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The Best Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Mashed Potatoes made in the Instant Pot! they are so creamy, so fluffy, and SO GOOD. from start to finish in 30 minutes, all in one pot!

Hello favorite food season and favorite food item of said food season I SEE YOU INSTANT POT MASHED POTATOES!

If you love mashed potatoes, you are going to LOVE love love these in the Instant Pot. One pot, 30 minutes and done. Fluffy, creamy, perfect, and honestly just so low maintenance. They are infused with an herby butter, so they’re rich and interesting, but also: E-A-S-Y. You get both. Your mashed potato life will never be the same.

In This Post: Everything You Need To Know

Ingredients For This Recipe


This recipe works best with russet potatoes for the best mashed potato texture.

Garlic Herb Butter

This is not necessary, but I highly recommend. Sauté butter, garlic, and fresh herbs like sage, thyme, and/or rosemary to make a garlic herb butter.

Something Creamy

I like to use either cream cheese or sour cream to make things really creamy.


Cheese is optional in this, but seriously… why not? Parmesan is a favorite for a little something extra!


You can use broth or milk, just something for the potatoes to cook in!

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes finished in the Instant Pot.

Reasons To Love These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

There are so many! Here are the ones that make me jump up and down:

  • You can use russet potatoes or yukon potatoes (some commenters have used red potatoes as well).
  • You can peel your potatoes, or leave the peels.
  • It’s ready to go in 30 minutes with very little fuss.
  • It has amazing garlic herb flavor.
  • But also, you can pick the herbs you like, and you can decide how much garlic, and basically it’s a choose your own adventure.
Potatoes in a plastic bag.

How To Make Mashed Potatoes In The Instant Pot

I am not kidding when I say that these will cut significant time out of your Thanksgiving prep time. While these cook away, you could be making the cranberry sauce, assembling the stuffing, chatting with your Aunt Nancy, whatever.

Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Add your potatoes to the Instant Pot with water and salt (that’s it!).
  2. Make a quick garlic herb butter if you wish (you do). Regular butter will work just fine too.
  3. Mash your potatoes right in the pot and add your butter, something creamy (like sour cream, Greek ogurt, or cream cheese), and salt and pepper.

And you’re done!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make mashed potatoes in the crockpot?

Yes, and there’s a recipe for you! Check out these Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Can you leave the skin on the potatoes?

Totally! While I prefer a smooth, creamy texture, you can leave the skins on to make it even easier. One caveat: if you’re using russet potatoes, I’d opt to always peel to skin off since the texture isn’t as texturally appetizing as a red potato, golden potato, or Yukon potato.

What should I use to mash potatoes?

You can use a potato masher or wooden spoon for mashing. If you want really fluffy and smooth potatoes, you could use an electric hand mixer.

How can I keep these warm before serving?

The Instant Pot has a u0022Keep Warmu0022 setting that you can use. However, to avoid any potatoes sticking or burning at the bottom, I’d recommend giving them a stir and maybe adding a splash of milk every once in a while.

Mashed potatoes up close.

What Is The Best Potato For Mashed Potatoes In The Instant Pot?

I’ve had success with many types of potatoes:

  • Russet potatoes
  • Yukon potatoes
  • Red potatoes

Besides some variations in taste and texture, the timing will be adjusted slightly for each type. Russet potatoes need a bit more time because they are larger, and red and yukon potatoes don’t need quite as long because they’re smaller.

Russet potatoes are the standard potatoes used for mashed potatoes but I love Yukon potatoes as well.

Mashed potatoes up close with butter.

Ways To Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes

If you haven’t completely conquered this batch of mashed potatoes when all is said and done, thankfully there’s no shortage of ways to use them. Here are a few ideas:

Mashed potatoes forever. ❤️

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes on a plate with stuffing and turkey.
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The Best Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1-cup servings 1x


These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are so, so good! They are so creamy, so fluffy, and laced with garlic herb flavor. From start to finish in 30 minutes, all in one pot!


