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Air Fryer Chuck Roast {Low Carb and Keto!}

Are you looking for a delicious and easy-to-make meal that is both keto and low carb? This air fryer chuck roast recipe is just the ticket! Whether you’re following a specific diet or just looking for a flavorful, healthy dinner option, this hearty dish of savory beef is sure to please. Not only is it loaded with robust seasonings like garlic, onion, rosemary, and thyme, but it’s also quick and simple to prepare.

A large slice of air fryer chuck roast on a white plate with fried turnips

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Just imagine, soon you can have a succulent roast that will fill your kitchen with tantalizing aromas. Plus, if you have an air fryer handy – this recipe makes use of its unique cooking abilities to give your roast an unbeatable taste and texture. Gather up your ingredients today and get ready to cook up a delicious high protein meal that everyone in the family will love!

Childhood memories of pot roast

I was always the helpful kid in middle school. I was the one who would agree to help everyone out, whether it was helping a friend with their math homework or lending a hand to a neighbor.

One particularly elderly lady at church often had me come over to her house and help her vacuum her carpets when needed. She had a very specific way she wanted the job done, with her fancy extremely heavy vacuum with water that had to be dumped, and would stand next to me while I went over each section of carpet three times, very slowly!!

As a reward, she would feed me an unseasoned beef roast she’d cooked for hours along with mushy carrots. She meant well and to be kind, but oh I remember it was more difficult to get that pot roast down and smile than clean all the carpets!

Can I give you a little tip? It’s very important to season your meat and get a good flavorful crust on your air fryer beef roast!

A front view of the sliced keto chuck roast on a white plate

🤔 What is a beef chuck roast?

A beef chuck roast, also known as a shoulder pot roast, is a cut of beef from the shoulder of the animal. It has both lean and fatty parts, giving it a rich flavor when cooked.

The chuck roast can be cut with the bone still in or removed and can be used to make slow-cooking dishes such as roasts, stews, braised dishes, and pot roasts.

It also makes an excellent addition to soups or casseroles because of its tenderness when cooked for long periods of time. In general, when I have any leftover air fryer pot roast, the next day it morphs into a stew.

When cooking a chuck roast in an air fryer, you should use high heat to quickly sear the outside of the roast while keeping the inside juicy and tender. This will lock in all the wonderful flavors from marinades or seasonings that you use so that your dish comes out tasting delicious!

Overhead view of a large slice of air fryer chuck roast on a white plate with fried turnips and mushrooms

🙋‍♀️ Is an air fryer chuck roast keto or low carb?

Yes, an air fryer chuck roast can easily be made keto or low carb! All you need to do is make sure your seasonings and ingredients are fresh without any added ingredients like sugar or fillers that add carbs.

📏 Nutrition facts: chuck roast in air fryer macros

Let’s take a look at the macros. In this recipe for chuck roast in air fryer, one serving is 6 ounces of meat. Each serving has 353 calories, 37 grams of protein, 21 grams of fat, and only 1 gram of carbs per serving.

These macros for air fryer chuck roast are figured with MyFitnessPal, with the ingredients I use in the recipe. I always recommend figuring out your own with the exact ingredients or brands you use. It’s especially important to determine your own if you’re keeping close track and want to be accurate.

Front view of a raw chuck roast

🍽 Equipment needed to air fry chuck roast

The first and most obvious kitchen item you’ll need to make this beef roast is the air fryer!

An air fryer is a great way to make all kinds of meals quickly and with minimal clean up.

You will also need some tongs or spatulas to turn your roast while it’s cooking in the air fryer, as well as a baking sheet or serving plate for the finished product. Finally, you may want to have a meat thermometer on hand to check the internal temperature of your chuck roast before serving.

Ninja Foodi air fryer, front view

🥘 Ingredients in low carb air fryer chuck roast

Beef chuck roast

When selecting a chuck roast, look for a cut that is well marbled with fat. This will help to keep the beef roast moist and flavorful during cooking. I buy my meat from ButcherBox and am always impressed with the quality, and the fact it comes straight to my door! If you use my affiliate link you try a box and get $30 off plus free wings for life if you continue your boxes. (the free item may change!)

