Simple Instant Pot Mashed Rutabaga

instant pot mashed rutabaga nutmeg

I love a good farmer’s market as much as the next girl, but I feel like we don’t show enough love for a good grocery store produce section. There are no Krogers where I live, but Krogers has one hell of a good produce section, right? And Food Lion! Terrible store overall but a great produce section! Wegmans is such a mixed bag of a produce section. The produce is usually excellent and the selection is better than many other grocery stores in my area. But the produce section is so poorly organized! I shop almost entirely at Wegmans and yet I still don’t know where the carrots are (because they are in a different place every time).

Obviously they just want us spending more time in the produce so we’ll throw some more impulse vegetables in the cart . . . and it’s working. Let’s be honest: rutabaga has never been on my shopping list, but I’m never unhappy when a rogue rutabaga ends up in my path.

I’ve written about this before, but apparently I am quite approachable at the grocery store (and the hardware store . . . and the craft store . . . and the sidewalk . . . maybe I’m just approachable). When I’m buying an unusual vegetable (or just spaghetti squash), ladies stop me to ask what I plan to make with it. With a rutabaga in my cart, I always get this question.

Guys, rutabaga doesn’t have to be a big deal. I’ll just toss some cubes in olive oil and salt and let it all roast away in the oven. I’ll lightly mash boiled rutabaga with a little bit of butter. But when I’m introducing rutabaga to the uninitiated, I’ll put a little more thought into it like I did here.

I’m also trying to convince my mother to take her Instant Pot home with her. I bought it for her for Mother’s Day last year and she keeps leaving it at my house! I know that sounds like she just doesn’t want it, but honestly it’s that motherhood sacrifice thing. She thinks that I need it more than she does (even though I already have an instant pot). And I bought her the smaller one because I knew she thought the 6 quart model was too big!

Anyway, Mom loves rutabaga. I grew up hating the stuff and I think it was largely because of how she cooked it. She always microwaved it. I don’t think that really hurts the flavor at all, but it definitely stunk up the house. And it was hard to make myself even try a bite of something that was that malodorous. Cooking rutabaga in the Instant Pot really cuts down on the smell. Give it a try!


Instant Pot Mashed Rutabaga

  • 4 cups peeled and cubed rutabaga
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
chopped rutabaga raw

Cooking the rutabaga in the Instant Pot is really simple. Add one cup of water to the inner pot. Put in your steamer basket or trivet/rack (whatever you use when you don’t want to cook something directly in the liquid).

If you don’t have a steamer basket or trivet, it’s okay. I’ve just thrown the rutabaga in with the water. If you’re doing that, you’ll want to let the rutabaga drain a little longer after you’re done cooking it, just so it isn’t too watery when you mash it.

Set your Instant Pot to Manual and use the up/down buttons to set it for 7 minutes. At the end of the cycle, you can either use the quick release or natural release option (depending on how much of a hurry you’re in).

instant pot mashed rutabaga

Once everything comes to pressure, pull the rutabaga out of the pot and throw it in a bowl with the salt, sour cream, and nutmeg. Y’all know I love my immersion blender, so I use that to mash it all up together.

And that’s it!

instant pot mashed rutabaga
Making mashed rutabaga has never been easier.  Use the Instant Pot!

1 Comment on Simple Instant Pot Mashed Rutabaga

  1. Sharon Stevenson Siebern | November 23, 2019 at 1:21 PM |

    I followed this recipe and had inconsistent results. I steamed the rutabagas the suggested 7 minutes, then an additional 4 minutes and they were still too hard to mash with mixer or a hand held potato masher. I think I am going to stick with the microwave with this vegetable. The sour cream and nutmeg were good.

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