There is no better comfort food than mashed potatoes, is there? Very gratifying, buttery, and creamy. Now imagine I told you that with your Instant Pot, you could make them even easier. Boiling and waiting interminably on stove tops is a thing of the past. In order to simplify your life while also increasing its deliciousness, let's dig into this Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe.


Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of Servings: 6



  • 3 pounds of potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
  • Fresh chives, chopped (optional for garnish).


  1. Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes into evenly sized chunks. This helps them cook more evenly. Trust me, this step is worth the extra few minutes.
  2. Place the chopped potatoes in your Instant Pot. Add the cup of water – just enough to create steam and cook the potatoes without making them soggy. Seal the lid and set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 10 minutes. Yep, just 10 minutes!
  3. Once the timer goes off, do a quick release of the pressure. Be careful, the steam is super hot! Drain any remaining water from the potatoes using a colander.
  4. Return the potatoes to the Instant Pot or a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, minced garlic (if using), salt, and pepper. Start mashing them up, gradually adding the milk until you reach your desired creamy consistency. If you like your mashed potatoes super smooth, feel free to use an electric mixer.
  5. Give your mashed potatoes a taste. Need more salt? A bit more butter? Adjust the seasonings to your liking. Remember, these are your perfect mashed potatoes!


Scoop those creamy mashed potatoes into a serving bowl and top with fresh chives for a pop of color and a hint of oniony goodness. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per One Serving:

Nutrition Facts  
one serving  
Calories: 590
Total Fat: 40.2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 90mg
Sodium: 1.2g
Total Carbohydrates: 52.8g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7g
Sugars: 2.6g
Protein: 8.1g

Tips and Variations

  • Garlic lovers. Add more garlic if you’re a fan of that extra kick.
  • Cheese, please. Mix in some shredded cheddar cheese or Parmesan for a cheesy twist.
  • Herb delight. Fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme can add a wonderful flavor.


You have just seen the creamiest, easiest Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe imaginable. These will be a wonderful addition to any holiday meal or even a quiet weeknight supper. Indulge in every rich, garlicky taste by giving them a go! Enjoy your time in the kitchen!

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