These Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy, flavorful, and simple to make. With this easy no drain recipe, you can have a delicious side dish in less than 30 minutes.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- With a creamy texture and rich garlic flavor, these potatoes will be a hit at your dinner table.
- The Instant Pot makes it so easy – no draining required!
- Even the picky eaters in your household will love these flavorful potatoes.
Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food that everyone enjoys, and these Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a delicious way to bring them to the table. They come together quickly with minimal effort, so you can enjoy a flavorful side dish with every meal.
Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Pour water into the inner pot of your Instant Pot. And, place the smashed garlic wrapped in a cheesecloth into the pot.
- Add the cut potatoes to the pot, and then seal and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes.
- Manual release the pressure then carefully open the lid. Remove the cheesecloth and mash the potatoes.
- Mix in milk, butter, and sour cream. Then season with salt and pepper, garlic powder, and taste to adjust the seasoning to your liking.
👍 Amira's Tips
- To smash the garlic cloves place them on a cutting board. With a chef’s knife, place the blade flat on the clove with the sharp edge facing away from you and smack it with the heel of your hand. This will release the flavor to soak into the potatoes.
- Yukon Gold Potatoes have very thin skin so you don't have to worry about peeling them first unless you want to.
- If your potatoes are larger, you may need to cut them smaller than the quarters you want potato chunks that are about 1 ½ inches.
- Once you've mixed up the potatoes give them a taste before you add in the optional garlic powder. If you find they have enough flavor leave the garlic powder out.
- I like to use a hand potato masher to mash my potatoes, you can use a hand mixer if you want extra smooth potatoes.
Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
⌛ Make Ahead
If you want to make these potatoes ahead to save time in the kitchen, I recommend following the directions for cooking the potatoes and then mashing them without adding in the other ingredients.
When you are ready to serve them heat the butter, milk, and sour cream in a saucepan on the stove until warm. Then add to the potatoes and season to taste. This will give you perfectly creamy mashed potatoes.
🍽️ Serve With
- Heavy cream or half-and-half can be used in place of milk to add some richness to your potatoes.
- Switch out the water for chicken broth or vegetable broth for a little extra flavor.
- Don't have gold potatoes? Red potatoes also work well for mashed potatoes.
- Garnish these potatoes with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives for a nice pop of color.
Yukon Gold potatoes are the best choice for mashed potatoes. They have a buttery flavor and creamy texture that makes them perfect for mashing.
Yes, you can freeze mashed potatoes. Place them in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw them overnight in the fridge and reheat them on the stove or in a microwave until heated through.
The best way to reheat mashed potatoes is in a saucepan on the stove. Place them in the pan add a splash of milk or broth if they are too thick and heat them over low-medium heat, stirring often until they are heated through. You can also reheat them in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
📣 Related Recipes
- These Cheesy Mashed Potatoes are the perfect blend of cheese and potato. Such a classic combination. Plus, they are great for holidays!
- Are you looking for a way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes? They would work great on top of these Easy Meatloaf Cupcakes or this Chicken and Mashed Potatoes recipe.
- These Potato Balls are crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. They make a great appetizer or side dish to serve with your favorite meals.
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- Instant Pot - 6 Quart or larger
- Potato masher or hand mixer
Instant pot garlic mashed potatoes
- 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes peeled if desired then quartered
- ½ cup water
- 4 Tablespoons butter room temperature
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½-3/4 cup whole milk
- 4 Garlic cloves smashed
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Pour water in the inner pot of your Instant pot.
- Place smashed garlic in a small piece of a cheesecloth and tie the top.
- Place them into the pot then top with the cut potatoes.
- Put the instant pot lid on, seal and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes.
- Manual release the pressure then carefully open the lid.
- Take the cheese cloth out and mash the potatoes while hot.
- Mix in milk, butter and sour cream
- Season with salt and pepper, garlic powder and taste to adjust seasoning to your liking.
- Peeling the potatoes is up to you but not peeling makes for an easier recipe.
- For more tips and variations check out the post above.
- Please check the nutrition disclaimer policy.