Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes – A Quick & Tasty Side Dish

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes take plain old mashed potatoes to new heights! You’ll have this side dish ready in next to no time with this Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe. The potatoes are infused with garlic flavor during the cooking process, and the addition of cream and butter makes the dish so deliciously creamy!

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

Mashed potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods, and whilst the regular kind is delicious, the addition of garlic takes them to a new level! If you love garlic flavor you are going to love this potato mash!

This recipe is cooked in an Instant Pot which is a fresh take on the old-fashioned pressure cooker.

With the promise of being able to cook a meal in 3 to 10 minutes of pressure cooking, it is no surprise that this new electric appliance is quickly gaining a large fan base.

The Instant Pot is a self-contained unit that sits on your countertop and plugs into an outlet. It takes up about as much space as a rice cooker or a small slow cooker. The Instant Pot is a smart pressure cooker that’s controlled through a digital interface. You tell it how long you want to cook your meal under pressure, set the timer and you’re good to go. It automatically brings up and holds the pressure at a safe level and will not allow you to open the pot while it’s pressurized. This makes it as easy to operate as a microwave.

It is not surprising then that this new take on an old kitchen tool is quickly gaining popularity. The cooking is very hands-off. You simply set it, and then walk away until you’re food is ready. It has all the advantages of using the slow cooker but takes a fraction of the time. Perfect when you want to get a home-cooked meal on the table fast.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Instant Pot Recipe

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon if available online.

  • Fresh Produce – Potatoes – this recipe uses red potatoes, but you can use any variety you like; and garlic.
  • Chicken or Vegetable Broth/Stockyou can use homemade or ready-made stock of your choice.
  • Heavy Cream – also known as Double Cream
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Instant Pot but if you don’t have one you could still cook the potatoes with the garlic in a regular saucepan on the stove.
  • Potato Masher

This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.

Instant Pot in the background with whole red potatoes in front, some of them are chopped. A bulb of garlic, and small bowls with cream, butter, chicken stock and salt and pepper.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

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Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

How Do I Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes take plain old mashed potatoes to new heights! You'll have this side dish ready in next to no time with this Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe.


  • 3 lbs / 1.3kg red potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into chunks


  1. Combine potatoes, garlic, and broth in Instant Pot®. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 8 minutes.
  2. Chopped Potatoes in Instant Pot
  3. When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  4. Carefully remove the lid and add heavy cream and butter. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or immersion blender until almost smooth, but still slightly chunky. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
  5. Adding cream and butter to potatoes
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy!
  7. Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

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