Instant Pot Carrots


Author: Lisa Childs

Comments: 3

Category: Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Published Date: April 19, 2019

Updated Date: January 12, 2023

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These Instant Pot carrots are cooked with brown sugar and honey, so they’re perfectly sweet! Serve up these baby carrots as an easy side dish for any meal, and check out my Instant Pot Easter roundup at the bottom of this post!

A bowl of baby carrots on a striped napkin and blue placemat surrounded with flowers

Steamed Instant Pot Carrots

This recipe cooks the carrots in the Instant Pot with a very light brown sugar syrup.

If you prefer carrots with no glaze and would just like to steam your carrots, you can do that as well.

Place carrots in a steamer basket, and place the basket into the Instant Pot along with 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 4 minutes on high pressure with a 1 minute natural pressure release.

Instant Pot Carrots

Carrots are a great way to add veggies and color to a holiday spread. The liquid is sweet, but it isn’t reduced into a syrup so they’re actually pretty healthy too (though it can be!)

A bowl of baby carrots on a striped napkin and blue placemat surrounded with flowers

The best part? All you do for this recipe is DUMP EVERYTHING IN!!

This recipe isn’t overwhelmingly sweet- it just accentuates the already sweet carrots. You’re gonna love these carrots for Easter.

By the way, have you made my Instant Pot Carrot Cake recipe yet? 🙂

How to make this recipe

Making pressure cooker carrots is an easy side dish because you can simply dump everything in! I like using a bag of baby carrots for this recipe, but you can peel and cut whole carrots in the size and shape you like best.

carrots, brown sugar, lemon juice, honey, brown sugar, pepper, and butter

Ingredients for Glazed Instant Pot Carrots

  • A large bag of mini carrots
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon Juice (optional)

How to make Instant Pot Glazed Carrots

Add the carrots into the Instant Pot, and dump everything else on top! It’s that easy. All the ingredients will melt and create the syrupy liquid while pressure cooking.

Next, give it a quick stir.

carrots in the instant pot with butter and brown sugar on top

You’ll notice that this recipe only calls for a quarter cup of liquid (between the butter, honey, and water). But don’t be alarmed- it’s okay to use this amount for things that cook very quickly. Read more about that in my Bacon Green Beans post.

Lock the lid, set the knob to SEALING, and cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. I tested these at 5 minutes, but they were a tad soft. I liked 4 minutes with a 1 minute natural pressure release best.

Lastly, release the rest of the pressure and remove them to a plate immediately. You’ll notice that the liquid is super thin and not thick like a syrup.

If you prefer sweeter, syrupy carrots, you can reduce the sauce down into a thicker glaze as well! I’ve included the instructions for that below.

Lemon juice in Carrots

Some people like the flavor of lemon in their glazed carrot recipes, but I prefer to leave it out.

Since this recipe includes honey, I find that the combination of honey and lemon reminds me a bit of cough drops 😅.

If you enjoy the acid that lemon juice adds, feel free to add it to the dish.

Instant Pot Easter Side Dishes

I made these carrots for an Easter Feast I made COMPLETELY in the Instant Pot. Try them with these other Instant Pot dishes for Easter!

Instant Pot Easter Dinner
EVERY SINGLE THING on this plate was made in the Instant Pot! AMAZING!
A bowl of baby carrots on a striped napkin and blue placemat surrounded with flowers

Instant Pot Carrots

These Instant Pot carrots are cooked with brown sugar and honey, so they're perfectly light and sweet without a heavy syrup. Serve up these baby carrots as an easy side dish for any meal.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Lisa Childs

INGREDIENTS

  • 32 oz. Baby Carrots
  • 1/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 T. Honey
  • 2 T. Butter
  • 2 T. Water
  • 1/2 t. Lemon Juice optional
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all ingredients into the Instant Pot and stir to coat.
  • Lock the lid, turn the knob to SEALING, and cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Allow a 1 minute natural pressure release (L0:01), then release the rest of the pressure.
  • Transfer carrots to a serving bowl, and pour some of the liquid over the top (about 1/2 cup.) If desire, you can reduce the sauce to make it thick by removing the carrots and turning the Instant Pot on HIGH Saute. Let the sauce come to a boil and reduce for 5-10 minutes, depending on how much liquid there is. Stir constantly once it comes to a boil to avoid burning. Pour the caramel over the top of the carrots for a stickier glaze.

NOTES

If you prefer carrots with no glaze and would just like to steam your carrots, add your carrots to a steamer basket. Place the steamer basket into the Instant Pot along with 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 4 minutes on high pressure with a 1 minute natural pressure release.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 200mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g
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  1. In the body you say 1/4 cup water, but in the ingredient list you say 2 T of water. I imagine we’d need to use 1/4 cup for it to come to pressure but I wanted to verify? Thanks!! I love your website!!

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