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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes with cream cheese and sour cream is a recipe that will show you how long to pressure cook mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot. Serve this side dish for a holiday crowd using five pounds of russet or red potatoes or dinner for two using two pounds of potatoes. Drain the pot for fluffy potatoes, no-drain for creamy potatoes.

instant pot mashed potatoes in 3 bowls

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Calories: 250       Fat: 7G      Net Carbs: 40G      Protein:  6G

Summer is winding down and for the first time ever I am looking forward to fall. Summer is my favorite time of year. I love warm temperatures, BBQs, and hanging out by the pool.

This summer has been incredibly busy for me. I have taken 3 (well deserved) vacations and I have also had a lot of projects on my plate. I am looking forward to ushering in fall and sliding into the home plate for 2018. I can’t believe we only have a few months left of this year.

sliced potatoes in an instant pot with water

The end of the year means the holiday season is on the rise. The holiday season brings in the best food of the year. These Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes come along with it. These potatoes are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and also make a great side-dish year round.

instant pot mashed potatoes in a white bowl

I love to eat my mashed potatoes with gravy, but good potatoes also don’t need it. I need to come up with a delicious gravy recipe that can be prepared in the Instant Pot. Hmmmm….stay tuned for that one!

Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe Tips

  • How long do you pressure cook mashed potatoes? If you are cooking 2 pounds of potatoes, cook on High > Manual Pressure Cooking for 10 minutes. 5 pounds of potatoes will need 12 minutes.
instant pot mashed potatoes in a white bowl
  • Which potatoes do you use for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes? Russet potatoes work great to create light, fluffy, and succulent potatoes. I, however, also love mashed red potatoes. A lot of people don’t like the consistency of mashed red potatoes. If you are cooking for a crowd, I definitely recommend russet or even Yukon gold. Test it out to see which you like the best.
  • How much water is necessary? Enough to cover the potatoes completely. This will help the pot come to pressure. For 2 pounds of potatoes, I needed 2 cups of water.
instant pot mashed potatoes in 3 bowls
  • Do you have to peel the potatoes before cooking them in the Instant Pot? This depends. If you want traditional mashed potatoes, then yes. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 4 large chunks. Skin-on mashed potatoes are a thing! They still taste good. Do what works for you.
instant pot mashed potatoes in 3 bowls
  • Do you need to use a steam basket or trivet for mashed potatoes? No, I use my trivet or steam basket when making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes or Instant Pot Potato Salad. The steam basket is necessary for the potato salad because I also boil the eggs with the potatoes. The trivet is necessary for baked potatoes to prevent the potato skin from burning inside the pot. You will not need one for this recipe.
instant pot mashed potatoes in 2 bowls
  • Do you have to drain the water from the Instant Pot after pressure cooking? It depends, I recommend yes drain the water. Draining the water completely will help create fluffy potatoes for this recipe. This recipe calls for cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup of sour cream.
  • If you pair these ingredients with the water that is already in the Instant Pot, the potatoes will turn out soupy. If you like creamy potatoes as opposed to fluffy, I still recommend you drain the water first, add the ingredients noted, and then assess if you need more liquid. You can always add water/liquid back to the potatoes. Once you add in your ingredients, it is a lot more difficult to drain the water. You will essentially be draining the ingredients you added right along with it.
a spoonful of instant pot mashed potatoes with bowls
  • Russet potatoes are naturally bland. SEASON your potatoes with salt and pepper, in addition to the spices listed. Start light and taste repeatedly until you have reached your desired taste.
instant pot mashed potatoes in 3 bowls

More Instant Pot Recipes:
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Sweet Potato Soup
Instant Pot Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Instant Pot Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Bread
Instant Pot Lasagna

Pair these potatoes with your favorite meatloaf or with these Instant Pot Garlic Tuscan Chicken Thighs!

 
instant pot mashed potatoes in 3 bowls
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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes with cream cheese and sour cream is a recipe that will show you how long to pressure cook mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot. Serve this side dish for a holiday crowd using five pounds of russet or red potatoes or dinner for two using two pounds of potatoes.
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot garlic mashed potatoes, instant pot mashed potatoes, pressure cooker mashed potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Instant Pot come to pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 250kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes peeled and sliced into large chunks
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced You can also use 1 tablespoon of minced garlic in a jar
  • water, enough to completely cover the potatoes I used 2 cups
  • 2 oz cream cheese I used reduced-fat
  • 1/4 cup sour cream I used reduced-fat
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter Use more if you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary fresh or jarred
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional Topping Ideas

