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Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

4 Servings

35 minutes 15 minutes active

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The Instant Pot makes easy work of great mashed potatoes. So little water is needed for cooking that even sliced potatoes don’t end up watery and washed out. They also don’t require draining after cooking. We prefer Yukon Golds over russets for their buttery color and flavor and slightly lower starch content, and we leave the skins on for ease since they tenderize quite nicely under pressure. We do, however, add the potatoes to water as they’re sliced, then give them a quick rinse to remove excess starch that would otherwise make the cooked potatoes a little gluey. For flavorful spins on these basic mashed potatoes, see the following recipes.




Don't add the half-and-half to the potatoes until all of the liquid in the pot has been cooked off. Also, don't remove the potatoes from the pot to mash them because the pot's residual heat will keep them warm even after the half-and-half and butter are added.

35 minutes

15 minutes active


  • 2

    pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled

  • 6

    tablespoons (¾ stick) salted butter, cut into 6 pieces, divided


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Janine W.
November 21, 2022
How Do You Double the Recipe?
I have not made these yet. But wondering if I doubled the recipe, would I just add an extra 1/2 cup of water but keep the cooking time the same? Any guidance on how to double this recipe would be immensely appreciated :)
Stephanie W.
July 31, 2022
So creamy and flavorful!
My favorite way to make mashed potatoes!
Frances F.
March 28, 2024
Made the recipe with a traditional pressure cooker
I don’t have an InstaPot—“just” a traditional pressure cooker. I was thus able to cut the appliance-specific language out of the way and make the recipe. Phew! What a lot of words that appliance added to the recipe! I grilled my husband on whether he thought the potato flavor was better than potatoes cooked in a pot of water, and after thinking about it, he said yes, the potatoes tasted “stronger.” I wish the potatoes were organic, because I remember the first time I ever had organic potatoes, I thought that they tasted like I remember potatoes tasting as a girl. These mashed Yukon Gold potatoes tasted slightly salty. I think the recipe is very good, and I look forward to trying the cabbage variation. I have “favorited” this recipe.
Nazanin O.
November 20, 2023
I love this method
Would you let us know how to double the recipe?
Andrew T.
November 27, 2023
Taste Good & Easy to Prepare
I used russets because that is what I had. I rinsed them twice to remove more starch. I was quite happy with the results. A very easy recipe. Will definitely make my mashed potatoes this way again.
Lisa M.

Is this really better or faster than “traditional” mashed potatoes?

Lynn C.

Hi Lisa -

We think so! The potatoes cook in about 10 minutes. On the stovetop this would easily take 20 minutes. And, because the pressure cooker uses the pressure inside the pot to cook them (as opposed to boiling water) the potatoes are more flavorful because the flavor isn't diluted by water. These have pure potato flavor. I recommend that you give them a try!

The Milk Street Team

Siri N.

I love this method - it makes delicious and buttery potatoes. I use creme fraiche instead of half and half to give extra richness and tang. Great recipe!

Brady S.

These potatoes are so, so delicious! I'm wondering if MS might have any suggestions for doubling the recipe?