Using the Air Fryer to cook your vegetables is a fantastic way to enjoy delicious dishes that come together quickly, and leave no mess behind! These Easy Air fryer Parsnips are a delicious and hearty side dish that you can make using just 4 ingredients: Parsnips, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt.
Why you will love this recipe
- Parsnips are an underrated and often overlooked root vegetable packed with nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, according to Healthline. Change your traditional french fries for these air fryer parsnips for a healthier and more nutritious side dish.
- When roasted, this healthy vegetable develops a sweet, caramelized flavor that pairs deliciously with savory seasonings. For this recipe, we are serving them with a tahini sauce, and homemade Bravas Sauce.
- Air frying is one of the best cooking methods for parsnips because it brings out their natural sweetness while keeping them tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. The high heat of the air fryer caramelizes the parsnip's sugars, enhancing its flavor without the need for excess oil or butter.
- Air-fried parsnips make a nutritious side dish that the whole family will love. They are the perfect addition to a wide variety of meals from weeknight dinners to holiday feasts. Also, using the air-fryer means cooking with less oil.
- You can cook the parsnips whole, without the need to cut them into smaller pieces. This makes the overall dish look nicer, and they come out perfect.
- Only four ingredients are needed to make this recipe: Parsnips, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt.
Our Air-Fryer Parsnips recipe is:
- Family-friendly, our whole family loves this recipe.
- Easy to make
- A healthy snack
- A perfect side dish for Easter, Christmas, and other festive dates.
- Quick to prepare
How to make the best Air Fryer Parsnips
Fresh Parsnips. These root vegetables are a great addition to your diet, and this air fryer recipe can help you become confident cooking them. We love parsnips, especially during the holiday season, but we try to include them in our diet quite often. Choose parsnips that are firm with no soft spots.
Olive oil. We use olive oil for this recipe. You can use another type of vegetable oil such as avocado oil, or coconut oil.
Maple syrup. To enhance the natural sweet flavor of Parsnips, we add some maple syrup. While this ingredient is optional, we tried this same recipe without added sweetener, and we believe it is a great addition to the dish. You can use another type of sweetener such as honey, date syrup, or agave.
Salt and pepper. Add a little salt and black pepper to season the parsnips. Optionally you can use other spices or flavors. Some popular choices are Italian seasoning, onion powder, or sweet paprika.
Fresh thyme or mint for garnishing. Before serving, you can garnish your air-fried parsnips with fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary.
- Wash and peel the parsnips. For this recipe, we slice the parsnips length-wise into four pieces. If you have thinner parsnips, you may need to slice them in just two pieces.
- Season the parsnips. Place the sliced parsnips in a large bowl and add the olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Combine well until all the pieces are evenly coated.
- Place the seasoned parsnips into the air fryer in a single layer. Avoid placing them on top of each other, as they won't cook evenly.
- Cook the parsnips at 200C (400F) for about 18 minutes, or until fork-tender with crispy and golden brown edges. Turn them halfway through, to ensure even cooking.
Variations to our Easy Air Fryer Parsnips
- Change the seasoning. Our seasoning is fairly simple, but it works fantastic for this side dish. You can also, use other fresh or dried herbs, and spices to make these parsnips to your taste. Some options are basil, parsley, sage, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, five-spice powder, cloves, etc.
- Use butter instead of olive oil. You can toss the parsnips with melted butter or vegan butter before air frying for increased browning and flavor.
- Make it spicy. For spicy parsnips, toss with Cajun seasoning or red pepper flakes before air frying. Another option is to coat them with chili oil instead of regular oil.
- Cutting method. You can cut the parsnips into smaller pieces, but make sure do adjust the cooking time. We recommend doing this if you want to make a bigger portion, as you will be able to fit more pieces into the air fryer. If you intend to make air fryer parsnip fries, you will need to cut them into thinner slices that resemble fries.
- Add other vegetables. You can add other root vegetables to air fry with your parsnips such as carrots, beetroot, or potatoes.
The air-fried parsnips make a delicious and easy side dish on their own, but you can also serve them with some optional garnishes or sauces for extra flavor.
Air Fryer Roasted Parsnips are a great alternative if you want to cook something different than potatoes. We normally include mashed potatoes for our festive menus, so we prefer serving air fryer parsnips instead of potatoes, to add more root vegetables in different ways.
For garnish, we use fresh mint, but you can also add some crushed toasted nuts such as pinenuts, pecans, or hazelnuts.
If you want to add something colorful and fresh, we believe fresh pomegranate or some orange zest will make a fantastic festive addition to this side dish, adding a unique flavor.
Store and Reheat
Leftover parsnips can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Make sure the parsnips are completely cooled before storing them to prevent getting them soggy.
To reheat, you can use the air fryer. It takes about 5-6 minutes to reheat your parsnips. Avoid using the microwave, as they will get soft and mushy.
FAQ and Tips
Choosing the right Parsnips
Choose smaller parsnips if possible, as they will cook more evenly.
What type of Air Fryer do we use for this recipe?
We have a Ninja Air Fryer and are honestly very happy with it. It works well, and it has different functions that we often use such as reheating, or baking. If you are looking into buying an Air Fryer, we recommend checking this post from Homes & Gardens in which we participated, to avoid common buying mistakes.
Do I need to preheat the air-fryer before cooking Parsnips?
Preheating is recommended for optimal results. Preheat the air fryer for about 3-5 minutes before adding the carrots. This helps ensure even cooking and a crispy texture.
Can I cook other vegetables in the air fryer alongside with parsnips?
Yes, you can mix vegetables in the air fryer. However, be mindful of cooking times. Carrots may take longer than softer vegetables, so consider cutting denser vegetables into smaller pieces for even cooking.
Easy Air Fryer Parsnips
- Air Fryer
- 4-5 parsnips
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh thyme for garnish
- Wash and peel the parsnips.
- Slice the parsnips length-wise into four pieces. If you have thinner parsnips, you can slice them into just two pieces.
- Place the sliced parsnips in a large bowl and add the olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Combine well until all the pieces are evenly coated.
- Preheat the air-fryer for 3-4 minutes to 200C (400F)
- Transfer the parsnips into the air fryer in a single layer. Avoid placing them on top of each other, as they won't cook evenly.
- Cook the parsnips at 200C (400F) for about 18 minutes, or until fork-tender with crispy edges. Turn them halfway through, to ensure even cooking.
- Garnish with fresh thyme, and serve with your favorite dipping sauces!