by Olena

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Video)

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are easy, creamy and fluffy in 30 minutes in one pot. No drain, no cutting potatoes into small chunks and no heating up milk separately. Simply the best way to make mashed potatoes! instant pot mashed potatoes

Born and raised in Ukraine, I ate a lot of mashed potatoes. Like a lot! Almost every family had to farm their share of potatoes to last for a year. Ukraine lived off of potatoes.

Nowadays, I make regular mashed potatoes in Instant Pot and mashed sweet potatoes. You don’t have to cut them super small, drain water or heat up milk. My grandma always made the most simple mashed potatoes recipe with butter and milk, and I do the same.

I am truly in love with my Instant Pot. It has turned my cooking style upside down. Now even 30 minute meals seem hard work. Just kidding but look at Instant Pot meatloaf and mashed potatoes all done in one pot. You know what I mean?!

Let’s make some creamy, fluffy and so easy mashed potatoes.

instant pot mashed potatoes recipe

The Best Potatoes to Use

The word out there is that starchy potatoes like russet or yukon gold make the best mashed potatoes. And I agree. However, I can’t say that you cannot use red potatoes. Yes, they are more waxy but if you buy quality potatoes (hint: organic or local haha) then you should end up with delicious mashed potatoes.

The kind we used in Ukraine does not exist in Canada. I think we had 1 or 2 kinds haha.

To peel or not to peel potatoes depends on your personal preference. And in my case, on the mood. Sometimes I do feel like skin and chunks in my mashed potatoes. And sometimes I want the creamiest mashers ever.

sliced potatoes for instant pot mashed potatoes

How to Make Mashed Potatoes in Instant Pot

If you are new to Instant Pot, please check out Instant Pot guide. Don’t have one yet? See which Instant Pot to buy based on my comparison of different models. Trust me, you don’t need a fancy one.

  • Add potatoes, water and salt to any size Instant Pot. Water doesn’t have to cover potatoes and adding salt before cooking helps to flavor the potatoes.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Instant Pot Duo comes with low and high pressure, so pay attention. Lux model cooks only on high pressure, so just press Manual.
  • Quick Release the pressure by turning valve to Venting. No need to drain water as most of it should be absorbed by potatoes. But you can, if you wish.
  • Add butter, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mash with a potato masher until creamy and fluffy.

holding instant pot mashed potatoes during mashing

Tips and Variations

  • Double the recipe in 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and use same cooking time.
  • Do not use blender or food processor to mash potatoes. They will turn out sticky like glue. I have not tried mixer either. I love my Ikea masher – super long handle!
  • If using salted butter, add less salt.
  • You can replace milk with buttermilk or plain yogurt. Both have more tang, especially yogurt.
  • Add grated fresh garlic to taste. A clove should do it. I add garlic powder only for a bit of a kick.

Browse more healthy Instant Pot recipes.

instant pot mashed potatoes recipe garnished with parsley and pepper

How to Store and Reheat

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. You should try my favorite way to reheat mashed potatoes – on a skillet with oil or butter. They get a bit of an irresistible crust. Yum!

Unlike potato cubes, mashed potatoes freeze well because they are mashed with dairy. Freeze in portions with future use in mind in an airtight container container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for 4-5 hours or in the fridge overnight. Warm up on the stove on low with a splash of milk.

Make ahead by refrigerating peeled and cubed potatoes in a bowl with cold water for up to 2 days. Cook as per recipe.

instant pot mashed potatoes with turkey meatloaf

Serving Ideas

Oh gosh, there are a million ways to serve mashed potatoes. They go just about with anything meat, especially meat dishes with juice or sauce.

Serving during Thanksgiving and Holidays? Here are the classics to go with Instant Pot mashed potatoes.

Instant Pot mashed potatoes are super convenient for Thanksgiving and Holidays because they free up the stove.

You can keep potatoes warm right in your pressure cooker, right after you made them and until you are ready to enjoy your meal.

Did you know we have entire Youtube channel dedicated to healthy Instant Pot recipes and tips? My goal is to help you become confident with your Instant Pot by demonstrating each delicious foolproof recipe in step-by-step videos.

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instant pot mashed potatoes with a spoon closeup

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

5 from 2 reviews

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are easy, creamy and fluffy in 30 minutes in one pot. No drain, no cutting potatoes into small chunks and no heating up milk separately. Simply the best way to make mashed potatoes!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian
Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs russet or yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cut into large rounds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To any size Instant Pot, add potatoes, water and 1/2 tsp salt. Liquid will not and should not cover the potatoes.
  2. Close the lid, move pressure valve to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 10 minutes.
  3. Release pressure using Quick Release method – turn pressure valve to Venting.
  4. No need to drain but you can if you wish. Add butter, milk, garlic powder, remaining 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mash with a potato masher until creamy and fluffy.
  6. Garnish with chives, parsley, dill or green onions and serve hot as a side dish.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Unlike potato cubes, mashed potatoes freeze well because they are mashed with dairy. Freeze in portions with future use in mind in an airtight container container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for 4-5 hours or in the fridge overnight. Warm up on the stove on low with a splash of milk.

Make Ahead: Refrigerate peeled and cubed potatoes in a bowl with cold water for up to 2 days. Cook as per recipe.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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