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 ingredients like marshmallows or pecans, I prefer mashed sweet potatoes to be smooth and creamy

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a bowl with squares of melting butter

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 the butter and mixing it in using a hand masher (per recipe below).
  2. Heat the cream/milk and add a bit at a time while mashing.  You can use an electric mixer for a creamier texture or mash by hand.
  3. Once mashed, season with salt and pepper and serve (with more butter of course).

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 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

You can mash sweet potatoes using a hand masher, this gives more of a rustic consistency (aka a bit less smooth).

For a smoother consistency, you can use a hand mixer or an immersion blender.

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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Review Recipe

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Simple savory sweet potatoes mashed and seasoned to perfection.


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

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  • 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 colander a few minutes to make sure all water evaporates.
  • 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.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot and top with a dash of cinnamon if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a sweeter mashed potato, add 2 tablespoons 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.
Top with bacon, melted butter, pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar or a pinch of salt.

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. 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.

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

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