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Orange Maple Carrots in a black bowl

Instant Pot Orange Maple Carrots

Instant Pot Orange Maple Carrots are a delicious vegetable side dish. Slightly sweet orangey carrots with a hint of maple are so tasty! Serve these carrots as a Holiday side dish, or anytime you want to change up that boring veggie side dish!

Course Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker Orange Maple Carrots recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 167 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1-2 lbs Baby Carrots
  • 1 Orange, zested
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Butter (3 Tbsp for 2 lbs carrots)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp Nutmeg (1/4 tsp for 2 lbs carrots)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup (4 Tbsp for 2 lbs carrots)
  • 1/8 tsp Maple Flavoring (optional)
  • 2-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar (4 Tbsp for 2 lbs carrots)

To Thicken (mix these together)

  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 3 tbsp Cold Water


  1. Add the carrots, zest, juice, salt, butter, nutmeg, and maple syrup to the pot. Stir well.

  2. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  3. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 3 minutes (2 minutes for thin baby carrots). High Pressure. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.

  4. When the cook cycle has finished, turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to Quick Release the steam/pressure.

  5. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.

  6. Stir in the maple flavoring and the brown sugar.

  7. Turn on the Sauté setting. When the liquid starts to simmer, stir in the corn starch slurry. Stir until thickened. Turn off the pot.

  8. Serve immediately with some of the glaze.