Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a brown bowl topped with butter
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This Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is a fast and simple side dish. Ready in just 25 minutes of time, you're going to love this classic potato recipe full of flavor.

With just five simple ingredients, these potatoes are a breeze!

Mashed Potatoes in a brown bowl topped with butter

Using the Instant Pot to cook potatoes takes away the need for boiling them prior to mashing them. The Instant Pot creates a kid-friendly recipe that is perfect for dinner and at every holiday gathering.

Mashed potatoes are meant to be simple and creamy - and that is exactly what this recipe is all about! Toss out that box of instant potatoes and made your very own homemade mashed potatoes instead!

Why This Recipe Works

There are so many reasons that this potato recipe is the best - but it really comes down to the taste and flavor. What you'll find once you take your first bite is that the Instant Pot has once again proven that it can literally cook any type of dish!

The great thing about making mashed potatoes from scratch is that you can really taste the difference! The flavor is so good - there's a reason that this is the most popular holiday side dish!

Keep this recipe in mind for Thanksgiving, Christmas - and all your family gatherings!

  • Simple and easy way to cook potatoes without a ton of prep work
  • Excellent for a yummy side dish that will have leftovers to enjoy later
  • Great way to use up the potatoes that are sitting in your pantry

If you're a fan of potatoes, be sure to check out my Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes and my Instant Pot Potato Salad as well.

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Recipe Ingredients

ingredients needed to make mashed potatoes in the instant pot

Red potatoes - Red potatoes tend to have the best flavor but you can use russet potatoes as well. 

Garlic powder - Minced garlic would work well here, too. 

Butter - I like to use salted butter as it adds more flavor. 

Italian seasoning - Sprinkle in and then taste at the end. You can always add more if needed. 

Chicken broth - This helps the potatoes get nice and creamy. Vegetable broth works fine as well. 

Salt and pepper - To taste. 

brown bowl full of creamy mashed potatoes topped with butter

How to make Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Gather the ingredients before getting started. That way, you don't have to stop and run to the store when you're in the middle of the recipe.

Step One: Clean and peel the potatoes. The best way to peel the potatoes is to use a vegetable peeler.

Step Two: Cut the peeled potatoes into small cubes.

Step Three: Put the chopped potatoes into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Step Four: Add ½ cup of chicken broth.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Step Five: Add in all the spices.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Step Six: Put on the lid and set to High pressure for 10 minutes.

Step Seven: Wait for a natural release for 10 minutes (do nothing) and then do a quick release by moving the venting knob into the venting position.

Step Eight: Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Step Nine: Mash the cooked potatoes and all the added ingredients well.

That's all there is to it! Your delicious Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is ready to put into your favorite serving bowl!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Variations

Change up the potatoes - I love using red potatoes for this recipe! White potatoes are great as well and you can literally make this using sweet potatoes as well. Check out my Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes for the full recipe.

Vary up the seasonings - You can easily add in different flavors like cilantro, onion powder, and more!

Helpful Tips 

Using a potato masher is the easiest way to mash cooked potatoes but if you don't have one, don't worry. You should be able to easily mash the potatoes using a fork as well.

Peeling the potatoes is optional for this recipe. Just keep in mind that if you're wanting creamy and silky smooth potatoes, you won't get that by leaving the potato skins on.

How To Serve 

There are so many ways that you can enjoy mashed potatoes. The easiest way to enjoy mashed potatoes is to add butter and dig in. However, if you like flavors, top with a little bit of shredded cheese, sour cream, and fresh chives!

The options on how to enjoy eating potatoes are endless.

How To Store

Storing leftover mashed potatoes is a breeze. Just let the cooked potatoes cool down all the way and then add them to a storage container with a lid.

They should stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Recipe FAQs

Can you use oil instead of butter for instant mashed potatoes?

Yes, you can use oil in place of butter. Just drizzle in the same amount of butter instead of oil and it will still have a great flavor and taste.

How do you thicken instant mashed potatoes?

If you want to make the potatoes thicker, you can add in a tad bit of flour or cornstarch and mix.

Why are my instant mashed potatoes lumpy?

If the potatoes are lumpy, you just need to mash them more! When you're using your potato masher, make sure that you're taking your time and mashing out all the chunks.

What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

You can serve this mashed potato side dish with just about any type of main entree!

Here are some great options that would be a delicious main meal to pair with your cooked potatoes:

Instant Pot Potato Recipes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a brown bowl topped with butter

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect creamy potato recipe!
4.70 from 10 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant pot Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 3 lb red potatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch black pepper
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Clean, peel, and cube the potatoes. Add them to the Instant Pot.
  • Add the chicken broth, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients well.
  • Place on the lid and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once the cooking time is complete, wait 10 more minutes for a natural pressure release.
  • After 10 minutes have passed, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add the butter to the Instant Pot and mash the potatoes well using a potato masher.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal Carbohydrates: 28g Protein: 4g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 383mg Potassium: 801mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 29IU Vitamin C: 16mg Calcium: 31mg Iron: 1mg

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Notes

  • Using a potato masher is the easiest way to mash cooked potatoes but if you don't have one, don't worry. You should be able to easily mash the potatoes using a fork as well.
  • Peeling the potatoes is optional for this recipe. Just keep in mind that if you're wanting creamy and silky smooth potatoes, you won't get that by leaving the potato skins on.
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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  1. Can I first boil my potatoes in the instapot with the skin on. Then remove the skin and mash the potatoes?

  2. Do you cook the potatoes in the broth, or do you set them in a steamer bowl on a trivet? I’ve ready so many differing opinions. Thank you.

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