No Drain Vegan Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the easiest and the creamiest. And you only need three ingredients and 20 minutes to make them. They're delicious on their own or topped with mushroom gravy.
Instant Pots and other electric pressure cookers are wonderful for making everything from rice to pasta with minimal time and effort. Imagine being able to throw some potatoes in a pot, walk away, then come back to perfectly cooked tubers that are easy to mash, creamy, and delicious.
And you don't even need to drain them. Plus since you can keep them warm throughout your meal, I recommend saving room for seconds.
Why you'll love this recipe
- You can make it with 3 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) in 20 minutes.
- You don't need to drain the potatoes.
- It's omnivore approved and sure to become a favorite.
- Gold potatoes: Also sold as yellow potatoes or Yukon gold. They are buttery with a thin skin you don't even need to peel.
- Vegetable broth
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk: I prefer organic soy, but other varieties such as oat, almond, or macadamia will work, as long as they do not contain sugar or other sweeteners.
- Salt and pepper
- Quarter the potatoes (I leave the skin on for added nutrition, but feel free to peel them if you prefer a smoother texture.)
- Add them to the Instant Pot with some vegetable broth.
- Set the timer for 4 minutes on high pressure.
- Quick release the pressure as soon as the 4 minutes is up.
- Add a little plant-based milk and mash the potatoes until the potatoes are your preferred texture.
- Give them a taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Keep the Instant Pot on the warm function so they remain hot throughout your meal.
If you want to give your potatoes a boost of flavor or serve something a little different, try one or more of these optional add-ins:
- Add garlic cloves, sliced shallots, or any variety of chopped onion (add to the pressure cooker at the same time as the potatoes.)
- Season with fresh herbs such as chives, rosemary, thyme, or parsley (add at the end along with the salt and pepper.)
- Instead of non-dairy milk, add some good quality extra virgin olive oil while you mash the potatoes to make Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes.
- Top the finished potatoes with caramelized onions.
- Give your dish a Mediterranean flair by stirring in a swirl of pesto sauce. Try the sun-dried tomato pesto from my Pesto Brussels Sprouts recipe or the classic vegan basil pesto from my Tofu Scramble Recipe.
One of the questions I'm asked the most about this recipe is if it's okay to double or triple the recipe to serve more people. And the answer is yes!
The thing to keep in mind with pressure cooking is if you increase the quantity of the ingredients, the cooking time will remain the same. For example, if you make 4 pounds of potatoes instead of 2, you'll use 2 cups of vegetable broth instead of 1, but the cooking time will remain 4 minutes.
However, the time it takes the Instant Pot to come up to pressure before the 4 minutes starts counting down on the display will take longer.
Try these potatoes with all your Thanksgiving and holiday favorites. They go particularly well with the following dishes:
Keep your Instant Pot on "Keep Warm" during your meal, and you'll never have cold potatoes when you go back for seconds.
Leftovers will last covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Since these potatoes are made with vegetable broth and non-dairy milk instead of butter and cream, they do not freeze well.
A good rule of thumb is to allow half a pound of potatoes per person.
Reheat in the oven in a covered baking dish at 350°F until heated through. Or cover and reheat in the microwave.
Yes, gold potatoes such as Yukon gold are a type of yellow potato. If they are unavailable, any thin skinned variety such as white or red will work for making mashed potatoes.
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No Drain Vegan Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds gold potatoes, (skin on), quartered
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- ½ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, (I prefer organic soy)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add the potatoes and vegetable broth to the Instant Pot. Close the lid. Press Manual (Pressure Cook - High) and set the timer for 4 minutes.
- When the 4 minutes is up, carefully release the pressure manually.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.
I've made these and they are the best mashpos ever! Creamy, delicious, and sooooo easy. I have a bad habit of loading my stovetop mashed potatoes with butter, and yes, admittedly, half and half. So this recipe probably cut the calories by 3/4. Mine weren't watery. I wonder if that could be affected by the freshness of the potatoes. Maybe fresher ones have more liquid content in them?
Thank you, Vicki! I'm so happy to hear this!
Second time I'm trying this recipe. First time I used exactly 2 lbs. of peeled yellow potatoes and 1 cup broth for 4 mins. Second time 2 1/4 lb. potatoes and 1 cup broth for 4 mins. Both times they're way too watery. Adding the milk would turn it into soup. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Thanks!
