Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot & Stove Top)

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Add a classic side dish to your dinner menu with these Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Chives! Cook these red mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot or stove top.


It’s difficult to find the perfect mashed potatoes recipe. You know, the creamy, smooth potatoes that aren’t lumpy and have great flavor. The kind of potatoes that make stretchy pants a necessity on Thanksgiving. These easy garlic mashed potatoes are the perfect recipe to add to your dinner menu any time.

Enjoy these potatoes with turkey tenderloin, spinach ricotta stuffed chicken, broiled scallops or maple glazed ham for a complete meal. They are the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner menu.

These garlic mashed red potatoes are made in the Instant Pot or Stove Top.

What People Are Saying About This Recipe

  • “Followed recipe (using vegetable broth) for the Instant Pot and it was delicious!!” – Suzanna
  • “Best homemade mashed potatoes I’ve had yet. Will definitely make these again!” – Kelly
  • “This was excellent. Had today for Christmas dinner with red wine braised short ribs, brown butter carrots. Was excellent.” – Scott

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Potatoes: Red potatoes have a smooth and hearty texture which makes them great for garlic mashed potatoes. You can substitute for Yukon gold potatoes or Russet potatoes, if desired.
  • Heavy Cream: You can substitute for whole milk, if needed, but the heavy cream makes the potatoes nice and creamy.
  • Stock: You can use beef, chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Butter: You can use ghee instead of butter, if desired.
  • Chives: You can use scallions instead, if needed.
  • Garlic: Use freshly minced garlic.
  • Salt and Pepper: Elevates the flavor of the potatoes.

Steps to Make Mashed Red Potatoes

These garlic mashed potatoes are a classic dish made with red potatoes, garlic, chives, butter, heavy cream, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker or stockpot.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes on the Stove Top

  1. Place the cut potatoes to a medium or large pot. Add cold water to the pan until the potatoes are covered by at least an inch. Add a pinch or two of salt to the pan. Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can easily poke them with a fork.
  2. Add butter, heavy cream, garlic, chives and salt and pepper.
  3. Mash together with a potato masher or handheld mixer.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot

  1. Add the potatoes to an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. Pour in the broth, salt and pepper and stir. Secure the lid and turn the valve to sealing. Cook on Manual High pressure for 10 minutes.
  2. When the cooking time is up, allow a natural release for 5 minutes, then turn the valve to venting. Carefully remove the lid once the steam is released. They should be fork tender.
  3. Add butter, heavy cream, garlic and chives.
  4. Mash together using a potato masher or hand mixer.

Expert Tips

  • Use roasted garlic to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
  • Switch up the flavor and add some sour cream to the potatoes.
  • Red potatoes are perfectly creamy and delicious, but feel free to switch it up and use your favorite kind of potatoes.
  • Try making olive oil mashed potatoes by substituting the butter for olive oil.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Are red potatoes OK for mashing?

Yes, they are great for mashing! They are some of the best skin-on mashed potatoes. They are thin-skinned and creamy.

How do you make mashed potatoes really creamy?

Butter and cream! Make sure you bring the butter and cream to room temperature before incorporating into the potatoes – the potatoes will absorb them easier and make sure it’s easier to mix together.

Can I make mashed potatoes without milk or cream?

If you want to make this recipe dairy-free, you can substitute almond milk, soy or another milk replacement. Adding in vegetable broth with a milk substitute can be a good way to ensure they maintain some of its creamy texture!

Can I add sour cream to my mashed potatoes?

Sour cream definitely adds to the creamy texture of mashed potatoes, and would even go great with the chive taste in this recipe! Use about ½ cup of sour cream per cup of milk that the recipe calls for.

Can I leave the skin on my potatoes to make mashed potatoes?

Yes! On some varieties the skin may be harder to chew, but the red potato skin is great. The skin from a Yukon Gold potato is great as well if you want to skip peeling your potatoes.

What herbs are good in mashed potatoes?

I love the chive flavor in this recipe, but you can also add other herbs like rosemary, thyme or even parsley. Whatever suits your taste!


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This recipe originally published November 2018. As of October 2020, the post includes new process photos and FAQs.