Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These easy, creamy and buttery Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are a family favorite. Serve them for the holidays, weeknight meals or Sunday dinner!

Mashed Potatoes in a large white bowl.

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Mashed Potatoes in an instant pot.

This recipe was photographed and updated 12/2023.

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  • russet potatoes
  • water
  • salt
  • butter
  • whole milk

If you're in need of a simple mashed potato recipe that's made in the Instant Pot, give this a try!

These potatoes are smooth and creamy, made in minutes and with only a few ingredients. They're the perfect side dish for any meat and potatoes comfort food meal.

We love making these for the holidays. It saves up on some space on the stovetop and you can start your Instant Pot and forget about them for awhile. No need to worry about them boiling over and making a mess while you're busy cooking and baking the rest of the menu.

It's a classic, no fail recipe that I always go to when we want some potatoes on the side for dinner. 

These mashed potatoes would be great served with this Pan Fried Chicken with Mushroom Gravy or this Hamburger and Mushroom Gravy!

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unmashed potatoes in an instant pot with a stick of butter on top.

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Recipe tips:

  • Slicing the potatoes into large rounds is my favorite method.
  • No need to drain these potatoes like you would for a stove method. Just another reason why they’re so quick.
  • Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days. We love using leftover mashed potatoes in these Mashed Potato Cakes!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl.
Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
20 Min
Total time
30 Min

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes


  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 stick butter (½ cup)
  • ½ cup whole milk


  1. Clean, peel, and slice your potatoes.
  2. Add the potatoes, water, and salt to the instant pot. Secure the lid.
  3. Turn the pot to high pressure/manual and set the timer for 10 minutes. It will take the instant pot about 7-10 minutes to come to pressure before that 10 minutes starts counting down, hence the 20-minute total cook time.
  4. Once the 10 minutes is up and the pot beeps, do a manual release.
  5. Add the butter and milk to the potatoes, then mash them right in the instant pot until they are smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts




12.17 g

Sat. Fat

7.61 g


50.73 g


3.6 g

Net carbs

47.13 g


2.46 g


6.54 g


693.31 mg


32.2 mg

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • add 1/4 cup sour cream or softened cream cheese when adding the milk
  • use half heavy cream and half milk
  • add whole, peeled garlic cloves in with the raw potatoes
  • add black pepper
  • use yukon gold or red potatoes instead of russet (about three pounds)
  • add freshly shredded cheddar cheese and stir in before serving

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  1. As much as I love gravy, I'm really diggin' the garlic mashed potatoes!

    1. The garlic mashed potatoes are quite amazing!! I love to eat them plain :)

    2. Thank you for sharing your garlic mashed potatoes last week at All my Bloggy Friends :)

  2. I love white gravy. These potatoes look pretty good too!

  3. I love a good mashed potato recipe! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  4. My son LOVES mashed potatoes and I know he would just love this recipe. Thank you!

  5. I love mashed potatoes. These look really good! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back and VOTE on Sunday!

  6. If I make mash potatoes at home... My husband tells me he has teeth... He doesn't think I should mash the potatoes before I serve them... although we pound yams into a paste... these look wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and hope you will join us next week for more great recipes.

    1. LOL that's cute! Pounding yams into paste sounds like quite the project! Thanks so much Marlys!

  7. I can never have too many mashed potato recipes : )

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  8. My mouth is watering!!! This is one of my favorite comfort foods, and your recipe looks delicious!

  9. Oh my gosh! these look so good! I love garlic mashed potatoes. i cant wait to try this recipe out. I found you over at the All my Bloggy Friends hop and am now following you! I'd love it if you would follow me back at

  10. Yummy, what could be better, such a great combination. Welcome back to Newlyweds Recipe linky, hope you had a great summer. Please don't forget to link back so others can join in too.

  11. What a great recipe for comfort food!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!!

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. My potato boy is going to love your recipe. Please share it today on foodie friday at simple living.


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