Candied baby carrots will make even the picky eaters happy. Instant pot garlic glazed carrots are easy but amazing side dishes you can cook in less than 30 minutes.
The combination of sweetness and crunch makes any mealtime more delightful.
Using Instant Pot is the easy way to cook a sweet, crunchy, and delicious side dish.
When to Serve Them?
Instant Pot garlic carrots with sugar glaze are popular as holiday side dishes, such as during Easter and Thanksgiving.
You can pair the carrots with roasted turkey or chicken and mashed sweet potato. The light, sweet flavor pairs nicely with the heart, savory main dishes.
Don’t stop with holiday dinners. You can enjoy glazed carrots with brisket, short ribs, or fish.
For the vegetarian meals, pair these carrots with smoked broccoli and roasted stuffed eggplants.
Make sure you pair the sweetness with something light and savory to prevent the cloying taste.
Glazed herb carrots are also great as appetizers. Munching on these small, sweet, crunchy vegetables will whet anyone’s appetite.
You can even coax the kids to try eating their vegetables with these sweet baby carrots.
The best thing about this dish is the easy ingredients. 1 pound of baby carrots is enough for a small family dinner.
The glaze usually comes from regular white sugar, but this recipe uses 2 cups of brown sugar for a more distinct flavor.
All are cooked with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
Instant Pot recipes with carrots use various herbs, but this one only needs 1 teaspoon of parsley.
With simple salt and pepper as the only condiments, this recipe lets the glaze complement the natural sweetness of the carrots.
Using an Instant Pot, you only need about 20 minutes to cook a pound of carrots.
Start by peeling and washing the carrots before putting them in the pot. Add 1 cup of water and the rest of the ingredients (except butter).
Stir everything until mixed before you place the butter on top.
Close the Instant Pot and set it to pressure cooking. Let the pot do the job for 5 minutes. Once the timer dings, let the pot releases its pressure naturally.
You will see that the sugar, water, and butter form a glaze layer. Stir the carrots again to mix them evenly with the glaze. Serve immediately.
Cooking and Serving Tips
You can use whole baby carrots to make a glazed carrot dish. However, if you use the big ones, try cutting them into 1-inch slices.
Save cooking time by peeling your carrots beforehand. You can peel baby carrots two or three days in advance. Make sure to store them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
What if you don’t eat them immediately? Place your cool glazed carrots in a microwave-safe bowl and heat them for two or three minutes.
You can also place them in a frying pan with a little unsalted butter. Reheat until the carrots turn a bit brown.
Instant Pot Garlic Glazed Carrots are light, crunchy, sweet, and perfect for a hearty meal. Enjoy vegetables in a fun way with this quick carrot recipe!
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Add carrots, water, brown sugar, minced garlic, parsley, salt and pepper to Instant Pot. Stir to combine. Top with butter.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to pressure cook for 5 minutes.
- When the cook time is up, do a natural release. Stir to coat carrots with glaze before serving.