Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Everyone's favorite comfort food side dish, made incredibly easy! This recipe for Instant Pot mashed potatoes is totally drool-worthy. Make the most creamy and rich mashed potatoes with minimal effort.

A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes garnished with chives, with freshly ground black pepper on top, placed in front of an instant pot cooker.
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Who doesn't love a big ol' bowl of creamy mashed potatoes? They go with pretty much anything and are one of those side dishes that you just can't get tired of!

However, if you don't have a good mashed potato recipe then you can end up with a final product that is not nearly as satisfying as it could be. This recipe for Instant Pot mashed potatoes is a total game changer.

Not only is it very low effort, but it makes the most perfect mashed potatoes every single time! Really all you have to do is dice up the potatoes, add the ingredients to the pressure cooker, then mash them when they're done. Easy peasy!

Serve these creamy Instant Pot mashed potatoes with all of your favorite main courses, like steak and grilled pork chops. They are a wonderful addition to any meal on your dinner table.

A bowl of instant pot mashed potatoes garnished with melted butter and chopped chives.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

So much buttery flavor and creamy texture — what's not to love about this recipe? It really is one of my favorite go-to recipes:

  • Making food in the Instant Pot is most often a guarantee of easy clean-up. You won't have to wash a whole lot of dishes after making this perfect side dish!
  • You only need about 10 minutes to prep this dish. Then just let the pressure cooker work it's magic until the potatoes are cooked to perfection.
  • This is a wonderful recipe for Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, and any other holiday meal. The low effort prep and cooking is a great way to conserve time and energy when you are cooking a feast!

Ingredients

You only need four simple ingredients and a bit of salt and pepper to make this easy side dish.

  • potatoes
  • chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • unsalted butter
  • milk
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Substitutions and Variations

I personally think that the best kind of potatoes to use are yukon gold potatoes or medium russet potatoes. If you'd like to leave skins on the potato, then I recommend using red potatoes that have been washed throughly.

Want to add more protein to this recipe? Then use bone broth instead of regular chicken broth! It will also make the flavor a bit more rich.

You can use salted butter if you prefer, just keep in mind that you may need to reduce the amount of salt used to season the potatoes.

For the most creamy potatoes, I recommend using whole milk. However, you can use any milk that you have on hand. You can also use heavy cream or half and half for extra creamy mashed potatoes.

Make some extra flavorful mashed potatoes by mixing in some sautéed minced garlic, shredded cheese, bacon bits, or green onions. Some tasty cheeses would be sharp cheddar, Parmesan, or Gruyère. You could also mix in a bit of sour cream or Greek yogurt!

Fresh herbs and spices like garlic powder and onion powder would add loads of flavor to these mashed potatoes.

How to Make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Whether you're making a batch of mashed potatoes for special occasions or weeknight dinners, this is the best mashed potatoes recipe to use. Here's how to make it:

Wash your potatoes well and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Dice them into even chunks and then transfer to the Instant Pot.

Add two cups of the broth or water and then close the IP lid.

Peeled and chopped potatoes submerged in water inside an instant pot.

Set the vent to the sealing position and select the "manual" or "pressure cook" function.

Cook on high pressure for about 8 minutes if you diced small chunks of potatoes, or 10 minutes for larger chunks.

Once the cooking cycle is complete, then perform a quick release to release the pressure. Carefully open the lid and drain off any excess liquid from the potatoes.

Peeled and chopped potatoes and cubed butter with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper in a stainless steel instant pot.
Pouring milk into a pot of boiled potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.

Add butter, milk, salt and pepper to the cooked potatoes. Then use a hand masher or hand mixer until the potatoes are thoroughly mashed. If needed, adjust the consistency by mixing in more milk.

Potatoes being mashed in a pot with a hand-held masher.
A pot of creamy instant pot mashed potatoes garnished with chopped herbs, with a wooden spoon, on a white background.

Taste the mashed potatoes and season to taste. Then transfer the Instant Pot mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and top with chopped chives and melted butter.

Instant pot mashed potatoes garnished with chives, black pepper, drizzled with melted butter.

Serve and enjoy!

How to Store Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Transfer leftovers an airtight container and allow to cool. Then store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and reheat when ready to serve.

You can freeze leftover mashed potatoes if you want, but it is likely that the texture will change slightly. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

When reheating, add a little bit of milk to achieve the right consistency. I recommend reheating on the stove top for best results.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Pair this delicious side dish with main course like grilled pork tenderloin, slow cooker pulled pork, and even baked chicken meatballs.

You could also go classic southern and serve these mashed potatoes with some fried chicken and green beans!

It'd also be a great side for an easy dinner of sheet pan chicken and veggies. Mashed potatoes can pretty much go with any of your favorite main dishes!

A wooden spoon lifting a scoop of instant pot mashed potatoes garnished with chives and black pepper.

Tips for Success

Check out these few tips for these simple Instant Pot mashed potatoes:

  • Yukon Gold potatoes are often recommended for mashed potatoes because of their creamy texture. However, Russet potatoes work well too. You can also try a mix for a different flavor.
  • Control the consistency of your mashed potatoes by adjusting the amount of milk. If you decide to add more, then add it gradually until you reach your preferred texture.
  • I recommend dicing your potatoes into about 1 inch size chunks so that they cook easily. Make sure that all of the potato chunks are similar in size so that they all finish cooking at the same time.

FAQ

Can I prepare mashed potatoes ahead of time?

This is a great dish to make ahead of time! Prepare the mashed potatoes as instructed, let them cool, and then refrigerate until needed. When you reheat on the stovetop, just add a splash extra milk or some butter as needed.

Can I make mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Yes! The Instant Pot essentially just speeds up the process that is normally done on the stove top. Instead of boiling potatoes in a pot, you let the Instant Pot take care of that for you!

Can I double or halve this recipe?

Easily adjust the quantities to suit your needs! However, keep in mind that the cooking time will remain the same.

A bowl of instant pot mashed potatoes garnished with chives and drizzled with melted butter.

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A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes garnished with chives, with freshly ground black pepper on top, placed in front of an instant pot cooker.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These easy peasy Instant Pot mashed potatoes are a perfect easy side dish for any meal. Throw the ingredients into the pressure cooker and let it work its magic!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Instant Pot Pressurizing Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds of potatoes such as Yukon Gold or Russet, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk whole milk or cream for creamier mashed potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:

  • chopped chives
  • melted butter
  • grated cheese
  • sour cream

Instructions

  • Place the potato chunks in the Instant Pot. Add 2 cups of the broth or water.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid, set the vent to the sealing position, and select the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" function.
  • Cook on high pressure for about 8 minutes for small chunks or 10 minutes for larger chunks.
  • Once the cooking cycle is complete, perform a quick pressure release. Carefully open the Instant Pot lid. Drain any excess liquid from the potatoes.
  • Add butter, milk (or cream), salt, and pepper to the potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or an electric hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl. Optionally, top with chopped chives and melted butter.
  • Serve the Instant Pot mashed potatoes hot as a side dish with your favorite main course.

Notes

Yukon Gold potatoes are often recommended for mashed potatoes because of their creamy texture. However, Russet potatoes work well too. You can also try a mix for a different flavor.
Control the consistency of your mashed potatoes by adjusting the amount of milk. Add it gradually until you reach your preferred texture.
Don't skimp on butter for rich and flavorful mashed potatoes. You can also use heavy cream or half-and-half instead of milk for an even creamier result.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 539IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.003mg

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