Air Fryer Parsnips with Tarragon Aioli is a healthy snack everyone will enjoy. This root vegetable is caramelized, naturally sweet, and ready in 12 minutes or less!
Parsnips are a root vegetable that looks like a white carrot. They have an earthy and sweet flavor, perfect for the fall! Our Cranberry Parsnip Gratin Recipe is another easy side dish.
Another great fall dish you should try is our Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples and Sausage.
Other root vegetables you may want to consider are Turnips, Carrots, Radish, and Rutabega's.
Parsnips are a versatile vegetable. You can make a parsnip puree, or parsnip soup and roast them in the oven.
In this recipe, we are making air-fried parsnip fries! We serve them with a delicious tarragon aioli. I love the combination of parsnip and tarragon!
You can add a touch of maple syrup or honey to enhance the sweetness of the parsnip, but it's unnecessary.
These air fryer parsnips only take 12 minutes to get crispy in the air fryer. Serve them as a snack, side dish, or appetizer.
⭐️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Parsnips are a healthy alternative to french fries and cook in only 12 minutes with minimal oil in the air fryer.
- Serve with a tarragon aioli for an epic flavor combination!
- Air-fried roast parsnips make for a great side dish for my Air Fryer Fillet Mignon.
📝 Ingredient Notes
Here is a visual overview of the air fryer parsnip ingredients in this recipe. Scroll to the recipe at the bottom for quantities.
- Parsnips - You can peel the skin or leave it on. I prefer to peel the skin so there is no bitter flavor.
- Maple Syrup - Adding a touch of maple syrup will add sweetness and help the parsnips to caramelize.
- Aioli - Combine mayo, garlic, lemon juice, dijon, and tarragon for a delicious dipping sauce.
See recipe card for quantities.
🥘 Substitutions & Variations
- Root Vegetables - Parsnips, celery root, carrots, turnips, and rutabaga all make great veggie fries.
- Aioli - Serve parsnip french fries with red pepper mayo, or lemon-herb aioli.
- Sweetener - You can add a touch of sweetness with maple syrup or honey.
- Cooking Method - Deep fryer, air fryer, or roast in the oven.
- Whole30 - Remove the maple syrup from this recipe to make it Whole30-approved.
- Vegan - Use a vegan mayo for the aioli to make this recipe plant-based.
🔪 Step-By-Step Instructions
Learn how to make roasted parsnips with these easy-to-follow instructions.
Step 1. Cutting the parsnips. Peel parsnips and cut them into parsnip sticks or fries.
Step 2. Seasoning the parsnips. In a medium-sized bowl, toss parsnip fries with avocado oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
Step 3. Air Fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/204°C. Spread the seasoned parsnips out on the air fryer basket. You may need to do this in two batches.
Step 4. Roasting Parsnips. Roast parsnips for 10-12 minutes or until caramelized and crispy. While parsnips are cooking, make the tarragon aioli.
Step 6. Tarragon Aioli. Mix mayo, dijon, garlic, lemon juice, tarragon, salt, and pepper.
Step 6. Serving Air Fryer Parsnips. Serve air-fried parsnips with tarragon aioli, and enjoy for a snack or easy side dish.
This recipe is made in our Gourmia 7 Quart Air Fryer for a quick and easy side dish.
👨🏻🍳 Chef Tips
- When picking out parsnips, make sure they are smooth, hard, and free of soft spots.
- When cutting parsnips, make sure they are uniform in size so they cook evenly.
- Adding a touch of honey or maple syrup will help the parsnips caramelize and get crispy.
- Leave space between the parsnips fries for airflow. Parsnips won't get crispy if they are stacked on top of each other.
In short, no need to peel if you're working with a young parsnip sporting smooth skin. However, older parsnips come with a tougher and more bitter skin that should be peeled.
Parsnips have a sweet and earthy flavor. Its taste is often described as a combination of carrot and parsley with a slightly nutty flavor. The natural sweetness comes out when roasted.
The cooking times depend on the model of your air fryer and the size of your cut parsnips. We recommend air frying parsnips at 400°F/204°C for 10-12 minutes or until caramelized. Give the parsnips a good shake at the halfway point.
These air-fried parsnips are best enjoyed freshly air-fried. To store, cool them down to room temperature and place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 days.
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Air Fryer Parsnips
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Peel parsnips and cut them into parsnip sticks or fries.
- In a large bowl, toss parsnips, oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Transfer into the air fryer basket. Cook for 12 minutes or until parsnips are cooked through
- While the parsnips are cooking make the tarragon aioli. Mix together all ingredients and set aside.
- Serve air fryer parsnips with a side of tarragon aioli.
- Peel the skin of older parsnips to remove the bitter flavor. Younger parsnips have smooth-thin skin that can be left on.
- The cooking time depends on the air fryer model and the thickness of your cuts. We recommend roasting at 400°F/204°C for 10-12 minutes.
- If you don't like parsnips swap them out for carrots, turnips, celery root, or rutabega's.