Home » Recipes » Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are a quick and delicious way to have real homemade mashed potatoes in no time! Perfect for family dinners!

mashed potatoes in a black bowlEver get a craving for mashed potatoes that you just can’t kick? Those boxed flakes are quick but they are just not the real thing. So, what to do when dinner is almost ready but you really need those potatoes? Make them in your electric pressure cooker, of course! These Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes use my basic recipe for deliciously creamy and rich mashed potatoes but can be done quickly and without dealing with a boiling pot of water.

top view of uncooked potato in instant pot

About making Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:

  • I’ve got to be honest, this is not my absolute favorite way to make mashed potatoes, I actually prefer the slow cooker version. But let’s face it.
  • We don’t always plan ahead, or we make changes last minute, and sometimes you just need to be able to make something, pronto.
  • And in this case, your pressure cooker or Instant Pot can really help you out!

black bowl with cooked potatoes

You’ll need to use the trivet that comes with your pot or you can get one like this. Either way, you are basically steaming those potatoes in the pot and then you can just remove them from the trivet and get to mashing!

black bowl filled with mashed potatoes

Now, the way I make my mashed potatoes is not what I’d call the light version. I mean, if you going to have mashed potatoes, then let’s just have the real thing, right? Life is all about balance and I’m all about the occasional splurge. So, let’s add that cream and butter and make the easiest most delicious mashed potatoes you’ve had on a weeknight whim!

Potatoes to use for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:

  • Russet Potatoes – most traditional, makes a nice hearty mashed potatoes with a lot of texture
  • Gold Yukon Potatoes – will be much creamier (see this recipe) and great to serve alongside more delicate dishes
  • Red Potatoes – will be in between the two in terms of creaminess and are often made with the skins still on for home-cooked style dishes
Side view of fluffy pressure cooker instant pot mashed potatoes in a black serving bowl on a black countertop with a serving spoon

Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Jennifer Draper
Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are a quick and delicious way to have real homemade mashed potatoes in no time! Perfect for family dinners!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 213 kcal


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cream or half and half (more to taste/texture desired)
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Add water to bottom of pressure cooker or Instant Pot
  • Peel potatoes if desired and cut into chucks about 2 inches each
  • Place on trivet in electric pressure cooker
  • Cover and set to 8 minutes high pressure according to manufacturer instructions
  • Perform a quick release according to manufacturer instructions (each pot is a little different)
  • Remove potatoes to bowl
  • Add cream, butter and salt to taste


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 474mgPotassium: 656mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 8.8mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1.3mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @slowcookergourmet or tag #slowcookergourmet!
Important nutritional disclaimer


top view of mashed potatoes in back bowl




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating