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Air Fryer Parsnips

Quick to prep and cook, these air fryer parsnips are a great side to serve with roasted dinners. Simply seasoned, vegan and gluten-free.
Close up of air fried parsnips on a white serving plate.

Last Updated on October 12, 2021 by Betty Davies

Perfect to serve with so many main meals, these roasted parsnips are so quick and easy to make in the air fryer. Tender and crispy, they are seasoned with garlic and onion for a side dish that is perfect for any occasion.

Quartered roasted parsnips garnished with fresh parsley.

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Roasted parsnips are a must have vegetable side dish that are perfect to serve alongside roast dinners, and they make for a great option for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cooking the parsnips in an air fryer is way quicker than oven roasting and they come out so delicious. Hearty and filling, with a little sweetness, they are a perfect addition to any plate.

Be sure to try my Roasted Honey and Mustard Parsnips and Air Fryer Baby Carrots too!

Why you will over this recipe!

  • Quick and easy: These parsnips take minutes to prep and cook so much quicker than the traditional oven roasting method.
  • Simple ingredients: You just need a few pantry staple seasonings to make these tasty ‘snips.
  • Healthier: These roasted parsnips only need a little oil to get them nice and crispy.
  • Dietary info: These air fryer parsnips are gluten-free, dairy free and vegan. Rich in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate, they are a great addition to a well balanced diet.
Air fryer parsnips garnished with fresh herbs.

Ingredients

  • Parsnips: Parsnips are a starchy root vegetable, with a natural nutty and sweet flavor, similar to sweet potatoes.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.
  • Oil: Any high heat oil will work well in this recipe, like vegetable or canola.

How to make air fryer parsnips

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  • Peel and cut the parsnips and toss in the oil and seasonings (photo 1).
  • Place in the air fryer basket (photo 2).
  • Cook until tender and golden brown (photo 3).
Three step by step photos to show how to make the recipe.

Recipe Variations

These parsnips are simply seasoned, and you can easily swap in other herbs and spices to suit your tastes.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are parsnips in season?

Parsnips are available in store pretty much all year round, but their peak season is from fall to spring. Early in the season they are smaller and once the weather gets colder they become larger and sweeter in flavor.

Can you oven roast them?

Yes! If you don’t have an air fryer then oven roasting is a great option, they just take a little while longer. Toss the parsnips in the oil and seasonings and then place them on a lined baking sheet. They will take around 30 to 40 minutes to roast and you should toss them halfway through.

Do you need to cook them in a single layer in the air fryer basket?

The parsnips should be as spaced out as they can be in the basket, though some overlapping is fine. If you are doubling the recipe, then it’s best to cook them in a couple of batches if you have a smaller air fryer. Toss them half way through cooking to help them brown evenly.

Close up of the ends of the cooked parsnips.

Serving Suggestions

These air fryer roasted parsnips are quick enough to make that you can serve them as part of a weeknight meal, but they sit perfectly alongside roasted meats making them ideal for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Try them with:

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Try and cut the parsnips into similar sized thickness so that they cook evenly. Thin parsnips can be left whole and larger ones should be quartered.
  • Use your hands to coat the parsnips all over in the oil so that they brown evenly.
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a pre heat function, set it to run for 5 minutes at 400F before adding the parsnips.
  • Depending on the thickness of your parsnips, cooking times can vary. Check at around 10 minutes.
Overhead shot of air fryer parsnips on a white serving plate.

It’s so quick and easy to roast parsnips in the air fryer. They come out so tender and crispy and their natural sweetness shines through. This is one winter veggies that’s always a crowd pleaser!

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Close up of air fried parsnips on a white serving plate.

Air Fryer Roasted Parsnips

Quick to prep and cook, these air fryer parsnips are a great side to serve with roasted dinners. Simply seasoned, vegan and gluten-free.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Betty Davies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  • Cut the ends off of the parsnips and peel them with a vegetable peeler.
  • Cut in half lengthways. If your parsnips are larger, cut them into quarters.
  • Place in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and toss to coat.
  • Place them into the air fryer basket and cook for 13 to 15 minutes til browned and tender, rotate them half way through with tongs.

Notes

  • Try and cut the parsnips into similar sized thickness so that they cook evenly. Thin parsnips can be left whole and larger ones should be quartered.
  • Use your hands to coat the parsnips all over in the oil so that they brown evenly.
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a pre heat function, set it to run for 5 minutes at 400F before adding the parsnips.
  • Depending on the thickness of your parsnips, cooking times can vary. Check at around 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

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