Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are easy to make with 5 ingredients, in just 20 minutes! Rich, creamy and fluffy, they turn out perfect every time!

Instant Pot Mashed potatoes

Peace is this moment without judgment. That is all. This moment in the Heart-space where everything is welcome. ~Dorothy Hunt 

I’ve made a lot of mashed potatoes in my life. Especially in my catering days -big huge batches, sometimes enough to feed 300-400 people. Truthfully some of those memories still give me a little PTSD, and I have to breathe myself through it! It wasn’t just the making of them that was the challenge (although yes that was challenging) it was the storing, keeping warm and transporting them to the event site.

This Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s also fast, and easy to store and keep warm right up until serving time. And that’s why I love it so much. And also, they taste amazing. But you tell me…

Why You’ll Love This

  1. Quick and easy to make. Preparing mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot makes this recipe (and all of your Thanksgiving prep) SO much easier. These mashed potatoes only take 20 minutes!
  2. They’ll stay warm! Storing them in the Instant Pot helps them stay warm right up until serving time. 🙂
  3. Perfect for the holidays. Not only do these creamy instant pot mashed potatoes taste delicious, but they don’t take up any precious space in the oven or on the stove! Kind of perfect.
  4. Vegan adaptable. Simply use vegan butter and vegan sour cream!
  5. So versatile! Try adding roasted garlic, or a little goat cheese, or some truffle oil ( my favorite) or a little horseradish to bring the flavor over the top! Sooooooooo yummy!
instant pot mashed potatoes being stirred.

INSTANT POT MASHED POTATO Ingredients

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: Thinned-skinned potatoes, don’t need to be peeled, saving a step! Yukons have a creamy and buttery texture, making the mashed potatoes smooth and velvety. Substitute any thin-skinned potato!
  • Butter (or vegan butter): Adds richness and depth of flavor to the mashed potatoes.
  • Sour Cream (or vegan sour cream): Makes the mashed potatoes creamy and tangy. It adds a pleasant acidity to the dish.
  • Granulated garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Optional Additions

  • Roasted Garlic: These cloves of garlic add a sweet and nutty flavor to the mashed potatoes. It brings a delicious aroma and depth to the dish.
  • Goat Cheese: Adds creaminess and tanginess to the mashed potatoes. It also adds a subtle savory flavor.
  • Horseradish: Brings a bold and pungent flavor to the mashed potatoes. It adds a spicy kick and complements the creamy taste.
  • Truffle Oil: Adds a luxurious and earthy flavor to the mashed potatoes. It provides a unique and aromatic taste.

Garnishes

  • Chives or Scallions: Add a fresh and mild onion flavor. They also provide a pop of color to the dish.
  • Mushroom Gravy: A delicious accompaniment to mashed potatoes. It adds savory, rich, and umami flavors and complements the creamy texture.

How to Make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

potatoes and water in the instant pot.

Cut potatoes in half and place in the instant pot. No need to peel! Add 6 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt.

Close the lid to seal and set to high pressure to pressure cook for 6 minutes. Manually release the valve, placing a kitchen towel over the steam spout.

Drain, saving 1 cup of the potato water.

mashing the potatoes.

Add the drained potatoes, butter, sour cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper back into the Instant pot on the warm setting. Use a potato masher to mash and then whip until smooth.

mashed potatoes in the instant pot.

Add some or all of the potato water to loosen the potatoes if you like. If keeping these warm for a long period of time- I’ll add the full cup.

mashed potato in the instant pot.

Stir in any additions you like. Taste and adjust salt.

mashing the potatoes.

Seriously, the easiest mashed potatoes I’ve ever made.

When ready to serve just garnish with a little pepper, fresh chives, maybe even a drizzle of melted butter! Fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary make a nice addition too!

What type of potato is best for mashed potatoes?

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  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: The creamy texture and buttery flavor makes them perfect!
  • Thin-skinned New Potatoes: Use red, white, yellow or even purple!
  • Russet potatoes: If you use these, remember to peel them first. Adds a touch of extra prep time.

Potato peels are actually extremely nutritious so I try to leave them on if possible. Plus it’s just easier. 🙂 If you want to do it this way, I recommend using Yukon Gold Potatoes.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a bowl.