  • 5 pounds of potatoes, peeled and halved (see notes)
  • 4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
  • 24 cloves garlic
  • a few sprigs of herbs (sage, thyme, etc.)
  • 1 cup cream cheese or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 cup broth or milk (optional, for texture)


  1. Potatoes: Put your potatoes in the Instant Pot and cover with about 6 cups of water – enough to be completely covered. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook on the steam setting for 12 minutes. Release steam right away. Drain the potatoes. They should be fork tender.
  2. Garlic Herb Butter: Melt your butter in a large skillet. Add the garlic and herbs and let it just gently cook and infuse the butter with flavor for 10-15 minutes. Pull the herbs and garlic out, and reserve your flavored butter. YUM.
  3. Mash and Mix: Using a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, mash the potatoes right in the Instant Pot. Add the garlic herb butter, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and the rest of the salt. Stir to combine. Season with more salt to taste – be generous! Voila. Delicious mashed potatoes are yours!



If you want the potatoes to be a little thinner, add 1/4-1/2 cup milk or broth. 

A few comments have noted that 12 minutes was not enough time to cook their potatoes. This is most likely because of the size variation of potatoes. I like to try to get evenly sized potato pieces without spending a lot of time cutting them up all (you’re just going to mash them anyway!) so I usually cut the big ones in half and leave the rest alone. But if you’re working with very large potatoes, you may want to cut them into quarters, or cook them for closer to 15 minutes.

To prevent lumpy potatoes, mash them right after they’re done cooking. Don’t let them sit around for too long. They’ll develop a skin and it will be harder to get them to mash smoothly and evenly.

This is the Instant Pot that we use. (affiliate link)

A previous version of this recipe was written for half of this amount.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mashed potatoes, instant pot mashed potatoes, potato side dish, thanksgiving side dish, creamy mashed potatoes

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    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      My new favorite mashed potatoes recipe. I’ve made it twice, first time to try for family, second time for Thanksgiving. Perfect both times.

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    LOVE the video!
    Totally making these potatoes.
    Photography is stunning.
    How did the shepherds pie turn out? Recipe?

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    lindsay! i LOVED the video – you had me smiling the entire time, which is no small feat considering it’s before 8 am on a monday morning 😜 no matter what you end up doing (writing, video), i hope you find some renewed energy – i’ve been feeling the same slump lately & it’s not the most fun. ALSO! these potatoes! i love that you make them in the IP – frees up other stove space for important things (such as gravy making) for holiday dinner – LOVE – can’t wait to share with my family!!! xo

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    First of all, you’re adorable on video. Second, you don’t even have to chop the potatoes?! I mean… forget the cooking time, that alone is win, right?

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Okay, first of all, I just adore you. Love your blog and every recipe I’ve made from your posts has been nothing short of amazing. I think it’s really great that you are trying new things to keep you inspired..loved the video, please keep them coming. I’ve had my Instant Pot for a year and I love it and am so thankful when I see recipes from trusted sources (there are some wildly disparate Instant Pot recipes online for even something as simple as chicken breasts). I’m a little bit crazy about mashed potatoes, so I can’t wait to try these.

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    Love it. The Instant Pot series, the recipe, and your cute video. You can do no wrong here on POY, Lindsay!

    If you want, you can even borrow the name for the Instant Pot around my house: the Magic Pot! My husband is amazed how we put boring ingredients in, set the parameters, sit around, and deliciousness comes out. Like magic!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    First PLEASE keep the Onstant Pot recipes coming!

    Second- I have baked and then rives my mashed potatoes for years. This sounds easier but can I rice the potatoes after they are cooked in the IP?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yup! Just riced 13 whole potatoes. Easy and delicious, beside great texture from ricing.

