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Instant Pot Carrots

Instant Pot Carrots are perfectly cooked and done from start to finish in about 15 minutes. This is an easy side dish for dinner or cooking for a large group of people. It's versatile and can be customized to fit your needs.
Course Instant Pot, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 68kcal
Author Katie


  • 1 Instant Pot


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey + additional for topping + additional for topping
  • 1 teaspoon thyme for topping


  • Pour one cup of water into the Instant Pot. Then, add the carrots to the Instant Pot. Top with butter, brown sugar, and honey.
  • Select "steam" for 3 minutes (with pressure valved in the "sealing" position). Close the Instant Pot and let the carrots cook. When they are done cooking and the timer goes off place a towel on top of the pressure valve and release the pressure (this is called forcing pressure).
  • Once the pin has dropped, carefully unlock and remove the lid. Mix well and top with additional honey and thyme. Serve immediately or keep on warm until your meal is ready.


  • Cooking Time - If you like more al dente carrots cook for only 2 minutes. If you like softer carrots cook for 4 minutes.
  • Toppings - You can omit the sugar and honey and instead add dried herbs like Italian seasoning or even fresh or dried dill for more of a savory carrot side dish.
  • Quantity - This recipe calls for 2 pounds of carrots that feeds about 10 people. However, you can make just a single pound of carrots and the cooking time is exactly the same.


Serving: 0.5c | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 15235IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg