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Air fryer carrot fries in a white bowl, garnished with freshly grated parmesan cheese, lemon slices, and a bowl of pesto aioli on the side.

Air Fryer Carrot Fries with Pesto Aioli

Air fryer carrot fries are the perfect side dish for tonight's dinner! Paired with a homemade pesto aioli, they're healthy and full of flavor. Whip them up in 25 minutes or less and you'll have a complete meal in no time!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Cost $10


  • air fryer


For the Air Fryer Carrot Fries

  • 1 lb large carrots
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Pesto Aioli

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoon pesto
  • ½ tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Cut the carrots into fries. Make sure they’re all about the same size so they cook evenly. 
  • Place the cut carrots into a clean bowl and season them with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, freshly grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over top and toss the carrots to coat them in the seasoning and oil.
  • Add the seasoned carrots to your air fryer basket or trays. Make sure to leave plenty of space between carrots. Do not overcrowd them or they won’t get crisp. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook the carrots in batches.
  • Cook the carrots in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes. 
  • While they cook, prepare the pesto aioli. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pesto, lemon juice, and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Mix it all together and allow it to sit so the flavors can blend.
  • Once the carrots are done cooking, remove them and place them on a serving dish with the pesto aioli on the side for dipping. 
  • These carrot fries are best served warm and fresh from the air fryer.


  1. To make things even easier, you can use baby carrots instead of the large ones. However, if the carrots are different sizes, you’ll need to cut them more uniformly. Because of this, I prefer to use the large carrots and cut them to my liking, but I did want to mention that air fryer baby carrots can be an option here too.
  2. As mentioned above, you can season the fries any way you’d like. The basic flavor of the air fried carrots is pretty neutral, so they will take on any flavor you pair them with.
  3. When buying store-bought pesto, look for one in the refrigerated aisle. Often these pestos are much fresher and made with better-for-you ingredients. Refrigerated pestos (instead of shelf-stable ones) often use less additives and preservatives, and in turn, are healthier.
  4. For the pesto aioli, you can make the pesto from scratch if you’d prefer. Just add fresh basil, lemon juice, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and pine nuts into a food processor. Pulse them together and then slowly add olive oil until you get the consistency you desire.