This side dish is a delicious swap for our favorite mashed potatoes!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are beautifully simple and pair well with almost any main dish. An easy side with boiled sweet potatoes mashed with butter and some warm spices. 

A creamy texture and buttery flavor (and not too much sweetness) makes this a healthy side.

Mashed sweet potatoes in a bowl topped with butter

While many recipes for mashed sweet potatoes (or Sweet Potato Casserole) have added ingredients like marshmallows or pecans, I prefer mashed sweet potatoes to be smooth and creamy.

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 when you have such 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 but I prefer the consistency of baked if possible. Once cooked (either boiled or baked) and very well-drained, the sweet potatoes can be mashed.

  1. Start by adding butter to cooked mashed potatoes.
  2. Mash using a hand masher or a hand mixer (per the recipe below).
  3. Heat the cream/milk and add a bit at a time while mashing (you may not need all of the cream).
  4. Once mashed, season with salt and pepper and serve (with more butter of course).

Optional Additions

This mashed sweet potato recipe can be made sweet or savory depending on additions.

Sweet: Add a pinch of brown sugar, honey, or even browned butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon or even a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Savory: Add a clove of garlic to the potatoes as they boil or stir in some roasted garlic while mashing. Stir in some fresh thyme or other fresh herbs..  Add in a sprinkle parmesan cheese or a spoonful of sour cream.

Left image is raw sweet potatoes on a cutting board, right image is sweet potatoes in a pot being mashed

How Long to Boil Sweet Potatoes for Mashing

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. Older sweet potatoes may need extra time. If you’d prefer (or you’ve got a roast in the oven).

If you’d like, you can bake sweet potatoes instead of boiling and mash them once cooked. No need to peel before baking, simply bake whole sweet potatoes, cut in half and scoop out the soft flesh.

How to Mash Sweet Potatoes

  • Drain very well to ensure they’re not watery.
  • Sweet potatoes mash best while they’re warm.
  • Heat the cream before adding it to the potatoes.
  • Mash sweet potatoes with a hand masher for a more rustic consistency (aka a bit less smooth).
  • Use a hand mixer or immersion blender for a smoother consistency.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a white bowl with squares of butter

Got Leftovers?

Fridge: Mashed sweet potatoes will last about 4 days in the fridge in a container or covered with plastic wrap.

Freezer: 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.

Add Leftover Sweet Spuds to These Recipes

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 Sweet Potato Faves

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These simple, savory sweet potatoes are mashed and seasoned to perfection with cream & butter!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
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  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes peeled
  • cup butter cut into 4 pieces
  • cup cream or milk, warmed
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Dice potatoes into 2" chunks.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain well and allow to sit in the strainer for a few minutes to make sure all water evaporates.
  • Add butter to the potatoes and mash with a potato masher. Add cream or milk a little bit at a time to reach desired consistency. You may not need all of the cream.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot and top with a dash of cinnamon if desired.


  • If you prefer a sweeter mashed potato, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar along with the butter.
  • Sweet potatoes can be baked in the oven instead of boiling. Cook at 400°F for about 1 hour or until fork tender.
  • Drain very well to ensure they're not watery.
  • Sweet potatoes mash best while they're warm.
  • Heat the cream before adding it to the potatoes.
  • Mash sweet potatoes with a hand masher for a more rustic consistency (aka a bit less smooth). Use a hand mixer or immersion blender for a smoother consistency.
5 from 86 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 297 | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32560IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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    1. Hi Koko, to make ‘salted water’, I would add 1-1.5 teaspoons of salt for every 8 cups of water. (Depending on your personal preference, of course!)

  1. This was amazing! If you’ve ever tasted Boston Market sweet potatoes, this is by far the closest I have ever tasted to their recipe! Delicious! 5 stars

  2. 1/2 & 1/2 subs well for cream. I liked a little herbes de Provénce on mine. The bride loved it as is. Subtle and silky… Dang!5 stars

  3. OMG Holly! I am in love These mashed sweet potatoes blew my mind! I used half n half and added brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice as suggested. Can’t wait to make them again. Thank you for sharing such a tasty side dish!5 stars

  4. I went to Applebee’s a few years ago and had their maple pecan mashed sweet potatoes.
    And let me tell you, they were really delicious.
    Please don’t knock it until you try it.

  5. Hi Holly! It’s been awhile since I made mashed sweet potatoes, so I went searching for a quick and easy recipe. I made these last night- with the boiled potatoes, and it was so yummy! Thanks for sharing all your tips. We served it with ham and it was the perfect side dish.5 stars

  6. With my homemade sweet potatoes, I add butter and sugar free maple syrup since we’re both diabetic. Yummy!

  7. hello I’m an italian follower of yours.
    Love your recipes.
    I have a blog myself of a few days and Id love to do some of your recipes and post on my blog.Could I do that with a tag that is taken from your page? Thanks

  8. I add brown sugar and cinnamon when I mash the sweet potatoes – no milk or cream. Top with butter…. delicious!