These easy Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables are the quick-fix side dish of your dreams. Fresh, brightly-colored veggies are seasoned with garlic powder and paprika, then air-fried until they’re nice and tender-crisp! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, paleo, Whole30 compliant with low carb and keto options.
The Easiest Way to Roast Vegetables
From squash and zucchini to carrots and broccoli, there are tons of vegetables that taste amazing when they’re roasted. But despite how tempting they are, working with the oven can feel like a chore – especially if you’re trying to bake an entree and a side dish at the same time. Well, that doesn’t have to deter you any longer! I’m happy to report that the Air Fryer is a complete and utter game-changer.
It makes your veggies crispy on the outside and tender on the inside while infusing them with more flavor than ever before. And it cooks them so much quicker than the oven does! Once you start roasting your veggies in the Air Fryer, I promise that you’ll never look back.
What You’ll Need
Don’t feel like you have to stick with the exact ingredients that we use – this recipe is super customizable! You can swap out veggies or seasonings at will.
- Fresh Broccoli Florets
- Zucchini Quarters: Chopped into small chunks.
- Sweet Potato Cubes: Or butternut squash cubes, chopped.
- Yellow Squash Quarters: Sliced into chunks.
- Fresh Cauliflower Florets
- Carrot: Peeled and chopped. Leave out or swap with another low carb veggie for keto.
- Red Onions: Chopped.
- Avocado Oil: Or olive oil.
- Salt & Pepper: Added to taste.
- Garlic Powder: For depth of flavor.
- Paprika: Sweet or smoked – your call.
Can You Put Frozen Veggies in an Air Fryer?
While it’s certainly possible, you won’t get the same caramelized effect if you use frozen vegetables. It’d also be difficult to season them, as their frosty surfaces would likely freeze the oil. You could thaw them out and then Air Fry them, but doing so will diminish their texture. For those reasons, I definitely recommend Air Frying fresh vegetables rather than frozen ones.
How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables
Let’s walk through the process of roasting veggies in the Air Fryer. It really couldn’t be more simple!
- Preheat Air Fryer if Needed: If your Air Fryer requires preheating, preheat it to 390°F.
- Season Veggies: Add all of the vegetables to a large mixing bowl and drizzle them with oil. Season them with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and paprika and toss to thoroughly coat each veggie.
- Roast: Working in batches, add the prepared vegetables to the Air Fryer basket and spread them out in a single layer. Air fry them for 8-12 minutes, or until they’re cooked to your desired doneness, shaking the basket halfway through. Cook them for 2 additional minutes if you prefer your vegetables a little bit charred. Repeat with any remaining veggies.
- Garnish & Serve: Transfer the roasted veggies to a serving bowl and garnish them with fresh chopped parsley, freshly cracked black pepper and a lemon wedge.
Tips for Success
There are a few more things you should know before you get to work on these roasted veggies:
- Cut the Veggies Evenly: In order for all of your vegetables to cook properly, they must be cut into small, relatively uniform chunks. Take your time with the preparation process and be careful around your fingers.
- To Preheat or Not To Preheat: Depending on the model of your Air Fryer, you may or may not have to preheat it before you toss in the veggies. The cook time will also vary based on the type of Air Fryer you have. Get familiar with it if you aren’t already.
- Don’t Cook All the Veggies At Once: If you over-crowd your Air Fryer basket, the vegetables won’t cook evenly. They should be spread out in a single layer.
- Remember to Shake the Basket: It’s important to remove the Air Fryer basket and give it a little shake about halfway through the roasting process. This helps everything cook on all sides.
There are so many ways to re-imagine this recipe – go ahead and make your own ideal version of Air Fryer roasted veggies! Check out the ideas below if you need some inspiration.
- Use Different Seasonings: The flavors of garlic and paprika are always delightful, but you can totally season your veggies with something else if you’d like. Try using Cajun spice, Italian seasoning, lemon zest or your favorite herbs!
- Mix Up the Veggies: Mushrooms, bell peppers, asparagus, brussels sprouts—there are endless veggies you can invite to the party. Use what you like!
- Make Cheesy Roasted Veggies: Adding cheese to vegetables is a great way to convince picky kids to try them. We like adding grated parmesan cheese before roasting the veggies so that it gets nice and crispy. Use vegan parm if needed.
These air-fried veggies are guaranteed to taste delicious alongside pretty much any main course. They’ll add some nutrition to comfort food meals and make good-for-you dinners even healthier! Serve them over a bed of rice or quinoa to complete the dish.
We particularly enjoy pairing our Air Fryer vegetables with Roasted Chicken or Broiled Salmon. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, we highly recommend serving them with this Stuffed Pepper Soup. It’s loaded with everything you love about meatless stuffed peppers!
Storing and Reheating Leftover Veggies
If you have any leftover vegetables, allow them to cool completely and then transfer them to an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them in a 350°F Air Fryer until they’re warmed through, about 4-5 minutes.
Do These Freeze Well?
Yes, you can freeze your roasted vegetables for up to 6 months. Place the cooled veggies into a freezer-safe container and store them. Reheat them directly from frozen, adding a minute or two to the cook time and shaking the basket halfway through.
More Healthy Air Fryer Side Dish Ideas
We have dozens of Air Fryer side dishes that are more than worthy of a recommendation, but we’ll stick to a few top favorites for now.
These easy Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables are the quick-fix side dish of your dreams. Fresh, brightly-colored veggies are seasoned with garlic powder and paprika, then air-fried until they're nice and tender-crisp! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, paleo, Whole30 compliant with low carb and keto options.
- 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh zucchini quarters
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet potato cubes or butternut squash cubes
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow squash quarters
- 1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets
- 1/3 cup chopped carrots Leave out or swap with another low carb veggie for keto.
- 1/4 cup chopped red onions
- 1 tsp avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 tsp fine-grain sea salt or kosher salt, or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2/3 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
If your Air Fryer requires preheating, preheat to 390°F.
Add all the vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with oil. Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and paprika and toss to thoroughly coat.
Working in batches, add the vegetables to the Air Fryer basket, spreading them in a single layer.
Air fry for 8-12 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and cooked to desired doneness, shaking the basket halfway through. (time will vary depending on your air fryer). Cook for 2 minutes more if you prefer the vegetables a little bit charred. Repeat with any remaining vegetables.
Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with fresh chopped parsley, freshly cracked black pepper and a lemon wedge.
- To Store & Reheat: Transfer cooled veggies to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350°F Air Fryer until warmed through.
- To Freeze: Transfer cooled veggies to a freezer-safe container and store for up to 6 months. Reheat directly from frozen, slightly increasing the cook time and shaking the basket halfway through.