Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, smooth, delicious and easy to prepare. No boiling or saucepan-/stovetop-cleaning required with this side dish. The Instant Pot gets this easy recipe done in 15 minutes!
My mom is a great cook and many of her recipes appear here on this blog (her Meatloaf and Chicken Rice Bake are two of my faves!). Something she is known for is making the creamiest, dreamiest mashed potatoes known to humankind. Every time I make mashed potatoes I think of her, knowing mine will never turn out as delicious as hers.
I recently dusted off my Instant Pot which has sadly been hanging out on the floor of my pantry for far too long and I gave Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes a whirl. Guess what?! I will NEVER make mashed potatoes another way again. The Instant Pot makes mashed potatoes quickly (only 15 minutes of steaming) and easily, with minimal clean-up. We typically boil potatoes on the stove top and every single time there are pans and lids and grimy surfaces to clean afterward. NO MORE OF THAT! Throw everything into one tidy little pot, press a few buttons and your creamy potato side dish is DONE. It’s a dream!
Here’s how to use your Instant Pot to make Mashed Potatoes
How to make mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot
Place trivet inside Instant Pot and add potatoes chunks. Pour water over the top and add garlic. Secure cover and set on high pressure. Press STEAM setting and set timer for 15 minutes. When the timer beeps, set to VENTING (quick release) and wait for the float valve to drop. Immediately remove cover and drain potatoes.
Pour potatoes back into the bowl of the Instant Pot, or a separate large mixing bowl. Add the butter, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and salt and mash until creamy. Serve immediately!
What potatoes to use for mashed potatoes
Typically Russet potatoes are transformed into mashed potatoes, but Yukon golds also work great and my personal favorite is red potatoes because they are extra soft and flavorful. More importantly than variety is the way you cook your potatoes to prepare them for mashing, as well as which ingredients you mix them with. Steaming potatoes in an Instant Pot is the perfect way to prep potatoes for mashing and it also saves you time and clean-up! It’s a win-win!
What to put in mashed potatoes
My favorite ingredients to mash with potatoes are butter and cream cheese, but other good options are sour cream, Greek yogurt and/or milk. I almost always include garlic (fresh or powder), as well as salt and pepper. Delicious mashed potato topping options include butter (the more, the better, right?!), chopped chives, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, shredded cheddar and Feta crumbles. Maybe not all at once, but hey, I’ve never been one to judge.
I hope this helps to make your holiday cooking a little bit easier. What cooking shortcuts do you employ that save time or money or sanity? Please share! Have a wonderful week!