Recently I got this amazing box of veggies from Chef's Garden, and carrots were included in it. These bright, delicious carrots were harvested straight from the farm and sent to me fresh so I didn't want to waste them. And Easy Instant Pot Carrots were born.
Once you learn how to make Easy Instant Pot Carrots, you'll never look at veggies the same again! This delicious, buttery recipe cooks up in just 5 minutes! It's a healthy side dish that looks just as good as it tastes!
Ingredients for Easy Instant Pot Carrots:
1 pound carrots, scrubbed
1 cup water
3 tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp season salt or garlic salt
First, make sure that you scrub your veggies well. Remember that carrots grow in dirt and need to be cleaned!
Next add the water and a trivet to the Instant Pot. Put the carrots on top.
Press the manual button and cook for 5 minutes.
Quick release the pressure.
Toss the carrots with butter and salt.
Can you freeze Easy Instant Pot Carrots?
You can freeze them! Once they cool, transfer them to a freezer container or bag - even better, use a Foodsaver system! Carrots can be frozen for up to six months in a refrigerator freezer and for up to one year in a deep freezer.
What should I serve Instant Pot carrots with?
This is such a fun question! There are so many things that you can serve the carrots with - the first being meat. Check out some of my other Instant Pot recipes for ideas!
How to choose fresh carrots:
I mentioned before that I got these carrots from Chef's Garden and Farmer Jones' Farm, but if you can't get them there or from your own garden, here are some tips for choosing the freshest carrots.
Look for: carrots that are smooth, firm, and crisp. While those little lines are normal, you don't want anything with deep pits.
Good carrots aren't split, wilted, sprouting or have soft spots.
You also want to look for carrots with deep color. In these pictures you can see that I used purple carrots (which are orange on the inside) but the same principles apply.
Health Benefits of Carrots:
You've probably heard that carrots are great for your eyes, but here are some other really cool things that carrots do for your health.
Carrots are high in antioxidants, which can prevent different types of cancers.
Carrots increase bile production, which lowers cholesterol.
Women who eat more orange vegetables have been proven to have a lower risk for developing heart disease.
Carrots are packed with nutrients - 73% of your daily requirement of vitamin A, 9% of your daily vitamin K, 8% of your daily potassium and fiber, 5% of your daily vitamin C, and 2% of your daily calcium and iron.
The microbes in carrots even help to prevent tooth decay!
With so many different varieties of carrots and so many fun ways to eat them, there is no excuse not to get more into your diet. Pop some carrots into your Instant Pot. Your body (and your family) will thank you!