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Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy and perfect every time. Make the easiest, best mashed potatoes ever in your pressure cooker!

instant pot mashed potatoes with butter in a white bowl

These are the absolute easiest mashed potatoes on the planet. No joke. They remind me of my grandma’s mashed potato recipe, and she made the best mashed potatoes ever!

Before I bought my Instant Pot, I usually only made mashed potatoes for holiday dinners like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Peeling, chopping, boiling, draining — a lot of work.

But making mashed potatoes in the pressure cooker is so much easier. Even though this is just a side dish, it’s truly one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes! Honestly, these Instant Pot mashed potatoes are easy and completely full proof!

How to make the best mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot pressure cooker

This is a no drain, no peel mashed potato recipe. Most of the water is used during the pressure cooking process, so there’s no need to drain it. And, you use Yukon Gold potatoes, there’s no need to peel them!

What’s the secret to the best mashed potatoes?

  • Use the right potatoes — Yukon Gold or russets are perfect, while red potatoes are better for salad
  • Warm your cream and butter before mashing the potatoes
  • Use a potato masher or ricer — not a hand mixer

First, wash and cut the potatoes into quarters. Then, add a trivet to the instant pot, along with the water.


cut potatoes in instant pot

How long do you cook potatoes in the Instant Pot?

For mashed potatoes, 10 minutes is perfect! If you do peel and dice your potatoes, you can cook them for about 5 minutes.

After cooking,  reach in and remove the trivet (using hot mitts). Then push the potatoes over to one side, and add the cream and butter. This lets the cream warm up.

potatoes with cream and butter in instant pot

Next, use a potato masher to start mashing the potatoes. Keep going until they’re creamy and fluffy, and the lumps are gone. You’ll have some texture from the skins.

mash potatoes in instant pot with potato masher

before serving, sample the potatoes and add some sea salt and pepper to taste. You can serve them with a pat of butter on top!

creamy instant pot mashed potatoes on fork

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The Best Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 8 votes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

By: Dee
Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy and perfect every time. Make the easiest, best mashed potatoes ever in your pressure cooker!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • additional salt and pepper, to taste
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  • Wash potatoes, and cut into quarters. Add water to the Instant Pot, and place trivet inside 
  • Place cut potatoes on top of trivet, and season with sea salt
  • Put lid on pressure cooker, turn vent to Sealing, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes. Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then begin counting down and cook for 10 minutes
  • When pot beeps,  turn valve to Venting for quick release. When pin drops, open lid, and using hot mitts, remove trivet
  • Push potatoes to 1 side, and add heavy cream and butter, stir slightly, and allow to warm and sit for a minute  
  • Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until fluffy and smooth. Season to taste, and serve



Recipe was made in 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. If using 8 quart, increase water to 2 cups.


Serving: 1ounce, Calories: 122kcal, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 282mg, Potassium: 17mg, Vitamin A: 490IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 17mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Miz Helen says:

    These are great mashed potatoes, and look so easy!Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. James says:

    Made these last night. Super easy and delicious.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome! So glad you liked them, James!

  3. Jamielyn says:

    These look so creamy and delicious! Need to try making them in my instant pot!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! I’m making them this way from now on. 🙂

  4. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    This looks like a great addition to our Thanksgiving menu!5 stars

  5. Catalina says:

    I love easy and quick side dishes! Now I know what I’ll have for dinner tonight!5 stars

  6. Chrissie Baker says:

    Oh, how delicious this potato recipe looks! That looks so warm and comforting! Cannot wait to try this!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Chrissie. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  7. Dorothy at Shockinglydelish says:

    I haven’t tried them in the IP. I am excited to give it a try!

    1. Dee says:

      They’re so much easier this way — love it! 🙂

  8. Amanda says:

    Such an amazing recipe! The picture is making my mouth water!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda. We loved these!

  9. Demeter says:

    This is such a holiday must have! Love that I can free up my stovetop and make this in the IP!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      The IP is going to make holidays so much easier! 🙂