How to Make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any holiday or weeknight dinner! They are creamy and flavorful and come together so quickly!

Being a busy mom of 4 young kids, I’ll admit I sometimes have a problem remembering that I have to make dinner some nights. I love being able to just grab something out of the freezer and quickly cook it in the Instant Pot!

I am most excited to make these mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot for Thanksgiving. You can just throw them in, and forget about them. No checking to see if they are boiling over.

Making mashed potatoes can sometimes be a bit of a hassle: first peeling potatoes, then chopping, boiling, draining, mashing and seasoning. With these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, we’re cutting down on prep and cook time.

I don’t ever peel my potatoes (I LOVE the skin), but you can if you want to. The potatoes are so tender once the cook time is up that the skin easily mashes in and you hardly even notice it.

Give your potatoes a quick chop, throw them into the pot with some water or chicken broth, pressure cook for 10 minutes, drain and mash. It is THAT easy!

I like to add a little salt and pepper and butter if you’re keeping it simple or get a little crazy and add in some browned butter or flavored cream cheese — anything goes here!

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are perfect for Easter coming up — they’ll free up space on the stove and are totally hands off in the cooking process, so you can actually enjoy your holiday dinner with your guests

How to Make Potatoes Creamy:

  1. The Secret on how to make potatoes creamy depends on how much starch there is in your potato, so stick to the starchy potatoes like the Russet Potatoes.
  2. The other trick to making mashed potatoes creamy is that you need to smash the potatoes while they are still hot. I like to beat mine with beaters.

How to Cook them in the Slow cooker?

  1. Cook until the potatoes are tender but firm (about 15 minutes).
    Drain, reserving water. In a bowl, mash potatoes along with the ingredients.
  2. Transfer the potato mixture to a slow cooker, cover, and cook on Low for 2 to 3 hours. Just before serving, stir in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Serves: 6-8

How to Make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 6 Russet Potatoes, scrubbed well
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning


  1. Cut the potatoes into small pieces. Place them into the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water on top. Close the lid, make sure the knob is on sealing, and cook on "Manual" for 10 minutes.
  2. When it is done cooking, release the steam by turning the knob to venting.
  3. Drain the water from the pot.
  4. Add milk, butter, sour cream, salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning.
  5. Using beaters, whip the potatoes until smooth. Add more salt if you desire.
  6. Serve as is or add a little parsley and butter on top.



188 cal


8 g


27 g


4 g
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