How to Make our Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe (2024)

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any holiday or weeknight dinner! They are creamy and flavorful and come together so quickly!

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes will quickly become your go-to method of making potatoes!

You can just throw them in the Instant Pot and forget about them.

No checking to see if they are boiling over.

Making mashed potatoes can sometimes be a bit of a hassle: first peeling potatoes, then chopping, boiling, draining, mashing and seasoning.

With these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, we’re cutting down on prep and cook time.

Give your potatoes a quick chop, throw them into the pot with some water or chicken broth, pressure cook for 10 minutes, drain and mash. It is THAT easy!

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These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are perfect for a holiday dinner or any dinner — they’ll free up space on the stove and are totally hands off in the cooking process.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:

  • Russet potatoes
  • water (or chicken broth)
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • milk (I used 1% – the fattier the milk, the creamier the mashed potatoes)
  • salt & pepper
  • Italian seasoning

How to make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:

Cut the potatoes into small pieces.

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Place them into the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water (or chicken broth) on top.

Close the lid, make sure the knob is on sealing, and cook on “Manual” for 10 minutes.

When it is done cooking, release the steam by turning the knob to venting.

Drain the water from the pot.

Add milk, butter, sour cream, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

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Using an electric mixer or a potato masher, whip the potatoes until smooth. Add more salt if you desire.

Serve as is or with gravy on top.

Tips to Make Potatoes Creamy:

  1. The secret on how to make potatoes creamy depends on how much starch there is in your potato, so stick to the starchy potatoes like Russet potatoes.
  2. The other trick to making mashed potatoes creamy is that you need to smash the potatoes while they are still hot. I like to beat mine with beaters.

Want to cook these potatoes in the slow cooker? Try this recipe!

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Serves: 6

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 6 votes

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any holiday or weeknight dinner. They are creamy, flavorful, and come together so quickly.

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Pressurize Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

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Ingredients

  • 6 Russet potatoes scrubbed well
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Cut the potatoes into small pieces.

  • Place them into the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water on top. Close the lid, make sure the knob is on sealing, and cook on "MANUAL" for 10 minutes.

  • When it is finished cooking, move the valve on the top of the lid to "VENTING" and do a quick release of all the pressure.

  • Drain the water from the pot.

  • Add sour cream, milk, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to warm potatoes.

  • Using a potato masher or a hand mixer (depending if you like them chunky or smooth), mash potatoes until they reach the consistency you desire.

  • Add more salt and pepper and other seasonings as needed.

  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • The secret to making potatoes creamy depends on how much starch there is in your potato, so stick to the starchy potatoes like the Russet potatoes.
  • The other trick to making mashed potatoes creamy is that you need to smash the potatoes while they are still hot. I like to whip mine with an electric mixer, but a potato masher works great as well!
  • If you need a gravy recipe, be sure to check out this one: https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/how-to-make-turkey-gravy-from-scratch/

Nutrition

Calories: 244 kcal · Carbohydrates: 39 g · Protein: 5 g · Fat: 8 g · Saturated Fat: 5 g · Cholesterol: 21 mg · Sodium: 268 mg · Potassium: 915 mg · Fiber: 3 g · Sugar: 2 g · Vitamin A: 251 IU · Vitamin C: 12 mg · Calcium: 54 mg · Iron: 2 mg

Equipment

  • Instant Pot (or Pressure Cooker)

  • potato masher

Recipe Details

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

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  1. Tina says:

    Have you ever tried cooking your potatoes in a vegetable steamer as opposed to in the water at the bottom of the instant pot pan? Curious if this would affect the cooking time? And may be a better flavor as it would have less water?

  2. A says:

    Can you cook more than 6 potatoes in the instant pot? Looking to use the IP for Thanksgiving mashed taters and need to make quite a bit. It's a 6 quart IP I think

  3. Cyd says:

    A 6 quart instant pot can handle about 5 pounds of potatoes.

  4. Cailley says:

    If I wanted to double this, would I add more water to the pot or will it always only need one cup?

  5. Momma Cyd says:

    Add more water to the pot. Potatoes tend to use more water.

  6. Pat Arp says:

    how much liquid for 5#

  7. Cheryl Hardy says:

    I want to pre-order your book on helping with the insta-pot

  8. Momma Cyd says:

    Increase the water to about 1 1/2 cups. You'll want about an inch of water in the bottom of the instant pot.

  9. LC says:

    I got the burn notice when I did this recipe. I stopped it and added more water and then got the burn notice again. Hoping they still turn out okay. Fingers crossed

  10. Anne says:

    Love these potatoes!! Perfect! Please add weight of potatoes to recipe, i.e X lbs russet potatoes instead of six russet potatoes.

  11. Gail Snyder says:

    Great recipe.

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  12. Lori Jean Finnila says:

    These are the best mashed potatoes I've ever had.

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  13. Sheri says:

    So much easier and fewer dishes used than others I looked into. I loved the simplicity. Only issue was a few potatoes burning on bottom of pan. I will use a trivet or steam basket next time. Tastes great!!

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  14. Manthark says:

    So easy and tastes so good! For sure a new family favorite!

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  15. Fiona Mckay says:

    I made this recipe tonight turned out perfect 😊

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  16. s says:

    I would give this 10 stars if I could! No more struggling with heavy pots of boiling water onthe stovetop. Potatoes turned out perfectly. Thank you!

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