This tasty and tender Glazed Carrots Recipe is the perfect go-to side dish, especially during the holidays. It’s made with only 4 simple ingredients and is ready in less than 10 minutes!

Need more side dish recipes? Make some Green Beans, Asparagus, Corn on the Cob, and Crispy Parmesan Zucchini in the air fryer!

Glazed carrots in a bowl on the table ready to serve.

Why You’ll Love Them!

  • Simple recipe. This recipe uses only a few ingredients, cooks quickly, and goes with a wide variety of dishes.
  • Hands-off cooking! Using your Instant Pot means you are free to do other things while they cook!
  • A kid-friendly side dish to persuade them to eat their veggies.
  • A tasty way to enjoy carrots. Everyone will be asking for seconds on this one!

I’ve been making these carrots for YEARS. I make them all year-around and my family loves them!

~ Brenda
Glazed Carrots in the Instant Pot with brown sugar and butter.

Ingredients

All you need are four simple ingredients to make great-tasting brown sugar carrots. Here’s a look at the ingredients, check the recipe card for the quantities of each.

  • Baby carrots: You can use fresh or frozen carrots. Fresh garden carrots will cook faster than store-bought carrots.
  • Butter: I like to use unsalted butter so I can control the saltiness, but any butter will do.
  • Salt: Just a dash of salt to bring out the flavor of the carrots. If you’re using salted butter you might want to taste the carrots before adding it.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar has more flavor than regular sugar and is the best part of these carrots.
  • Ground cinnamon: This is the “secret” ingredient that makes these carrots the best.
  • Water: Just a little water is needed but enough water needs to be used so that the Instant Pot doesn’t give you a “burn” message.

Tips & Variations

  • Swap the brown sugar. You can use maple syrup or honey with great results.
  • Mix things up. Add more root vegetables such as parsnips, potatoes, and golden beets all work well!
  • Add nuts. Sprinkle the carrots with some pecans or walnuts just before serving.
  • Release the pressure right away. Don’t let your pressure cooker release the steam naturally, this will result in overcooked carrots.

How To Make Instant Pot Carrots

Making Instant pot carrots requires just a few easy steps to make. Let’s get started cooking!

A close up of glazed carrots in a bowl.

How To Make Glazed Carrots 

  1. Place.The carrots into the Instant Pot.
  2. Add. The butter, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and water to the pot.
  3. Cover. The Instant Pot and make sure the vent on the top of the cover is set to “Sealing”.
  4. Cook. Under high pressure for four minutes and then release the pressure and vent right away.
  5. Stir. The carrots together and serve.

What To Serve With Carrots

Instant Pot Glazed Carrots in a white bowl/ Brown sugar carrots only use simple ingredients and only takes less than 10 minutes to make. Perfect holiday side dish that everyone will love.

Recipe FAQ

Do I need a steamer basket?

No, you don’t need a steamer basket to make glazed carrots in your Instant Pot.

Can I make steamed carrots on the stovetop?

Yes, you can steam carrots in a pan with all the same ingredients.

Can I use regular carrots instead of baby carrots?

Yes you can. Just make sure the carrots are cut into similar-sized pieces. This will ensure they cook in an even amount of time.

Can I make glazed carrots in advance?

You can though this dish goes together quite quickly so it may not be necessary. If you decide you want to make these carrots ahead of time you can, I would suggest only a day ahead. Once cooked, cool them and then store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Reheat on the stove with two tablespoons of butter.

Leftovers & Storing

  • Store. Leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. I do not recommend freezing them.
  • Reheat. In a pan on the stove or the microwave. You may want to add a bit of water if they seem dry and cook until heated through.
A bowl of brown sugar carrots in a bowl on the table.

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INSTANT POT GLAZED CARROTS
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Servings: 6 servings

Glazed Carrots Recipe (In Instant Pot)

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Brown sugar carrots only use simple ingredients and they only take less than 10 minutes to make. Perfect holiday side dish that everyone will love.
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. baby carrots
  • cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water

Instructions
 

  • Place carrots into the Instant Pot.
  • Add butter, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon and water.
  • Cover the pot and make sure the vent on the top of the cover is set to "Sealing".
  • Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button. Set the timer for 4 minutes.
  • Once the carrots are done cooking, switch the vent to "Venting".
  • Stir carrots and serve.

Notes

  • Make Ahead. If you want to make these carrots ahead of time you can, I would suggest only a day ahead. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  • Reheat. Place them into a pan with about 2 Tablespoons of butter, and cook until heated through.
  • Store. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
  • Swap the brown sugar. You can use maple syrup or honey with great results.
  • Mix things up. Add more root vegetables such as parsnips, potatoes, and golden beets all work well!
  • Add nuts. Sprinkle the carrots with some pecans or walnuts just before serving.
  • Release the pressure right away. Don’t let your pressure cooker release the steam naturally, this will result in overcooked carrots.
Calories: 190kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 397mg, Potassium: 378mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 21166IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Author: Jennifer
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