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A big bowl of creamy mashed potatoes
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5 from 16 votes

Classic Mashed Potatoes

These classic mashed potatoes are irresistibly creamy, buttery, and pair perfectly with any main course for the ultimate cozy meal. Watch how I make them in the video below!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best mashed potatoes, classic mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • ½ cup milk or more for a creamier texture
  • ¼ cup butter
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Peel and dice the potatoes. Peel the potatoes using a hand peeler and dice them into large chunks or cubes.
    Dicing potatoes
  • Boil the potatoes. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Drop the potatoes in and let them cook for 15 minutes, or until they’re fork-tender.
    Boiling diced potatoes in a pot
  • Warm the milk and butter. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and milk in a saucepan until the mixture is warm. Alternatively, you could also melt and warm this mixture in the microwave. Then, drain the potatoes in a colander, place them back into the hot pot, and pour the butter milk mixture on top of the potatoes.
    Mixing butter milk mixture with potatoes
  • Mix and mash. Mash the potatoes with a hand masher until you've reached your desired consistency. You can always add more milk or butter for a creamier consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
    Making mashed potatoes in a pot
  • Garnish and serve. Scoop the mashed sweet potatoes into a bowl, add a pat of butter, sprinkle with chopped parsley (optional) and serve!
    Whipped mashed potatoes in a bowl



  • You can certainly make this recipe dairy-free and vegan by using a plant-based milk and butter alternative.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 1012mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg