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The Best Air Fryer Parsnips

A perfect side to any meal, these Air Fryer Parsnips are easy, healthy and ready in just 20 minutes. These honey mustard parsnips combine honey, dijon mustard and a handful of spices for a healthy veggie side. 

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I’m new to using my air fryer. I actually thought I could live without one for the longest time.

Why add another appliance? Well, honestly, so I can make parsnips in the air fryer.

I love and use my instant pot often, but I don’t like crowded countertops.

When my mother-in-law offered her air fryer up, that’s when I started testing this air fryer parsnips recipe. 

The air fryer couldn’t be easier to use, and I don’t know why I waited so long.

I’m obsessed with the crisp parsnip air fryer outcome, and I have so many more recipes I want to test.

air fryer parsnip fries on white plate in front of air fryer

Air fryer parsnips make for great finger foods for toddlers because parsnips are starchy and thick. This makes them easy to hold.

I’m thinking about a lot more air fryer kid recipes I can test with fun flavors.

The honey and mustard parsnip combination is also very appealing because it’s sweet and savory all together.

You can definitely serve this to kids and babies, but leave out the honey if doing so. While parsnips for babies are great, honey under age 1 is not recommended.

Ingredients For Air Fryer Parsnips

Here’s what you need to make this air fryer vegetable recipe.  

  • parsnips
  • avocado oil
  • garlic powder
  • honey
  • dijon mustard
  • salt

I haven’t served these to Hannah (10 months old) yet because they have honey, which is not recommended for babies under one.

But, I’m sure they would be just as tasty with salt, pepper and garlic if you did want to serve them to young babies for baby led weaning foods

black air fryer with air fried parsnips in them

But, they make for a great air fryer recipe for toddlers and a great way to introduce these cream colored root vegetables. 

These are a slightly different twist on my popular turmeric crispy parsnip fries recipe, but both are great ways to fall in love with these healthy, root veggies.

AIR FRYER ESSENTIALS – I love to keep some go-to’s on hand for my air fryer recipes. Here’s what I recommend using:

Fast Instant Read Thermometer – You’ll use this more than you know! It works for meat on the grill or stove or oven, too. It’s super fast and the large screen is easy to read.

Reusable Air Fryer Liners – I love these for easy cleaning! Plus, they’re silicone and come with magnetic cooking times, which is so helpful.

Plate Gripper – This is great for HOT things when they come out of the air fryer. Take care and don’t burn yourself!

How To Make Parsnips in Air Fryer

I know you’re thinking, can you fry parsnips? Yes! Making parsnips in the air fryer really couldn’t be easier because there is absolutely zero prep involved.

Check your instructions for your individual air fryer but chances are you can just put them in and bake.

If this is your first time, here’s a first time guide to using an air fryer. I love this site because they give you ranges for all types of veggies and foods.

cut parsnips on cutting board

You don’t need to saturate them in a ton of cooking oil, but a little bit helps (I recommend avocado oil), or even a cooking spray. 

Preheat your air fryer.

Preheat your air fryer to 380-390 degrees F (about 200 degrees celsius). I like to cut the parsnip into 2-3 inch pieces. Try to make them all the same shape and size for more even cooking. 

Mix your honey mustard sauce.

Mix the avocado oil, honey, mustard, salt and garlic powder and marinate over the parsnips.

Place the parsnips in the air fryer basket. Cook for 15-18 minutes.

Next time I may try using a mandolin slicer and making air fryer parsnip chips because I think that shape would be great too!

air fryer parsnips in white serving bowl

Air Fryer Parsnip Fries vs Oven Baked Parsnip Fries

Similar to air fryer butternut squash fries, I much prefer air fryer parsnip fries to oven baked parsnip fries, for a few reasons.

  • Compared to preheating the oven and then baking the parsnips in the oven, you are saving a ton of time using an air fryer.
  • In the summer months, who wants to heat up the oven and add more heat to your house?
  • The air fryer also adds a nice crispiness, despite using less oil than deep-fried alternatives. 

Tips for Success

  • The parsnips are done when they reach a golden brown light color. The texture should become soft and tender as the parsnips become cooked through. If they still feel hard and overly starchy, cook them for a few more minutes. 
  • A key tip for these air fryer parsnips is making sure they are cut in similar sizes so they cook quicker and more evenly.
  • Avoid stacking them too much – they won’t cook that way. You may have to split them into a couple different batches.  
  • Store your parsnips in an airtight container or Tupperware for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 
closeup of roasted parsnips in the air fryer

We love making air fried parsnips when we want a “fry” side option.

We make sweet potato fries often (see tons of sweet potato recipe ideas here), but sometimes we want to switch it up. 

What to Pair with Parsnips

I love pairing this parsnip crisp recipe with a burger, some seafood, or even a delicious sandwich. 

Honey and mustard parsnips are so flavorful and pair well with many protein-rich entrees, whether you prefer meat or vegetarian options. 

Here are some favorites:

air fryer parsnip fries on white plate with cauliflower and sweet potato burger

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Yield: 4 servings

Honey Mustard Air Fryer Parsnips

air fryer parsnip fries seasoned with honey mustard in air fryer

Air Fryer Parsnips are an easy and healthy side option, ready in just 20 minutes. Honey mustard parsnips combine honey, dijon mustard and a handful of spices for a healthy veggie side. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 3-4 medium parsnips, sliced into 1-2 inch wedges
  • 1 T avocado oil
  • 3 T honey
  • 3 T dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat air fryer to 380-390°F (200°C)
  2. Cut parsnips into 2-3 inch pieces
  3. Mix avocado oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt and garlic powder in bowl. Pour over parsnips and mix them until they are all coated.
  4. Place parsnips in air fryer basket and shake basket to distribute evenly.
  5. Set timer for 15-18  minutes*
  6. Once parsnips are golden brown in color and soft and tender, they are ready to enjoy


*Note – time may vary depending on your air fryer. To be safe, check after 10-12 minutes, and modify as needed.

How to Store Parsnips: Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 605mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

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