Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Elevate your fall or winter meal with Instant Pot mashed potatoes that are creamy, and full of rich, buttery flavor.

If you’re searching for an easy side dish that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or any hearty meal, then Instant Pot mashed potatoes should be your go-to.

This recipe is not only an explosion of flavors but also a symphony of simplicity and convenience, all in one pot.

They are soft, creamy, and so good!

Perfect to pair with lots of dishes, these mashed potatoes will be a big hit at any meal.

I’ve got a simple recipe that anybody can follow.

It’s quick, easy, and all done in one pot.

So, why wait? Let’s start cooking, and in no time, you’ll have a delicious dish that everybody will love!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl garnished with chives.

Why are Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes a “Must-Try”

Instant Pot mashed potatoes redefine the classic comfort food, providing a blend of ease and warmth that pairs perfectly with a multitude of dishes.

Here’s why these mashed potatoes are essential for your culinary repertoire:

  • Made with just 5 ingredients: These mashed potatoes maintain a delicate balance of flavors, demonstrating that a delicious meal doesn’t necessitate a multitude of ingredients.
  • Easy Recipe and Short Prep Time: The easy recipe paired with a minimal preparation time ensures that a delightful dish doesn’t have to be synonymous with effort and time, making it a quick option for a hearty meal.
  • Budget Meal and One Pot Meal: Affordable yet packed with flavors, proving luxury doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. The convenience of being a one-pot meal amplifies its appeal.
  • Perfect for Thanksgiving: An essential, mingling effortlessly with other Thanksgiving side dishes.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl garnished with chives.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

(Refer to the recipe card for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Potatoes: Peeled and quartered, the base for our creamy dish.
  • Salt: To taste, enhancing the natural flavors of the ingredients.
  • Garlic: Cloves, minced or pressed, infusing the potatoes with aromatic goodness.
  • Olive Oil: A splash for a hint of richness and to smooth out the texture.
  • Butter: For a velvety, indulgent touch in the mashed potatoes.
  • Black Pepper: Freshly ground, to taste, adding a mild heat and spiciness.
  • Chives: Finely chopped, for garnishing and adding a mild, onion-like flavor.
Top view of a bowl of creamy Instant Pot mashed potatoes garnished with chives and butter.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Instructions

  1. Preparing the Potatoes: Place the potatoes in the Instant Pot and cover them with water. Add salt.
Freshly peeled potatoes in the instant pot ready to be cooked.
  1. Cooking: Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 12 minutes.
  2. Draining and Reserving Water: After cooking, carefully release the pressure and drain the potatoes, reserving some cooking water.
  3. Mashing and Mixing: Mash the potatoes, adding the reserved water as needed for creaminess. Mix in butter, olive oil, and black pepper, finishing with a garnish of chives before serving.
Potatoes mashed in the instant pot.

Perfect Pairing with Other Dishes

These creamy and delicious mashed potatoes are not just an easy side dish.

They complement the lavishness of any main course, making them a staple in a fall or winter meal.

Steak Stuffed Peppers: The robust flavors of the peppers meld seamlessly with the smooth, creamy texture of the mashed potatoes.

Golden-brown Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers fresh out of the oven, with melted mozzarella cheese on top, in a ceramic baking dish.

Baked Paprika Chicken Thighs: The spiciness of the paprika and the succulence of the chicken thighs are balanced perfectly by the mashed potatoes’ subtle creaminess.

Overhead shot of Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs in a white baking dish, showcasing the rich color and seasoning.

Honey Fried Chicken: The sweet, crispy delight of honey fried chicken pairs wonderfully, creating a delightful contrast with the soft, savory mashed potatoes.

A plate of crispy Honey Fried Chicken with a golden-brown crust, drizzled with honey and garnished with fresh parsley.

Marry Me Chicken: The romantic allure and exquisite taste of marry me chicken find a loving companion in the warm, buttery embrace of these mashed potatoes.

A delicious pan of

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry: Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry is your ticket to a fast and yummy dinner! It’s like bringing the best part of the Chinese restaurant right to your own kitchen. And guess what? Making it is as easy as pie!

Freshly cooked Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry in a hot wok, showcasing the rich colors and textures of the dish

Each pairing results in a delightful culinary experience, making your meal satisfyingly diverse and incredibly tasty.

Transforming Leftovers

Explore the versatility of leftover mashed potatoes to make potato croquettes, a delightful twist, ensuring nothing goes to waste.

Potato Croquettes: Transform the leftover mashed potatoes into crispy, golden brown croquettes. These can be enjoyed as a snack or side, bringing a delightful crunch that contrasts with the soft, creamy interior.

Potato Croquettes elegantly served as a party/game day appetizer, inviting guests to indulge in its crispy goodness.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes: Elevate the leftover mashed potatoes by loading them with your favorite toppings such as cheese, bacon, and chives. This hearty transformation results in a dish that’s a feast in itself, oozing with flavors and textures.

Golden and crispy Loaded Mashed Potato Balls filled with creamy mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and fresh chives, served as a delicious appetizer.

FAQ Section

Can you leave the skin on the potatoes when making Instant Pot mashed potatoes?

Yes, leaving the skin on the potatoes is entirely up to personal preference. It adds texture and nutritional value but may alter the creaminess of the mashed potatoes.

What types of potatoes work best for making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes are popular choices due to their starchy content and ability to absorb butter and cream, resulting in a smoother, creamier mashed potato.

Can the Instant Pot mashed potatoes be prepared ahead of time?

Yes, you can make them in advance and store them in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat them, adding a bit of butter or cream if necessary to restore creaminess.

Side view of Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
A bowl of creamy Instant Pot mashed potatoes garnished with butter and chives.
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: Make super creamy and yummy mashed potatoes easily with this recipe. Perfect for a cozy meal at home.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preparing the Potatoes: Place the potatoes in the Instant Pot and cover them with water. Add salt.Freshly peeled potatoes in the instant pot ready to be cooked.
  2. Cooking: Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 12 minutes.
  3. Draining and Reserving Water: After cooking, carefully release the pressure and drain the potatoes, reserving some cooking water.Potatoes mashed in the instant pot.
  4. Mashing and Mixing: Mash the potatoes, adding the reserved water as needed for creaminess. Mix in butter, olive oil, and black pepper, finishing with a garnish of chives before serving.Top view of a bowl of creamy Instant Pot mashed potatoes garnished with chives and butter.

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