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!
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.
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
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.
- Vegetables of choice. Used here are:
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 cup cauliflower
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil or oil of choice
- Place the vegetables in a bowl and toss with the oil
- Add seasoning and toss
- Add the vegetable to the Vortex rotisserie basket (or you air fryer basket with other brands)
- Air fry on 380 or 18 minutes or until vegetables are roasted with golden brown parts
- 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