If you love carrots, you will love instant pot carrots. Carrots are so easy to prep, and pressure cook and then taste amazing as a quick veggie for dinner time.
You can then serve your pressure cooker carrots for dinner with some salt and pepper, or even with some butter.
This instant pot carrots recipe is an updated post originally shared with you when we first started sharing instant pot recipes in early 2017.
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Our first ever recipe we made in the instant pot was instant pot broccoli. We loved how simple it was and how the broccoli kept its flavour. That same day, we followed it up with instant pot carrots, equally as good, and it started this obsession we had with working our way through as many veggies as possible cooked in the instant pot.
If you have not made instapot carrots before then they are like when you have made steamed carrots. Unlike boiled veggies when you steam carrots (or pressure cook) they keep their flavour and don’t lose all the nutrients that they do when you boil.
You can simply place peeled and chopped carrots into the instant pot and let it do the hard work for you.
Then in the Milner house we will have our air fryer on at the same time, usually with air fryer frozen salmon for a wonderful pairing for me and Dom for lunch.
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Can You Cook Carrots In The Instant Pot?
Yes, you can cook carrots in the instant pot, and we highly recommend doing so. How often do you wonder, how to make carrots soft after you have cooked something and those chunky pieces of carrot are not fork tender.
The benefit of carrots in the instant pot is how fast they are to be fork tender and then perfect for dinner.
Let’s say you are making a one pot meal and normally you are just waiting on the carrots, well you have made the carrots soft quicker, by using the instant pot.
How Do You Steam Carrots?
If you have not steamed carrots before, you are probably wondering about the process. Well, steaming is cooking food without hardly any water, compared to boiling where your food is submerged in water.
When we steam carrots in the microwave for example, we do so in a single tablespoon of water rather than lots.
The steam then cooks the carrots and because of lack of water, retains the great flavour.
How To Steam Carrots In Instant Pot?
The way to steam carrots in the instant pot, is not that much different to steaming in a traditional steamer or in the microwave.
The same rule applies, the carrots are not cooked in the water.
Instead, we add enough water for the instant pot to go to pressure, then the instant pot has the trivet added and then the carrots sit in a basket out of the water.
Plus, I find it much easier to steam carrots in the instant pot, compared to my old electric food steamer that I used to own.
Carrots In Instant Pot Without Steamer Basket
The point of the steamer basket is for something for the carrots to sit on so that they are not submerged in water as you pressure cook.
There is no rule that it must be a steamer basket. You can use anything that has holes so that the steam can circulate and that is instant pot friendly.
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Steamed Carrots Instant Pot Ingredients
Carrots – You can do as many or as few carrots as will fit in your steamer basket inside the instant pot, and they can keep the same cook time. You can also swap regular sliced carrots for baby carrots too if you prefer.
Water – If we are pressure cooking carrots as a quick veggie for dinner, then using water to bring it to pressure is perfect. However, if you are pressure cooking carrots to then make into a carrot soup, then you are better using instant pot veggie stock.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this carrots instant pot recipe it has just been our Instant Pot. We have this one and it’s my favourite and great for a lot of different instant pot recipes.
Plus, we recommend you head over to our instant pot recipes category as we have many electric pressure cooker recipes and have been using instant pots for 5 years.
How To Cook Carrots In Instant Pot?
- Water. Before you get started add 2 cups of water (480ml) to the instant pot inner pot. Its always best to add it first, so that you don’t accidentally forget.
- Prep. Then peel and dice the carrots to whichever shape you want them.
- Setup. Then place the trivet into the instant pot, followed by the steamer basket and add the carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Then place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook carrots for 3 minutes.
- Beeps. When the instant pot beeps do a quick pressure release and then remove the steamer basket with the carrots and serve.
And I am sure you can see now how simple and easy this recipe for carrots in the instant pot is and why you should be doing the same.
Steamed Carrots Seasoning
Then for the seasoning for your steamed carrots, you can keep it basic or mix it up depending on what else you are serving your steamed carrots with.
For example, if I was having this instant pot carrots recipe for Thanksgiving I would add some cinnamon for a traditional flavour. Or if I am just having carrots for lunch with salmon the steamed carrots will just be lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and dried parsley.
How Long To Cook Carrots In Instant Pot?
The instant pot carrots time that we always do for medium sliced carrots is 3 minutes. But I know some people prefer them more firm, in which case you can reduce down to 2 minutes.
More Instant Pot Veggies You Can Steam
- Instant Pot Beets
- Instant Pot Broccoli
- Instant Pot Cauliflower
- Instant Pot Cabbage
- Instant Pot Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Green Beans
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Instant Pot Carrots
- Add 2 cups (480ml) of water into the instant pot, then add the trivet and the steamer basket. Peel and slice the carrots into medium chunks and add them to the steamer basket. Season the carrots well with salt and pepper.
- Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and steam carrots in instant pot for 3 minutes. Do a quick pressure release and do the fork test to make sure they are fork tender to your liking.
- Place on a dinner plate on a serving dish and serve.