Colcannon Recipe- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Butter

Author: Lisa Childs

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Category: Instant Pot Recipes

Published Date: July 22, 2020

Updated Date: August 27, 2023

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Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of extremely creamy and buttery mashed potatoes with ribbons of sauteed kale and onion. This Instant Pot Colcannon recipe makes it SUPER easy to make in one pot!

Stovetop and Instant Pot instructions included

A BLUE DISH with colcannon potatoes, kale, and potatoes

Colcannon Potatoes

I first tried Colcannon at a fancy restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City (read about it here). I had never had mashed potatoes that intentionally had mixins besides bacon and cheese, so I was intrigued!

Steak on potatoes with blue cheese and a lobster tail

The potatoes were incredibly smooth and ridiculously creamy, and had ribbons of sauteed onion and kale running throughout. The restaurant served it with their surf and turf and covered it in a reduced sauce of some kind. Delicious!

Colcannon Recipe

Traditional Colcannon is an Irish dish that is basically mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. I choose to make my Colcannon recipe with kale and onion, but you can add any variation you like!

Instant Pot Mashed potatoes with kale and onion

You can add green onions, leeks, chives, cabbage, kale, herbs, or other hearty green that has been sauteed and will add a nice texture to the smooth potatoes. On the same lines, you can omit the onions if you’re not a huge fan.

The nice thing about this dish is that if some people in your family prefer regular mashed potatoes, you can scoop out their portion first before adding the kale to the rest of the pot, or vice versa.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot 3 Quart

I love making these potatoes in my 3 quart Instant Pot Duo. Having a mini 3 quart is SO nice to have to make all the side dishes while my 6 quart Instant Pot makes the main dish! I also almost always have it on the counter making Instant Pot yogurt.

Check out my post on the Best Instant Pot to Buy and the Best Instant Pot Accessories to buy and avoid!

Instant Pot Colcannon vs Instant Pot mashed potatoes

The difference between Instant Pot Colcannon and Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes is the FLAVOR!

There’s a lot more creaminess and flavor to these potatoes than traditional potatoes, so there’s no need for a gravy or sauce. These stand alone as a delicious vegetable side dish. These would also be an amazing addition to any holiday table!

I use seasoned salt, better than bouillon (chicken base), Cream Cheese, and a high quality butter to flavor this Colcannon recipe.

colcannon potatoes with a spoon

Tips for Making this Colcannon Recipe

  • Don’t add too much butter when sauteeing the kale and onions, or it will have a hard time incorporating into the potatoes.
  • DO NOT OVERMIX the potatoes, lest you end up with something that resembles wallpaper paste.
  • Don’t be modest with the butter and cream. We’ve already decided this is a luxurious dish that does not need any corners cut. Use the cream and butta! Don’t hold back!
closeup of colcannon potatoes

Stovetop instructions

If you prefer to make these colcannon potatoes on the stove than the Instant Pot, it’s easy to do as well! Just follow these steps:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt, potatoes, and the lid. Reduce the temperature to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes, or until a fork can easily pierce through the potatoes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, saute the kale and onions in a separate pan.
  • When the potatoes are done, drain them and return to the pot with the cream cheese, cream, butter, and salt and pepper. Close the lid and let the cream cheese and butter melt.
  • Carefully mash until smooth.
  • Gently fold in the kale and onions.
  • Spoon into a serving bowl and top with more melted butter and freshly cracked pepper.
Graphic with Instant Pot or Stove Top Irish Colcannon with 2 pictures of colcannon potatoes.
A BLUE DISH with colcannon potatoes, kale, and potatoes

Instant Pot Colcannon Potatoes

Buttery, creamy, deliciously smooth Colcannon Potatoes with kale and onion are incredibly easy to make in the Instant Pot
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 -12
Calories: 544kcal
Author: Lisa Childs


  • 1 cup butter divided (high quality Irish butter like Kerrygold is best)
  • 1/2 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cups kale washed and julienned
  • seasoned salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth If using Better than Bouillon, add 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon paste
  • 3 lb Russet potatoes scrubbed, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream or half and half


  • Set the Instant Pot to NORMAL SAUTE and add 2 tablespoons of butter, sliced onion, kale, and a pinch of seasoned salt. Saute for about 5-8 minutes or until onions are translucent, soft, and fully cooked. Do not let the onion brown. Remove and set aside.
  • *If the Instant Pot liner has any browned bits or marks, remove the pot and rinse it out so there are no browned marks.
  • Add chicken broth and potatoes to the Instant Pot. Lock the lid, turn the knob to Sealing, and cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 5 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release, then release the rest of the pressure by turning the knob from Sealing to Venting.
  • Add cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), and cream or half and half. Replace the lid and wait 5 minutes to warm through the ingredients and melt the butter. Open the lid, and mash with a potato masher or very carefully with a hand mixer. Mash until smooth and no lumps remain, but do not overmix. Add more milk or cream to thin, if you prefer a softer mashed potato texture. Taste the potatoes and add more salt to taste.
  • With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the kale and onion mixture to the mashed potatoes, careful not to overmix.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl, and create an indent on the top by swirling a spoon to make a well on the top. Pour remaining melted butter in the well. Enjoy topped with freshly cracked pepper.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 550mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
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