These easy Instant Pot mashed potatoes save time and are just as delicious as stovetop taters. There’s a paleo and Whole30 version, too!
Looking for a greener twist on mashed potatoes? Try Instant Pot colcannon!
Ever since I got my Instant Pot last year on Black Friday, I haven’t had to wait for water to boil to make mashed potatoes and have pretty much forgotten about the stovetop version. The Instant Pot is just so much easier and faster–there’s really no comparison. The potatoes cook start to finish in about 20 minutes, and then I mash them right in the pressure cooker with a handheld potato masher. Done and done.
There are two versions in the recipe card below–the version I normally make, and the version I make when I’m doing a Whole30. In my mind there’s really no question that the regular version is a little better, but the cream-free version certainly does the trick when I’m craving the comfort of mashed potatoes during a month of squeaky-clean paleo eating.
In both versions the potatoes are cooked with chicken stock instead of water, which means you don’t have to drain them. It also adds flavor and nutrition. If you use bone broth like I do, your mashed potatoes will have a good amount of protein in them!
The main difference between the two variations is that the Whole30 version calls for more stock since you won’t be adding cream later. It also calls for a little extra ghee to make up for that lack of cream. I always like to finish off my mashed potatoes by adding a little more butter or ghee on top, and in the winter I love to add some finely minced rosemary, too. In the warmer months, snipped chives provide a similar pop of color and freshness.