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A bowl of pressure cooker glazed carrots are served for an Easter side.
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Instant Pot Glazed Carrots Recipe

Instant Pot Glazed Carrots are a quick and easy side dish made from baby carrots, brown sugar, butter, and a touch of cinnamon.  The natural sweetness of the carrots is complemented by the savory butter sauce and sweet sugar topping.  And with less than 5 minutes of prep time, you can have this simple recipe ready to enjoy for a special holiday dinner, Easter lunch, or even a weeknight meal in under 20 minutes!  

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 106 kcal
London Brazil

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. baby carrots
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. butter melted*
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar*
  • ¼-½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Parsley optional

Instructions

  1. Pour water into the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Add baby carrots to a steamer basket and place it into the pot.
  3. Cook carrots on high pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release the pressure valve as soon as the timer goes off.
  4. Remove the steamer basket from the Instant Pot and drain the water from the pot.
  5. Set the Instant Pot to the sauté function and add the cooked carrots back to pot along with the butter, or oil, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  6. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the carrots are soft and tender.
  7. Serve with finely chopped fresh parsley and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Substitutions

  • Coconut, vegetable, or olive oil may also be used instead of the butter if dairy-free or vegan.
  • Coconut sugar, honey, or pure maple syrup can be used if avoiding refined sugars.

Pro Tips and Tricks

  • A steamer basket is the easiest way to cook Instant Pot carrots.  It lifts the carrots up and away from the water so they don't end up getting too much while cooking.
  • Don't overdo the sugar.  If you're nervous these will come out too sweet, test and taste the brown sugar glaze until you've added enough to your desired sweetness.
  • A little pinch of cinnamon is a lovely addition.  Try adding in nutmeg if you have a picky eater who doesn't like cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle on some fresh herbs before serving.  This adds a nice pop of color and a wonderful fresh flavor to the glazed carrots.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Glazed Carrots Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15777IU316%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.