Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Side Dish

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Looking for a quick and easy way to make the best homemade mashed potatoes? Using your instant pot can help! Today we’re going to talk about how to make instant pot mashed potatoes as a lovely side dish for any meal. You don’t even need very many ingredients!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

What Do I Need?

Besides an instant pot, you’ll need some basic ingredients to get these mashed potatoes going. Russet potatoes are ideal for making a mash because of their texture. You’ll also need water, butter, whole milk, and salt for the basic recipe to have some mashed potatoes.

Can I Use Red Potatoes?

Any potatoes will work for mashed potatoes. You can use red or Yukon gold potatoes if that’s what you have on hand or what you prefer. It won’t make a huge difference in the result, and you won’t have to alter the directions for the recipe. Just make sure you have the same weight worth of potatoes that the recipe calls for.

Skin On or Skin Off?

Homemade mashed potatoes are perfectly fine to leave the skins on if you wish to. Just wash your potatoes well to prevent germs and dirt from being a part of your recipe. Leaving the skin on adds a texture difference. Still, potato skins also have some nutrients that the potato lacks, so it can be a beneficial choice.

Can I Make This Entirely In the Instant Pot?

Yep! That’s one wonderful improvement that instant pot mashed potatoes have: you’re only using one dish to make them. There is no need to drain in-between water stages, transfer the potatoes to a bowl to mash and mix, or anything like that. When you’re done cooking them, you can mash and mix the other ingredients in one place.

How Do I Add Flavor to Homemade Potatoes?

Just using the base idea like this recipe calls for will give you creamy potatoes that are perfectly fine as a dish, but what if you want some more flavor? You can add sour cream to the potatoes for some flavor or just up the seasoning for two easy methods. Seasonings you can add include pepper and garlic powder.

What Do I Serve With Mashed Potatoes?

Mashed potatoes make an excellent addition to almost any meal. They’re great with red meats, in recipes such as shepherd’s pie, and so much more. The possibilities stretch as far as you can imagine with this food, and mashed potatoes are often enjoyable for most picky eaters.

Why Blend Mashed Potatoes?

Using a blender or mixer to make mashed potatoes can help make them extra creamy and whip some air into your potatoes that helps make the dish lighter. Whether you mash or blend is totally up to your own preferences; mashing them will create the same flavor, just a different texture and a slightly heavier feeling of food.

Why Do My Potatoes Feel Gummy?

In the instant pot or regular method, one way to slightly mess up mashed potatoes is to overly mash them. You can go too far when it comes to mashing or blending on accident, and the texture will become more gummed up and weird. It won’t ruin the dish by any means, but you can avoid this by shortening your mash time.

Whether you’re just using this recipe to make a delicious side for your main meal, or you want to make some mashed potatoes to use in shepherd’s pie or a casserole dish, the recipe below for instant pot mashed potatoes won’t disappoint! Your family will love these creamy potatoes, and you can make them in no time.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Skip the long process of making mashed potatoes on the stove and use your instant pot instead! Smooth and creamy mashed potatoes in minutes, with few ingredients! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 8


  • 6 Large Russet Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Stick Butter (½ cup)
  • ½ Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt


  • Clean, peel, and slice your potatoes. Slicing the potatoes into large rounds is my favorite method.
  • Add the potatoes, water, and salt to the instant pot. Secure the lid.
  • Turn the pot to high pressure/manual and set the timer for 10 minutes. It will take the instant pot about 7-10 minutes to come to pressure before that 10 minutes start counting down, hence the 20-minute total cook time.
  • Once the 10 minutes is up and the pot beeps, do a manual release.
  • Add the butter and milk to the potatoes, then blend them right in the instant pot until they are smooth and creamy. Enjoy!


  • A great way to add flavor to these potatoes is to add ¼ cup of sour cream when mixing in the milk.
  • Do not be afraid to mash these potatoes instead of whipping them. That is your preference!
  • If you wish, you can swap the russet potatoes for yukon golds or even red potatoes. Just be sure to have about 3 lbs of them.
  • No need to drain these potatoes like you would for a stove method. Just another reason why they’re so quick!

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