A fork holding some creamy mashed potatoes over a big blue plate of mashed potatoes and a white towel.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Make the creamiest, easiest and quickest best Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe today! No more hassle or fuss, this is the only mashed potatoes recipe you’ll ever need!
Course side, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Best Mashed Potatoes, mashed potatoes, Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 3 pounds potatoes yellow potatoes, peeled and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream 35% or 18%


  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


  1. Put your potatoes in the Instant Pot and cover with water and salt. Set the Pressure Cook function for 30 minutes.
  2. When ready, carefully drain the water from your potatoes, and start adding the butter, cream cheese, cream and salt.
  3. Use a hand masher to mash up the potatoes to the consistency you prefer. Add in some extra cream—just a tablespoon at a time if you need your mashed potatoes on the loose side.
  4. Add in your favorite flavors here—fresh herbs, cheese, roast garlic, spice or anything you like.
  5. Serve right away with an extra tablespoon of butter, black pepper and chilli flakes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Choose a yellow potato to start with and peel it well. Over cook your potatoes. That’s KEY! By over cooking, you get seriously creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes and even more, you can mash it up with minimum efforts. Use cream cheese. Forget the milk here, go with cream cheese for best mashed potatoes. Butter is optional and you can swap it for olive oil if you prefer a lighter mashed potatoes, or similarly if you prefer an olive oil flavor in your mashed potatoes. Likewise cream is optional, but I highly recommend that tiny bit of cream for a really rich flavor. You can substitute light cream ( 18%) if you prefer. Serve the mashed potatoes the same day or store leftovers in your fridge and reheat it in a microwave with a touch of cream once again. Do not freeze your mashed potatoes at all because it separates and becomes loose.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 1396mg61%
Potassium 1465mg42%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 9g38%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1090IU22%
Vitamin C 44.4mg54%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 11.9mg66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.