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These Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are incredibly rich and creamy and will become your go to mashed potatoes recipe. They are perfect for the holidays and ready in just 20 minutes!

mashed potatoes in a white dish with butter

Since they only take 20 minutes to make, you can whip these up just as quickly on a busy weeknight or a fancy holiday. They are as fantastic with your Thanksgiving Turkey as they are with Oven Baked Chicken Breasts and Cajun Pork Tenderloin.

The Instant Pot seriously makes life easier. It is such a multi-purpose tool and I haven’t found many things yet that don’t taste better cooked under the high pressure. Some of our family’s other favorites are Instant Pot Applesauce and Instant Pot Pulled Pork. Talk about a time saver!

The Secret to Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are definitely the side dish I look most forward to at holiday dinner, and I have to admit that I am a potato snob. There is nothing worse than showing up to Thanksgiving dinner and finding out the host is serving boxed mashed potatoes. Now that I have perfected my Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe, I will definitely be offering to bring this easy side dish recipe to all the holiday get-togethers!

There are a few things that really put this recipe over the top:

  • The liquid in the instant pot steams the potatoes instead of the boiling, which makes them so soft and fluffy. You get an incredible texture once mashed.
  • Heat the butter and milk before adding it to the potatoes to get that really creamy texture. It is seriously a game-changing tip! They are still creamy and flavorful the next day for leftovers.
  • I use a silicone steaming basket to make potatoes in the instant pot. I purchased mine on Amazon and it is definitely a great tool to have if you have use a pressure cooker. If you don’t have the basket, you can use the metal trivet that comes with the pot and just set the potatoes on top to help keep them out of the liquid.

instant pot, chopped potatoes, green silicone basket

How to Make Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  1. Choose the right potato – I use Yukon Gold potatoes for their extra creamy texture, but russets and red potatoes are great too.
  2. I highly recommend peeling your potatoes. Potatoes skins are great when they double baked and stuffed with cheese and sour cream, but they can be downright unpleasant in mashed potatoes. Quarter them for even cooking.
  3. Place the trivet or silicone basket in the bottom of the IP and add some chicken broth and salt. As it steams this adds not only moisture but flavor.
  4. Mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot only take about 8 minutes to cook. When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release to release the pressure, then remove potatoes from the pot.
  5. Time to mash and add all that yummy cream and butter! Pour milk and butter into a microwaveable dish and heat until milk is warm and butter is melted. Add to the potatoes as you mash them along with sour cream and garlic powder. You can use a potato ricer or whip them with a hand mixer depending on how much texture you like.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. I always do this last so I don’t end up with potatoes that are too salty.

clear glass bowl with diced cooked potatoes, salt and pepper, a white napkin

Customizations and Variations

This recipe is just a basic mashed potato recipe, but you can customize it with so many things! Here are some ideas for making your mashed potatoes even more special:

  • Stir in some freshly grated Cheddar Cheese and sour cream.
  • Sprinkle in some Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
  • Add some herbed cream cheese (my personal favorite) or a Boursin.
  • For loaded mashed potatoes, add crispy bacon, sliced green onions and your favorite shredded cheese.

The classic recipe here is delicious on its own, but you can definitely add in some additions if your family loves a creative mashed potato recipe.

I hope you are excited to spend the holidays with your family. This Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe is the perfect way to add some classic flavor to the table.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftover mashed potatoes should be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or covered with foil in the oven.

Potatoes don’t usually do well in the freezer but mashed potatoes with loads of butter and cream are the exception. Keep them airtight in the freezer for up to 4 months, and thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

bowl of mashed potatoes, spoon with wooden handle

More Side Dishes to Try


Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
Easy, creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish for any occasion.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes washed, peeled, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream more or less as desired
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • garnish with melted butter and parsley or chives
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  • Add the chicken broth to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the steamer basket or trivet on top of the broth and add your potatoes. Sprinkle with half the salt. Put the lid on the pot and turn to sealed. Set the manual timer to 8 minutes.
  • While potatoes cook, heat butter and milk in the microwave until milk is warmed and butter is melted.
  • When Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release to release the pressure. Remove potatoes from the pot and add to a large mixing bowl. Add half of the butter and milk combination and the sour cream.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add additional milk/butter mixture until you get your desired consistency. I used about ¾ of the mixture. 
  • Add pepper and garlic powder and then taste and add additional salt if desired. Garnish with herbs and butter.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired and serve immediately. 


Feel free to add your own customized flavors:
  • Shredded cheese
  • Minced garlic
  • Chives
  • Bacon
Keyword instant pot mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes


Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 763mgPotassium: 548mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 252IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.



Amanda blogs at Old House to New Home where she shares easy ways to eat, create, and decorate, all while raising two young girls! Amanda is a Spanish teacher, wife to a great husband, and mommy to the two most beautiful little girls! Amanda loves food, traveling, and transforming their 115 year old house into their home.

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  1. Angel says:

    Can you use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth? We’re vegetarian

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:


  2. dave boland says:

    Or, you could wash the potatoes,pierce them with a fork, place them in an oven with the turkey until soft. Remove, let cool to handle. Remove the flesh from the potato and follow the rest of your steps. Low tech, but very good, and you don’t need any more equipment or counter space. So tell me again why I need an IP?

    1. Kristin says:

      YOU absolutely don’t need an Instant Pot because apparently you already know how to make mashed potatoes. Not sure why you’re looking at an IP recipe though?

  3. Lorraine says:

    Will they dry out if prepared early and left on warm?

    1. Kristin says:

      I wouldn’t leave them on warm for too long. Maybe an hour.