Mediterranean-style mashed potatoes recipe is an easy side dish to make in the Instant Pot. Made with red potatoes, these creamy mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Very little prep time and is made with pantry ingredients.

Is there a potato dish that needs a makeover?

Yes, mashed potatoes are in desperate need of it!

They need color!

These Mediterranean-style mashed potatoes are the perfect way to change up plain old colorless potatoes!

Originally published on November 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm. Click here to see why this new recipe was made.

Top view of a black bowl filled with Mediterranean mashed potatoes. Bowl is on a chopping board

🛒 Ingredients

Here is a quick look at the ingredients. It is to understand why these specific ingredients were chosen. To get the full recipe, go to the bottom of this post.

Top view of ingredients required for this meal with their amounts written on top
Mashed Potatoes made from scratch using pantry ingredients

Red potatoes – I think the best kind of potato to use is the mighty red potato. I prefer them over regular potatoes like Yukon gold they are creamier and easier to mash! I leave the Yukon gold potatoes for french fries.

Kalamata olives – Olives are the top healthiest food item in the world. They are packed with good fats, antioxidants, and heart-healthy ingredients. Source: Eating Well. I like to make an olive salad for a fun lunch recipe.

Roasted Red Peppers – They add so much flavor and a subtle tang to this potato recipe. Plus, they are packed with fiber and good fats. Source: Nutritionix.com. I use roasted red peppers from a jar and turn leftovers into the best bell pepper pesto.

Heavy cream – This cream is often used in the Mediterranean diet, but sparingly because of its high-fat content. I like using it because it makes the potatoes so moist and creamy.

🌿 Substitution tip: Want to make a vegan version? Sub the butter with plant-based butter and use nut milk instead of heavy cream.

🪜 Step-by-step Instructions

If you are using a food scale, see the precise weight of the ingredients in the recipe card below.

  1. Cooking the Potatoes
Collage of 3 images that show how to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot

Wash the red potatoes thoroughly in cold water and then cut them into halves. Place them in the Instant Pot, add 1 cup of water and choose the “rice” option. Also, Turn off the “keep warm” option.

Side note: You can place the potatoes directly in the container, as I did, or use (Affiliate Link) a steamer basket.

2. Mashing the Potatoes

Collage of 3 images that show how to instant pot cooked potatoes

Wait for the Instant Pot’s valve to drop before opening the lid. From the time you press the “rice” button to the time the valve drops will be about 20 minutes.

Gently remove the mashed potatoes, being careful of the hot water. If they are too hot, give them under a very gentle cold water rinse for 15 seconds. Peel and discard their skin. Then, place them in a large bowl.

Add the grass-fed butter, ½ tsp of salt, and heavy cream to the bowl. Use a hand blender which I find to be better than a potato masher. Mash until you reach your desired texture. I like it silky smooth, so, I mash it for about 5 minutes.

3. Making the olive mixture

Collage of 3 images that show how to make the olive mixture.
Chop up the ingredients and flavor them.

While the potatoes are going through the cooking process, prepare the olive mixture. Dice the bell pepper and olives into small pieces.

Put them in a small bowl. My bell peppers were marinated in garlic, but, you can also add additional garlic cloves (or use roasted garlic too). Add the pink salt (or sea salt) and black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Add the olives mixture to the mashed potato and mix well. Garnish with fresh basil, fresh Rosemary, or mint (optional). Now, it’s ready to serve.

🌪 Handy Tip: Whip the butter using a hand blender or a paddle attachment of your food processor. It will give the potatoes a very silky texture.

? Answering Common Questions

Can I make Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes on the stove top

Yes, you can boil the potatoes on the stove top in a large pot for about 25-30 minutes. When they pass the knife test, it’s ready. Drain the water and peel the skin. Add to a large bowl and add the cream. Melt butter on low heat and add it to potatoes. Add the olives mixture and mix well. Garnish and serve.

Can I substitute with sweet potatoes?

Mashed sweet potatoes are easy to make. Just adjust the flavors to blend with the sweet taste. I like to add a little more garlic. I created a guide to choosing the best sweet potatoes that will come in handy.

What if I don’t like Mediterranean-style potatoes?

It’s ok if you like the regular mashed potatoes. Use compound butters like my green onions compound butter or just salt and mashed potatoes. They will all taste delicious.

What other ingredients can be added to mashed potatoes?

– Sun-dried tomatoes
– Pine nuts
Capers
– Feta cheese -> This is something I would love to try.
– Fresh herbs -> Fresh basil, fresh rosemary, or fresh mint
– Don’t like to use butter? Sub it with extra virgin olive oil.

Top view of a black bowl filled with Mediterranean mashed potatoes. Bowl is on a chopping board
Mediterranean-style Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are ready in 35 minutes

🔥 Handy Tip: If you are boiling the potatoes stovetop, use either low heat or medium heat, never high heat. They will splatter and they will cook unevenly.

Making ahead and storing leftovers

To make these mash potatoes recipes ahead of time, only cook the potatoes and peel them. Pressure cook them for 6 minutes only. Store the cooked potatoes in a glass airtight container.

