Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe {VIDEO}

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, smooth, delicious and super easy to make. No annoying boiling or saucepan-cleaning with this yummy side dish. The Instant Pot gets this easy recipe done in just 15 minutes!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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 single time I make mashed potatoes I think of her, knowing mine will never turn out as delicious as hers. One of her mashed potato secrets is to use red potatoes. They are the BEST when mashed and (in my opinion) it’s impossible to find a potato to out-flavor those soft, delicious little beauties (just be sure not to over-mash, to avoid the dreaded potato paste!). As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I’ve begun attempting to streamline our usual frenzied holiday food prep. I 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.

Here’s how to use your Instant Pot to make these Mashed Potatoes:

The Instant Pot makes this recipe quick (only 15 minutes of steam-time!) and easy, with minimal clean-up. We typically boil potatoes on the stove and every single time there are pans and lids and grimy stovetops 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!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

How do you cook potatoes in Instant Pot?

Once you have potatoes and water in your instant pot, secure the lid and set on high pressure and steam for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, vent immediately and remove the lid once the float valve drops. From there you can drain excess water, add ingredients of choice (butter and cream cheese are great options!) and mash! That’s it! Easy peasy.

What kind of potatoes do I 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 important 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! It’s a win-win!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

What do you put in your 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, whether it’s 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 this year. What cooking shortcuts do you employ that save time or money or sanity? Please share! Have a wonderful weekend!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
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Side Dish
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Yield: 8

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, smooth, delicious and super easy to make. No annoying boiling or saucepan-cleaning with this yummy side dish. The Instant Pot gets this easy recipe done in just 15 minutes!


  • 7-8 large red or russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Place basket inside Instant Pot and add potatoes pieces. Pour water over the top and add garlic. Secure lid and set on high pressure. Press STEAM button and set timer for 15 minutes. When the timer beeps, set to VENTING and wait for the float valve to drop. Immediately remove lid and drain potatoes.
  2. 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!
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