I'm sorry the recipe isn't working out for you Shanna. Perhaps you can try 1/2 cup broth next time. Do you live at elevation?
No elevation. Don't you need a minimum of 1 cup of liquid in the Instant Pot. I have 3 lbs. of peeled russets in there now with 1 cup of broth and 5 cloves of garlic. No yellow left. Fingers crossed. 🙂
I hope that works better. Please let me know. 🙂
Success. Delicious! I was able to add the 1/2 cup soy milk. My husband used the word 'perfect'. 🙂
I am so happy to hear this, Shanna! I'm so glad you found the winning formula. 🙂
These were by far the best (and easiest to make) non dairy mashed potatoes I've made to date! Very creamy tasting!! Even the dairy eaters in the family loved this one. Thanks!!
That's fantastic to hear, Julie! Thank you!
Perfect! I looove mashed potatoes and recently found out that I can't eat dairy. I thought the years ahead would be filled with dry, boring mashed potatoes. But no! These are delicious, thank you so much! I did add 5 cloves of garlic, just set them on top of the potatoes and the cooked and mashed in perfectly.
I have organic russets - can I use them in this recipe? Does it change the cooking time? Thank you.
Hi Tracy, the cooking time should be the same, but the texture of russets isn't as creamy. I usually use russets for baking instead. If you try them in this recipe, please let me know how it turns out.
These are amazing! I did a half batch because I had about a pound of the mini creamer potatoes to use up. I cooked them whole for 8 minutes. They're great as they are, but may add some garlic next time at the end. Definitely going to be doing this from now on, but especially for Thanksgiving.
That's fantastic! Thank you, Aimee!
Do I really have to quarter the potatoes? Would it work to just put small creamer potatoes in (2" max) and increase the pressurized time a minute or so? Thanks.
I haven't tried that myself, but if I imagine that should work.
Would almond milk work or is soy the better option?
You can use unsweetened almond milk.
I made the mashed potatoes in the instant pot following the recipe exactly and it's delicious! My husband loved them too.It's amazing there isn't butter in them!!!
That's fantastic to hear! Thanks so much, Julianne!
This looks wonderful! Have you tripled it with success? I need lots of potatoes lol!
Thanks Terri, I personally haven't tried making a triple batch, but as long as you have a large enough IP, it will work. Just keep in mind it will take longer to come up to pressure. But the cooking time will be the same. Enjoy!
Can I make this in a slow cooker?
Hi Maria, this recipe was designed to be made quickly in an electric pressure cooker. If you're using a slow cooker, I recommend this recipe: https://veganinthefreezer.com/slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes/ Enjoy!
Oh my gosh, thank you!!! These are SO easy and SO good! Who knew that mashed potatoes could still be awesome without mounds of butter and milk? Even better, our toddler loves them. I add some nutritional yeast to make them a little "cheeszy." Love, love, love!!
I'm so happy everyone enjoyed them, Jess! Nutritional yeast is so good on potatoes. What a great idea! Thanks again for your feedback!
Delicious! I've been making mashed potatoes in the pot (which takes FOREVER it seems!) when I make vegan Shepherds Pie and thought I have a new Instant Pot, it has to help me with this somehow! Came across your recipe and was a bit skeptical I could have mashed potatoes in just 10 mins.. But you were right! Now making mashed potatoes doesn't seem like a hassle anymore. Thank you for sharing!
I'm so happy you enjoyed the recipe, Aryana! This is the only way I make mashed potatoes now. In fact, I used this recipe last night! Thanks again for your feedback!
delicious - i added nootch but otherwise stuck to the recipe.
Thank you, Susan!
Perfect mashed potatoes and so easy. I’ll be making these, again, for Easter!
Thanks Liz! I'm so happy you enjoyed the recipe!
Amy, I made these mashed potatoes last night and they were perfect. I love that I didn't have to drain them and everything was done in the Instant Pot. I will never make mashed potatoes on the stove again 🙂
I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Gwen! It's definitely the easiest way I've found to make mashed potatoes. And I love that they stay warm throughout the meal.
can I double the recipe and still cook the doubled recipe in one batch in the instant pot?
Yes, you can double the recipe. The cooking time will remain the same, but it will take longer for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.