Front view of a raw chuck roast

Avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil

Avocado oil or extra-virgin (light) olive oil are both good choices for this recipe. Look for an oil that has a high smoke point so that it can withstand the high heat of the air fryer.

Tamari or coconut aminos

Again, either can be used in this recipe. Both are gluten-free soy sauce type options to add flavor to the roast.

Worcestershire sauce

This is a savory condiment that can be used in this recipe. It is made with vinegar, anchovies, and other spices.

Garlic granules or garlic powder

Can be used to add flavor to the roast. Choose a product that is fresh and organic and has a strong flavor.

Onion granules or onion powder

Can be used to add flavor to the roast. Again, select a product that’s not been in your spice cabinet for 5 years, but fresh and good quality.

Dried thyme

This is an herb that can be used to add flavor to the roast. Thyme is a fragrant herb that is used in many different recipes and dishes.

Dried rosemary

This is an herb that can be used to add flavor to the roast. Rosemary has a woodsy and earthy flavor that can really enhance the flavor of the chuck roast.

Sea salt

Used to season the roast. Look for a sea salt that has no additives or anti-caking agents.

Black pepper

Can be used to add flavor to the roast. Freshly ground black pepper will have the best flavor, but pre-ground can be used as well.

Once all the ingredients have been gathered, it’s time to get cooking! This air fryer chuck roast is incredibly simple and easy to make.

Overhead view of the ingredients in keto air fryer chuck roast

🔪 Instructions: Can you roast meat in an air fryer?

Welcome to air frying! Yes, if you air fry meat, it’s a great way to get a juicy, tender chuck roast that’s full of flavor with a delicious crust. And all this without spending hours in the kitchen!

To start, preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit for about five minutes.

While that’s going, in a small bowl, mix together the light olive oil, tamari, or coconut aminos for a soy-free option, Worcestershire sauce, garlic granules, and onion granules. Then add thyme for an herbal undertone of earthiness, black pepper for a slight kick of spice, salt to bring out the other flavors, and rosemary for that unmistakable classic taste.

Once it’s all combined in the bowl, use it to rub all over the chuck roast until it’s completely coated. This will make an air fryer beef roast with the most amazingly tender beef.

Front view of raw beef roast with the oil and spice rub

⏲ Cooking time: How long does it take to cook a 2.5lb roast in the air fryer basket?

Now you’re ready to put your beef roast in the air fryer basket.

How do you cook chuck roast? Set the timer to 15 minutes at 390°F and let it air fry away at the higher temperature to sear the outside crust.

Raw beef roast with the coating in the air fryer basket

After the first 15 minutes have elapsed and your kitchen starts smelling amazing from all the roasting goodness, flip over the chuck roast and reduce the temperature to 350°F. Now you continue the cooking process and air fry the air fryer beef roast for 45-60 minutes depending on its size.

When the internal temperature of your beef roast reaches 145–150°F (63–66°C) for medium-rare or 160–165°F (71–74°C) for well-done, it’s ready to come out of the air fryer. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving warm with any side dishes you like best!

A closeup view of air fryer chuck roast

🍴How to slice the entire roast

To slice the entire roast properly, use either a sharp knife or an electric carving knife on a cutting board. Cut along the grain of the meat for thin slices that are easy to chew, and don’t forget to season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

Although, I admit I do cut larger slices out of the beef roast for convenience! I also like to garnish it with some sliced green onions.

The deep savory flavor of this air fryer chuck roast pairs perfectly with air fryer mushrooms, fried turnips (yes, I said fried turnips because they’re delicious and I don’t eat potatoes), or a hearty salad.

I hope you enjoy the crispy outer crust with tons of flavor! It’s an irresistibly crunchy exterior that’ll make everyone drool!

An overhead view of the sliced keto chuck roast on a white plate

🙋‍♂️ Are air fryers good for roasts?

Absolutely! Air fryers are great for roasting all sorts of meats, especially chuck roast. Chuck roast is a cut of beef that comes from the shoulder area of the cow. It’s a tough cut of meat, so it can benefir from being cooked slowly over low heat to break down the tough connective tissue and produce tender, juicy meat.

