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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Do you love mashed potatoes? Our recipe for Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes has become a staple around our home. It’s creamy and tasty!

Over time I find myself relying on my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker (affiliate). We’ve used it for our refried beans, to cook chicken for shredding, and recently used the pressure cooker to cook white rice when our rice cooker died. I doubt we’ll go back to a rice cooker again! Ok, so I didn’t start out to tell you how wonderful the pressure cooker is, I wanted to share this wonderful recipe that we modified to meet our personal taste. We’ve made these so many times and they just come together so easily using the pressure cooker.

Now, for those of you that don’t own a pressure cooker, Misty over at Denverista used the same recipe but boiled her potatoes the good ol’ fashion way. In fact, this recipe has been in my drafts for a while because I never have leftovers for photos. Thankfully, Misty shared photos of her dish before her crew piled into them.

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Recipe modified from a Cuisinart recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 247 kcal


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 40 clove garlic peeled
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk more if you want thinner potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut in ½-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives chopped, can substitute green onion
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper freshly ground, can substitute black pepper


  • Place the potatoes, water, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt, and vinegar in the cooking pot of the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. Cover and select High Pressure. Set timer for 7 minutes. When cooking is completed, use Quick Pressure Release. Turn off.
  • Remove cooking pot and drain water from potatoes.
  • Place potatoes in stand mixer bowl.
  • Add the butter, chives, parsley, and pepper to the potatoes.
  • Whisk potatoes on a low speed while slowly adding buttermilk until you reach the right consistency.
Keyword leftover friendly

By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

50 replies on “Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes”

I have a pressure cooker that has never been used. I am a little intimidated by it. Do you have tips on using it for newbies.
I am going to have to Pin this recipe, as I am sure it would go great w/ fried chicken or anything really. 😉

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Angi, we do not have a pressure cooker. We have talked about getting one. We borrowed one from a friend once to do some canning. (It was older without a pressure gauge and the canning did not work.) I love my rice cooker. Why do you suggest a pressure cooker? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks! ~Adrienne

We have a pressure canner. From what I understand a pressure canner can be a pressure cooker, but not vice versa. I have made garlic mashed potatoes the traditional way in the past, but I never heard of adding vinegar. I do have recipes that require you to add vinegar to milk so I realize it just give you a milk very much like butter milk to mix the potatoes. I enjoyed reading the recipe and love the fact that it serves 12 since we love mashed potatoes at our house.

I love mashed potatoes, but I’ve never had a pressure cooker. 7 minutes? That’s awesome. Plus the recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing a completely different way to make a family staple!

My Dad has been expressing interest in a pressure cooker. He keeps talking about it, which means that my parents will probably wind up with one very soon…lol. Garlic is my absolute favorite way to season meat and other things…I love it in mashed potatoes too. I need to use real cloves of garlic more often though. I always forget to buy it when I’m at the store.

I haven’t used a pressure cooker in years. I don’t even own one anymore so I would have to make this the old fashioned way but I would like to try this. It sounds delicious. I think I’ll try this for Easter dinner. Thank you for sharing.

This recipe is making my mouth water. I love garlic mashed potatoes. I have toyed with getting a pressure cooker but haven’t really known to many people that use them. Are they pretty versatile? I have a large family and think it might be a great tool if they make them big enough to make enough for us all. I may have to look into one. Thanks for the info!

We regularly feed three adults and two pre-teen boys using our pressure cooker. Side dishes like this recipe typically serve the five of us twice.

My hubby makes a mean mash potato and I think the fresh herbs are the key. He doesn’t use buttermilk, I am going to have him try that as well for a hint of a different taste.

I always use garlic in my mashed potatoes but never thought to add parsley and chives. It sounds delish! Our pressure cooker died a few years ago, thanks for the recommendation on what you use.

Love, love, love mashed potatoes! I am printing this recipe and plan to make them this week. I have seen some cooking demonstrations with pressure cookers and have been wanting to get one. Sounds like I won’t be disappointed! Thanks for the recipe!!

Thanks for sharing! We are always up for a good potato recipe in our house and it’s nice to have a variation like this!

My aunt used a pressure cooker a lot when I was a little girl — for cooking and canning. She would always warn me to stay away!! Lol! I’ve thought about trying one as an adult, and it’s on my kitchen wish list! Thank you for sharing and bringing back a fond memory!

