Instant Pot Carrots make dinner healthy and bright with a touch of earthy sweetness.

This recipe makes tender carrots coated with a buttery, brown sugar glaze that makes them a perfect side dish.

Enjoy them with ham, roast chicken, or beef.

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Easy Instant Pot Carrots

  • When the oven is occupied with other holiday dishes, steamed carrots in the Instant Pot always never fail to come out tender-crisp and ready to serve in minutes!
  • Fresh carrots are budget-friendly and available year-round. Kids of all ages love them!
  • Double or triple the recipe and freeze portions for future stir-fries, stews, and soups.
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Ingredients & Variations

Carrots – Regular whole carrots or bagged baby carrots work well in this recipe. Choose carrots roughly the same width so they cook evenly. Frozen sliced carrots can be used, and they don’t need to be thawed first which is great if you don’t have time to prep!

Glaze – Real butter adds the best flavor, but leftover bacon grease will add a smoky flavor to the carrots. Brown sugar can be replaced with honey or maple syrup. Feel free to experiment! It’s hard to go wrong with this easy recipe!

Variations – Cook other veggies like halved baby potatoes, diced sweet potatoes, diced parsnips, turnips, celery, chunks of cabbage, pearl onions, and broccoli or cauliflower florets.

How to Make Carrots in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot carrots are a healthy and delicious side dish that takes only minutes to make!

  1. Place prepared carrots in the Instant Pot with water and cook on HIGH pressure (per the recipe below).
  2. Perform a quick release and drain the carrots.
  3. Return the carrots to the Instant Pot and stir in butter and brown sugar until melted.

Season with salt and serve.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Garden fresh or young baby carrots take less time to cook while older or larger carrots might need more time. Test the carrots with a fork early to ensure they don’t overcook.
  • For more of a brown sugar glaze, simmer the sauce ingredients on the stove until thickened before adding to the recipe in Step 4.

How to Store Leftovers

  • Leftover Instant Pot carrots will last up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Freeze portions in zippered bags for up to 4 weeks.
  • Reheat Instant Pot carrots in the microwave or on the stovetop with a tablespoon of butter until warmed through.

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Instant Pot Carrots

Instant Pot carrots are a healthy and hearty side dish that takes only minutes to make!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly



  • 1 ½ pounds carrots
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Peel the carrots and cut into ½-inch diagonal slices.
  • Add the carrots and water to the instant pot. Seal the lid and cook on "MANUAL – HIGH PRESSURE" for 2 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure and drain the carrots.
  • Add the carrots back into the instant pot and stir in brown sugar and butter until melted. Season with salt.


Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days or in the freezer for 4 weeks. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 28591IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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