I’m sharing my method for making flavorful and creamy mashed potatoes in an instant pot with this delicious instant pot garlic mashed potatoes recipe. These creamy and garlicky mashed potatoes are mostly hands-off and require very little prep work.
These mashed potatoes are buttery, creamy and garlicky! They make for a rich and velvety and comforting side dish especially during this chilly time of year. The best part about them is that they are so simple to make in an instant pot!
We are taking this classic side dish up a notch by adding some garlic to it! And freshly cracked black pepper and chives too! Oh and melted butter, obviously. You can easily adapt these to your preference but if you’re like me, you’re going to want it all:
I call these Lazy Mashed Potatoes.
Because I’ve come up with a recipe that requires you to do the least amount of work possible. You can peel the potatoes if you want to, but most of the time I just give them a quick rinse, leave them unpeeled and toss them right into the instant pot. I leave the potatoes whole – that way there’s no need for me to chop them up. That does require a longer cook time but I’ll take a few minutes of chilling on the couch if it means avoiding actual work (e.g. chopping). Once the potatoes are done, no need to drain the water – just mash it all up and add a few ingredients.
Should I Peel the Potatoes?
Totally up to you! Leave ’em on if you like them that way! I usually leave the peels on as I mentioned above because I’m lazy. I’ve been told by friends that they prefer it that way – I really don’t think peels are a big deal.
What Type of Potatoes Should I Use?
Again, your choice. I use either all russet potatoes or a combination of russet and yukon gold potatoes. You can use any type of potato you want, but you’ll need to adjust the ingredients accordingly as all potatoes absorb different amounts of liquid. I’ve tried the recipe listed below many times with all russet as well as using a combination of russet and yukon. The latter turns out a bit sweeter, just so you know. I’m not sure which way I prefer them but if I HAD to choose, I’d say the combo.
What Additions Can I add to the Mashed Potatoes?
My recipe is pretty basic. Outside of potatoes, water and salt I add garlic, butter, milk and a couple optional ingredients like heavy cream and parmesan. You can also sprinkle in bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, chives, sour cream, cream cheese – I mean, the list goes on. Be sure to sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on top!
- 3 pounds russet potatoes (or a combination of russet and yukon gold), peeled or unpeeled
- 6–8 cloves garlic (I like 8)
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- ½ – 1 cup milk, adjust to consistency preference
- ⅔ cup – 1 cup grated parmesan, adjust to taste
- 2 – 4 tablespoons heavy cream, to consistency preference
*see notes for other additional ingredient ideas
- Add the potatoes, garlic, water and salt to the pot.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 16 minutes at high pressure.
- Quick release pressure.
- Add the butter, mash, then slowly add milk and heavy cream if using while mashing the potatoes.
- Optional: add the parmesan or any other ingredients if desired.
- Top with freshly ground black pepper and chives. Add more butter if desired.
- A few ideas: You can mix in sour cream or cream cheese if you prefer a bit of tang. Or you can sprinkle in bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions for loaded mashed potatoes!