Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Effortless Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: Creamy Perfection in Minutes

Mashed potatoes, a comforting classic, now come with an effortless twist thanks to the Instant Pot. Say goodbye to standing over a boiling pot—this recipe promises creamy, flavorful mashed potatoes with minimal effort and maximum taste.

Why Choose the Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot revolutionizes the way we cook, and mashed potatoes are no exception. With its speed and efficiency, the Instant Pot ensures perfectly cooked potatoes every time, resulting in silky-smooth mashed potatoes without the fuss.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

– 2 pounds (approx. 900g) potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold)
– 1 cup water
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup milk (or cream for extra richness)
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Optional: Garlic cloves, herbs (thyme, rosemary), grated cheese for added flavor


1. Prep the Potatoes
Wash, peel (optional), and cut the potatoes into chunks of similar size. This ensures even cooking.

2. Pressure Cook the Potatoes
Place the trivet or steaming rack inside the Instant Pot and add one cup of water. Put the potato chunks on the trivet. Sprinkle with salt. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure:
– For medium-sized chunks: 8 minutes
– For larger chunks: 10 minutes

3. Quick Release and Mash
After cooking, perform a quick pressure release. Carefully remove the potatoes and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Save a cup of the cooking liquid. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a fork.

4. Add Creaminess
In a saucepan or in the microwave, warm the milk (or cream) and butter until the butter melts. Pour this mixture over the mashed potatoes gradually, mixing until you achieve the desired creamy consistency. Adjust with reserved cooking liquid if needed.

5. Season to Perfection
Season with salt and pepper to taste. For an extra flavor boost, add minced garlic, chopped herbs, or grated cheese and fold them into the mashed potatoes.

Quick Tips:

– Texture Control: For chunkier mashed potatoes, use a hand masher. For smoother consistency, use a hand mixer or food processor but be cautious not to overmix.
– Flavor Infusion: Experiment with different add-ins like roasted garlic, fresh herbs, or cheese to elevate the taste.

Voila! Creamy, velvety mashed potatoes ready in a fraction of the time, thanks to the Instant Pot. Whether it’s a comforting side dish for a family dinner or a crowd-pleaser at holiday gatherings, these mashed potatoes are sure to steal the spotlight.

Embrace the simplicity and speed of the Instant Pot while relishing the rich, buttery delight of homemade mashed potatoes. Your taste buds—and your busy schedule—will thank you!

What’s your secret ingredient or technique for making the perfect mashed potatoes? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below and let’s elevate our mashed potato game together!

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