Health Benefits of Yukon Gold Potatoes

  1. Vitamin C: Yukon Gold potatoes are rich in vitamin C, which is an essential antioxidant that helps boost the immune system, promote collagen production for healthy skin, and protect against cellular damage.
  2. Dietary Fiber: These potatoes contain a good amount of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps regulate blood sugar levels.
  3. Potassium: Yukon Gold potatoes are a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that plays a vital role in maintaining proper heart and muscle function, regulating blood pressure, and balancing fluid levels in the body.
  4. B Vitamins: They provide various B vitamins, including thiamine (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), and pyridoxine (vitamin B6), which are important for converting food into energy, supporting brain function, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
  5. Resistant Starch: These potatoes contain resistant starch, a type of dietary fiber that acts as a prebiotic, nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Resistant starch can also help improve insulin sensitivity and promote a feeling of fullness.

FAQs

How long do you boil potatoes in the Instant Pot for mashed potatoes?

In the Instant Pot, the potatoes only need 6 minutes to cook before draining and adding the remaining ingredients. Don’t forget to save some potato water!

How many cups of water do you need for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes?

This recipe calls for 6 cups of water to cook the potatoes. The water is salted for even more flavor!

How do you keep potatoes warm in the InstaPot?

Using this pressure cooker method is the best way to keep mashed potatoes warm. The potatoes will stay warm for an hour or two! Simply use the “Keep Warm” button. Adding potato water helps preserve the creamy texture.

Can I use an electric hand mixer instead or a potato masher?

Using a potato masher keeps them light and fluffy, while an electric mixer can make them more dense and creamy. It depends on what type of texture you prefer! If using the mixer, just be careful to stop when they get silky. Over-mixing them can turn them gluey.

Storage

You can store these mashed potatoes in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze them for a month.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a bowl with gravy.

And of course, you could pair these amazing instant pot mashed potatoes with our tasty Mushroom Gravy.

Such a delicious combo! Give these Instant Pot Mashed potatoes a try, I know you’ll love them!

xoxo

Sylvia

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are easy to make with 5 ingredients, in just 20 minutes! Rich, creamy and fluffy, they turn out perfect every time!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: side dish, instant pot, vegan adaptable
  • Method: instant pot,
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are easy to make with 5 ingredients in just 20 minutes! Rich, creamy and fluffy, they turn out perfect every time!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 lbs yukon gold potatoes ( any thin-skinned potato will work, see notes)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup sour cream ( or sub-Kite’s Hill Vegan Cream Cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13 teaspoons granulated garlic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • optional additions: 10-15 roasted garlic cloves (mashed)  1/4 cup-1/2 cup goat cheese or 1-2 tablespoons horseradish (to taste) or truffle oil, to taste.

Garnish: chives or scallions, mushroom gravy


Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes in half and place in the instant pot. Add 6 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Set to high pressure, 6 minutes. Manually release, placing a kitchen towel over the steam spout.
  3. Drain, saving 1 cup of the potato water.
  4. Set Instant pot to Warm. Add the drained potatoes, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper and mash and stir, mash and stir until smooth.
  5. Add some or all of the potato water to loosen the potatoes if you like. If keeping these warm for a long period of time- I’ll add the full cup.
  6. Stir in any additions you like.  Taste and  adjust  salt.
  7. Keep warm until ready to serve, garnishing with chives, melted butter and pepper.

Notes

I love using Yukon Gold potatoes in mashed potatoes! Not only do they have a creamy texture, there is no need to peel then, their skins are so thin.

Make this vegan by using vegan butter and vegan sour cream

Double the butter for extra-rich potatoes. 

Not sure how much sour cream to add? Start conservatively ( 1/2 cup) and you can always add more to taste.

Feel free to double this recipe in a 6 -8 Quart  Instant Pot.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 621.8 mg
  • Fat: 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 16.5 mg

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  1. Loved this Instant Pot technique, especially keeping them warm while prparing other things! I did peel some of the taters, cut the peels into long thin strips, and fried them crisp in butter. I used these, haystack like, to garnish the potatoes along with fresh chives, and drizzled what became brown butter over the top. Delicious. Thanks.

  2. I’ve made these several times now and I love them! Turn out great every time. I will definitely be using this recipe several times for the rest of this year with all of the holiday gatherings. Thank you, Sylvia!

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