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How to Air Fry Any Vegetable

Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

Roasted vegetables on a white background - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

In today’s edition of “What Food Can You Cook In The Air Fryer” … vegetables! Specifically, all the vegetables. Cooking your vegetables in the air fryer gives you a result similar to roasting, but slightly crispier on the outside. So today I’m walking you through how to cook virtually any veggie in your trusty air fryer.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll break down our vegetables into two categories: tender and firm. Tender veggies, like zucchini and tomato, are quicker cooking than their tougher friends, like butternut and beets. And you can even throw in your frozen veggies! Click the links below to jump around the post:

  1. Tender vegetables in an air fryer
  2. Firm vegetables in an air fryer
  3. Frozen vegetables in an air fryer

Air Fryer Vegetables Video

I used a Philips Air Fryer (affiliate link) to make all of these air fryer potato recipes and absolutely love it, though any air fryer should do the job! (Curious about which air fryer is right for you? We rounded up the best air fryers here.)

Roasted vegetables in an air fryer - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

How to Air Fry Tender Vegetables

Any quick cooking veggie will fall into the Tender Vegetable category. These are great for busy weeknights when you need to get a vegetable on the table! It includes veggies like:

  • Crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
  • Soft Veggies (like bell pepper, tomato)
  • Thin Veggies (like asparagus)

To cook tender vegetables in an air fryer, preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 C). Prep your veggies by chopping them to the size you want, optionally drizzling with oil (this will make them a bit more roasted tasting in the end). Add to your air fryer in as flat of a layer as possible and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, shaking the air fryer pan once or twice during cooking to promote even cooking.

Roasted vegetables in an air fryer - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

How to Air Fry Firm Vegetables

When I think of roasted veggies, the firm vegetables usually come to mind. These guys take a bit longer to cook, but oh is it worth it! Firm vegetables include:

  • Root Vegetables (carrots, beets, potato, parsnip)
  • Winter Squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin)

To cook firm vegetables in an air fryer, preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 C). Prep your veggies by chopping them to the size you want (remember: smaller pieces cook faster!) Optionally drizzle with oil and add to your air fryer in as flat of a layer as possible. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the air fryer pan a few times during cooking to promote even cooking.

Roasted vegetables in an air fryer - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.
Roasted vegetables in an air fryer - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.
Roasted vegetables on a white background - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

How to Air Fry Frozen Vegetables

You can even use your air fryer to cook frozen vegetables! Figure out which category your veggie falls under (tender or firm, see notes above), then just add a few minutes to the cooking time to account for the veggies having to thaw during the cooking process. It’s crucial when cooking frozen vegetables in your air fryer to give them space! Be sure there is some room between your veggies to ensure water can evaporate and they can become perfectly roasted.

Roasted vegetables on a white background - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.
Roasted vegetables in an air fryer - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

I used a Philips Air Fryer (affiliate link) to make all of these air fryer vegetable recipes and absolutely love it! You can get a bunch of handy accessories like a baking pan or grill skewers (though I just used the basics to make these air fried vegetables). Enjoy!

Roasted vegetables on a white background - Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.

How to Air Fry Any Vegetable

Your ultimate guide to air fryer vegetables! How to air fry virtually any vegetable into perfectly cooked, healthy deliciousness.
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fry veggies, air fryer frozen vegetables, air fryer vegetables
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: Christmas, Thanksgiving
Time: 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins
Author: Sarah Bond
4.53 from 19 votes

INGREDIENTS

Tender vegetables
  • Crucifers broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
  • Soft Veggies like bell pepper, tomato
  • Thin Veggies like asparagus
Firm vegetables
  • Root Vegetables carrots, beets, potato, parsnip
  • Winter Squash butternut, acorn, pumpkin
Frozen vegetables
  • Any of the veggies from above

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tender Veggies: Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 C). Prep veggies by chopping them to the size you want, optionally drizzling with oil (this will make them a bit more roasted tasting in the end). Add to your air fryer in as flat of a layer as possible and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, shaking the air fryer pan once or twice during cooking to promote even cooking.
  • Firm Veggies: Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 C). Prep veggies by chopping them to the size you want (remember: smaller pieces cook faster!) Optionally drizzle with oil and add to your air fryer in as flat of a layer as possible. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the air fryer pan a few times during cooking to promote even cooking.
  • Frozen Veggies: Figure out which category your veggie falls under (tender or firm, see notes above), then just add a few minutes to the cooking time to account for the veggies having to thaw during the cooking process. Be sure to give space between your veggies to ensure they become perfectly roasted.
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Air Fryer FAQs

Is air fried food healthy? Air frying is healthier than deep frying because you need much less (or no) oil. It is similar in healthiness to conventional ovens, though it’s much quicker cooking.

Do air fryers need oil? Nope! Air fryers work by circulating hot air, which makes your food crispy without the need for oil. If you do add oil, it should be directly on the food (for example, rubbed onto vegetables before air frying).

Why does my air fryer smoke? The bottom of your baking pan may be oily. Simply clean it out to prevent the oil from smoking. I also like to place my air fryer under the stove hood so I can fan away the smell of cooking food.

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  1. Dorothea E says:

    Thank you for this valued Info. I have a Philips Air fryer and so far have found not much use for it. I love roasted Veggies. Especially, Broccoli , Brussel Sprouts and many more. I have not tried it out yet, but definitely will. I hate to turn my oven on for roasting which just takes too much electricity and also makes the kitchen to warm in summer. I will let you know how it turned out. I am sure it will be great.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Oh how exciting that you have an air fryer! There’s actually a whole lot you can do with it, just need to start experimenting 🙂 Here are a few of my favorite recipes to cook in the air fryer.

  2. Kelly says:

    Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU! I’m new with my air fryer. We LOVE roasted veggies and this made them so easy! Thank you for also breaking down which veggies are in which category! Very helpful! I will be using this way ALL THE TIME!!!! 🧡5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Kelly! Enjoy! 😀

  3. Mark Allan says:

    Sarah, we don’t have an air fryer yet but bought some dried fried veggies at a local health food store thinking they were healthy but they’re deep fried with palm or canola oil. Both are bad oils in my book. Is there a way to fry certain veggies like peas, beets, sweet potatoes, taro, squash, carrots, and green beans if cut thin or small so we can eat low fat veggie snacks?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Mark! Yep, all of those should be air fry-able! They won’t have the same dried texture, more of a roasted texture with crispy exterior 😀

  4. Pinki says:

    I have an airfryer which does not have an icon for veggies. I have contacted the company and they are not very helpful. They sent me to you.
    Please advise. I have signed up for your news letter.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Pinki! Depending on what veggie it is the time will be slightly different. If you skim through this recipe it should help you figure out how to cook your specific veggie (but definitely let us know if it’s not covered here!)

  5. Au Yeong says:

    Hi, Sarah,
    My name is Au Yeong and I’ll like to know how to stir-fry a mixed array of veggies Chinese style and complete with a sauce in an air fryer. Seems to me is a multiple steps process leaving the sauce to be made separately in a pan. Since the veggies are to be stir-fried, what should be the time and temperature settings? Your advice is appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Au Yeong

    1. Sarah says:

      While I haven’t tried this exactly, I think it can be done! I would probably do 375F for 10 to 15 (which is what we do for tender veggies). You can always keep them in a little longer if you want them to brown or crispy up a bit more.

  6. Sondra Lavoie says:

    This was good solid advice.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay! Happy to hear it! 😀

  7. Lindsay says:

    …tomatoes are a fruit!

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