Simple Air Fryer Parsnip Chips

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These healthy Air Fryer Parsnip Chips are both crispy and chewy and oh so addictive! Move over potatoes…

Beautiful plate full of air fryer parsnips.

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Why I love this Air Fryer Parsnip Chips recipe

This method to roast parsnips in the air fryer is so delicious and simple. And while parsnip fries may be more common in the air fryer, I prefer these parsnip chips even more! They are:


Chewy & Sweet…almost like candy!




Paleo Friendly


High Fiber

Low Fat

What are Parsnips?

Parsnips are a cream-colored root vegetable that resemble large white carrots. Raw they are similar in consistency to a carrot; cooked they are more starchy, similar to yuca, or like a cross between a carrot and potato in texture.

Parsnips have a delicious, unique taste: earthy, nutty, and sweet…even a bit peppery.

They are also quite nutrient-dense. Parsnips are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins (C & K), and minerals (folate & magnesium).

Whole parsnips on a cutting board.

How to Make Air Fryer Parsnip Crisps

The method is simple. First, clean and cut parsnips into chips (with a sharp knife or mandolin).

Slicing parsnips on cutting board with sharp knife.
Raw slices of parsnip chips.

Next, add oil, salt, and spices.

Tongs are mixing oil and spices with raw parsnip chips in bowl.
mixing olive oil, garlic, salt, and other spices on raw parsnips

Air fry parsnips at 375, shaking basket every few minutes.

Parsnips a few minutes in to cooking.
parsnips after 4 minutes
Parsnips are halfway done cooking in air fryer.
parsnips after 8 minutes in air fryer
Parsnips are ready to come out of the air fryer.
crispy parsnips ready to come out of air fryer
Plate of air fryer parsnip crisps.

Serving Suggestions

Serve parsnip chips alongside a burger or sandwich, just like you would potato chips.

Or, eat them all alone as a snack (my favorite!).

Finally, serve as an appetizer alongside sriracha ketchup, fresh herb sauce, tahini sauce, aioli, ranch, honey mustard, or your favorite dip of choice.


The most important equipment needed for this recipe is an air fryer. While there are dozens of reputable air fryers on the market, we absolutely love our 5.5 quart Ninja Air Fryer. So much so that we are eyeing the Ninja Double Air Fryer (2 basket)!

Optional equipment includes a mandolin. There are so many mandolins on the market these days that will do the job well and make it easier and faster to prepare those parsnip chips! The key is to make sure that you use a special glove to stay safe (trust me!!!).


How do you make parsnips?

You can prepare parsnips in dozens of ways: like roasting, boiling, steaming, or air frying. Add parsnips to soups or stews like you would potatoes or carrots. Or, make them into a puree, mash, fry, or chip!

Are parsnip chips good for you?

These air fryer parsnips sure are! Loaded with fiber and low in fat, they are a delicious way to get in those veggies!

What is the best way to store parsnip chips?

Store in air tight container in refrigerator. To reheat, throw back in air fryer for 2-3 minutes.

Can you freeze cooked parsnips?

I would not freeze these air fryer parsnip chips.

Are parsnips low carb?

No, parsnips have a similar amount of carbs as potatoes per serving: 24 grams.

What is a substitute for parsnips?

Carrots, especially white carrots, are a good substitute for parsnips. Turnips, potatoes, celery root, and kohlrabi can also be used in place of parsnips.

Do you peel parsnips before cooking?

You do not need to peel parsnips before air frying them. In fact, the skin adds to the crispy texture.

Can dogs eat parsnips?

Yes! Dogs can can eat parsnips! In fact, they are quite healthy for them. So go ahead and share those parsnip chips…if there are any left!

How would you compare turnips vs. parsnips?

While they are both root vegetables, they are actually quite different. Parsnips are a long, tubular vegetable that are sweet and full of fiber; turnips have a round shape and more mild in taste (similar to cabbage or potato), and lower in calorie.

What is the temperature to air fry parsnips?

Set the air fryer to 375 degrees to make parsnip chips.

Are parsnips keto friendly?

No. Parsnips are starchy and relatively high in carbs compared to other keto friendly vegetables.

Can you air fry parsnips without blanching?

Yes, parsnips can be air fried raw.

Can you air fry parsnip chips without oil?

If you are avoiding oil, you can air fry parsnips without it. Chips will be less crispy but just as tasty!

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Close up of air fryer parsnip chips.
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5 from 7 votes

Air Fryer Parsnip Chips

These quick and easy air fryer parsnip chips are both crispy and chewy and oh so addictive…not to mention healthy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: air fryer, American
Keyword: air fryer parsnip chips, air fryer parsnips, parsnip chips, parsnip crisps
Servings: 4
Calories: 146kcal


  • air fryer
  • sharp knife or mandolin


  • 4-5 large parsnips about 5 cups once cut in chips
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin optional


  • Clean parsnips. Then carefully cut them into about 3 mm chips with either a sharp knife or a mandolin.
  • Place raw chips in bowl. Add oil, salt, and spices. Mix to spread seasoning evenly.
  • Place parsnip chips in air fryer (*see NOTES below). They will overlap (pending your style of air fryer), and that is okay! You will shake the basket throughout to move around.
  • Air fry parsnip chips at 375 degrees for 14-17 minutes. Be sure to stop the fryer every 3-4 minutes to shake the basket and mix the parsnips to ensure even cooking.
    NOTE: If using a toaster oven air fryer that allows for less overlap of chips, cook time may be less. Flip the chips at about the 4 minute mark, and be sure to check for doneness every 3-4 minutes.
  • As you check for doneness, remove chips that are darker/done, allowing more space for remaining chips.
  • Once out of air fryer, parsnip chips will continue to get a bit crispier if they are spread out on a flat surface and not overlapping for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Enjoy these crispy, chewy parnsips while still warm. Serve alone or with dip of choice.


*Crispness: For the most crispy parsnip chips, cook one layer at a time. This will take more time to cook multiple batches with a basket style air fryer, but each batch will take less time (likely 7-10 minutes per batch, flipping at the 4 minute mark).
Personally, I enjoy the balance of crispy and chewy (and being done in less time!) so I just throw them all in at once and shake the basket throughout as written in the recipe.
Leftovers: Store leftover in refrigerator. To reheat, throw in air fryer for 2-3 minutes. I do not recommend freezing leftovers.
Nutritional Facts for parsnip chips.

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