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Carrots are a great vegetable because they can easily be served with every meal.  With the holidays coming up, I wanted to share with you a simple and easy Instant Pot Brown Sugar Carrots recipe that is a crowd pleaser at any family dinner.

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Instant Pot Glazed Carrots:

Pressure Cooker Carrots are an easy side dish to serve any day of the week. We love the brown sugar glaze as it adds just the right amount of sweetness to the carrots. Brown sugar carrots instant pot recipe is budget friendly and are a family favorite.

All you need is 5 simple ingredients to create an easy Instant Pot Thanksgiving Sides. You can easily make them for your holiday dinner or for an easy weeknight meal. They cook in less than 5 minutes which makes the perfect side dish.

Carrots are one of those vegetables that can be served many different ways. Roasting carrots, steam, or eat them raw dipped in ranch, carrots are always the perfect side.

Another favorite instant pot side dish is Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

Cooked Baby Carrots in the instant pot

Can you Can Carrots in an Instant Pot?

Yes, you can, can carrots in the instant pot. These easy steps helps cook your canned carrots.

  • Cut and clean your carrots. I like to cut the carrots lengthwise and place them in a canned jar.
  • Pack carrots tightly in jar and pour hot water over them.
  • Add salt, then place lid on jar and tightly close.
  • Place jars in the instant pot and cook for about 25 minutes.
  • If your pressure cooker as a button for canning, I would use that option.
  • After cooking, remove jars from pressure cooker and allow them to cool.
  • Store in a cool dry place.
Ingredients needed - carrots, water, brown sugar, butter, salt

Ingredients:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Water
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Salt

How to make Instant Pot Carrots

  • Step 1 – Add Carrots to Instant Pot – Place the carrots inside of an electric pressure cooker.
  • Step 2 – Add ingredients – Add butter, water, and brown sugar and salt.
Placing the ingredients in the instant pot to cook
  • Step 3 – Pour Water – Pour water over the ingredients in the instant pot.
  • Step 4 – Place lid on pressure cooker – Add the pressure cooker lid and set it to sealing position.
  • Step 5 – Cook on High – Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Step 6 – Quick Release – Do the quick release to release the pressure after the cook time.
  • Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – Toss the carrots in the sauce and serve immediately while warm. Enjoy!
Cooked Baby Carrots in a white bowl

Tips for Instant Pot Baby Carrots:

  • Adding Ingredients – Make sure to add all the ingredients to the instant pot. This allows the carrots to cook in the delicious brown sugar glaze.
  • Cook on High Pressure – For best results cook the brown sugar glazed carrots on high pressure.
  • Crock Pot – These baby glazed carrots can easily be made in the slow cooker. Toss everything in and cook for about 3 hours or until carrots are tender.
  • Regular Carrots – If you are using regular carrots, make sure to cut them about the same size so they cook evenly.
Cooked Baby Carrots in a white bowl

Substitutions and Additions:

  • Carrots – We like using baby carrots for this recipe, but you can use regular carrots. Make sure to peel and clean them before adding to the instant pot.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to add in fresh herbs to cook with the carrots. It adds flavor and an easy addition to this side dish.
  • Maple Syrup – If you prefer you can substitute the brown sugar for maple syrup or honey.
  • Add Other Vegetables – You can easily add in other vegetables to cook with the carrots. Keep in mind that the cooking time may change based on the vegetables you add. Change the seasoning or omit the brown sugar if necessary.
Cooked Baby Carrots in a white bowl

What to Serve with Carrots?

  • Crock Pot MeatloafIf you are making a meatloaf for your Sunday night dinner, add a side of these brown sugar carrots. They pair perfectly with meatloaf and a side of mashed potatoes.
  • Baked Ranch ChickenBake this delicious ranch chicken and make a side of these carrots. Delicious and easy to make.
  • Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops are a family favorite and the best comfort food. Cooking the pork chops in the crock pot make them super tender and they will melt in your mouth.
Cooked Baby Carrots in the instant pot

How do you Steam Vegetables in an Instant Pot?

There are a few different ways to steam vegetables in an electric pressure cooker.  The first is by using the steamer basket or trivet to keep the vegetables out of the water or broth in the instant pot.

This option is generally the best for green vegetables or other soft vegetables that will become mushy when cooked in a liquid or easily over cooked like broccoli or asparagus.

For these vegetables, you’ll want to be sure that you use a quick release after the pressure cook time so they do not become over cooked.

How to Store Leftovers and Reheat:

Place your leftover brown sugar glazed carrots in an air tight container and place int he fridge. These carrots will stay fresh for about 3 days if stored properly.

When you are ready to reheat, place in a microwave safe dish or on a stovetop. You may need to add a tablespoon of butter or a little water to heat the carrots in.

Baby Carrots in the instant pot with a spoon

Print Instant Pot Brown Sugar Carrots Recipe:

Instant pot Carrots recipe

4.92 from 23 votes
Brown Sugar Carrots pressure cooker recipe. This simple pressure cooker carrots recipe tastes great. It is our favorite glazed carrots recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 190

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Place the carrots inside of an electric pressure cooker.
  • Add butter, water, and brown sugar and salt.
  • Pour water over the ingredients in the instant pot.
  • Add the pressure cooker lid and set it to sealing position.
  • Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Do the quick release to release the pressure after the cook time.
  • Toss the carrots in the sauce and serve immediately while warm. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 190kcal, Carbohydrates 30g, Protein 1g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 378mg, Potassium 385mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 21083IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 67mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. S says:

    5 stars
    Abosutely perfect!

  2. Kat McMain says:

    5 stars
    Loved this! It was delish. My favorite kind of carrots to go with good pork chops! BTW, love the new web site design!!! Thanks!

  3. Carrie says:

    I haven’t yet but I think it would be delicious! If you try it, please let us know how it turns out.

  4. Debbie says:

    Have you ever tested halved brussell sprouts cooked in thebinstant pot with this glaze?

  5. Carrie says:

    I would add 3-4 more minutes to the cook time for frozen carrots.

  6. Erica says:

    I have frozen carrots. Do you know if the cook time would remain the same?

  7. Stacey Herrin says:

    5 stars
    I made these in addition to carrots made with the crockpot pork tenderloin. They were perfectly cooked and the flavor was delicious. Since I already had a pound of baby carrots with the pork tenderloin, I halved this recipe and it was perfect!

  8. Carrie says:

    Regina – It should be 1 cup of water. I updated the post. Thank you!

  9. Regina says:

    5 stars
    Is 1/2 cup enough liquid? And the directions say to add water with sugar & butter, but then says pour water over all ingredients. Did I miss something? REALLY want to make these!

  10. Natalia says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was extremely easy and delicious! The carrots were super tender and not overly sweet! I actually added some of the left over sauce to some vanilla ice cream and it was perfect. Will definitely be making these again!

  11. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    These are fantastic. Perfect cooking time and great taste.

  12. Carol Lynn says:

    Did you know you can reduce the leftover sauce and spoon over ice cream? It is yummy!