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Air Fryer Vegetables (Instant Pot Vortex)

Can you roast vegetables in an air fryer? Yep! Air Fryer vegetables are super easy to make and, if you happen to have a Vortex Plus, the rotisserie basket is perfect for making Instant Pot Vortex vegetables. In fact, I find my self roasting vegetables in the air fryer for dinner all the time now simply by tossing them into the basket and setting it to rotate.  You can also use either fresh vegetables or your can air fry frozen vegetables.

Why do roasted vegetables taste so good?  It is all about the Malliard Reaction, where things start to caramelize into tasty bits!  

Air Fryer Instant Pot Vortex Roast Vegetables

Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer Vegetables

Roasted vegetables in the Instant Pot Vortex is crazy simple. Just take you veggie of choice and toss them in a bit of oil and season them. I like to use salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic or onion powder.  Sometimes I use seasoned salt and pepper instead of regular.  Then put the vegetables them in the basket and rotate them on air fry at 380 degrees for about 18 minutes or until browned. Those instructions are for fresh veggies. See further below for air fryer frozen vegetables. 

You can also use the roast setting, which really does the same thing, it just has different presets. 

roast vegetables in air fryer

If you do not have a Vortex, simply use your standard air fry setting and basket or tray. Give the veggies a turn or stir a few times during cooking. 

Roast Vegetables in the Air Fryer

Instant Pot Vortex Roast Vegetables


Some of the vegetables you can roast in an air fryer are:

  • Air fryer roasted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnip, potatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Air fryer cauliflower
  • Air fryer broccoli
  • Air fryer zucchini  
  • Air fryer roasted green beans
  • Air fryer carrots

And so on… I like to mix them up, often with some onion. For this particular batch I used carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. I completely love the taste of those when roasted since roasting brings out all of the sweetness of the carrots and enhances the flavor of the other vegetables.

Toss these in a bit of oil before seasoning. I like to use either Olive Oil or Avocado Oil.

Put your vegetables in a bowl and serve! Enjoy!

Air Fryer Frozen Veggies

For roasting air fryer frozen vegetables, the key is to not let the thaw first. Roast the veggies from frozen.  It also is important that that frozen vegetables get a lot of airflow.  Be sure they ae not crowded and do not place them on a solid sheet or foil. You want the open slots under them.

Just as with fresh veggies, give the frozen ones a bit of a light spray of oil first. I usually go a bit hotter with frozen vegetables and air fry at 400, but for the same amount for time (approximately 18 minutes). This can vary based on your sir fryer brand, so keep an eye on them and toss them around a bit as needed.

Need a recipe to serve your Instant Pot Vortex vegetables with?  Try our Air Fryer Instant Pot Vortex Pork Tenderloin or check our ongoing list of Instant Pot Vortex Recipes.

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Instant Pot Vortex Roast Vegetables

Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer Vegetables

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Air fryer vegetables made in the Instant Pot Vortex Plus, The rotisserie basked make these Instant Pot Vortex vegetables particularity easy to make. Instructions are given for both fresh and frozen veggies.


  • Vegetables of choice. Used here are:
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil or oil of choice


  1. Place the vegetables in a bowl and toss with the oil
  2. Add seasoning and toss
  3. Add the vegetable to the Vortex rotisserie basket (or you air fryer basket with other brands)
  4. Air fry on 380 or 18 minutes or until vegetables are roasted with golden brown parts
  5. Carefully remove the basket using he removal tool, serve, and enjoy!


If you do not have an Instant Pot Vortex, preheat your air fryer and put the veggies in the basket. Give them a stir once or twice during cooking.

For frozen veggies, you can experiment with a bit hotter and roast or air fry at 400. Do not crowd the vegetables, epically if using frozen veggies.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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  1. Love reading your recipes and can’t wait to roast some veggies, but have a question about preheating. Every recipe I’ve read/watched says to preheat before using the rotisserie functions, but the manual states (twice) to specifically NOT preheat before using the spit or basket. I’ve just been adding 3 minutes to cook times and not preheating, but interested in your thoughts.

    1. I have not been preheating with the rotisserie and my cook times with it are what I set it at when I put the food in (without preheating). If a recipe uses preheat, I think your addition of three minutes sounds about right. Usually with most recipes the time is not perfectly exact. I like to monitor it during the last few minutes, although with veggies, I pretty much just stick them in and walk away since they aren’t quite as sensitive to time and temperature.

  2. In your description you stated to roast at 400, but on the recipe card you listed 380 (the default setting)… Which do you recommend?

    1. If you have vacuum sealed vegetables, you would have to remove them from the sealed wrapper and put them on a tray to air fry them. If you tried to heat them in the bag in the air fryer, it would probably melt the bag. But they certainly can be made on a tray or in an oven-safe dish. As for herbs, just about anything you like can be added. I often tend to add granulated garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley to my vegetables.

  3. Can you roast veggies in basket and use tray for meat athe same time? I just purchased a unit, haven’t used it yet.

    1. You can, but note that ideally you do not want meat such as chicken or pork above the vegetables because drippings from those onto the veggies might not be the correct temperature for food safety. I often do salmon or beef with vegetables though or I will put veggies on the upper tray and meat on the bottom. Note too that often the veggies will be done before the meat.

  4. I tried broccoli, followed the directions, and it was a massive fail. I do have a rotisserie basket, but put the florets on the tray. I don’t want crispy veggies, would the roast option work? If yes, how do I adjust the recipe (temperature, time, etc). Thanks.

    1. Air frying or any sort of convection cooking will generally result in crispy veggies. The roast option is still convection. Those options on the Vortex are really just time and temperature presets. For less crispy veggies in the vortex, I suggest using a lot lower temperature and a shorter time. Monitor the veggies and take out before they get crispy. Take out broccoli when it is still bright green. In reality though, the best way to avoid any crispiness in veggies is to use an entirely different cooking method. Steaming would be the best option for that.

  5. I have the Instant Pot Vortex fryer and where I live at just 40 ft above sea level, I usually have to increase cooking times. It takes considerable experimentation to learn to cook with the appliance…that being said I get great results and great tasting food from it. It’s my go to appliance and my Instant Pot pressure cooker is also a terrific food preparation device. Wouldn’t want to be without them.

  6. Is this in a book? I bought air fryer for vegetables and this is first hopeful glimpse at possibility. I am a domestic moron who craves veggies.

    1. This did not come from a book. Veggies are great in the airfryer! Basically, you can put a bit of oil on any vegetable and get a really nice roasted veggie.

    1. I have not done frozen veggies. I assume you could, but it might take longer for them to get any sort of browning from roasting because of the moisture content in them.

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