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I just made these and they came out super soft (never made “mashed” potatoes with a wooden spoon before but all these needed was a quick stir). So if you want to rice them, you might find it easier to “bake” them in the Instant Pot. It’s just as fast: just clean them & put them on the trivet with a cup of water in the base but not touching the potatoes. Hard to tell them from oven baked but so much faster.

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    I love it! You be you – always!
    And I just gave my niece an Insta Pot for her birthday and I’ve been following along on all your recipes and now I want one for myself.
    Though I did make the pumpkin walnut chili on top of the stove and it was so freaking good. I’m pulling a container of it of the fridge today for dinner tonight.

    Love the vid!

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    These look amazing. I just bought my Insta-pot and am figuring it out slowly.

    Here’s my question: can you reduce a recipe by half and have the same results with an Insta-pot? This recipe makes a lot! I want to make it but I don’t want to be eating mashed pots for days! 🙂

    Thanks for all your tasty work here, Lindsay. I really enjoy reading your blog.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Yes, you can cut the ingredient amounts in half, and it will work just fine!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    you did great! it was fun to see you ‘live’ for a change. thanks as always for the great recipes. and yes, you always have to end with a bite of food!

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          Some of us don’t have stoves and instapot is allowing us to create full, healthy meals. Check your privelage.

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      What exactly was your motive for coming to a site with instant pot recipes and going through the effort to enter your name and email address just so you could leave a comment stating your negative opinion about using an instant pot? Your opinion is your own and it is protected by the 1st ammendment, but when it takes effort and time to leave such a comment as you did, why would you decide to comment at all when you could have just kept your negativity to yourself? It’s unfortunate to be uneducated about the increased nutrient preservation that pressure cooking achieves more efficiently than other cooking methods, but surely your time could have been spent in a way that actually had some sort of purpose rather than writing a comment that will permanently showcase to the world how much effort your willing to put in just to prove what a negative and antagonistic person you are. Life is too short already, surely there are better uses of your time.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love your instapot recipes and your sweet video. Do you have a recommendation on any certain one out there? I am thinking of getting my single son one for the holidays. Thanks!

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    Can I just say how much I adore you?! I loved that video; it kind of felt like we actually were getting to hang out with you for a few minutes there. Thanks for always keeping it real. However you decide to communicate, we’ll be here! Also, I too din’t feel like mashed potatoes are “easy.” There’s a lot of (self-inflicted) pressure to get the classics right on Thanksgiving. Also I’m lazy and love having my IP do all the work for me 🤓

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    Oh my goodness, those look magical! And so easy! This year is going to be a two-person Thanksgiving for me, but I won’t be able to resist whipping these up 😉

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    I’m a mashed potato lover as well and use my Instant Pot for all my potato cooking. The addition of the fresh herbs and Parmesan is a great idea. Good stuff.

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love my potatoes mashed, I should try the herbs infuse version, never thought of it, so thank you very much.

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    I love the idea of the ,,video post-writing”. It’s more personal and very nice even though it must be hard to be in front of camera and be seen by others, kinda nervous thing for me. So, big thumbs up for making it and taking it to the next level Lindsay 😊 I enjoyed it and love it ❤

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Steam or pressure cook? I’m new to Instant Pot cooking so want to make these yummy potatoes right.

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Another good reason to buy Instant Pot )) I have a similar mashed potatoes version, but this seems easier with Instant Pot. I also like adding chopped dill for extra flavor.

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    What size are the potatoes? Do you cut them into chunks? Would the steam time change depending on the size?

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      Can I make these the day before thanksgiving? And just warm up on TG day? Will they taste just as good? Also would this be enough for 12 guests?

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Hi, Gita! This should work to reheat them the next day. This makes eight 1/2 cup servings, so for 12 people, we’d suggest doubling the recipe. This way, you can have a bit extra too (or guests can have second helpings). 😉

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    Hi, um, Lindsay? Thanks so much for posting all the recipes that have slapped an Instant Pot at the top of my Christmas list. Keep ’em comin’!