Make Michelin-Star Inspired Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. Super easy classic mashed potatoes with 4 simple ingredients. Each spoonful of creamy smooth, fluffy, buttery rich mashed potatoes takes your taste buds to heaven!
Visiting a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant has always been our dream. We’re still in disbelief that our dream came true in New York!
It was a crazy experience from the moment I got through the phone at 5am (after a long wait) making the reservation. We’ve since been planning, dreaming, and counting down to this life-changing experience.
The food was truly mind-blowing!! They made our tastebuds scream in awe.
There were moments when we just looked at each other amazed, mind-blown, ready to scream WOW!! But tried our best to keep each other calm and appropriate. hehe~
Oh man! Their ability to balance the complex combination of flavors and mouthfeel was simply stunning.
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As recipe developers, this was a once-in-a-lifetime, eye-opening experience.
As we were still savoring our dream moment, we were invited to go behind the scene for a private kitchen tour!
Can you imagine the thrill & excitement plus huge smiles on our faces?!!!
We love absorbing new inspirations as we’re always striving to be better. So, it was simply an honor to experience and learn from the best of the best as we continue to improve our craft.
We’re a little crazy on testing, tweaking, and constantly looking for ways to make better meals.
After a spoonful of this Michelin-Star Inspired Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, we instantly fell in love. I know you will too… 😉
How can something SO simple tastes THIS good?!!
From now on, this is how we’ll serve our mashed potatoes.
Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
1. Choose the Right Potatoes
Not all potatoes are created equal. If you want fluffy mashed potatoes, stick with starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds. We used Russet potatoes for this recipe.
2. Use Steamer Rack
Placing the quartered potatoes on the steamer rack rather than directly in the inner pot will further failproof the pressure cooking process.
3. Food Mill vs. Potato Masher
Which tool is better for mashing potatoes is a matter of personal preference. They each produce a different texture of mashed potatoes (read more below). But for this recipe, we prefer to use the Food Mill.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Make Michelin-Star Inspired Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: super easy classic mashed potatoes with 4 simple ingredients. Creamy smooth, fluffy, buttery rich mashed potatoes take your taste buds to heaven.
Prepare Potatoes: Bring unsalted butter to room temperature by placing it on counter 2 hours prior to cooking. After peeling and washing the potatoes, cut them into quarters.
Pressure Cook Potatoes: Place 1 cup (250ml) cold water and a steamer rack in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Place quartered potatoes on the steamer rack. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes, then Quick Release.
Heat Milk & Cut Butter: When Instant Pot has got up to pressure, heat milk over medium low heat on the stove. Once the milk has reached simmer, turn off the heat. Then, cut room temperature unsalted butter into cubes.
Mash Potatoes: Open the lid carefully. Let the Instant Pot stay in Keep Warm Mode.
Transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl. Discard the water and remove the steamer rack from inner pot. Rinse and dry the inner pot really well with a towel. Place inner pot back in the Instant Pot.
If you are using a food mill, layer the food mill on the inner pot and mash the potatoes back into the inner pot. We used a food mill, but if you are using a potato masher, transfer the potatoes back in the inner pot and mash the potatoes. Give the mashed potatoes a few quick stir with a silicone spatula.
Melt Butter & Add Milk: If it is for special occasions, we strongly recommend using ¾ lb (341g) - 1 lb (454g) unsalted butter. It tasted super amazing.
Switch Instant Pot to Slow Cook Less Mode. Add half of the room temperature unsalted butter and melt it into the potatoes by stirring gently with a silicone spatula. Add in remaining unsalted butter and repeat this step.
Change Instant Pot to Keep Warm Mode. Pour hot milk on the mashed potatoes and gently stir it in. Allow the potatoes to absorb the milk. Season with Kosher salt and taste to adjust until desired saltiness. We used approx 4 pinches of coarse kosher salt.
Serve: Serve Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes immediately as a side dish. Enjoy!! *Pro Tip: It can stay in the Keep Warm Mode for roughly an hour. If the butter starts to separate from the mashed potatoes after an hour, gently stir it back together with a silicone spatula.