Do you need a holiday side dish that won’t break the bank? This Instant Pot Baby Carrots recipe is savory, slightly sweet and always delicious. Baby carrots are easy to find on sale and steaming them in the Instant Pot makes them the perfect texture.
Crunchy carrots are easily steamed in the Instant Pot and it only takes minutes. That saves you time for more important items on your family dinner table. Just set the Instant Pot and forget about it for a few minutes. They’re a breeze to make.
That’s one of the reasons I’m always adding baby carrots as a side dish for the holidays too. It’s a dependable side dish that always turns out great and only costs a few dollars (if that) to make!
Looking for more great vegetable side dish recipes? Check out these foolproof veggie sides that our family loves:
How To Make Steamed Instant Pot Baby Carrots
Obviously, you’ll need to use your Instant Pot to make these carrots. You’ll be using the steamer basket in your Instant Pot. This recipe is the very basic version, but I’ll share some spice ideas and different ways to flavor your carrots when you make them this way.
Tips For Using Your Instant To Steam Vegetables
- Always wash your carrots thoroughly before cooking.
- Spread your carrots out evenly in the steamer basket.
- Keep the carrots whole or slice them into halves, that’s just preference.
- Use water or chicken broth for steaming. Chicken broth offers more health benefits and adds more flavor.
When To Make These Instant Pot Baby Carrots
Make these as an easy side dish the comes together in minutes. I like making these for my holiday dinners because they’re foolproof. It’s one less thing that I have to worry about. I also love the orange color that the carrots bring to the table, it’s great when you’ve got green vegetable side dishes too.
What Type Of Baby Carrots To Use
I used heirloom carrots for this recipe. They are baby carrots or mini sized. Honestly, use whatever you find on sale at the store or at your local farmer’s market. As long as they’re mini carrots, you’ll be fine!
How To Store Leftovers For Best Freshness
Transfer the carrots to an airtight food storage container. Keep the carrots refrigerated. For best freshness, enjoy the carrots for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.
Can You Freeze Steamed Carrots?
Sadly, I don’t think this recipe freezes well. The carrots hold so much moisture and the texture changes as they defrost. The good news? Make a new batch in minutes – thanks to the magic of the Instant Pot.
Main Entree Ideas To Serve With These Baby Carrots
Need some ideas on what to serve with your carrots? The carrots make such a versatile side dish that there are so many different options for a main course. Check out some of my favorites:
Directions To Make Instant Pot Baby Carrots
Wash carrots and put them in steamer basket.
Add water or broth to Instant Pot inner pot and then add the steamer basket to the pot. Close the lid and seal, ensuring that the valve is set to sealed.
Set to high manual pressure for 3 minutes and allow for a quick release after the cooking time has finished.
- 1-pound baby heirloom carrots
- 1 ½ cups water or chicken broth
1. Wash carrots and put them in steamer basket.
2. Add water to Instant Pot inner pot and then add the steamer basket to the pot. Close the lid and seal, ensuring that the valve is set to sealed.
3. Set to high manual pressure for 3 minutes and allow for a quick release after the cooking time has finished.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.