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Instant Pot Glazed Carrots Recipe

This Instant Pot glazed carrots recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight! Even the pickiest eaters will love the brown sugar and butter glaze. And it only takes 5 minutes to prep!

Instant Pot Carrots in a white square bowl

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I’m always looking for easy, delicious vegetable sides that even the kids will enjoy. If you’re like me, then you have to try this Instant Pot glazed carrots recipe!

The Instant Pot cooks the carrots in less than half an hour, and the butter and brown sugar glaze is simply irresistible. 

Plus, this method for Instant Pot carrots is so easy. You’ll make everything right in the pressure cooker, which cuts down on the prep work and clean-up.

There’s also no rack or steamer basket needed since you’ll drain the carrots before whipping up the glaze.

Here’s what I’m going to show you in this post:

  • How to make these delicious Instant Pot carrots with a brown sugar and butter glaze
  • Which carrots work best for this recipe
  • How to double the recipe when you need to feed a crowd
  • How to safely do a quick release with your Instant Pot
  • How to keep your Instant Pot looking good as new

The next time you need a quick and easy vegetable side to serve on a busy weeknight, you have to give these Instant Pot glazed carrots a try.

But be careful: after one bite, your family may start begging you to make them every night!

Also, if you love carrots, try our Air Fryer Carrots and Air Fryer Baby Carrots recipes!

I made this recipe using my Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo Nova. It’s the perfect size for my family of four and makes releasing the steam so much easier than the standard Instant Pot.

Closeup of cooked Instant Pot Carrots in a white square bowl with a white and blue checkered pattern tablecloth to the side

How To Make This Instant Pot Glazed Carrots Recipe

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Add the carrots and water to the pot. Close the lid on your Instant Pot and set the valve to close.

STEP TWO: Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook for four minutes on high pressure.

STEP THREE: Once your four minutes is up, do a manual (quick) release by turning the valve towards you, which will open it and let the pressure escape.

In process collage of carrots in a bowl, in the Instant Pot, with brown sugar sauce, then all mixed together in the Instant Pot

STEP FOUR: Drain the water from your Instant Pot and remove the carrots. Set aside.

STEP FIVE: Press cancel on your Instant Pot, then press sauté mode. Add the sugar, butter, and salt. Continue to mix until the butter is completely melted. 

STEP SIX: Add the carrots back into the Instant Pot with the butter and brown sugar mixture. Stir until the carrots are well-coated, then serve! 

Instant Pot Glazed Carrots recipe in a white square bowl

What Kind Of Carrots Should I Use?

This recipe can be made with any kind of carrots. I’ve tried it with both regular and baby carrots, and both versions were equally delicious.

So feel free to use whichever is easiest — or whatever you happen to have on hand!

Closeup of the glazed carrot recipe on a fork

Can I Double The Recipe?

Absolutely! The standard recipe will feed 2-4 people, so if you’re trying to feed a crowd, I highly recommend making a double batch of glazed carrots.

And the good news is that it’s super easy. In fact, all of the instructions stay exactly the same, including the pressure cooker time. All you have to do is double the ingredients.

Just keep in mind that when you add more to your pressure cooker, it will likely take longer to come up to pressure.

Instant Pot Carrots in a white square bowl with forks and a white and blue checkered tablecloth next to it

How Do I Quick Release My Instant Pot Safely?

To release the pressure in your Instant Pot, you can either let it go down on its own over time, or you can do what’s called a “quick release” to immediately remove the pressure.

Here’s how to do a quick release safely:

  • Using a long oven mitt or heat resistant glove, turn the valve to venting. It will release a lot of steam immediately, so be careful not to burn your arm or hand.
  • If your Instant Pot is under any cabinets, turn it so that the steam can escape freely. You want there to be plenty of room above the pressure cooker for the steam to release.
  • If the valve starts spraying water, close it for 15 to 20 seconds, then try opening it again. Keep doing this until the valve is no longer spraying.
  • Once the pressure gauge drops, you can safely unlock and remove the lid.
Glazed carrots in a white square bowl with white and blue checkered tablecloth and Instant Pot next to it

How To Clean Your Instant Pot After Use

Want to keep your favorite kitchen gadget looking good as new? Just follow these simple steps:

  • Soak in water and Dawn soap. I do this right when I’m done cooking so that it can soak while we’re eating.
  • Give it a good scrub with BarKeeper’s Friend to get the bottom and sides looking absolutely spotless.
  • Dry with a soft towel to prevent any water spots. After that, you’re all set!

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Yield: 2-4 servings

Instant Pot Glazed Carrots

Instant Pot Carrots in a white square bowl

When you need an easy veggie side dish that everyone will love, try this Instant Pot glazed carrots recipe with butter and brown sugar! It only takes minutes to prep, and everything comes together right in the pot.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound baby carrots (or regular carrots, peeled, and cut into baby carrot sized pieces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Add the carrots and water to the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and cook on high pressure (manual) for 4 minutes.
  3. Once it's done cooking, carefully complete a quick release.
  4. Drain the carrots from the Instant Pot and remove them from the pot.
  5. Press cancel on the Instant Pot and then press "saute." Add in the brown sugar, butter, and salt and mix until the butter is completely melted.
  6. Add the carrots back into the Instant Pot with the brown sugar mixture and stir to coat.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!


*If you would like to double this recipe, double the ingredients, but keep the cooking time the same.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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