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Simple Glazed Air Fryer Honey Parsnips

Serve these simple air fryer parsnips as a perfect side to any meal! These honey glazed air fryer parsnips are easy, healthy and ready in just 20 minutes.

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Can we just talk about how great the air fryer is? I avoided it for so long.

I love and use my instant pot often, but I don’t like crowded countertops, so I thought I didn’t need one.

Well, now that I have one, I really do use it often.

With some of my other air fryer recipes, like air fryer sweetpotato wedges or air fryer butternut squash fries, I really think that the air fryer helps produce crispy vegetable fries.

Which is how I came up with the idea to air fry parsnips. The result is too good not to share with you.

I promise – you’ll love these air fryer roast parsnips for all of the reasons below and then some. Make sure to come back and rate the recipe after you try it.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Parsnips

  • Healthier alternative to fries – These crispy air fryer parsnips don’t use loads of oil, like fried fries do, making them a healthy alternative to traditional french fries.
  • Great way to introduce a new vegetable – Maybe you’re sick of white potatoes or sweetpotato fries. Give these honey mustard parsnips a try! I love to serve them for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
  • Hearty and nutritious – Parsnips are a starchy vegetable, making them heartier than the typical greens you may eat. Plus you’re getting Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, fiber and more with these starchy veggies.
  • Great for fall leftovers- I tend to buy parsnips in the fall since they are great for the cooler time of year. If you’ve got leftover parsnips or bought them on sale and don’t know what to use them for, this is your recipe!
  • Quick and easy – These are actually the main components for any of my recipes. No need to wait for the oven to pre-heat and then bake for a cooking time of 45-50 minutes. These easy air fryer honey-roasted parsnips are ready in 20 minutes!

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 parsnips in the air fryer now, and I have so many more recipes I want to test, like air fryer carrots.

I’m sure they would be a little crispier than these soft roasted baby led weaning carrots when you want a different texture.

Roasted parsnips in the air fryer are great finger foods for toddlers because parsnips are starchy and thick. This makes them easy to hold.

air fryer parsnip fries seasoned with honey mustard in air fryer

I’m thinking about a lot more air fryer kid recipes I can test with fun flavors. I bet these roasted sweetpotatoes and carrots would be great in the air fryer!

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

Just like this parsnip and carrot puree that is also naturally sweet!

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 Honey Mustard Parsnips

Here’s what you need.

Fresh parsnips – Some air fryer recipes call for frozen, but we’re using fresh from the grocery store or local farmers market if available.

Choice of oil – I prefer avocado oil or a light olive oil

Spices – I love the blend of garlic powder, a little salt and a bit of black pepper

Honey – Since these do have honey, please don’t serve to babies under age 1, for the risk of botulism.

Dijon Mustard – This is the best mustard I tested to produce those sweet tangy honey and mustard parsnips that you’re looking for.

I also love these reusable air fryer liners for easy clean up.

Modification Without Honey

I’m sure this air fryer parsnips recipe would be just as tasty with a tiny bit of salt, pepper and garlic if you did want to serve them to young babies for baby led weaning foods, omitting the honey.

Spices for babies are great for their little palates when introducing flavor.

Fresh herbs, like cilantro or basil, would also be tasty!

cut parsnips on cutting board

I haven’t served these to Hannah (10 months old) yet because they have honey, which is not recommended for babies under one. However, here are tons of recipes for baby led weaning at 10 months!

My five year old loves them!

Another reason I love these air fryer honey parsnips for toddlers is because they provide a great way to introduce these cream colored root vegetables. Mainly because they take on a sweet flavor when baked or roasted.

But, what the air fryer offers that the oven doesn’t is the crispy edges.

Crispy edges + interior sweet flavor makes these air fryer roasted parsnips a unique recipe.

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!

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

Tongs – Tongs can be helpful for transferring seasoned items and then hot items after cooked in the air fryer.

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.

How To Cook Parsnips in the 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.

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

Make sure to check your instructions for your individual air fryer for tips on how long to cook parsnips in the air fryer. Mine were perfect at about 17 minutes.

black air fryer with honey mustard parsnips in them

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

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

1. Preheat your air fryer.

Preheat your air fryer to 380-390 degrees F (about 200 degrees celsius). I like to cut parsnips into 2-3 inch pieces to make them more manageable and take on more flavor.


Try to make your parsnips the same shape and size for more even cooking. You want them flat on the air fryer tray, rather than overlapping.

2. Mix your honey mustard sauce.

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

air fryer parsnips in white serving bowl

3. Put Your Parsnips in the Air Fryer and Bake

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!

closeup of roasted parsnips in the air fryer

Parsnips In the Air Fryer Vs. Oven

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 perfect crispy edges like traditional french fries, 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 or refer back to your air fryer guide.
  • 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 or overlapping them – they won’t cook evenly that way. You may have to split them into a couple different batches depending on how many parsnips you are cooking.


How to store air fryer parsnips

Store your parsnips in an airtight container or Tupperware for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 

Can I use frozen parsnips in the air fryer?

Yes, frozen parsnips in the air fryer will cook similarly. However, they may need a few more minutes added on to account for their extra toughness from the freezer. After cooking vegetables from frozen, they will taste better if enjoyed right away.

Do I need to peel parsnips?

No, it is not necessary to peel your parsnips. Just make sure to give them a good rinse! However, if you choose to remove the skin, a vegetable peeler will help you do so.

What to Pair with Parsnips

Air fryer honey parsnips are such an easy side dish. I prefer to pair them with a burger, some seafood, or a delicious sandwich.

Honey mustard glazed 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

You may enjoy some of these other AIR FRYER recipes!

air fryer parsnip fries seasoned with honey mustard in air fryer
Yield: 4 servings

Honey Mustard Air Fryer Parsnips

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

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. 


  • 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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