Instant Pot Spiced Orange Carrots

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This six-ingredient side dish is ready in about 15 minutes!

Instant Pot Spiced Orange Carrots

Carrots are one of my favorite ingredients. Eaten raw, they’re crunchy like a chip and satisfy my snack cravings any day of the week. Cook ’em up, and you’ll find their sweet flavors intensify. The other great thing about carrots? They go so well with any cuisine! These Instant Pot Spiced Orange Carrots are proof of that. Flavored with orange juice, cinnamon, ginger, and honey, this 6-ingredient recipe is the perfect side dish to go alongside Thanksgiving dinner. Or, serve it up with a grilled chicken breast in the summertime. No matter what you’re eating for dinner, this healthy vegetable side dish will probably work!

Instant Pot Spiced Orange Carrots

There are so many reasons to love this dish. First, it only requires six ingredients — most of which you probably already have on-hand in the pantry! Ground ginger and cinnamon are always in my spice cabinet, as is honey because it’s a fantastic option when I’m looking for a natural, wholesome sweetener. So head to the store and pick up a bag of carrots and a glass of orange juice, and you’re ready to make Instant Pot Spiced Orange Carrots!

The other reason this recipe should be on a regular rotation for weeknight dinners? It only takes three minutes on high pressure in the Instant Pot. Even considering the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure and manually releasing once it’s finished cooking, this vegetable side dish will be ready in about 15 minutes.

When the carrots are finished cooking, drizzle them with a little honey to make them extra sweet and oh-so-delicious. Save the cooking liquid, because it makes an excellent base for salad dressings once it cools. You can also reduce it down to make a glaze for chicken, vegetables, or pork.

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Instant Pot Spiced Orange Carrots

Carrots are a nutritious vegetable that go with any meal, and this spiced version will add some zest to your plate!
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 6
Serving Size 3 oz
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Place all ingredients, except honey, in the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the pot, ensuring the valve is in the sealed position. Set the Instant Pot to Manual Mode with high pressure and set the timer for 3 minutes. Once time is complete, manually release the pressure and carefully remove lid. Drain the liquid from the carrots and drizzle honey over top. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 3oz | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 12712IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
Keywords Instant Pot, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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