Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This super easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is the fastest and BEST homemade mashed potato recipe you’ll ever make!

This Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is a quick and easy side dish that is ready in a fraction of time!pinterestOnce you try these super quick and fluffy mashed potatoes in the pressure cooker, you’ll never go back to the stove top method again. Making mashed potatoes in your pressure cooker is a super easy, no fuss recipe that’s perfect for a quick side dish.

How To Make Mashed Potatoes In the Instant Pot:

  • Start by washing and then cutting your potatoes into even chunks.
  • Place the potatoes in your pressure cooker and fill with water until the potatoes are just covered.
  • Set the pressure cooker to 8 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Quickly release the pressure and drain the potatoes.

Cover the potatoes in the instant pot with water and set to 8 minutes.

What Type of Potatoes to Make Mashed Potatoes?

My favorite type of potato to use for Mashed Potatoes is Yukon Golds because the skins are so thin that you do not need to peel them. However, if you prefer mashed potatoes without the skins, you would want to use your classic Russet potatoes.

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (or yellow potatoes) are great because you don’t need to peel them.
  • Russet Potatoes (or baking potatoes) are great, but you’ll want to peel at least half of them before cooking.
  • Red Potatoes are NOT ideal because they are higher in starch so they will not be quite as fluffy and taste waxy.

Add in the milk, butter and sour cream to the potatoes and mash.

Once your potatoes are drained you’ll add some milk, sour cream and butter right to the bowl and mash with a potato masher.

Mashed Potatoes Recipe in the Instant Pot Tips:

  • Start with smaller amounts of milk, sour cream and butter, then add more to desired consistency.
  • Try swapping out buttermilk for the milk for a more tangy flavor.
  • You can swap out the sour cream for plain greek yogurt or cream cheese to make it extra creamy.
  • If you like your mashed potatoes extra light and fluffy, use an electric hand mixer to beat some air into the potatoes.

These super easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe is quickly made in the instant pot for a super easy side dish recipe!

One of the Best Instant Pot Recipes!

Why is this one of the BEST Instant Pot Recipes?

  • It takes just a few minutes of prepping, a few more minutes of cooking and a typical long-process side dish is ready in a fraction of the time!
  • Everyone RAVES about this super simple recipe! Even my kids can’t get enough of it.
  • Try making this delicious recipe along with my Instant Pot Meatloaf recipe AT THE SAME TIME! 

OMG! This fluffy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe is so good! My family LOVED it!

You are going to LOVE this super simple Mashed Potatoes Recipe!


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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Making mashed potatoes in your Instant Pot is a super easy, no fuss recipe that's perfect for a quick side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 329 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 3 lbs. Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk, or half and half or 2% milk
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, or plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Rinse and wash the potatoes, then cut into quarters. If using Yukon Gold potatoes, you do not need to peel them. If using Russet Potatoes, you can peel as much as desired. Add potatoes to the inner pot of your pressure cooker. Cover potatoes with water and add 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Close lid on pressure cooker and set valve to closed. Cook on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes, followed by a quick pressure release.
  • Drain potatoes and add the milk, butter, sour cream, garlic powder, black pepper and remaining salt. Mash with a potato masher or potato ricer until desired consistency is reached. Serve hot and enjoy!
If you want to double the recipe, increase cooking time to 10 minutes and test with a fork for tenderness.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg
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OMG! This fluffy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe is so good! My family LOVED it!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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