Pressure cooker mashed potatoes in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi air fryer. The easiest way to create this classic buttery side dish for Thanksgiving or year round!
You know a holiday meal isn’t complete without mashed potatoes! It’s probably the most well known side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, but great year round too. They’re really easy to make, inexpensive, and when loaded up they’re full of flavor! I love finding easy and quick ways to make my favorite dishes so once I got my Instant Pot I went about creating some of the most amazing 6 minute pressure cooker mashed potatoes. It’s one of our favorite side dish Instant Pot recipes. 😉 (originally published 3/17)
- If you’re new to pressure cookers, or the well known Instant Pot I’d highly recommend one. if you’re a busy mom like myself you seriously can cook an entire dinner in about 15 minutes!
This pressure cooker mashed potatoes recipe has been a lifesaver in our house because it’s our favorite side dish, and instead of tending to the stove this gives me a lot more time to enjoy dinner myself and minimize the cleanup.
- 1 great thing about making them this way is during the holidays there is never enough room on the stovetop.
When you make them in your pressure cooker you can mash them and add all your other ingredients right in the pot! Put the lid on when they’re done and they’ll be kept warm until you’re ready to eat!
This is what you’ll need to make these easy Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Potatoes – I prefer red
- Chicken broth – or water but broth is better
- Add ins
- Sour cream
- Bacon bits
- Milk – can use broth you drained instead to thin mashed potatoes out
- Then follow our directions to make pressure cooker gravy
I will say these are the easiest and most amazing 6 minute pressure cooker mashed potatoes that we not only make during the holidays but throughout the year too.
If you’re looking for more potato recipe ideas and/or Instant Pot side dishes you should try these:
- Instant Pot potato salad
- Cheesy Instant Pot scalloped potatoes
- Tender and delish Instant Pot cheesy bacon ranch potatoes
- Pressure cooker baked potatoes
And of course if you’re making a meatloaf recipe these mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish!
Here’s a video and printable directions to follow for pressure cooker Instant Pot or Crockpot Express mashed potatoes
Instructions for Ninja Foodi mashed potatoes
- Add 5 diced skinned russet potatoes and 1/2 c. chicken broth (or water) to the inner pot
- Put pressure lid on (the one that isn’t attached), close steam valve
- Turn Ninja Foodi pressure cooker on (bottom right button)
- Press pressure button (will automatically turn to high temp.)
- Adjust time to 1 minute
- Press start
- Do a quick release
- Follow rest of instructions below in recipe card below
We have made Ninja Foodi french fries too which were a great side dish.
Instant Pot and/or Crockpot Express mashed potatoes directions below:
Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- 15 potatoes skin removed
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 c chicken broth
- 3/4 c milk more if you want them smoother
- 1/4 c sour cream
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt Lawry's is what I use
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp bacon bits
- Skin your potatoes and dice them into about 8 pcs per medium sized potato. I like red potatoes but you could use baking potatoes too.
- Add diced potatoes and chicken broth into your IP or pressure cooker. Set to manual, pressure, high, 6 minutes. Close lid and steam valve.
- When done do a quick release and lift lid carefully. Drain liquid into a cup (keep because you may want to use a little if they are too thick).
- You can leave potatoes in your IP to mash as long as your masher isn't metal (don't want to scratch it), and add all other ingredients in that pot. Or dump them in a bowl and mash especially if you want to use your hand mixer.
- Add all ingredients except the liquids (milk, broth, potato water) into your mashed potatoes. Mash until smooth.
- Add in milk, broth and/or potato water in small amounts mashing in between adds until it is the consistency you want. Serve.
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