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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any meal and delicious enough to serve for holiday dinners and celebrations. Creamy whipped potatoes made with garlic butter is a flavorful addition to your next dinner.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are the standard side dish for dinner at our house. Rather we are having steak, meatloaf or a whole chicken, mashed potatoes are our favorite side dish.


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If you are just looking for the printable recipe card, scroll on down to the very bottom. Otherwise read on for my tips and tricks for the most flavorful and creamy mashed potatoes!

How to Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

Pan of potato cut into chunks, covered with water

  • Wash and peel 3 pounds of potatoes. Cut into 1 inch chunks and cover with cold water. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and place over medium-high heat.
  • Bring potatoes to a boil and stir often. Cook for about 25 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.

Boiled potato chunks draining in a gray colander

  • Drain potatoes in a colander.
    garlic butter in a small skillet
  • Add butter to a small skillet and add 2 grated garlic cloves. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring often.Boiled potatoes with cream and sour cream ready to whip
  • Add drained potatoes, garlic butter, sour cream, cream, kosher salt and pepper to a mixer bowl.

Bowl of whipped potatoes with whisk attachment

  • Beat with a wire whisk attachment until smooth and creamy.  Serve immediately.

Bowl of buttery mashed potatoes

The best way to keep potatoes warm before serving:

To keep potatoes warm, move to an oven safe baking dish, drizzle with butter and cover with foil. Place in a warm – 250 oven until ready to serve.

What potatoes are best for mashed potatoes?

Russets or Yukon Gold are best for mashed potatoes. They are higher in starch and make creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.

How to boil potatoes for mashed potatoes:

Cut potatoes into small chunks, about 1- 2 inches. Cover with cold water. This will help them cook evenly without getting mushy.  Season potatoes with kosher salt as they cook. You can add more salt to taste if needed when you mash them.

How many potatoes to cook per person?

Figure on about 1/2 pound of potatoes per person or about 1 medium sized potato per person. So a five pound bag of potatoes will make about 10 servings. 

How long will mashed potatoes last?

Mashed Potatoes can be made in advance and kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

How to reheat mashed potatoes:

Place potatoes in an oven safe dish and cover with foil. Place in a 350 over for 20-35 minutes, stirring half way through. Drizzle a little melted butter on top if desired.

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More Potato Recipes to Try:

  • Potato Gratin is a creamy and delicious side dish with loads of melty cheese. A great addition to any holiday meal or family dinner.
  • Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is a favorite for holidays and every day dinners. Just like Cracker Barrel!
  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole is filled with cheese and topped with crispy bacon. Everything you love about the classic twice baked potato in a casserole. Perfect for the holidays. 
  • Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes are a quick and easy side that we love with just about any meal. Great for brunch or any dinner made on the grill.
  • Grilled Potatoes are my new favorite. They are made on the grill in a foil packet and loaded with cheese and everything bagel seasoning! Crazy good!
  • Best Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes are another must-try potato dish. The browned bits of butter add a ton of flavor to your classic mashed potato recipe.

These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a great addition to any holiday meal like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any special celebration dinner. They are also simple enough for your favorite weeknight meals.  Give them a try this week!



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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any meal and delicious enough to serve for holiday dinners and celebrations. Creamy whipped potatoes made with garlic butter that is a flavorful addition to your next dinner. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy mashed potatoes, garlic butter mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 3 pounds russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves grated or minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into 1-2 inch chunks, place in a large pan and cover with cold water.
  • Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and bring to a boil.  Boil potatoes until cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes.  
  • Drain well.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine butter and garlic, cooking over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine drained potatoes, garlic butter, milk, sour cream, remaining salt, and pepper.  
  • Beat with electric mixer until all is well combined and potatoes are whipped to your liking.  
  • Serve immediately or cover and keep warm until serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 511mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g

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