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Instant Pot Colcannon

A one-pot version of classic Irish mashed potatoes and cabbage.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Irish, Western
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 263kcal


  • 1 ½ cups (354g) water or stock
  • 3 pounds (1360g) potatoes peeled and cut into large pieces
  • ½ head green cabbage cut into large wedges
  • ½ cup (120g) heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • chives for garnish


  • Pour water into the Instant Pot insert and add the cubed potatoes.
  • Add cabbage into an Instant Pot safe bowl or steamer basket and place it on top of the potatoes. Make sure this bowl is secure and stands upright.
  • Cover and seal the lid and set it to high pressure/manual for 5 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes before quickly releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the cabbage, chop and set aside.
  • Drain the water from the potatoes, then add in the cream, salt and nutmeg, and mash until smooth.
  • Mix in chives and cabbage and serve.



  • Cut the potatoes into similar-sized cubes so they cook evenly and at the same rate. 
  • Want super fluffy potatoes? Soak the potatoes in cold water for about 30 minutes, then drain and add to the Instant Pot to cook.
  • You can skip peeling the potatoes if you prefer a more rustic look and flavor. 
  • Chop the head of cabbage into 6-8 large wedges for even cooking. 
  • Don't cut the cabbage too small or it will become overly mushy when cooking. 
  • If you prefer, you can sauté the cabbage in a separate pan on the stovetop, or in the Instant Pot before you cook the potatoes. 
  • For more flavor, use chicken broth instead of water.
  • Cooking times listed do not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, or for the pressure to release.
  • Storage – keep in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 1099mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg