The Secret to Quick and Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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by Robin

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When you're scrambling to pull together a huge holiday meal, quick and easy recipes are an essential time-saver. Can you believe this Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe can be completed in about 10 minutes?

And if you make the browned butter while the instant pot is working - it adds no more time for this decadent touch.

This creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe is perfect for special occasions like holidays and celebration meals. It's loaded with a delicious creamy flavour.  Our simple secret for the tastiest mashed potatoes is really easy to do - and adds another layer of flavour to this dish.  And for everyday meals - I've included some healthier ingredient substitutions.

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Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Is this Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe great for every day? 

Yes - with a few healthy modifications this recipe would be a great any day choice.  For healthier Instant Pot mashed potatoes I would do the following:

  • Substitute non-hydrogenated margarine for the butter in the potatoes (or olive oil for a Mediterranean taste).
  • Choose light sour cream
  • Save the browned butter for more special occasions, especially if the meal you're serving these mashed potatoes with has a sauce.

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Your potatoes will be well cooked and mashed - no need to get too perfectionist with your chopping.

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Cooking your potatoes in stock in place of water is a terrific way to add more flavour!

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Butter and sour cream are added after cooking and mashing for that creamy flavour your guests will love.

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Serve with or without Browned Butter - this recipe is delicious either way!

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Browned butter and thyme for a memorable and absolutely delicious side dish.

Yield: Serves 4

Quick and Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Quick and Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

You've found the secret to quick and creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes!
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M


  • 5 large Potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 2 Cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • ⅓ Cup sour cream (Light works well)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
for the Thyme Browned Butter
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 2 Thyme sprigs


How to cook Quick and Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  1. Prepare the potatoes and place them in the Instant Pot. Cover them with stock. Close the lid and the valve and set on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the browned butter. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the thyme and cook, stirring constantly until it has browned (around 5 minutes). Discard the thyme sprigs or reserve for decoration.
  3. Return to the potatoes. Once the 5 minutes have passed manually release pressure. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel to get rid of the excess moisture.
  4. Add butter, sour cream and salt and pepper. With a potato masher or a mixer, mash the potatoes until fluffy.
  5. Serve in a bowl and top with the browned butter.
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