Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – hands-down the BEST mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten. They are super creamy and loaded with cream cheese and fresh garlic. Effortless to make in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Potatoes, garlic, chicken broth, butter, cream cheese, salt, and pepper. Ready to eat in under 30 minutes. One bite and you will never make mashed potatoes any other way. Perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

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Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the BEST mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten. This was the first time that I’ve made mashed potatoes in the pressure cooker, but it definitely won’t be the last time. The potatoes are super creamy and loaded with cream cheese and fresh garlic. This recipe is super simple to make and is on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. PLUS everything is made in the pressure cooker. Makes for easy clean-up!

Now, this is not a low-calorie dish. It is definitely a splurge (and totally worth it). The recipe has a whole stick of butter and a whole block of cream cheese. O-M-YUM! I got this recipe from my friend, Eva, on my last trip to Gulf Shores. She said she is famous for these potatoes and they are the only potatoes that her family will eat. I can see why. These potatoes are AMAZING! You must add these to your menu ASAP!

What is an Instant Pot?

Instant Pot is a name brand of an electric pressure cooker. Depending on the model, the Instant Pot can also be used as a slow-cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker.

What is a pressure cooker? A pressure cooker is a sealed pot with a lot of steam inside that builds up high pressure and helps food cook in a fraction of the time of the oven or stovetop.

  • The high pressure helps force liquid and moisture into the food quickly.
  • Food cooks faster under high pressure.
  • The extra liquid and moisture that the pressure adds help tough cuts of meat get very tender very quickly.
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How to Make Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These potatoes are super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Place the grate or a steamer basket in the bottom of the pot. Add some chicken broth and crushed garlic cloves. Peel four pounds of potatoes and cut them into four pieces. Place the potato pieces on top of the grate. Seal the pressure cooker and set the cooking time for 15 minutes. Quick release the pressure. Add a stick of unsalted butter, a block of cream cheese, more fresh garlic, kosher salt, and pepper to the cooked potatoes. Mash the potatoes and switch to warm setting until you are ready to serve the potatoes.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I used russet potatoes. You can use any types of potatoes that you prefer – Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes are both good.
  • I use a hand mixer or immersion blender to mash the potatoes right in the Instant Pot insert to give the potatoes a nice creamy texture. If you want chunker potatoes, use a potato masher to mash potatoes to your desired consistency.
  • Do not drain the potatoes after cooking. Leave the chicken broth in the Instant Pot insert.
  • Can substitute cold water or vegetable broth for chicken broth.
  • Do I have to peel the potatoes? No. You can leave the skin on the potatoes if you prefer.
  • Feel free to add in some fresh herbs, grated parmesan cheese or rosemary. Cheddar cheese is also delicious!
  • I used fresh cloves of garlic in this recipe. I really think that it makes all the difference.
    • You can substitute jarred minced garlic or garlic powder if you would like, but for best results, I really recommend going with fresh garlic.
  • Are Garlic Mashed Potatoes gluten-free? Yes. All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free.
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What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

As I said, this is now our go-to mashed potato recipe. This is hands down the best way to make mashed potatoes. They are super creamy and taste amazing. These potatoes go with everything – grilled chickenpork chopssteakscasseroles, fried chicken, meatloaf, anything! They are also the perfect side dish for your upcoming holiday meal or special occasions. These potatoes with turkey or ham and slathered with gravy. Have mercy! Give these a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – hands-down the BEST mashed potatoes I've ever eaten. They are super creamy and loaded with cream cheese and fresh garlic. Effortless to make in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Potatoes, garlic, chicken broth, butter, cream cheese, salt, and pepper. Ready to eat in under 30 minutes. One bite and you will never make mashed potatoes any other way. Perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Place the grate in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Add the chicken broth and 2 crushed garlic cloves to the insert. Place the potato pieces on top of the grate.
  • Seal the pressure cooker and cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. Quick-release the pressure. Remove the grate from the insert.
  • Add butter, cream cheese, 2 finely chopped cloves of fresh garlic, salt, and pepper to the potatoes. Mash the potatoes in the insert.

Notes:

  • I used russet potatoes. You can use any potato that you prefer – Yukon gold or red potatoes are both good.
  • I used a hand mixer to mash the potatoes right in the Instant Pot insert.
  • Do not drain the potatoes after cooking. Leave the chicken broth in the Instant Pot insert.
  • Do I have to peel the potatoes? No. You can leave the skin on the potatoes if you prefer.
  • Feel free to add in some grated parmesan cheese or rosemary. Cheddar cheese is also delicious!
  • I used fresh garlic in this recipe. I really think that it makes all the difference.
    • You can substitute jarred minced garlic or garlic powder if you would like, but I really suggest going with fresh garlic.
  • Are Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes gluten-free? Yes. All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free.
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Steph

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  1. These are HANDS DOWN the BEST garlic mashed potatoes ever!!! I did make them in my 8 qt pot and they came out perfect. I always add double the garlic in almost everything that calls for it…because we love garlic obviously!! I also have made so many of your marinated chicken recipes and every single one has the greatest flavors. Thank You so much for all you do Steph. I’m so happy I found your site.

  2. Has anyone made this in an 8 quart Instant Pot? I’m afraid 1/2 cup of broth isn’t enough liquid to avoid the burn notice. Any suggestions?

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