Instant Pot Potatoes Colcannon

by Erin @ Food Doodles on January 24, 2021

These Instant Pot Potatoes Colcannon are rich, creamy, and flavorful and can be made with either kale or cabbage. Incredibly easy with a pressure cooker or on the stove-top. With vegan, whole30 and paleo options.

Before you run off at the thought of cabbage or kale in your mashed potatoes, let me first just say that I don’t even like cabbage. I didn’t have much hope when I first tried this recipe. So I was pleasantly surprised that I liked them!

The cabbage doesn’t have an overpowering taste in these potatoes. My husband even said he’d like more next time. For me, I’ll stick to the amount in the recipe. 😉

I tested it with kale and it works (and is listed in the recipe), but my family just doesn’t like the taste or texture of kale. So what you see in the photos is the cabbage version. Kale does, however, add a nice green to the potatoes!

Quick and easy with an Instant Pot

With this recipe, you just saute the cabbage and garlic in the Instant Pot, add the rest of the ingredients, cook, and then blend.

It was my first time making mashed potatoes like that, and I was shocked by how creamy, non-starchy and non-gluey they were.

 

When you open the lid, the potatoes are so soft that you can use a potato masher to get them totally creamy. Usually, I use a potato masher and then switch over to an electric hand mixer once it gets too difficult.

It won’t take much action to get these potatoes creamy, so use whatever method you like. But as always with mashed potatoes, don’t overmix!

With a stove-top option

Don’t fret if you don’t have an Instant Pot! You can still use this recipe.

Everything is the same except for the cooking time. You just need to cook the potatoes a while longer.

Ingredients for colcannon potatoes

What are potatoes colcannon?

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made of mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. It uses simple ingredients like potatoes, butter, cream, kale and herbs.

It’s such a wonderful treat that there have been songs written about it, but maybe that is what you would expect of any fantastic Irish food.

There seems to be a very orthodox way of serving this dish.

The potatoes are piled on the plate in a cone shape, then making a hole in the center you pile on the butter, add the cream by pouring it around the outside of the colcannon and you have a plate overflowing with goodness.

Colcannon is versatile which is reflected in the different regions in Ireland.

Some will have onions while others will have chives or cabbage, and it’s often served with ham, bacon, or corned beef.

No matter where you are, you’ll find it to be a terrific hearty side dish.

History

Colcannon has so many sensational traditions layered in its history that I had to share.

Around Halloween, colcannon was served with hidden trinkets and considered a fortune-telling treat that has roots in Celtic and Irish traditions.

Trinkets like coins, pieces of rags, rings or sticks were cooked inside the dish.

The one who found a trinket would have their future predicted by it.

I’m not sure how I would feel about pulling a rag out of my potatoes, but the stick predicted that your spouse would beat you. So I think I would be digging for the coin or the ring.

Colcannon, although an interesting fortune-telling dish, can also be seen around St. Patrick’s Day which brings us to this spectacularly simple Irish mashed potato recipe.

A vegan and dairy-free option

These colcannon potatoes are easy to make vegan, paleo and whole30-friendly! Use:

  • whatever compliant dairy-free milk you want in place of the milk (I like cashew milk)
  • coconut cream in place of the heavy cream
  • refined coconut oil for paleo/whole30 or vegan butter in place of the butter

I used cashew milk and refined coconut oil. I used refined because I didn’t want any coconut taste.

If you use coconut cream along with refined coconut oil, the potatoes won’t have any coconut taste to them.

Potatoes Colcannon
If you use coconut milk in place of the milk, or unrefined coconut oil in place of the butter, you’ll probably have some coconut taste to the potatoes.

I recommend using a thinner, more neutral-tasting milk. For paleo and whole30, I really recommend cashew milk. If you can have grains, then oat milk would also work well.

Do let me know what you think of these colcannon potatoes if you give them a try!

Instant Pot Potatoes Colcannon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

See notes on how to make this paleo, vegan and whole30-friendly!

Course: Side
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: colcannon potatoes, instant pot, mashed potatoes
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups (195 grams - about ½ small head) shredded cabbage or 2 cups (130 grams) chopped kale
  • 2 medium or large garlic cloves (9 grams) minced
  • 2 pounds (907 grams) Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1” cubes
  • ¾ cup (160 ml) milk or water (see notes for dietary-friendly options)
  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) butter divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat your Instant Pot, choosing the Saute-High function. Add the oil and let it heat for a minute.

  2. Add the cabbage or kale to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.

  4. To the pot, add the potatoes, water, cream, 2 tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper. Attach the lid of the Instant Pot and make sure that the valve is in the sealing position.

  5. Choose Pressure Cook-Manual for 7 minutes.

  6. Do a manual release by switching the valve to the venting position. Be careful as it will steam!

  7. Mash the potatoes. I like to use a potato masher as it doesn't overmix the potatoes. You can use your preferred method. Taste and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, if desired. Mash until your desired consistency.

  8. Add extra salt and pepper, if desired.

  9. Store leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Stovetop version:
  1. Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add the oil and let it heat for a minute.

  2. Add the cabbage or kale to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.

  4. To the pot, add the potatoes, water, cream, 2 tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Continue to Step 7 above.

Recipe Notes

To make this vegan, paleo and whole30-friendly, use:

  • whatever compliant dairy-free milk you want in place of the milk (I like cashew milk)
  • coconut cream in place of the heavy cream
  • refined coconut oil for paleo/whole30 or for vegan, you can use vegan butter in place of the butter

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1 Patricia @ Grab a Plate February 20, 2021 at 16:50

What a great side dish and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Is there anything the IP can’t do?! Yum!

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2 Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert February 19, 2021 at 03:25

These Pot Potatoes Colcannon would disappear in our house!

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3 Sandra February 18, 2021 at 22:15

Such a delicious side dish!! A new favorite at my house!

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4 Cathy February 18, 2021 at 16:09

I’ve always wanted to make this! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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5 Catalina February 18, 2021 at 00:21

This is one of my favorite side dished. It’s great to make it in the Instant Pot!

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6 Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert February 17, 2021 at 14:37

These Instant Pot Potatoes Colcannon are sound delicious! Dangerously good…

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7 Amanda February 16, 2021 at 23:59

I love the idea of making potatoes in the instant pot, thank you so much for sharing!

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8 Sarah January 25, 2021 at 15:37

Ok, I will admit I was quite intrigued by adding cabbage to mashed potatoes. I enjoy cabbage quite a bit but don’t eat it very often. This looks like a great side dish. I will have to give this a try.

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9 Erin @ Food Doodles January 30, 2021 at 07:12

I hope that you’ll enjoy it! I’d love to hear what you think. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

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