Instant Pot Colcannon

Are you looking for a simple yet impressive way to spruce up your Irish-inspired St. Patrick’s Day meal? Then you owe it to yourself to try Instant Pot Colcannon – it’s the ultimate way to dress up those mashed potatoes! Not just for special occasions, this rustic and satisfying side dish is simple to make, packed with flavor, and effortlessly complements any meal. A delicious mix of potatoes and cabbage you never realized was so good! Here you’ll find all the information you need to whip up this traditional Irish recipe and impress your family and friends.

Colcannon potatoes are a must-make recipe. This colcannon recipe is great with cabbage. Now you will see some recipes use kale and others will use cabbage.

Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe

If you have never had a colcannon potato recipe you will want to add this to your menu plan. Pair with corned beef and cabbage, or any of your other favorite dishes.

Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe

 What Are Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon potatoes are a side dish that is a Scottish or Irish dish. You will find most recipes use a mashed potato with cabbage or kale. You generally cook the potatoes and cabbage together, so you get the ultimate flavor of your side dish.

Why is it called Colcannon 

You will see that the word colcannon is the meaning of white-headed cabbage. It is also said it is derived from an old Irish word, and it will translate to leek, onion, or garlic. Most serve this with ham or even Irish bacon as a traditional dish. 

Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe

 Why Make Potatoes In Instant Pot 

You will find making your potatoes in the instant pot gives you a super easy and quick way to cook your potatoes. The prep and cook time is crazy easy, and then mash like you would and you have a creamy and dreamy mashed potato recipe. 

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • One Pot 
  • Creamy 
  • Hands-Off Approach 

What Are The Best Potatoes For Colcannon Potatoes 

If you want the ultimate mashed potato recipe you will want to reach for a Yukon gold or russet. These varieties of potatoes carry a higher starch that gives potatoes that ultimate velvety smooth texture. 

Plus these potatoes pair nicely with the cabbage that gets cooked down with them. 

Can I Make Irish Colcannon Potatoes On The Stove 

Absolutely! You will boil your potatoes like you normally would as well as tossing in your cabbage. Then follow the rest of the steps after you drain off the water from your cooked potatoes. 

How Long To Store Potatoes 

These potatoes will store up to three days in the fridge when stored properly. You can reheat them on the stove and add a little milk or cream to help give them a creamier texture if they seem too dry when reheated. 

Or you can opt to reheat in the microwave if you would prefer. 

Ways to Use Leftover Potatoes 

You can make potato patties that you pan-fry in a skillet, use leftover potatoes for shepherd’s pie, and more. We rarely have any leftovers, but on the occasion we do I enjoy whipping them up in a new way. 

Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe

For the perfect Irish meal you will want to include in some traditional Irish Soda Bread, it also can be made in your instant pot.

Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe

Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe

Instant Pot Colcannon is the ultimate way to dress up those mashed potatoes. Here you have a rustic and satisfying St. Patrick's Day side dish.


  • 4 Russet Potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 3 Cups Chopped/shredded Cabbage
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Water
  • 2/3 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 TSP Pepper
  • 3 TBSP Green Onions


  1. Place potatoes, cabbage & water into your pot.  Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes + Quick Release
  2. *Carefully drain off the liquid.
  3. Add heavy cream, butter & pepper into your pot. Use a hand mixer to mash your potatoes. You do not want to over mash.
  4. Add in green onions and hand stir. Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe


*You can be extra careful by using a snap and strain strainer. This fits on your inner pot perfectly and you can carefully pour off the excess hot water. This is definitely one of my favorite items.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

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