsnips that are overcooked and dry.
Parsnips can be served as a side dish or even as a main course. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce or enjoy them plain. Either way, you’re sure to love this air fryer parsnip recipe!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's a great way to introduce someone to the unique flavor and texture of parsnips.
The air fryer cooks them quickly making an easy side dish in just 15 minutes or less.
Parsnips are a healthy vegetable that contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals and they are a great source of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Parsnips are naturally sweet so both kids and adults can enjoy them.
- Parsnips - You can find parsnips at the grocery store near the carrots or in the produce section. They are white and shaped very similarly to a carrot.
- Cooking Oil - This will help to coat the parsnips and prevent them from sticking to the air fryer basket.
- Honey - Drizzle a little honey on my parsnips for extra sweetness. Make it vegan by swapping to vegan honey or maple syrup.
- Salt & Pepper - This basic seasoning duo enhances the natural sweetness and spiciness of the parsnip.
Please see the recipe card below for quantities.
How to make Air Fryer Parsnips
Wondering how to make this roasted parsnips in air fryer recipe? It's easy! Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Prepare the parsnips: Wash the parsnips under cold water to remove any dirt and impurities. Peel the parsnips with a vegetable peeler and cut them into sticks in a similar shape to french fries.
Season the parsnips: Add the parsnips to a bowl with the oil, honey, salt, and pepper, then toss to coat.
Air Fry the parsnips: Add the seasoned parsnips to the bottom of your air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 400F/200C for 12 minutes, tossing often, or until golden. Remove with tongs and serve hot.
When purchasing parsnips at the grocery store, try to find ones that are all similar in size for even cooking.
Additionally, you'll want to make sure your parsnip sticks are roughly the same size to make sure they all cook at the same time.
Place the parsnips in a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer basket to prevent them from steaming and becoming soggy.
The length of time it takes to cook depends on how hot your air fryer gets and how big the pieces are. Check at the 8-10 minute mark and adjust the cooking time for doneness.
Serve as a side dish along with a Hearty Portobello Mushroom Steak.
Chop up any leftovers and throw them into a pot of Easy Healthy Cabbage Soup.
Makes an excellent pairing to Vegan Cabbage Rolls.
Add warming sweet flavor to the dish by sprinkling with homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Add carrot sticks to the mix and make an air fryer carrot and parsnip fries blend.
Try serving as parsnip chips by slicing them thinly on a mandoline slicer before air frying.
Drizzle the finished dish with Chili Garlic Oil to kick up the heat.
Storing: To store any leftovers, place them in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to four days. Freezing is not recommended.
Reheating: To reheat, use the air fryer on a low setting until heated through. You can also reheat in the oven on low heat such as 325F until warmed.
In this case, this is not necessary as the air fryer will cook the parsnips all the way through. If you are working with larger parsnip sticks, you may want to parboil for a few minutes before air frying.
It is not necessary to peel parsnips before roasting, but I prefer the taste and texture when they are peeled. If you choose not to peel them, make sure to give them a good wash first.
400F (200F) is a good start, but it really depends on how hot your air fryer gets. Check them at the eight-minute mark and adjust accordingly.
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Air Fryer Parsnips
- 4 parsnips
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Peel the parsnips and cut into sticks.
- Add the parsnips to a bowl with the oil, honey, salt and pepper, then toss to coat.
- Pour the parsnips into the air fryer basket and cook at 400F/200C for 12 minutes, tossing often, or until golden.
- Remove with tongs and serve hot.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.