This Instant Pot colcannon recipe is easy, rustic, and comforting. The perfect side dish for St. Patrick's Day or when you want to jazz up your mashed potatoes!
I tested this recipe with both cabbage and kale, and I preferred the cabbage. To me, it tasted better, and it also had a more melt-in-your-mouth kinda texture. I have photos for both in this post, so you can get an idea of what each version looks like. The cabbage color tends to disappear, but you can definitely still taste it.
I also have a stovetop colcannon recipe with bacon if you prefer.
If you're wondering what Colcannon is, it's an Irish and Scottish dish of potatoes with cabbage. They're typically boiled and mashed together. There's plenty of variations out there, so that's why I did a bit of experimenting with it myself.
How to make colcannon in an Instant Pot
In the Instant Pot, sauté the onion for a few minutes, and then add the cabbage (or kale) and cook until it wilts, then add the potatoes and water. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
Do a quick release and mash in the cream, salt and pepper, and chives. Serve and top generously with butter.
I actually really like making mashed potatoes and colcannon in the electric pressure cooker. It's just more convenient in my opinion.
Have you ever made colcannon? I hope you will give this Instant Pot cabbage and potatoes recipe a try!
Questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Easy Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe
- 1 tablespoon butter + extra for serving
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 medium cabbage (about 3 cups) OR use kale chopped
- 2.5 pounds Russet potatoes cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chives or scallions chopped, to taste
- Add the butter and oil to the Instant Pot. Sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes, then add the cabbage and continue to cook until it starts to wilt (another few minutes).
- Add the potatoes and water to the Instant Pot. Close the lid and make sure the valve is on "sealing". Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Carefully do a quick pressure release. Test to make sure the potatoes are done by inserting a knife. If they're not done, put the lid back on and cook them on high pressure for another couple minutes.
- You can mash the potatoes right in the inner pot on your counter (I don't like to mash them with the inner pot in the pressure cooker in case I damage the heating element). Add the cream, salt & pepper (I'm pretty generous), and chives. Mash until the colcannon is the consistency you like. Serve with butter on top.
- Serves 4-6.
- Inactive time indicates the amount of time it takes the Instant Pot to get up to pressure.
- I tested this recipe both with cabbage and kale, and I prefer the taste and texture of the cabbage.