Amazing Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Hello there! Are you looking for an easy and delicious way to make creamy mashed potatoes? Look no further than this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe. This fail-proof method uses the beloved pressure cooker, making it quick and effortless to create a crowd-pleasing side dish in just minutes.

The mouth-watering combination of butter, milk, green onions, and garlic perfectly complement the fluffy Yukon Gold potatoes. Not to mention, this recipe is versatile – swap out the Yukon Golds with any potato variety of your choice or add in cream cheese for an even richer flavor.

As someone who specializes in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I understand the importance of creating dishes that are both delicious and convenient. With this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe, your guests will be raving about your culinary skills all night long without having to slave away in the kitchen for hours on end.

So pull out your Instant Pot and let’s get started on making these delectable mashed potatoes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen trying to prepare mashed potatoes that turn out uneven and clumpy? Look no further, because this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is here to change your life. Here are some of the reasons why you are going to fall in love with this recipe:

1) It’s quick and easy. With the Instant Pot, cooking mashed potatoes has never been easier. In just a few minutes, your potatoes will be perfectly cooked and ready to be mashed.

2) It’s foolproof. The pressure cooker method ensures that your potatoes cook evenly and quickly, and the mash turns out smooth and creamy without any lumps or chunks.

3) It’s versatile. You can serve these mashed potatoes as a side dish with any dinner or use them for recipes like Shepherd’s Pie or Potato Cakes.

4) It’s customizable. You can add different flavors and ingredients like garlic or green onions to make it your own unique creation.

5) It’s perfect for large gatherings. This recipe makes enough mashed potatoes to feed a crowd, so it’s great for big family dinners or holiday gatherings.

Overall, this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is convenient, easy, delicious and versatile!

Ingredient List

 Creamy and dreamy mashed potatoes made in no time!
Creamy and dreamy mashed potatoes made in no time!

Before beginning any recipe, we need the necessary ingredients. Here are the ingredients needed for this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe:
– 5 pounds of potatoes (Yukon gold or red potatoes are best)
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 4 cloves of garlic
– 1 cup of water
– ½ cup milk
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Optional toppings: green onions or chives

The list of ingredients is simple and easy to find in any grocery store. However, not all potatoes are created equal. I recommend using Yukon gold or red potatoes as they have a creamier texture that makes for smoother mashed potatoes.

The Recipe How-To

 Your dinner table just got a lot more delicious.
Your dinner table just got a lot more delicious.

Now that we have gathered all the required ingredients, let’s start making our Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. With this recipe, you can easily make delicious and creamy mashed potatoes with just a few simple steps using your Instant Pot.

Step 1: Preparing the Potatoes

Begin by washing and peeling five pounds of potatoes of your choice, such as Yukon Gold or red potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes for even cooking. Once cut, place them in the Instant Pot insert with 1 cup of water.

Step 2: Pressure Cooking the Potatoes

Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to “sealing” position. Set the pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes of pressure cooking, allow for a natural release for about ten to fifteen minutes. This will allow any leftover pressure to release slowly and help prevent splatters.

Step 3: Mashing the Potatoes

Once pressure has released completely, use a hand masher or an electric mixer to mash the potatoes until they reach a smooth consistency. Add 1 teaspoon of salt or more according to your preferences and continue mashing.

Step 4: Adding Butter and Milk

Add six tablespoons of butter and one cup of whole or skim milk to the mashed potatoes until everything is well combined. If you wish to make mashed sweet potatoes, you can add some maple syrup, cinnamon or nutmeg in this step as well.

Step 5: Adding Garlic and Green Onions

For added flavor, toss in some freshly minced garlic and finely chopped green onions into the mix. This is where you can also add some cream cheese or potato puree if desired.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

After adding all desired ingredients, give everything one final stir until it reaches your preferred texture. Your creamy and scrumptious mashed potatoes are now ready to be served!

To avoid lumps in your mashed potatoes, make sure to use a potato masher or electric mixer instead of using a food processor as it can make the potatoes gummy. You can also experiment with different garnishes, such as chopped parsley or chives, to make it more visually appealing.

Congratulations, you have successfully made Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect side dish for any meal, any time of year.
The perfect side dish for any meal, any time of year.

If you’re looking to switch things up with your mashed potatoes, there are a multitude of substitutions and variations that will make your meal uniquely yours. One way to infuse extra flavor is by adding different types of cheese, such as cheddar or parmesan. For a vegan option, consider using almond or soy milk instead of regular milk and vegan butter instead of regular butter. You can also swap out the garlic for roasted garlic or add a dash of paprika for some zesty heat.

If you’d like to experiment with different potato varieties, consider using red potatoes, Yukon Golds or sweet potatoes for a fun twist on the classic mashed potato dish. Smashed potatoes are another delicious variation – simply boil baby potatoes until they are tender, lightly smash them down with a fork and then sauté them in garlic and butter until they become crispy and golden brown.

If you want to add some creaminess to your mash without using too much butter, try using a potato puree technique that involves boiling the potatoes in cream cheese and milk before mashing them up into perfect creaminess.

Mashed potatoes are a versatile side dish that can be tailored to almost any mealtime occasion. Whether you’re going for classic comfort food or looking to spice things up with creative variations, there’s no wrong way to make this dish your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to take your taste buds on a flavor journey.
Get ready to take your taste buds on a flavor journey.

