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mashed potatoes in white dish topped with melted butter and chives

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Kara - Sweetly Splendid
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 9 min
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the quick, easy, and effortless way to make mashed potatoes. They are the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any meal.



  • 3lbs russet or golden potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" slices
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter + more for drizzling if desired
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • milk or heavy cream as needed


  1. Place potatoes in the Instant Pot.
  2. Pour in water to cover potatoes (it is okay if it doesn't cover them completely).
  3. Secure the lid, and set the pressure valve to SEALING.
  4. Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 9 minutes.
  5. Press CANCEL.
  6. Turn the valve to QUICK-RELEASE the pressure.
  7. Drain the water from the potatoes and return them to the Instant Pot.
  8. Add in the butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  9. Using a hand mixer or potato masher, mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. Add in the milk or heavy cream as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  10. Add in any additional salt & pepper that you'd like to taste.


  • For picky eaters, skip the garlic powder and opt for heavy cream instead of milk. I would also recommend using golden potatoes. This will give it a creamier taste.
  • Be extra careful to avoid adding too much water. If you fill it too high, you run the risk of hot water shooting from the valve when you quick-release.
  • Nutrition information is calculated via myfitnesspal utilizing golden potatoes and no milk or cream.


  • Serving Size: 1/10th
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 5
  • Fat: 9
  • Saturated Fat: 6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 24
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 3
  • Cholesterol: 24

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