When you are ready to serve them, place the potatoes back in the Instant Pot and finish cooking them (2-4 minutes). Wait for the valve to drop before opening the Instant Pot. Now, follow from step X below.

Leftovers can be refrigerated, but not frozen. Place them in an oven-safe container and refrigerate for no more than 4 days. You can heat them in the oven at 200°F or 93°C for 5-10 minutes, depending on the amount.

👩‍🍳 Cooking tip: Always wait for the valve to drop on your Instant Pot. The pressure cooker is still cooking the ingredients even after the signing beeps.

These are the best-tasting mashed potatoes you will ever make!

How to serve them

This Mediterranean mashed potatoes recipe is the perfect cheap Thanksgiving side dish or can be served with weeknight dinners like this roasted whole cauliflower or air fryer tempeh.

What kind of mashed potato recipes do you like to make?

Love potatoes?

Try some of my favorite potato recipes like these smashed potatoes, Instant Pot chunky potato soup, or these kale and potatoes recipe.

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Top view of a black bowl filled with Mediterranean mashed potatoes. Bowl is on a chopping board

Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

Rini
Mediterranean-style mashed potatoes recipe is an easy side dish to make in the Instant Pot. Made with red potatoes, these creamy mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Very little prep time and is made with pantry ingredients.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 red potatoes 650g of red potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • tsp pink salt divided into ½tsp and 1tsp
  • ½ cup kalamata olives 60g before chopping
  • cup roasted red pepper 100g before chopping
  • ¼ cup grass-fed butter about 26g
  • ¼ cup regular whipping cream about 50ml
  • 1 clove garlic
  • basil leaves for garnish

Optional

Instructions
 

Cooking the Potatoes

  • Wash the red potatoes thoroughly in cold water and then cut them into halves.
    5 red potatoes
  • Place them in the Instant Pot, add water, and choose the "rice" option. Turn off the "keep warm" option. See Note #1
    1 cup water

Mashing the Potatoes

  • From the time you press the "rice" button to the time the valve drops will be about 20 minutes. See Note #2
  • Gently remove the mashed potatoes, being careful of the hot water.
  • If they are too hot, give them under a very gentle cold water rinse for 15 seconds.
  • Peel their skin and place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the grass-fed butter, ½ tsp of salt, and heavy cream to the bowl.
    ¼ cup grass-fed butter, ¼ cup regular whipping cream
  • Use a hand blender and mash until you reach your desired texture. I like it silky smooth, so, I mash it for about 5 minutes.

Making the olive mixture

  • While the potatoes are going through the cooking process, prepare the olive mixture.
  • Dice the bell pepper and olives into small pieces.
    ½ cup kalamata olives, ⅓ cup roasted red pepper
  • Put them in a small bowl.
  • Add the 1 tsp pink salt, black pepper, and garlic, if using. Mix well and set aside.
    1½ tsp pink salt, 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, 1 clove garlic
  • Add the olives mixture to the mashed potato and mix well.
  • Chop and garnish with fresh basil, fresh Rosemary, or mint (optional).
    basil leaves
  • Serve immediately

Notes

Note #1 – You can place them directly in the container, as I did, or use a steamer basket.
Note #2 – Wait for the Instant Pot’s valve to drop before opening the lid.
Food Scale values:
26g of butter
650g/1.43kg/0.650lbs red potatoes
7g pink salt
2g black pepper
60g olives (before chopping)
100g roasted red bell pepper (before chopping)
50ml regular whipping cream
TIPS
– Want to make a vegan version? Sub the butter with plant-based butter and use nut milk instead of heavy cream.
-Whip the butter using a hand blender or a paddle attachment of your food processor. It will give the potatoes a very silky texture.
– Always wait for the valve to drop on your Instant Pot. The pressure cooker is still cooking the ingredients even after the signing beeps.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal
Keyword how to flavor mashed potatoes, Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, mediterranean diet recipes
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Version 1

Overhead view of a steel bowl made filled with vegan Mediterranean mashed potatoes and topped with kalamata olives, bell pepper strips and fresh parsley

From time to time, I will go through old recipes to update the content. Sometimes, I update just the images and sometimes, I give the recipe a complete makeover.

In this case, the images were a big part of the makeover.

Additionally, this recipe was originally vegan. It was made with hazelnut milk and plant-based milk. I no longer use plant-based butters because they have so many bad ingredients. Read my soap-box reason for why grass-fed butter is the better choice.

Also, I have loved using heavy cream because it makes the potatoes so creamy.

Have you checked out my guide to veganism?

If you want the original recipe, check it out here.

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10 Comments

  1. Potato recipes like this one are my comfort food! I really love the flavor combination of this recipe of yours, buttery, peppery, creamy, and all. It really tastes so good! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. This recipe was a big surprise! I love anything Mediterranean so I tried it for dinner few days ago and I am a big fan! I used plant-based butter. Delicious

  3. I made these for Thanksgiving and I got lots of compliments. They were flavorful and colorful. The Kalamata olives and roasted red peppers added deliciously different tastes and the cream made them creamy! I will definitely use this recipe again.

  4. I made these potatoes for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! It was my first time using olives in mashed potatoes, but won’t be the last. I’ll be making these again and again!