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Learn how to make fork-tender Instant Pot steamed carrots with this simple side dish recipe. Ready in 15 minutes, with just 2 ingredients, these steamed carrots can also easily be made without the steamer basket in the instant pot.
Do you ever get into a rut when it comes to including vegetables with your dinners?
Maybe you toss together a salad or pull out some raw veggies like carrots or celery, then serve them with a little ranch dressing and call it a day. While these sides are both easy and healthy you might be looking to change it up a bit and have I got the dish for you.
This Instant Pot steamed carrots yield fork-tender carrots in less than 20 minutes with almost no hands-on work. This simple recipe is sure to be a family favorite!
Reasons to love this recipe
- Cooks in no time – Depending on your preference for the softness of the carrots, they can cook as quickly as 2 minutes.
- Hands-free recipe – Simply pour the water, add the carrots to a steamer basket, cook, and vent. You can easily be working on other parts of your meal while these steam to perfection.
- Yields perfectly cooked, fork-tender carrots every time!
- An easy side dish to complete your weeknight or holiday meal.
- Healthy, vegan side – Made with no added sugar and just two ingredients, you can feel good serving this side up with any main dish!
If you had a childhood similar to mine, you probably grew up being told to eat your carrots because they are good for your eyes. While this simple fact is true, there are numerous health benefits associated with carrots making them a highly nutritious vegetable to add to your diet immediately.
Here are just a few of the nutrients in this bright root vegetable:
- Low-calorie food.
- Good source of fiber with about 3 grams in about 2 small carrots.
- High in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Potassium.
- Great source of beta carotene (which your body converts into Vitamin A).
To learn more about the nutritional benefits of carrots, you can read Carrots 101 from Healthline.
Here’s what you need to make the recipe
- Carrots – you can use any type of carrots. I prefer baby carrots since no prep is involved. You can use whole carrots as well, chop them into 2-inch pieces just like baby carrots.
- Baby carrots are best for the job – no need to peel or chop.
- If using, regular carrots, chop the carrots the same size (1-1/2 to 2 inches) for even cooking. Cooking time will vary based on the thickness of the carrots.
- You can make this recipe without a trivet as well. You’ll just need to transfer the carrots to a colander to strain the water out.
- Release pressure immediately after the cooking cycle is complete to prevent overcooking.
Ways to season steamed carrots
While you can easily serve these cooked carrots as is, there are a number of ways to flavor up these tender carrots. Some of my favorite ways to season steamed carrots include:
- Honey Glazed– Toss the steamed carrots in a simple glaze of honey and garlic.
- Cilantro + Lime– Top with fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze or two of lime juice.
- Cinnamon + Sugar– Add a little cinnamon, sugar, and maybe some raisins for a sweet carrot finish.
- Unsalted butter – Serve the cooked carrots with melted butter, freshly ground pepper, and herbs such as fresh parsley or thyme.
How to steam carrots without a steaming basket
Don’t have a steaming basket? No problem! To steam carrots without a steaming basket:
- Put the carrots on the trivet.
- Steam for 0 minutes in the Instant Pot.
- Make sure to release pressure immediately.
- Transfer the carrots to a serving plate carefully.
- Season or serve as is.
How to prep ahead
There are two ways to prep ahead for this dish.
- Prep the carrots in advance. Clean, chop and store the carrots until you are ready to steam.
- Make the full recipe for steamed carrots and reheat up to 5 days later. If you like to take a day at the beginning of the week to meal prep dishes, these steamed carrots are a prime candidate to be made on your meal prep day.
You can save the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days – making it perfect for meal prep. To reheat, microwave for a minute or two.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cook time for instant pot carrots varies based on your desired level of softness.
For a slightly crunchier carrot, cook the carrots for 2 minutes.
If you prefer a softer steamed carrot, steam for 3 minutes in the instant pot.
No. You can easily steam carrots by using the trivet. Simply place carrots on the trivet in the instant pot. Steam for 0 minutes then pressure release immediately.
I would not recommend steaming carrots with other vegetables as they tend to need a slightly longer time to cook than other vegetables. To prevent over-cooking or under-cooking the other vegetables cook them separately and toss them together when you are ready to serve.
Other Instant Pot recipes to try
- Best Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- Instant Pot Potatoes
- Steamed and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
- Easy Instant Pot Cabbage Kootu
Instant Pot Steamed Carrots Recipe
Instant Pot Steamed Carrots
- 1 lb baby carrots
- 1 cup water
Steaming carrots in Instant Pot
- Add a cup of water in the steel inner pot of the Instant Pot.
- Place a trivet in the inner pot followed by a steamer basket or steel bowl over it.
- Add the carrots in the steamer basket/steel bowl.
- For carrots with a bit of crunch, pressure cook on high for 2 minutes. Increase the total time to 3 minutes, if you prefer soft carrots.
- Release the pressure immediately by moving the steam valve to 'venting' as soon as the cooking cycle is complete.
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Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.