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Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and delicious. Jazz up plain potatoes with garlic for the best side dish.

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My kids love when I make mashed potatoes and these garlic potatoes are their favorite. They could eat it with every meal because of the creamy texture and amazing flavor.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes made the best side dish recipe. If you are looking for different ways to change up your mashed potatoes. Check out these recipes – Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Ranch Mashed Potatoes.

Why Make these Mashed Potatoes:

Garlic mashed potatoes always makes a great side dish. Each bite is so fluffy and one of our favorite comfort foods to enjoy. We took our easy mashed potato recipe and made it even better.

If you want to try something different, add a little minced garlic. Be prepared for everyone to love garlic mashed potatoes.

If you have leftovers make these Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe.


  • Red Potatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Milk
  • Salt and pepper

Variations Ideas:

  • Sour Cream – For extra creamy mashed potatoes, mix in ½ cup of sour cream.
  • Top Potatoes – This is optional but you can drizzle a little melted butter or olive oil on top of the potatoes.
  • Garlic Flavor – I love the flavor of minced garlic but you can use a ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder. Check out How to Mince Garlic Cloves.
  • Milk – Full fat works best, but any kind of milk will be delicious. You can also substitute butter milk for regular milk. Also try heavy cream instead of milk if you prefer. It will be a little more rich with cream. Just use what you like best.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning by adding in Fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, or parmesan cheese.

How to Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • Step 1 – Clean all of the potatoes with water and a potato scrubber. Then quarter them and we leave the skin on. You can peel the potatoes if you would prefer mashed potatoes without skin.
  • Step 2 – Put the potatoes in a large pot and add cold water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil.
  • Step 3 – Let the potatoes come to a boil and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. You want the potatoes to be fork tender.
  • Step 4 – Drain the potatoes and put them back in the pot.
  • Step 5 – Add in the garlic, butter, salt and part of the milk. Make sure to only use part of the milk because you may not need it all.
  • Step 6 – Use an electric mixer to mash the potatoes mixture and blend them until they are light and fluffy. You can also use a potato masher if you prefer.
  • Step 7 – Use the remaining milk to gradually add it to the mashed potatoes. Mix until they are the consistency that you prefer.
  • Step 8 – It is that simple. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy in a large bowl.

Recipe Tips:

  • Mixing Potatoes – Don’t over mix the potatoes. Over mixing can result in potatoes that are not light and fluffy. The could end up with a gummy texture if mixed too long.
  • Cooking Pototes – Make sure you cook the potatoes long enough. So that you don’t have lumpy or hard mashed potatoes in spots.
  • Dicing Potatoes – Try to dice the potatoes all the same size so they cook evenly when you boil them.

What to Serve with Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

How to Thicken

If your mashed potatoes end up too runny, you can easily thicken them. See How to Thicken Mashed Potatoes for easy ideas.

What is the Best Way to Mash Potatoes?

Mashing your potatoes is done with a hand potato masher tool. Whipping your potatoes is done with a hand mixer. Both methods work great in mashed potatoes.

Mashing by hand will provide a thicker mashed potato with lumps. Whipping potatoes will give you smoother mashed potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much garlic should I use for the recipe?

I used 2 teaspoons of minced garlic for this recipe.

What is The Best Potato to Use?

We used red potatoes for garlic mashed potatoes but you can use Yukon golds potatoes or russet potatoes as well.

Can I Prepare Ahead of Time?

Yes you can make garlic mashed potatoes up to 2 days in advance. I recommending stir in more butter when reheating to give them a fresh taste.

Can I Freeze these Potatoes?

Yes, mashed potatoes freeze great. Check out our Can you Freeze Mashed Potatoes for more information.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Garlic mashed potatoes

5 from 7 votes
Garlic mashed potatoes are creamy and delicious. Jazz up plain potatoes with garlic for the best side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 194


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  • Clean the potatoes and quarter them (leave the skin on).
  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the potatoes and then return them back to the pot.
  • Then add in the garlic, butter, salt and ½ a cup of the milk. Use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes until they are light and fluffy. Gradually add in the remaining milk until the mashed potatoes are the consistency that you prefer.
  • Serve immediately while warm and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Calories 194kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 4g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 302mg, Potassium 735mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 296IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 54mg, Iron 1mg

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