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the potatoes. To make it easy, I sliced each potato twice, to make 4 big chunks.
  • Place the potatoes in the Instant Pot with the garlic and water.
  • Cook on Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot beeps that it is complete, quick release the steam.
  • Open the lid and drain the excess water from the pot. See note in Recipe Notes.
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the remaining ingredients. Continue to mash and combine the ingredients. The potatoes will become fluffy. If the potatoes are too thick add a little water or milk until they reach your desired texture.
  • Cool before serving.

Notes

Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe Tips

  • How long do you pressure cook mashed potatoes? If you are cooking 2 pounds of potatoes, cook on High > Manual Pressure Cooking for 10 minutes. 5 pounds of potatoes will need 12 minutes.
  • Which potatoes do you use for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes? Russet potatoes work great to create light, fluffy, and succulent potatoes. I, however, also love mashed red potatoes. A lot of people don’t like the consistency of mashed red potatoes. If you are cooking for a crowd, I definitely recommend russet or even Yukon gold. Test it out to see which you like the best.
  • How much water is necessary? Enough to cover the potatoes completely. For 2 pounds of potatoes, I needed 2 cups of water.
  • Do you have to peel the potatoes before cooking them in the Instant Pot? This depends. If you want traditional mashed potatoes, then yes. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 4 large chunks. Skin-on mashed potatoes are a thing! They still taste good. Do what works for you.
  • Do you have to drain the water from the Instant Pot after pressure cooking? It depends, I recommend yes drain the water. Draining the water completely will help create fluffy potatoes for this recipe. This recipe calls for cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup of sour cream. If you pair these ingredients with the water that is already in the Instant Pot, the potatoes will turn out soupy. If you like creamy potatoes as opposed to fluffy, I still recommend you drain the water first, add the ingredients noted, and then assess if you need more liquid. You can always add water/liquid back to the potatoes. Once you add in your ingredients, it is a lot more difficult to drain the water. You will essentially be draining the ingredients you added right along with it.
  • Russet potatoes are naturally bland. SEASON your potatoes with salt and pepper, in addition to the spices listed. Start light and taste repeatedly until you have reached your desired taste.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 250kcal
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Katye Brzozowski

Saturday 28th of November 2020

To start, for thanksgiving we ALWAYS go with Steam and Mash potatoes for simplicity sake. This year, they were no where to be found and I thought of StaySnatched first. Thank goodness this recipe was here. It was a literal idiot proof recipe. Even the reheated leftovers taste as amazing as they did Thursday. Thank you!

staysnatched

Saturday 28th of November 2020

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

Kelly

Friday 27th of November 2020

After making these, I can’t believe I’ve been struggling to make mashed potatoes on the stove all these years! The potatoes were ridiculously easy to mash, tasted great, and didn’t take up space on the stove. Best part is I could make them a couple hours before dinner, cover the instant pot, and they were warm and perfect when we were ready to eat.

staysnatched

Friday 27th of November 2020

Wonderful! I will never go back to stovetop either.

Jillianjiggs55_tiu

Friday 27th of November 2020

I loved everything about these mashed potatoes. I loved how easy and quick they were (just like the title). They were so creamy and not running. I made sure to follow Brandi’s tips. I will definitely be making these again and not just on Thanksgiving.

staysnatched

Friday 27th of November 2020

Yay! I'm so glad they were a success.

Lulu

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Omg, I made you instant pot mashed potatoes, never making them any other way, so easy and creamy! Thank you, you have the most amazing recipes!

staysnatched

Friday 27th of November 2020

Yes! I love an easy potatoes recipe.

Ana

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Looking at making this recipe for Thanksgiving and when I read the post it says, "This recipe calls for cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup of sour cream." In the recipe ingredients list, it doesn't mention heavy cream. Should this be added or omitted?

staysnatched

Thursday 12th of November 2020

The 1/4 cup is added. Thanks for checking!