Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Naturally sweet and lightly seasoned, this mashed sweet potatoes recipe pairs perfectly with any main dish and is ready in just 25 minutes! If you need a smoother healthy side dish than roast sweet potatoes, sweet potato mash is the best alternative — and just like mashed cauliflower, it’s easy to make rich, buttery, and creamy.

Why You’ll Love This Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

  • Buttery, sweet flavor
  • Thick and creamy texture
  • Made in one pot
  • Ready in less than 30 minutes
  • Naturally gluten-free, and easy to make paleo or vegan
  • Goes with anything!
Sweet potato mash in Dutch oven.

Ingredient & Substitution Notes

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for this easy mashed sweet potatoes recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Sweet Potatoes – I prefer to peel them (for silky smooth mashed sweet potatoes), but you can leave the skin on if you prefer. You can also substitute yams, which are similar to sweet potatoes, but less sweet.
  • Unsalted Butter – The most classic choice for this recipe, but you can also use ghee, butter flavored coconut oil for a vegan alternative, or even bacon grease.
  • Garlic – With so few ingredients, fresh minced garlic tastes the best. However, you can also use jarred minced garlic. Alternatively, you can substitute 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and add it at the end.
  • Milk – Makes the sweet potato mash more creamy. You can use dairy milk, heavy cream for an ultra-rich dish, coconut milk or almond milk for dairy-free alternatives, or omit completely for a firmer texture.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper – For easy seasoning.
Mashed sweet potato ingredients.

How To Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This section shows how to make sweet potato mash with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Boil. Cook potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute. Add butter and garlic, and saute until fragrant. Remove from heat.
Potato cubes in a Dutch oven.
Butter with garlic in a pot.

  1. Mash. Return sweet potatoes to the pot and add milk, mashing with a potato masher to get the desired consistency.
  2. Season. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. If desired, garnish with an extra tablespoon or two of butter, and sprinkle with fresh parsley or chives.
Potatoes mashed with masher.
Sweet potatoes mashed without garnishes.

How Long To Boil Sweet Potatoes For Mash?

For 1/2-inch cubes, boil sweet potatoes for mash for about 15 minutes, until fork tender. Cook time will be longer if the potato pieces are larger.

Tips For the Best Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Tips For the Best Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Boil until very soft. Use a fork to confirm that the potatoes are fork tender. The softer they are, the smoother your sweet potato mash recipe will be.
  • Drain well and pat dry. Doing so ensures they’re not watery.
  • Mash while still warm. Warm potatoes are easier to mash.
  • Choose the best tool for the texture you want. Mash potatoes with a potato masher for a more lumps, or a hand mixer or immersion blender for a perfectly smooth consistency.

Recipe Variations

  • Extra Sweetness – You can easily sweeten these potatoes more with a sprinkle of brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute), or a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Fall Spices – Mix in a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for an instant cozy taste.
  • Fresh Herbs – Try fresh thyme or fresh rosemary with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to create rich and savory flavor.
  • Bacon – Cook bacon using your favorite method (I prefer bacon in the oven or air fryer bacon, but microwave bacon works in a pinch). Then, crumble it and stir into the mash at the end, or just use it for topping.
  • Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes – As a whole food dish with simple ingredients, I already consider this fairly healthy, but if you like, replace the butter with olive oil instead.

Storage Instructions

  • Store: Keep leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Meal prep: Sweet potatoes can be peeled and cubed for up to 3-4 days, but preferably up to 24 hours, before cooking. Store them submerged in a bowl of cold water to prevent drying out or browning.
  • Reheat: Place leftovers in a saucepan, with a little milk if you like, and reheat over medium heat. Alternatively, you can reheat this recipe for mashed sweet potatoes in the oven (at 350 degrees F) instead.

Can You Freeze Mashed Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, sweet potato mash freezes well! Scoop into zip lock bags and press flat before sealing. Place in the freezer horizontally until solid, and after that you can store them vertically for convenience. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or in a bowl of water on the counter, before reheating.

Mashed sweet potatoes in bowl with butter.

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Mash

Mashed sweet potato recipes can be served so many different ways! Here’s some inspiration:

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Under 30 Minutes!)

This easy mashed sweet potato recipe is perfectly smooth, sweet, and buttery, all in 25 minutes! Sweet potato mash needs just a few simple ingredients.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Total: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 (adjust to scale recipe)


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  1. Bring a large dutch oven or pot of salted water to a boil.

  2. Add the sweet potatoes and boil for about 15 minutes, until very soft. (You can poke with a fork to check.) Drain and pat dry.

  3. In the same dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Remove from heat.

  4. Transfer the sweet potatoes back to the dutch oven. Add milk. Use a potato masherto mash well, until it reaches the desired consistency. (Alternatively, use a hand mixer or immersion blender for a silky smooth texture.)

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Serve hot, with more butter and/or a sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.

Calories 366

Fat 12.6g

Protein 5.7g

Total Carbs 59g

Net Carbs 50.4g

Fiber 8.6g

Sugar 13.3g

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