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Glazed Tarragon Carrots (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

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Glazed Tarragon Carrots is a simple butter carrot recipe with out of this world flavors. featuring fresh, earthy flavor of tarragon, a little butter and sea salt, you will have an incredibly easy, quick and oh-so-tasty side dish.

This butter carrot recipe is so simple, you will wonder why it took you so long to make them, made in the Instant Pot or stove top they are a quick, fresh, healthy and easy veggie side dish recipe.

Looking for more veggie sides? Give these favorites a try: Cheesy Asparagus Bake, Balsamic Honey Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts or this amazing Sweet Maple Apple Salad.

Do you have stories about “why” you love a particular dish? These Glazed Tarragon Carrots have a story!

Really I needed to share them, I realized other than potatoes and salads and a random post about pickled red onions (they are yummy) — I have not one veggie recipe on my blog! Shame on me!

I promise I make and eat veggies! Maybe I figure they are just something to go along with a meal and the meal takes center stage, but this recipe for Glazed Tarragon Carrots should take center stage.

So I was saying that this veggie recipe has a story. I grew up liking raw carrots, but not loving cooked carrots, until…UNTIL I had these carrots while living as an Au Pair in Germany.

My house mom, would slow cook carrots in butter and dried tarragon and tossed with a little sea salt…that’s it, but the flavors will knock your socks off!

You’ll notice she didn’t add water, she typically used up to a stick of butter, ha! No wonder they were so amazing and I gained 20 lbs while I lived there! I have figured out a way to keep the flavor and reduce the butter!

What is Tarragon?

Tarragon is a perennial herb that you may not have heard of or ever cooked with before, touted as a slightly bitter herb with aromas not unlike anise, it imparts delicate flavors to vegetables, fish and chicken dishes.

Don’t like licorice or anise? Do not let that scare you away, I am not a fan of either licorice or anise, but somehow this herb delivers a powerful punch of flavor in a most delicate way!

Process shot for glazed tarragon carrots going into the instant pot.

Three Ingredient Vegetable Side Dish

  • 1 – 2 lbs carrots, peeled, washed and sliced
  • 3-4 stems fresh tarragon, stems removed, leaves chopped or 1-2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup water, reduce to ¼ – ½ if making on stovetop
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher sea salt (to taste)
Final process shots for Carrots with tarragon.

How to make Glazed Carrots in the Instant Pot

  1. Place all ingredients inside pressure cooker, seal lid, place steam valve in locked position.
  2. Pressure Cook on high for 2-3 minutes (3 for softer carrots, 2 for slightly firmer, I have done 4 and they pretty much fall apart, still delicious, but three minutes is just about perfect at altitude). Will take about 8-10 minutes to come up to full pressure.
  3. Immediately release the steam valve release when time has finished, adjust seasonings if needed, serve immediately. Those colors are not enhanced!
A white bowl filled with bright orange glazed tarragon carrots with fresh carrots in the  background.

How to make Tarragon Carrots on the Stovetop

This is how I originally learned to make these carrots, the rule of thumb here is, low and slow.

  1. Place all ingredients (with water adjustment) into a small or medium sized saucepan, you want the water/butter mixture to almost cover the carrots.
  2. Cover and bring to low simmer, typically simmering about 30-45 minutes until a fork slides right into them. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.
A white bowl centered in the image, of bright orange glazed tarragon carrots with a cutting board and fresh carrots in background.

Frequently Asked Questions about Butter Carrot Recipe

Can you cook carrots with butter and tarragon ahead of time?

Yes, under cook them slightly and rewarm for a few minutes on the stove top before serving.

Does Boiling Make Carrots Soft?

Yes, if you have never cooked or boiled carrots not only does it make them soft, but it also brings out the sweetness of the carrot.

What do tarragon carrot recipes go well with?

Tarragon is a lovely herb that brings out the best in fish and chicken dishes, however; I have served Tarragon Carrots with Easter or Christmas Ham Braised Beef, Roasted Chicken or Butter Chicken.

Can I use dried tarragon in this carrot recipe?

Yes! Depending on how much you like tarragon, start with 1 teaspoon, taste and add up to 2 teaspoons.

Is this Tarragon Carrot Recipe vegetarian?

Yes it is, or use coconut oil and make it vegan!

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Yield: 4-8 servings

Glazed Tarragon Carrots

Glazed Tarragon Carrots

This recipe for Glazed Tarragon Carrots is so simple, with the fresh, earthy flavor of tarragon, a little butter and sea salt, you will have an incredibly easy, quick and tasty side dish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
IP Cook Time 3 minutes
Stovetop Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

Place all ingredients inside pressure cooker, seal lid, place steam valve in locked position. Pressure Cook on high for 2-3 minutes (3 for softer carrots, 2 for slightly firmer, I have done 4 and they pretty much fall apart, still delicious, but three minutes is just about perfect at altitude). Will take about 8-10 minutes to come up to full pressure.

Immediately release the steam valve release when time has finished, adjust seasonings if needed, serve immediately.

Stovetop Glazed Tarragon Carrots

This is how I originally learned to make these carrots, the rule of thumb here is, low and slow.

Place all ingredients (with water adjustment) into a small or medium sized saucepan, you want the water/butter mixture to almost cover the carrots. Cover and bring to low simmer, typically simmering about 30-45 minutes until a fork slides right into them. Depending on how thick you cut your carrots they can take more or less time. Sometimes I chop my carrots so they will cook faster. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

My hubs LOVES glazed carrots. I have always used the same recipe -- but I am trying yours out this week!! They look amazing!

Kathleen

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

They are pretty amazing!! Hope you love them!

jennifer stewart

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

We don't use carrots as a stand alone side dish enough and it's a tragedy! These carrots were the perfect texture and that tarragon just sets the flavor off! YUM!

Kathleen

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

So happy to hear Jennifer!! Thanks!

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