I LOVE our pressure cookers too! In fact, I bought my second one after the first one was so amazing.

It cuts brown rice cooking time from one hour to 22 minutes.

Lots of other amazing uses. Love them!

Have you ever tried cooking wild rice? I was seriously shocked when I read how long wild rice takes to cook. Some people even mentioned it was complicated to cook using the traditional stove-top method. But that wasn’t an issue with our pressure cooker! It was amazing and our creamy chicken and wild rice soup was perfect.

Okay, you just won me over with the 40 cloves of garlic! We’re at my mom’s right now, and she will LOVE trying this recipe. It’ll be on the menu this week I am sure!

I have been eyeing pressure cookers – cooking fresh food quickly is so attractive. Sounds like a good recipe. Thanks for providing the alternate recipe for those of us without pressure cookers.

Wow, I would have never thought of that before. I’ve never used a pressure cooker, but this recipe sounds great and I think I will be giving it a shot with the boiled potatoes option. For some reason none of my children like mashed potatoes (which I didn’t know was possible) but my husband and I love them.

This recipe has all my beloved ingredients in it, Angi: potatoes, garlic, chives… can it get any better? As long as it can make its way straight onto my plate! Thanks for sharing and making me fantasize about dinner 🙂

That’s a lot of garlic! It’s funny how old things are coming back around – the pressure cooker is definitely gaining some traction. I’ve looked into it but haven’t yet taken the plunge. When I do, these potatoes will definitely be on the must-try list!

This might be one of the better reading mashed potato recipes I’ve ever seen, thank you for sharing that.

So question though! I do not have a pressure cooker but we have been talking about it for a while. I’m assuming they are safe? Just makes me nervous haha (I’m a worry wort!)

But for the time being, do you have any recommendations on how to maybe make this without a pressure cooker? If not, I totally understand 🙂

Our pressure cooker is electric and pretty much set it and forget it. Releasing the pressure also releases hot steam from the pressure valve. Steam, obviously, can burn but if you use a pair of tongs as recommended in the instructions, you’ll be safe.

Alternatively, you can boil the potatoes in a large pot of water omitting the vinegar in step 1. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a potato masher or fork to smash the potatoes.

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Awesome thank you for replying!

So I really don’t much about cooking but the vinegar, how come that is used in the pressure cooker but not regularly? I’m really like the idea of having a pressure cooker, I’ve seen a few good recipes now that call for one.

I’m actually not sure why the pressure cooker calls for vinegar. I’ve never added vinegar when boiling potatoes but I did some searching. It seems that vinegar prevents overcooking according to this article by The Food Lab. Now we’ve both learned something.

I have always been curious about pressure cookers but have never tried one. You have convinced me I need to add one to my list! The recipe looks great thanks for sharing!

Oh My Yumminess!!!! I LOVE mashed potatoes and garlic. These look wicked delicious! I can’t wait to make some!

Our pressure cooker is electric so it’s really easy. Put stuff in, add liquid, close lid, and turn on. Timer beeps when it’s ready for the pressure to be released.

My family enjoys garlic mashed potatoes! We like to dress them up with different herbs from time to time, but plain ol’ garlic is the best!

I’m not a fan of garlic mashed potatoes, but I know my husband would enjoy them. I don’t have a pressure cooker, but I’ve thought about it. Even more, I’ve seriously considered getting a pressure canner.

Angi, thank you for the recipe! We just got a pressure cooker for Christmas and absolutely LOVE it! I can’t wait to try this recipe. We are huge potato eaters around here.

Hi Angi, I know you didn’t start out to talk about your pressure cooker, but your enthusiasm for yours has me wanting to check them out. My mom used her pressure cooker often, yet I’ve never even owned one! The potatoes look yummy. Forty cloves of garlic??? What’s not to love!

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Wow, this sounds delicious – garlic and potatoes are two of my favorite things! I don’t have a pressure cooker, but your intro – which I know you didn’t mean to start out about how wonderful the pressure cooker is – but anyway, it really intrigued me. For now I’ll have to try the recipe the old fashioned boiling way, but I think I have a new thing to ask for for Christmas (unless I just up and buy it for myself before then!)

This is the first time I’ve owned or used a pressure cooker so I’m constantly amazed at all the things it can do. It can even make desserts although I haven’t ventured into that just yet.

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