How to Make Mashed Potatoes – 6 Minute Pressure Cooker Recipe for Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are easy to make, but they can be tricky to get right.

If you are boiling potatoes and leave them in large pieces they take a long time to cook. If you cut them small, they cook faster but can get a little water logged.

Pressure cooking potatoes has several advantages: First, you don’t have to do much cutting, quarters is all that’s required. Second, since there isn’t any soaking at all you don’t risk a watery spud as cooking with steam actually keeps the potatoes drier, not to mention and the added time savings.

We had some fun with this super fast pressure cooker recipe.  Here’s what we did:

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Use the pressure cooker steamer basket

Like most vegetables cooked in a pressure cooker, you’ll want to use the steamer rack or basket. This allows the steam to reach the potatoes, but keeps the them out of the water in the bottom. We used the basket that came with our pressure cooker, but you could use any metal steamer you have around, as long as it elevates the vegetables above the water line.

This basic mashed potato recipe is super easy and you will have no problem adapting it in your own favorite way. Just like normal water-in-pot mashed potatoes, you first cook, then mash, and finally add the “extras” like cream, buttermilk, butter, sage, garlic, cheddar cheese etc. We like our mashed potatoes with the skin (extra nutrition/flavor), and cooked with garlic, but you really could make them any way you want.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Step 1. Wash (we like to leave the skins on)


Step 2. Cut into quarters and place the potatoes in the steamer basket

Step 3:  Add 1 cup water to the pressure cooker

how-to-make-mashed-potatoes steamer basket


Step 4: Pressure cook for 6 minutes at high pressure, then follow the instructions for natural release

Step 5: Mash, then add your favorite toppings, then maybe mash again


What's your favorite mashed potatoes topping?


Charlie through the masher

Looking for a standard recipe for mashed potatoes?
Here’s our favorite at The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Thanks for reading.

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nathan January 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Any sugestions adapting this recipe to pressure cooking? I am thinking reducing the water or omiting it all together. My thoughts are cube potatoes and ham, place in pressure cooker. prepare on the stove per the recipe cutting water in half pour in the pressure cooker and cook 20 min.

•4 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced
•2 medium onions, finely chopped
•1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
•2 tablespoons butter
•2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon ground mustard
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
•1-1/3 cups water
•1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, optional

•In a 3-qt. slow cooker, layer potatoes, onions and ham.
• In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth. Combine soup and water; gradually stir into flour mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Pour over ham. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until potatoes are tender. If desired, sprinkle with cheese before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Peter Giblin November 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I bought a pressure cooker a couple of weeks ago and getting to grips with it.
Your potato recipe turned out really great. I used Rooster potatoes and they turned out nice and fluffy. Probably a shame to mash them but hey!
I had them with marrowfat peas and Cumberland sausages. Excellent autumn fare.

Marie H. Hood November 29, 2014 at 1:44 am

I love the potatoes so much and you have shared the recipe for the pressure cooker 6 minute potato and i must say that i am going to try it in next one hour. Thanks

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