I love it in the air fryer, but the pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) is also a good option for that intense cooking to produce fall apart tender meat.

🙋 Does chuck roast get more tender the longer you cook it?

Yes, chuck roast does get more tender the longer you cook it. As the connective tissue breaks down, the meat becomes more and more tender. But be careful not to over-cook it or you’ll end up with dry, tough meat! The key is to find that sweet spot between juicy, flavorful roast and dry, overcooked meat. With a bit of practice and patience, you can get the perfect roast every time. Bon appetite!

A bite of air fryer chuck roast on a fork

💭 Top tip: use your meat thermometer!

It’s the best way to ensure that you don’t overcook your roast, and a meat thermometer will help you get perfectly cooked meat every time.

🥣 How to store air fryer chuck roast

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze your cooked chuck roast for up to three months. Just make sure it’s wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before freezing to lock in all that moisture and flavor!

Also, as I mentioned before, I love to chop up any leftovers to make into soup or stew for the next day to mix things up a bit.

A large slice of air fryer chuck roast on a white plate with fried turnips

🥗 What to serve with air fryer chuck roast

If you’re following a keto diet, then this air fryer chuck roast pairs perfectly with low carb vegetables such as roasted cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. If you’re not following a keto diet, this pesto orzo salad is a good side dish option!

You can also serve it with some mashed celery root or mashed turnips! Here are some other ideas:

  1. Roasted Cauliflower
  2. Brussels Sprouts
  3. Broccoli
  4. Mashed Celery Root
  5. Mashed Turnips
  6. Asparagus with Lemon & Garlic
  7. Keto-friendly Coleslaw
  8. Air Fryer Mushrooms
  9. Green Beans Almondine
  10. Caramelized Onions & Peppers
A large slice of air fryer chuck roast on a white plate with fried turnips

📋 More air fryer recipes

  1. Air fryer teriyaki salmon
  2. Air fryer boneless chicken thighs
  3. Keto steak marinade recipe for air fryer flank steak
  4. Keto chicken legs: air fryer or baked
  5. Brats in air fryer: quick and easy
  6. Frozen burgers in air fryer
  7. Keto chicken tenders in air fryer

🔑 Unlock the flavorful secrets of an easy-to-make beef roast

If you’re looking for a flavorful and easy meal, I hope you’ll try this air fryer chuck roast! With minimal prep time and the help of your trusty air fryer, you can whip up a delicious dinner in no time.

Whether served with keto-friendly sides or traditional vegetables, it’s sure to make your family happy and your taste buds sing. So, go ahead and give this air fryer chuck roast a go.

Happy Cooking! Enjoy your perfect air fryer chuck roast with all its juicy, flavorful goodness! It’s sure to become a family favorite – just like it is in mine.

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Keto air fryer chuck roast on a white plate.

📖 Printable recipe card

A piece of air fryer chuck roast on a white plate

Air Fryer Chuck Roast

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Delicious and juicy chuck roast cooked in the air fryer -- simply seasoned with spices and cooked until tender. Enjoy an easy and mouthwatering family meal.



  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (about 5 minutes).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, tamari (or coconut aminos), Worcestershire sauce, garlic granules, onion granules, thyme, black pepper, salt, and rosemary.
  3. Rub the chuck roast with the mixture so it's completely coated.
  4. Place the chuck roast into the air fryer basket and air fry it for 15 minutes at 390°F.
  5. After 15 minutes, flip the roast over, reduce the temperature to 350°F, and continue cooking for another 45 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the roast.
  6. After about an hour of cooking time in total, check to see if the internal temperature of your chuck roast is at least 145°F. If not, continue cooking until the desired doneness has been reached. Check earlier if the roast is a smaller size.
  7. For a medium-rare roast, you should aim for an internal temperature of 145–150°F (63–66°C). For a well-done roast with a crispy crust on the outside, continue cooking until an internal temperature is at least 160–165°F (71–74°C).
  8. Once done cooking, let your air fryer chuck roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving warm with your favorite side dishes!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 21gCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gProtein: 37g

*Nutrition Facts per For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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