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Instant Pot carrots and parsnips - a quick and simple side dish that's easily made in the electric pressure cooker. Don't own an Instant Pot? Stovetop method is also available!

Instant Pot Parsnips and Carrots

These parsnips and carrots are easily made in the Instant Pot! A quick and delicious side dish with a touch of buttery goodness.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot parsnips and carrots
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Inactive time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 pounds carrots peeled & cut
  • 2 pounds parsnips peeled & cut
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter or to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley chopped, to taste (optional)


  • Cut your carrots and parsnips into pieces that are roughly the same size. Add them to your Instant Pot along with the water.
  • Close the Instant Pot's lid and set the valve on "sealing". Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes (3 minutes if you want them really soft or you're using particularly large carrots & parsnips). It'll take about 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.
  • Once the countdown has finished, carefully do a manual pressure release. Take the lid off as soon as it's done (or the veggies will continue cooking), and take the insert out and carefully discard the water (leave the veggies in the insert).
  • Put the insert back into the Instant Pot and add in the butter. I set the lid back on top for about a minute to help the butter melt. Add the salt & pepper and parsley and gently toss to coat. Transfer veggies to a serving bowl.


  • Inactive time represents the time it will take to get your Instant Pot up to pressure. 
  • I use this 6-quart Instant Pot.
  • Stovetop: You can make this recipe on the stove if you wish. Simply boil the carrots and parsnips until they've reached desired tenderness, then drain and add the butter, salt & pepper, and parsley.