Honey Glazed Carrots in Instant Pot

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.)

These go great with corn – see how to make corn on the cob in a pressure cooker.

Ingredients For Honey Glazed Carrots Instant Pot Style

This is just an overview of the ingredients needed – scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for exact quantities and instructions.

Ingredient notes

  • Baby carrot: Feel free to use regular carrots, peeled.
  • Butter (unsalted) This recipe makes very buttery carrots, feel free to cut it in half if you prefer.
  • Honey: Use runny honey it makes the mixing onto the carrots just that little bit easier. And since the carrots are quite soft this will help in not damaging them. You can also use maple syrup for a nice variation also, just use real maple syrup.

Step by step Guide To making Glazed Butter Honey Carrots In Instant Pot

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.

Take Out The Carrots
Take Out The Carrots

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.

Put Back The Carrots
Put Back The Carrots and Stir With The Glaze

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.

Extra Glaze Onto Carrots
Extra Glaze Onto 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.

Garnish With Chopped Parsley
Garnish With Chopped Parsley

If you do not like honey then you can use brown sugar to make a brown sugar glaze the same way.

Grandma's Carrots - Butter Honey Glazed Carrots In Instant Pot

The honey glaze makes these carrots taste like they've been slow cooking for hours. It's so good that you'll want to make it in your Instant Pot every time you need carrots.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Amercian
Keyword: carrots in instant pot
Servings: 3
Calories: 150kcal
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Carrots
  • 2 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Wash and Peel Carrots
  • 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.

Notes

There is nothing better than a dish that is so easy to make and tastes amazing. These Honey Glazed Carrots are just that, and they take only a few minutes to prepare in your Instant Pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 25492IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe tips for Grandmas carrots instant pot

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.

How do you steam carrots in the instant pot

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 glazed carrots?

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

How do you steam vegetables in an instant pot?

You can buy a steamer insert – see the picture here – and use similar timings.

What do you serve candied carrots with?

Mashed Potato

Baby Mint Peas – these also look great as the green compliments the orange color of the carrots.

Sweet Potato

Ribeye Steak (see our recipe)

Swiss Steak (see our recipe)

What kind of glazes can you make for carrots?

  • Brown Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey Glaze

How do you steam raw baby carrots?

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 you make glazed carrots ahead of time?

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.

Can you sweeten these carrots with honey or maple syrup

Yes, both are good – see the method above that explains how. You can also. use a brown or raw sugar glaze as well.

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