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The Instant Pot Mashed potatoes on a plate ready for serving.

Instant Pot Smashed Potatoes

A delicious side dish that's fast to make. Add your favorite toppings!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • Instant Pot


  • 12 potatoes scrubbed with skins on
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp parsley

Toppings for Smashed Potatoes (optional)

  • grated cheese
  • sour cream
  • bacon bits
  • chives


  • Pour one cup water into the instant pot insert. Place the steamer basket inside.
  • Add in washed (skins on) potatoes. Place lid onto the instant pot.
  • Turn valve on lid to sealed position.
  • Press pressure cook or manual button and set timer to 30 minutes.
  • It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure then cook another 30 minutes.
  • Once the pot stops counting and beeps release the pressure from the valve on the lid.

Serving Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

  • Serve individually or lightly mash the potatoes in a large bowl
  • Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle parsley over top.
  • Serve toppings separately in dishes so guests can choose their own.


  • If you want you can add more water and then keep on the keep warm setting. It does make the skin more moist so just be aware.
  • Sandwich the cooked potatoes between two baking sheets to smash them all in one go.