Who does not like grandma's pressure cooker carrots. Barely a week went by without the magic of cooked carrots steamed in a slow cooker, or stove top pot or steaming bowl but now with an electric pressure cooker or instant pot this carrot recipe is a great way to make them.
You do have a few ways to do it - and you can thicken the honey or brown sugar carrots at the end or just let the instant pot do its work- which if you are using a baby carrot rather than regular carrots is the better way to go.
We like to keep it simple so prefer just using the natural thickness from the butter and honey- there are so good they are often served in fine dining restaurants with a steak like a ribeye (see our recipe for Ribeye steak in a Pressure Cooker.)
This is just an overview of the ingredients needed - scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for exact quantities and instructions.
Honey Glazed Carrots Pressure Cooker Recipe
Peel the carrot - put 2 cups of water into the instant pot and place in the carrot. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for 8-10 minutes for regular carrots or about 5 minutes for baby carrots. After the timer beeps do a quick-release of the pressure - be careful of the steam.
Gently take out your steamed carrot and put them on a plate.
Now Take the bowl from the instant pot (careful it is hot) and tip out the water - rinse and dry. Then put back into the instant pot.
Turn the instant pot back onto saute and add in 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix them well and then add back the carrots to the dish. Stir gently so that the honey glaze nicely covers the carrots. You can then season with salt and pepper. To make it look really shiny you could also drizzle about 1 teaspoon of olive oil over the carrots.
We like to make the dish look extra nice- and to do that we finely dice some fresh parsley (could also be thyme)and sprinkle it over the top and that finishes of nicely the instant pot glazed carrot.
If you do not like honey then you can use brown sugar to make a brown sugar glaze the same way.
Extra flavor can be introduced by garlic, or. more specifically finely minced garlic.
A sprinkle of cinnamon, and / or nutmeg can also help.
If you are using brown sugar then you can at 1 teaspoon of orange juice
Another nice vegetable to do this way is sweet potato or kumara as is called in New Zealand.
You can make harder or softer carrots -by varying the cooking time when you pressure cook.
Butter amount: You can make this recipe with anything from 2 tablespoons to 6 tablespoons of butter depending on how many carrots you have and how rich you want to make the dish.
The best way is on high pressure Firmer carrots: Cook the carrots for 5 minutes if you want them to retain a bite. For softer carrots use the recipe here.
How do you reheat candied carrots? - The quickest way is in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Or cover with foil so that the moisture does not escape and heat in the oven for 15 minutes at 260 F
You can buy a steamer insert - see the picture here - and use similar timings.
Baby Mint Peas - these also look great as the green compliments the orange color of the carrots.
Ribeye Steak (see our recipe)
Swiss Steak (see our recipe)
How long do you steam baby carrots? - Wash them first, top them if they have carrot stalks - and steam under high pressure for 3-4 minutes in a pressure cooker and quickly release the steam pressure.
Can candied carrots be prepared the day before? Yes- they will keep covered in the fridge for 3-4 days and can be reheated - see the method for reheating carrots above.
Yes, both are good - see the method above that explains how. You can also. use a brown or raw sugar glaze as well.