Air Fryer (or Oven) Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix
Carrots might be a carb splurge for a Thanksgiving side dish, but these Air Fryer (or Oven) Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix are so amazing that even if you’re really watching your carbs you might want to eat just a few! Check Thanksgiving Recipes if you want Thanksgiving side dish ideas that are lower in carbs!
This week we’re definitely on a countdown to Thanksgiving, with just a few days until the big turkey day. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m having a huge Thanksgiving Dinner at my house, with out of town guests arriving starting today. I’m still going to share some low-carb ideas for using leftover turkey, and then I’ll be taking the week off to spend time with my family. But before I sign out I had to share these amazing Air Fryer (or Oven) Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix! This recipe is an updated version of a favorite roasted carrots recipe, and when I tested the recipe with Jake and Kara, all three of us swooned over these air fryer carrots! (The recipe still has oven directions too if you don’t have an Air Fryer.)
And if you’re going to splurge a bit on carbs for a holiday meal, carrots do have some nutritional benefits, including antioxidants, Vitamin A, and a fair amount of fiber. They’re certainly a healthier option than something like stuffing or mashed potatoes.
But if you really want to keep the carbs low for the holiday side dishes, check out my round-up of The Best Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes. You’ll find plenty of options there that are low-carb or Keto, including a huge list of Thanksgiving round-ups from low-carb bloggers around the web. or Check Thanksgiving Recipes to see all my ideas for a carb-conscious Thanksgiving dinner!
Morroccan Spice Mix!
Roasting gives carrots amazing flavor, and using the Air Fryer kicked them up a notch, but it’s also the amazing Moroccan Spice Mix that makes these carrots so tasty. I just can’t say enough good things about this mixture of spices and how it adds such life to ordinary vegetables. Although there’s no sugar, the warm blend of spices gives a slightly sweet flavor that really brings out the flavors of roasted vegetables. I found the spice mix in Fine Cooking Magazine, and Fine Cooking recommends using this spice mix on butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and turnips.
Which Air Fryer Did I Use?
When Air Fryers first became popular I bought a NuWave Air Fryer which I’ve used many times to make Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Recently I bought the Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven. It was an investment, but I needed a new toaster oven and I love the larger basket in this air fryer, plus the convenience of having an air fryer that could stay out on the counter. I used the Cuisinart for this recipe, but even if you have a small air fryer model I think you can fit the one pound of carrots we used here. (Air fryer links are affiliate links. I’m not trying to convince you to buy an air fryer, check the recipe for instructions to cook the carrot in the oven. But if you do follow my links and purchase an Air Fryer, Kalyn’s Kitchen earns a small commission. And use Air Fryer Recipes to see the other Air Fryer recipes on this site.)
How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix
Please use whole organic carrots for best flavor in this recipe. Peel carrots and cut into diagonal slices, cutting thicker parts of the carrot in half before you slice them diagonally. You want carrots that are about the same length and thickness. Mix ground cumin, ground coriander, chile powder, sweet paprika, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, cayenne pepper, and cloves to make the spice mix.
Start preheating the Air Fryer to 360F/185C if your Air Fryer needs to be preheated. Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, fresh-ground black pepper, and 1 tsp. of the spice mix. Spread them out in a single layer in the Air Fryer basket.
Cook carrots 7-8 minutes; then remove basket and check them, flipping carrots over to the other side. Put the basket back into Air Fryer and cook about 5-6 minutes more. (I would check after a few minutes; some air fryers cook more quickly than others.) Serve hot and enjoy!
Air Fryer (or Oven) Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix would also make a great side dish for Christmas Dinner.
More Ideas for Thanksgiving Veggies:
Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Broccoli Recipes for a Thanksgiving Side Dish ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Brussels Sprouts for A Thanksgiving Side Dish ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Air Fryer (or Oven) Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix
If you don’t mind splurging on a few carbs for a holiday meal, these Air Fryer (or Oven) Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
- 1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced in diagonal pieces. Organic whole carrots are best for this.
- 2 T olive oil (or slightly less for air fryer, but you need the oil to make the spice mix stick to the carrots)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
Moroccan Spice Mix Ingredients:
- This makes enough for 5 batches of roasted veggies. Store leftover spice mix in a small glass jar.
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. chile powder, see notes
- 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- pinch of ground cloves, optional
Air Fryer Directions:
- Peel carrots and cut into diagonal slices, cutting thicker parts of the carrot in half before you slice them diagonally so you have carrots that are about the same length and thickness.
- Mix ground cumin, ground coriander, chile powder, sweet paprika, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, cayenne pepper, and cloves to make the spice mix.
- Start preheating the Air Fryer to 360F/185C if your Air Fryer needs to be preheated.
- Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, fresh-ground black pepper, and 1 tsp. of the spice mix.
- Spread carrots out in a single layer in the Air Fryer basket.
- Cook carrots 7-8 minutes; then remove basket and check them, flipping carrots over to the other side.
- Put the basket back into Air Fryer and cook carrots about 5-6 minutes more. (I would check after a few minutes; some air fryers cook more quickly than others.)
- Preheat oven to 475F/250C. (Or use 450F/230C if you’re cooking in a toaster oven which doesn’t go that high. Use a convection oven if you have one.)
- Peel and cut carrots, make spice mix, and toss carrots with olive oil and spices as above.
- Cover shallow roasting pan with foil or spray with non-stick spray or olive oil.
- Arrange carrots in a single layer on pan.
- Roast 20-25 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, or until carrots are starting to brown and are slightly shriveled. Serve immediately.
This recipe was adapted slightly from a roasting vegetable guide found in November 2007 issue of Fine Cooking Magazine.
Ground chile powder (made from dried ground chile peppers) is best for this recipe. I used Ancho chile powder from Penzeys. But if you only have the blend called chili powder, go ahead and use that!
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Carrots are probably too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan, unless you’re eating them as a splurge for a holiday meal. This recipe would be approved for Phase Two of the South Beach Diet.
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