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Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and a versatile side dish. The mild flavor pairs well with most meats, fish, vegetables, and is ideal topped with gravy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 1 pound potatoes Russet or Yukon Gold
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk room temperature
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash potatoes well under running water and dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Peel and cut potatoes into 1 to 2-inch chunks, add them to a medium saucepan, add salt, and fill with water until it covers the potatoes by 1-2-inches.
  • Bring the saucepan to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to medium-high and boil until the potatoes are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Test by spearing with a fork. It should poke through easily.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain, and mash with a potato masher.
  • Add the butter, and drizzle in milk gradually while mashing until the potatoes are moist. You may need to use more or less milk depending on how dry your potatoes are.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and continue mashing and stirring until the potatoes are light and fluffy. Serve warm. Makes 4 servings.


Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes: Mashed potatoes can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Follow the recipe, cool completely, cover, and refrigerate. To Reheat: Place the mashed potatoes in a covered casserole dish, and heat in the oven until hot, about 30 minutes. Stir in a little warm milk, if the potatoes are dry.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 2.7g