Now, it’s time to enjoy your Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes! This dish is a classic side that pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses. It’s the perfect addition to any weeknight dinner, holiday meal, or potluck gathering.

These mashed potatoes are so creamy and delicious on their own, but you can also add some toppings or mix-ins, such as green onions or garlic. For a slightly sweet version, try adding roasted garlic and caramelized onions. And for those of us who enjoy some spice, add some chili flakes or hot sauce for an extra kick!

As far as pairing goes, traditional mashed potatoes are often served alongside roasted chicken, steak, or turkey. However, they can also be paired well with vegetarian or vegan dishes like stuffed portobello mushrooms or roasted veggies.

For wine aficionados out there, a full-bodied red like Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with the savory flavors of mashed potatoes. For a more relaxed evening, try beer pairing; stouts like Guinness complement the richness of the butter and cream in this recipe.

Remember that this classic side dish is incredibly versatile and adaptable to your taste preferences, so don’t hesitate to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create your perfect mashed potato recipe. Happy cooking!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Whipping up this classic comfort food has never been easier.
Whipping up this classic comfort food has never been easier.

As convenient as instant pot mashed potatoes are, sometimes you just can’t serve them immediately. The good news is that this dish stores and reheats exceptionally well! If you’re making mashed potatoes for a large gathering, or if you don’t want to spend too much time slaving over the stove each of these days, you can prepare mashed potatoes in advance.

To make-ahead, just as you’d do with leftovers after dinner, let the mashed potatoes cool down at room temperature before storing them in an airtight container. They can be stored in the fridge up to four days or in the freezer up to six months.

To reheat from fridge, scoop mashed potatoes into a microwave-safe bowl and add 2-3 tablespoonsof milk, stirring very well. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, cover and stir occasionally, until heated through. To reheat from frozen, transfer mashed potatoes from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed completely, follow the instruction above for reheating from fridge.

Another option is to reheat them in a saucepan set over medium heat adding enough milk or cream to loosen them out. Make sure they’re stirred often and kept on low heat until hot enough.

If you decide to make these ahead of time and store them in the fridge, you can still achieve that creamy and buttery texture by reheating them properly while keeping their delicious flavor.

Tips for Perfect Results

 These Instant Pot mashed potatoes will become a staple in your recipe book.
These Instant Pot mashed potatoes will become a staple in your recipe book.

As a chef who has used Instant Pot to cook many dishes, including mashed potatoes, there are a few tips I have picked up along the way to ensure perfect results every time. Here are some of my favorite tips for making delicious mashed potatoes using an Instant Pot.

First, make sure to use high-quality ingredients when preparing the dish. Freshly harvested potatoes that are in season work best. Use fresh garlic, green onions, and butter as they add depth of flavor to the potatoes.

Secondly, do not overfill the Instant Pot. Use up to 6 quarts of water and leave at least an inch between the top of the water and the pot’s rim. This space allows room for steam to build up inside the pot and allows for a proper release of pressure.

Thirdly, use a steamer basket when cooking your mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot. This is because it prevents potatoes from touching water, which causes them to become mushy or watery.

Fourthly, make sure to follow instructions about locking the Instant Pot lid and setting it at high pressure before switching on the cooker. You also need to adjust temperature settings accordingly and set timer accordingly.

Fifthly, allow enough time for the potatoes to come to pressure before starting the timer. It usually takes around 7-10 minutes for most instant pots on a normal setting.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of potatoes such as sweet potatoes or red potatoes in your recipe. Add variety by incorporating vegan mashed potato options like incorporating plant-based milk or cream cheese that other non-vegan people can enjoy.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfect mashed potatoes using an Instant Pot – every time!

Bottom Line


You can never go wrong with a classic side dish like mashed potatoes. This instant pot mashed potatoes recipe is so easy and quick to make, you’ll want to make it over and over again. Not only does it save time but also preserves the taste and nutrients of the potato. Plus, with the option of adding green onions or garlic, this recipe can easily be jazzed up to meet your taste preference.

I highly recommend giving this recipe a try- trust me, once you make them using instant pot method, you’ll never go back to boiling in water again. The velvety smooth texture and rich flavors will have your taste buds singing praises.

So if you are looking for a delicious and hassle-free side dish to serve at your next gathering, look no further than this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe. Whether you’re serving a crowd or simply want some for leftovers, this recipe is sure to impress. Happy cooking!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Quick easy way to make yummy one pot mashed potatoes!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 6 Cups
Calories 299.3 kcal


  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper


  • Melt butter in pot on saute. Add potatoes that have been cut into 1/2 inch cubes as well as onions and garlic.
  • Stir.
  • Turn off pot and add milk.
  • Set to high pressure, making sure valve is set to keep pressure. Set time for 7 minutes.
  • Once done, carefully do a quick pressure release.
  • Mash. I did this in a separate bowl so as to not damage the stainless pot.

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Serving: 340gCalories: 299.3kcalCarbohydrates: 51.8gProtein: 7.6gFat: 7.7gSaturated Fat: 4.8gCholesterol: 21.7mgSodium: 92.5mgFiber: 6.4gSugar: 2.5g
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