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Air fryer parsnips with balsamic glaze.
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Air Fryer Parsnips

This Air Fryer Parsnips recipe is healthy and easy to prepare! The parsnips are air fried until crispy and topped with a balsamic glaze.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: air fried parsnips, roasted parsnips, parsnips balsamic glaze
Servings: 4
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Christine Rooney




Cut The Parsnips:

  • Wash the parsnips and remove the outer skin using a vegetable peeler. Many store-bought parsnips are coated in a food-grade wax and it's best to remove it with a vegetable peeler.
  • Cut the top (including any leaves) and the bottom of each parsnip off with a knife and discard. Cut each parsnip in half length-wise.
  • Cut each half into halves. Cut the thicker upper portion of the parsnip in half again (the parsnips should look like carrot sticks that you might find on a crudité platter at this point).
  • Cut each section of parsnip in half again. You should end up with chunks of parsnips that are all relatively even in size and thickness.

Cook The Parsnips:

  • Place the parsnip chunks in a mixing bowl. Spray the parsnips thoroughly with a cooking spray that is suitable for use in air fryers. They should be coated, but not saturated in the oil.
  • Once the parsnips have been generously coated in cooking spray, sprinkle ¼ tsp. each garlic and onion powder, along with ¼ tsp. each kosher salt and pepper over them. Toss until completely coated.
  • Spray the air fryer basket generously with cooking spray.
  • Place half of the parsnips in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd them. It's important to have a little space between each piece, so that they cook evenly and the outsides become crispy.
  • Close the basket and set the temperature for 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook the first batch for 6-8 minutes. Remove the basket and give it a shake, then close it again and cook for another 6-8 minutes. Remove the first batch and repeat with the second half of the parsnips.
  • To Serve: Place the parsnips in a serving dish. Drizzle desired amount of balsamic glaze over the top (optional). Feel free to garnish with freshly chopped herbs of choice (optional).


  • A cooking spray without aerosols or propellants is recommended, as these can cause damage to air fryers. I love to use avocado oil when making parsnips in the Air Fryer).
  • It's best to choose parsnips that are smaller and more slender, as this means they are younger and more tender. Larger parsnips tend to be woodier in texture and more bitter in flavor. The smaller parsnips are sweeter and have a more enjoyable texture.
  • This recipe is created using a basket air fryer. The process may differ slightly if using another air fryer model.
  • Cooking times may vary, depending on the size of your parsnips and the model of air fryer used.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg