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How to Cook Parsnips in an Air Fryer

by Karly

Parsnips are a healthy air fryer snack that you can be eating in under 10 minutes! Simple to prepare, quick to cook, and a healthy swap for traditional french fries!

Parsnip fry being dipped into a sauce.

Ever had the parsnip chips from Trader Joe’s? Oh, man. They were my first introdution to parsnips and I was an instant fan for life.

Of course, parsnips aren’t a super common go to snack food from what I’ve seen. In fact, no one in my family really ever eats parsnips at all…until I came along and started serving them up every chance I get. 😉

Parsnips are a bit sweet, like a carrot – but starchy, like a potato. A bit Earthy and nutty. They’re just irresistible to me!

These make the perfect healthy snack – serve up like french fries with your favorite dip. Of course, they also make a perfect side for dinner.

These air fryer parsnip fries are fun to experiment with, if you’ve never tried parsnips before.

Ingredient Notes:

Parsnip fry ingredients spread out on a countertop.

Parsnips – Choose firm parsnips without soft spots. If they have their tops, you’ll want them with vibrant green leaves.

Seasoning– We use olive oil with garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

How to Make Parsnips in an Air Fryer:

Collage of the steps of cooking parsnips.

Prep the parsnips– Wash your parsnips and peel them like you would a carrot. Cut the top and ends off the parsnips. Next cut the parsnips into strips.

Season the parsnips– Take your sliced parsnips and them to a mixing bowl and drizzle your olive oil over the top and sprinkle the seasonings over the parsnips. Toss this all to coat the parsnips.

Cook the parsnips-Place parsnips in a single layer in the air fryer and cook at 390 degrees F for 10 minutes or until tender and golden.

Overhead view of parsnip fries in an air fryer basket.


Why are parsnips good for you?

Parsnips are rich in vitamin C and zinc. There are other valuable nutrients, but these two, in particular, are good for your immune system.

Are parsnips low carb?

Parsnips are lower carb than many root vegetables with 24 carbs per cup and 7 grams of fiber. They would not be appropriate for a keto diet, but may fit other low carb plans.

What is a parsnip?

The parsnip is a root vegetable that’s closely related to carrots and parsley. They have a firm, cream colored flesh and can be eaten raw, but are most often eaten roasted, boiled, or fried.

What does a parsnip look like?

Parsnips look like pale colored carrots, with thick tops and pointy ends.

Recipe Substitution Option

You may like parsnips a little more sweet!

If you want to try sweeter parsnips you can omit the garlic, onion, and paprika. Instead, use a couple of tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of rosemary to coat the parsnips. The rest of the recipe will work as is!More healthy snacks you might like:

Air fried parsnips in a fry basket.

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Overhead view of parsnip fries in an air fryer basket.

How to Cook Parsnips in an Air Fryer

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Parsnips are a healthy air fryer snack that you can be eating in under 10 minutes! The prep is quick and simple and the parsnips come out tender and flavorful.


  • 1 pound parsnips
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.
  2. Wash and peel parsnips. Cut parsnips in half lengthwise. If parsnips are on the larger side, cut into quarters. 
  3. Add parsnips to a mixing bowl with olive oil and seasonings and toss to coat.
  4. Place parsnips in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.


Cooking time in air fryers can vary widely. Check for doneness after 10 minutes and continue cooking for 2-3 more minutes if necessary, until parsnips are tender and golden brown.

We served these with Thousand Island dressing for dipping. Ketchup or ranch are also good, but parsnips are delicious on their own as well. Having a dip to use is an easy way for us to get our kids to try veggies they may not otherwise want to try.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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