How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes: Step by step instructions and troubleshooting for making fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes. Includes steps on how to freeze mashed potatoes. 

The Best Mashed Potatoes

How to make fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 3 pounds russet or yukon gold potatoes scrubbed clean
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk or 1 cup if preparing in advance
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Pierce potatoes 3 times and place on baking sheet. Bake potatoes until fork tender--about 40 minutes.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, cool until just able to handle. Peel off skin with knife or fingers. 
  • Run potatoes through food mill or ricer.
  • Heat up the milk, butter and salt together. Slowly add to potatoes and mix until absorbed.
  • Stir in the sour cream if using and serve. 
Nutrition Facts
The Best Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 852mg37%
Potassium 1069mg31%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 13.7mg17%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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