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Instant Pot Carrots - Easy Side Dish Recipe

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Need an easy side dish recipe? You'll love this Instant Pot Carrots recipe. It goes AMAZINGLY well with our Instant Pot turkey breast recipe. YUM!

You can use whole carrots or baby carrots- either will work. Electric pressure cooker side dishes are great for weeknight dinners. This recipe is so quick and uses simple ingredients. Find all the recipe ingredients and directions on the printable recipe card below.

How Much Time For Softer Carrots?

Place carrots in the inner pot of the Instant Pot (Stainless Steel or Ceramic). Add 1 cup of water. Close lid and pressure cook on High Pressure for 3 minutes, followed by Quick Release (QR). Pressure cooker quick release is used most frequently for Instant Pot recipes.

Natural pressure release is used a lot when cooking meat in the pressure cooker. The time you'll need to cook the carrots will vary depending on your desired level of tenderness. If you like them very soft then let them cook for more time. You can also use frozen carrots for this recipe.

roasted carrots on white plate

What To Do With Leftover Carrots?

Leftover pressure cooker carrots can be used for a variety of recipes. You can add cooked carrots to a casserole, chicken pot pie, or a soup recipe (our chicken noodle soup is amazing). Or, refrigerate for up to 2-3 days and reheat carrots as a side dish for other family dinners.

Can I Make Carrots In The Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can make cooked carrots in a slow cooker. Figuring out how long does it take to soften carrots in the slow cooker is easy. 3 hours is all it takes!

  • 2 pounds fresh baby carrots or whole baby carrots (not canned)
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Ways To Season Carrots For A Side Dish?

  • Fresh Herbs
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey Glaze
  • Melted Butter

What To Serve With Carrots

Include other Instant Pot recipes to complement our perfect side dish for a Sunday supper. Maybe you're making the main dish of Instant Pot chicken with carrots. Here are some other ideas of what to serve with your dinner.

roasted carrots on white plate

How To Store Leftover Carrots?

If you're not planning to use the pressure cooker carrots here's a tip about how to store cooked carrots for up to 2-3 days. Place them in an airtight container and place them inside the refrigerator. You can also freeze cooked carrots for several months if you'd like. Be sure to use freezer bags or freezer-safe containers.

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Carrots - Easy Side Dish Recipe

instant pot candied carrots

Instant Pot candied brown sugar roasted carrots are an amazingly delicious side dish that are a tasty side for dinner or even a holiday meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 pound of baby carrots
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups of water


  1. Add brown sugar, butter, and minced garlic to the instant pot.
  2. Add carrots, and cover with water.
  3. Give everything a stir to make sure the carrots are covered with water.
  4. Place the lid on the instant pot.
  5. Seal the instant pot.
  6. Use the manual setting, and set the timer for 8 minutes.
  7. When the timer dings, allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure for 3 minutes, then use the quick-release valve.
  8. Remove the lid and stir.
  9. Serve the carrots immediately.
  10. Store leftovers in an airtight container after they have cooled.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 171mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 27gProtein 1g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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