Instant Pot Carrots. I love using my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to make delicious soft and tender carrots. They taste amazing, have so much flavour that you would think a cheap bag of carrots are organic. If you want to learn how to make instant pot pressure cooker carrots, then this recipe is a MUST.
I just love carrots. Maybe the price tag has something to do with it. After all, a kilo bag of carrots here in Portugal costs just 56 cent at normal price and often they are reduced down to just 28 cent. Quite often we will use a bag of carrots over several meals and therefore 2 bags of carrots will last us a week.
Here is a picture of 1 of the bags that we get for 28 cents:
But what I really hate about carrots is cooking with them, and that is why pressure cooking carrots is the best invention in the kitchen EVER.
You see whenever I am cooking I am obsessed with fast pasta dishes in one pot. I love to make a quick ragu and throw in all the ingredients into one dish and then serve up lunch fast. I also like other one pot dinners where I just throw everything in and it all cooks at the same time.
But we all know that unless you go to the effort of grating all your carrots with a Julienne Peeler, then you will always be waiting an eternity for your carrots to cook through. The courgettes, leeks, tomatoes and peas will be done, and you will be waiting for the super crunchy carrots to soften.
That is when the pressure cooker is your best friend and instant pot carrots are the BEST EVER thing since sliced bread.
What I will do is peel and roughly dice my carrots and put them in the pressure cooker. Then while they are pressure cooking, I will do my other food in my one pot as usual and then the pressure cooker will be done with my perfect instant pot carrots.
Then pour in my instant pot carrots, add a little extra seasoning and I am no longer cursing at my carrots, praying at them to soften.
Meatless Monday Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Carrots
Every Monday in the Milner household in 2018 we will be following the plant based diet. We love our meat and olive oil too much to be on it 100% and it gives us a day of the week to be super healthy. It also ties in well with our Meatless Monday plans where we make vegetables the ultimate star for one day.
The vegetable getting all the love today is the instant pot carrots. They are perfect for embracing the plant life, eating healthy, or just for a day free of meat.
I know many people that can not cook. This is for them. A chance to cook something simple and then season it however you please. Let’s love our instant pot carrots and feed our kids one of the cheapest ever, yet tastiest ever vegetables for dinner today.
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Peel and dice your carrots.
Place them into your Instant Pot inner pot with 250ml of vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the lid on your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Set the lid to sealing and cook for 3 minutes on the steam setting.
Use QPR (quick pressure release) when finishing the cooking process.
We buy our carrots by the kilo from the supermarket. It gives us a big bag of them that we can use for whatever pressure cooker recipes that we have planned. You could cook more (or less) carrots and pressure cook them for the same time and to get the same results.
1 Kilo of carrots = 2.2 pounds.
If you want to use your instant pot carrots for soup or for mash then we recommend natural pressure release (NPR). But if you want them just soft then we recommend quick pressure release (QPR).
I cooked them for 5 minutes but did chunky chopped carrots. But if you wanted them thinner and still at the same softness then I would recommend 3 minutes on QPR. To make a vegetable stock I sprinkle a vegetable OXO cube into 250ml (just over 1 cup) of boiling water. Then give it a mix and you’re ready to go.
How Long Do You Cook Carrots In A Pressure Cooker?
I am sure what you really want to know is how long do carrots take to cook in the pressure cooker. Well this depends on the way that you wish to cook them and what you plan to use them for. The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Carrots recipe above is based on peeling and thickly dicing them. But what if you want them differently?
Well here is a few other examples of how long carrots take to cook in the pressure cooker:
- Peeled and not diced = 10 Minutes
- Baby carrots = 8 Minutes
- Thinly diced = 3 Minutes
- Slightly hard for sautéed carrots = 2 Minutes