A guide to cooking Instant Pot carrots, including how long to cook them. It's nothing fancy, but at least you'll know how to cook carrots in an Instant Pot now, right?

I can always convince my kids to eat their carrots by telling them that carrots are good for their eyes.

And they'll need their eyes to be in good shape if they want to play more video games, right?

It's totally a mom-move to be all, "Eat your carrots! They're good for your eyes!" But I have no shame in using that line. None whatsoever.

So when I'm looking to cook carrots, it's naturally going to go down in the Instant Pot (like practically everything else I cook)...

These Instant Pot carrots are nothing fancy.

Just telling you that straight up.

They're plain and my kids still eat them, but they're a great starting point if you want to make honey thyme glazed carrots (recipe to come some day!) or butter herb carrots (again, another recipe for another day). Or if you just want to know how the heck to cook carrots in a pressure cooker, I've got you covered. I mean, it's a good skill to know, especially if you're an Instant Pot newbie.

Carrots instant pot cooking time

Pressure Cooker Carrots are a Game Changer!

It's hard to go back to cooking carrots any other way once you've made them in a pressure cooker.

Although I think that applies to anything I've ever cooked in the Instant Pot though...

It's so ridiculously easy. It's really just a tiny bit of prep to cut the carrots.

Even easier if you skip the peeling, like I do. I'm too lazy to peel. It's like the kitchen equivalent of folding laundry.

So I just make sure to really scrub and clean those carrots first with a vegetable brush. Works great and the kids have never complained about the peels.

Then you toss them in, seal it up, and let the the Instant Pot do its magic.

Instant Pot sliced carrots

You'll Love Instant Pot Steamed Carrots!

So here's why you'll want to hurry up and try Instant Pot sliced carrots:

  • The cooking time for Instant Pot carrots is only a couple of minutes

  • You don't need a steamer basket (that's just another dish to wash after all)

  • They can be served up as baby food for the littlest of mouths in your house

  • It's healthy and easy

  • It's good for your eyeballs, just like your mama told you as a kid!

Pressure cooker/Instant Pot carrots time

A Note About Cooking Time for Carrots in the Instant Pot

If you prefer crisper carrots, then simply reduce the cooking time by a minute.

Or if you prefer soft and mushy carrots, then add a minute to the suggested cooking time.

It really does come down to personal preference though.

And if you have picky kids like I do, then you know how important those personal preferences can be. It can be the difference between eating ALLLL the carrots or pushing them around the plate like they're the most. disgusting. food. ever.

Instant Pot carrots

How to Cook Carrots in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Ready to give this easy Instant Pot recipe a try? Good decision. Let's do this before the kids raid the pantry!

Instant Pot carrots

How to cook sliced carrots in the Instant Pot.

  • 1-2 carrots per person, peeled (optional) and sliced

  • 1 cup water

  • Pinch of salt


  1. Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot. No steamer basket or trivet is necessary.

  2. Seal and cook on manual high pressure for 2 minutes.

  3. Quick release.

  4. Serve plain, with Herbamare, or with a bit of butter and salt and pepper.

Instant Pot Carrots Recipe: how to cook carrots in a pressure cooker