Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 servings

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These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are so easy! They’re made in one pot with no draining and they turn out so incredibly creamy. Perfect for a side dish for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving or any holiday!

I know, I know — yet another Instant Pot potatoes recipe! This time, these creamy, flavourful, Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the star.

raw cubed red potatoes in instant pot on white background ready for cooking
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Recipe first published on The Recipe Critic.

You would think, since these Instant Pot Baked Potatoes have been so popular, that I would have tried mashed potatoes in my pressure cooker next.

Well, I didn’t.

In fact, I’ve been on my Instant Pot experiment for 3 months now and this is my first time making mashed potatoes in it. Can you believe it? Am I totally crazy?

Apparently I have been missing out, because I don’t know if I’ll ever make mashed potatoes another way.

mashed potatoes in instant pot with metal spoon scooping some potatoes

Maybe you know that I was an Instant Pot skeptic at the beginning of the year. I’ve been cooking everything in it (from frozen chicken breasts to taco meat to baked ziti) to try and figure out if it is actually something worth keeping around.

Let me tell you, that slowly but surely my tune is changing!

I have never really enjoyed making mashed potatoes — it can be so much work to boil them, mash them, and season them — but these mashed potatoes are so tender after pressure cooking that they almost mash themselves. I add chicken broth for cooking instead of water for extra flavour, and they really only need minimal seasoning after that.

Plus, no draining!

mashed potatoes in instant pot with melted butter and fresh parsley garnish

Tips and Tricks for Making these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:

  • These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are naturally vegetarian and gluten-free (but be sure to check all of your labels!). They can easily be made dairy-free by mashing only in chicken broth or using vegan margarine instead of butter.
  • I like to leave the skin on my potatoes because it has so much good stuff in it! You can peel them if you really want, but why go through all the extra work?
  • Try getting a little crazy with your flavours if you like — add in some garlic and herb cream cheese, brown butter, or basil pesto for a more adventurous mashed potato 😉
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

4.72 from 7 votes
These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are so soft, buttery, and creamy. This one-pot recipe comes together in 15 minutes and makes the perfect side dish for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 146cal


  • 2 lbs red potatoes cut into 1.5″ pieces
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup cream (optional)


  • Add potatoes to your Instant Pot (mine is a 6 quart) or electric pressure cooker (no need for a trivet!) Add the chicken broth, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper and stir until combined.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and set to Manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure
  • When the cook time is over, turn the Instant Pot off and let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes (optional — you can do a quick release if you’re in a rush!) and then open the valve to release remaining pressure.
  • Add butter and mash until smooth. Stir in cream if desired for extra creamy potatoes. Season to taste and serve.


  • Mash by hand. While you can use an electric mixer to mash up your potatoes, I highly recommend doing it by hand if you can. This helps prevent over-mixing which can make the potatoes gummy.
  • Customize! Try getting a little crazy with your flavours if you like. Add in some garlic and herb cream cheese, brown butter or garlic butter, basil pesto, Ranch seasoning, chives or green onions, etc.
Leftover mashed potatoes will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. To reheat, warm covered in the oven, in a skillet on the stove, or in the microwave with a splash of cream to moisten.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 146cal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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  1. Rachel says

    I’d like to make this for Thanksgiving. Can I double or triple in a 6Q and if so, what would you do to modify? More liquid? More time?

  2. Eva says

    On the instant pot manual they stress couple times that at least 2 cups (500ml) liquid must be added when cooking anything. Your recipes often calls for one cup. Is that works?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Different models call for different amounts unfortunately. I have a 6 quart that is a couple years old and it calls for a minimum of 1 cup. You can add more liquid, you just may want to drain some before mashing so they’re not too thin.

  3. Lyn says

    These potatoes are delicious! I love the addition of Italian seasonings. However, as the recipe calls for chicken broth, it is not “naturally vegetarian.”

  4. Lynnie says

    Hi. I’m new to the instant pot concept. I’m old school crockpot. What brand of instant pot do you use/recommend? Thanks! Looking forward to trying this recipe! ??

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Lynnie! I use a 6 quart Instant Pot with bluetooth. The bluetooth is a mostly unnecessary tool though 🙂 I still love my crockpot for certain things too!

  5. Lauren @ Lemon & Mocha says

    I made mashed potatoes in my slow cooker for Christmas and was completely hooked. These look incredible and I love how quickly they come together in an Instant Pot! Might have to look into getting one… Thanks for sharing!

  6. Danielle says

    This is the best idea ever! I too hate making mashed potatoes because it does seem like so much work. I am in love with my Instant Pot and so excited to get another great recipe idea to make in it!

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