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Instant Pot Carrots with Honey Glaze

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Instant Pot carrots with honey glaze are an easy and delicious way to enjoy this healthy root vegetable! With a buttery, honey-garlic glaze, each little slice of carrot is tender, sweet and savory! The Instant Pot makes this a simple and effortless side dish that works any time of the year, with nearly any kind of main course.

A serving dish with glazed carrots garnished with chives.

Why you will love this Instant Pot recipe

The Instant Pot does it again, friends. From main course recipes like our Instant Pot Lamb Shanks to delicious desserts like this Instant Pot Hot Fudge Cake, there are countless reasons to love this little appliance that simply makes life easier. And these Instant Pot carrots with honey glaze are just one more reason. 😉

While we have shared all the steps to steaming carrots in the Instant Pot, this recipe takes it a step further with that delicious honey-garlic glaze!

They are:

  • The perfect balance of sweet and garlic-y
  • Ready in under 20 minutes
  • A healthy, wholesome side dish to accompany any dish!
  • Gluten-free and kid-friendly

Ingredient List:

Our Instant Pot carrots with honey glaze requires 10 ingredients and couldn’t be any easier to make!

You will need:

  • Baby carrots or large carrots, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Honey
  • Chives or parsley, chopped
Ingredients needed to make instant pot honey glazed carrots.

How to make them

The carrots themselves take only 1-2 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot, and the rest of the time is used to make that sweet, sticky, garlic glaze.

Here’s the step-by-step process:

  1. Cut the carrots. Scrub large carrots and peel them, then slice them into 1/2-inch thick pieces. If using carrots on the larger side, cut them in half length-wise.
  2. Steam the carrots in the Instant Pot. Add water to the Instant Pot and place the carrots in the steamer basket. Cook on high pressure for 0-3 minutes (see below for the varied cook times and results). When the timer is finished, do a quick release of the steam. Remove the steamer basket, then pour the water out of the inner pot and place it back into the Instant Pot.
  3. Make the glaze. Turn the Instant Pot to “sauté” mode and let it heat. Melt the butter in the pot, then toss in the minced garlic, garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and honey. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for about 2 minutes to let the sauce thicken. Toss in the carrots and stir to evenly coat.
  4. Serve! Transfer the honey glazed carrots to a serving dish and stir in the chopped chives or parsley. Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.
Honey glazed carrots in an instant pot.

FAQs :

  • How long does it take to steam carrots in the Instant Pot? It all depends on how done you prefer them! Here’s our quick guide: 0 minutes for tender-crisp, 1 minute for tender, 2 minutes for soft, 3 minutes for mashable baby food. Check out our full post on how to steam carrots in the Instant Pot.
  • How much water do you need to steam carrots in the instant pot? For every pound of carrots, you will need 1 cup of water. Since we use only 1 pound for this Instant Pot carrots recipe, 1 cup of water is all that is required.

Tips for Success:

  • Try to cut the carrots so they are all about the same size- this will help them cook evenly.
  • If the carrots end up not as soft as you’d like them to be, but almost soft enough, replace the lid and set the timer to 0 minutes.
  • If you don’t have a steamer basket, the carrots will cook well if placed directly in the water. Just use a strainer to drain the water from the carrots before making the glaze.
  • Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat the carrots, sauté them in the Instant Pot or in a skillet until warm or heat them in the microwave for 30 to 40-second intervals.
A bowl of honey glazed carrots.

We hope this easy Instant Pot recipe helps you get dinner on the table faster, and with more ease! Pair it with our Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs for an easy weeknight dinner or make it an effortless side to this Ribeye Steak in the Oven.

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A serving dish with glazed carrots garnished with chives.

Instant Pot Carrots with Honey Glaze

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

These Instant Pot carrots have a buttery honey garlic glaze that make them so addictive. They make an easy side dish and they are perfect any time of the year.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots (baby carrots or large carrots)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or parsley

Instructions

  1. If you are using large carrots, scrub them clean or peel them then slice them into 1/2 inch thick slices. If the carrots are large in diameter, cut them in half length-wise. 
  2. Add the water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place the carrots in a steamer basket and set it in the Instant Pot.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure it is in the sealed position. Cook on high pressure with the timer set for one of the following choices: 0 minutes for tender-crisp, 1 minute for tender, 2 minutes for soft, 3 minutes for mashable baby food 
  4. When the timer is finished, immediately do a quick release of the steam. Check the carrots for doneness. If you like them softer, replace the lid and cook for 0 to 1 minute more on high pressure.
  5. Remove the steamer basket and pour the water out of the inner pot. Place the inner pot back in the Instant Pot. Select ‘saute’ mode and let the pot heat up. 
  6. Add the butter to the pot and let it melt. Toss in the minced garlic, garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and honey. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes to get the honey sauce thickened. Toss in the carrots and stir until coated well.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and stir in the chopped chives or parsley. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. 

Notes

  • Try to cut the carrots so they are all about the same size so they cook evenly. Baby carrots tend to already be the same size but large carrots may need more prep time. 
  • The cooking time will depend on how large in diameter the carrots are. If the carrots are especially thick, you may want to cut them in half lengthwise (or even in quarters).
  • If the carrots are not as soft as you would like them, but almost soft enough, replace the lid and and set the timer to 0 minutes. If they seem too crisp for your liking, set the timer for 1 minute.
  • If you don't have a steaming basket, the carrots will cook equally well if place the carrots directly in the water. Just use a strainer to drain the water from the carrots before you make the glaze. 
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat the carrots, saute them in the Instant Pot or in a skillet until warm. Optionally, heat them in the microwave on 30 to 40 second intervals. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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angiesrecipes

Saturday 10th of July 2021

It looks so tender and yummy. I would have never thought of using IP to make carrots.

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 10th of July 2021

Thanks Angie, it's a great way to free up space on the range ;)

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