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Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes that can be made in just 20 minutes! Creamy, fluffy and light! Vegan adaptable! #mashedpotatoes #instantpot #sides #thanksgivingsides #sidedishes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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


Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes- creamy, fluffy and light and can be made in 20 minutes! Boost their flavor with roasted Garlic, Goat cheese, or horseradish -or keep them simple! Up to you! Vegan adaptable – see notes. Serve with Mushroom Gravy!


  • 2 1/23 lbs yukon gold potatoes ( any thin-skinned potato will work, see notes)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ——-
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup sour cream ( or sub heavy cream or buttermilk)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 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


Cut potatoes in half and place in the instant pot. Add 6 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt.

Set to high pressure, 6 minutes. Manually release, placing a kitchen towel over the steam spout.

Drain. Set Instant pot to Saute. Add butter and sour cream, melt and stir to combine. Add cooked potatoes and mash and stir, mash and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Taste. Stir in any additions you like.  Set to “warm” until ready to serve.

To loosen the potatoes, feel free to stir in a  splash of milk or cream.


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!

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.

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