Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a delicious change from our favorite mashed potatoes! With a creamy texture and delicious buttery flavor, they are the perfect side dish for any meal!

While many recipes for mashed sweet potatoes (or Sweet Potato Casserole) have added sugar or marshmallows, I prefer mashed sweet potatoes to be savory. 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with butter melting on top - a favorite side!

Three simple ingredients (and a little salt and pepper) are all it takes to make these easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes! No need to add extra ingredients (or sugar) when you have a naturally sweet and flavorful veggie!

These easy mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect side for Roasted Pork Tenderloin or Bacon Wrapped Chicken along with a side of steamed veggies!

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Making mashed sweet potatoes is really easy!  If I have a lot of time, I make Baked Sweet Potatoes and scoop them out to make mashed potatoes.  A quicker method is to boil the sweet potatoes.

Peeled and chunked sweet potatoes ready to be boiled for mashed sweet potatoes

How Long to Boil Sweet Potatoes for Mash

Sweet Potatoes, when cut into small chunks, take a relatively short amount of time to boil, 15-20 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork. If the sweet potatoes are a bit older, or if it were stored at a temperature that was too cold, they may take longer to cook.

How to Mash Sweet Potatoes

Once cooked (either boiled or baked) and very well drained, the sweet potatoes can be mashed. Start by adding the butter and mixing it in using a hand masher. Heat the cream/milk and add a bit at a time while mashing.  You can use an electric mixer but I m uch prefer the consistency when mashed by hand.  Once mashed, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Sweet Potatoes being mashed in a large pot for mashed sweet potatoes

Can you Freeze Mashed Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, mashed sweet potatoes will freeze just fine.

To freeze, scoop smashed sweet potatoes into a plastic freezer bag. Press them out into a flat square and freeze. This will help ensure the potatoes defrost and reheat evenly! When you reheat them, add about a tablespoon of milk per cup of sweet potatoes and place them in the oven to reheat.

Alternately, you can store in an airtight container or a container that can go from freezer to microwave. Microwave for 2 minute intervals, stirring in between. You may need to add a bit of milk using this method as well.

A bowl of mashed sweet potatoes with melted butter - a family favorite side!

What To Do With Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Sweet potatoes blend well with many ingredients! Use the leftovers to top Shepherd’s Pie for an amazing twist on a classic!

Use sweet potatoes in Potato Cakes or Duchess Potatoes  in place of regular potatoes. They can be used pretty much anywhere you’d use regular potatoes!

More Fall Inspired Recipes to Try:

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Simple savory sweet potatoes mashed and seasoned to perfection.


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes peeled
  • 1/3 cup butter cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/3 cup cream or milk
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  1. Dice potatoes into 2" chunks.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain well and allow to sit in the colander a few minutes to make sure all water evaporates.
  4. Add butter to the potatoes and mash with a hand masher. Add cream or milk a little bit at a time to reach desired consistency.

  5. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a sweeter mashed potato, add 2 tablespoons brown sugar along with the butter.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 297, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 771mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 32560%, Vitamin C: 5.4%, Calcium: 77%, Iron: 1.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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