Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes are an easy, healthy, and delicious side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any meal. You Will love this sweet potato mash recipe!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in bowl with butter

I think Mashed Sweet Potatoes are underrated. Regular old mashed potatoes tend to get all of the attention. Sure, I like mashed potatoes, but I think mashed sweet potatoes are much better than the classic side dish.

So today, I am putting the spotlight on Mashed Sweet Potatoes. They deserve some attention and I really think you should add them to your Thanksgiving menu. I make them every year and they are always a hit!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes in bowl with butter and rosemary

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • You can roast the sweet potatoes and then mash them, but I prefer to boil the sweet potatoes because the oven is always occupied on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, boiling the sweet potatoes is so easy and always creates creamy potatoes.
  • I always peel the potatoes. If you like a chunkier mash, you can leave the skins on.
  • After you boil the potatoes, make sure you drain them well in a colander.
  • I like to use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes. You can use a hand blender if you wish. You can also use a food processor if you want the sweet potatoes super smooth.
  • For best results, mash with milk and butter. If you need them to be vegan or dairy free, you can use coconut milk or almond milk and coconut oil.
  • Season with salt. Salt is a must!

Sweet Potato Mash Flavors

I love basic mashed sweet potatoes with a little butter and salt, but there are lots of ways to serve up mashed sweet potatoes. If you want to jazz them up, here are a few ideas:

  • Serve with brown butter or honey butter
  • Top with candied pecans or toasted pecans
  • Sweeten with pure maple syrup or brown sugar
  • Sprinkle in ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg
  • Add in fresh rosemary and roasted garlic
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese, Gruyere cheese, white cheddar cheese, or even a little blue cheese
  • Spice them up with chipotle peppers
  • Add chopped bacon

Mashed sweet potatoes aren’t boring! My favorite way to serve them is with brown butter, a little pure maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, AND candied pecans on top! The combo is amazing!

And if you have leftover mashed sweet potatoes, you can store them in a container in the fridge for up to four days. You can use them to make our favorite Sweet Potato Rolls. I usually make extra mashed sweet potatoes so I HAVE to make the rolls, ha! They are so good!

Add Mashed Sweet Potatoes to your holiday menu this year! Enjoy!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes are an easy, healthy, and delicious side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any meal. You Will love this sweet potato mash recipe!
4.79 from 14 votes


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup to ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt or sea salt


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Carefully add the sweet potatoes. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes in a colander, shaking to remove all of the water. Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and add ¼ cup milk, butter, and salt. Use a potato masher or hand blender and mash the potatoes until smooth. Add additional milk, if necessary. Serve warm. 


See the post for different ways to flavor and spice up mashed sweet potatoes.


Serving: 6g, Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 217mg, Potassium: 522mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 21585IU, Vitamin C: 3.6mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 0.9mg
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  1. I love sweet potatoes and this recipe remind mw I need to make some…candied pecans included.
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  2. 5 stars
    wow…! i love sweet potato and your mashed sweet potatoes looks sooo yummy & good, i will trying to making this. Thanks for sharing….!

    1. We like our Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with warmed mincemeat. Used the food processor for creamy potatoes.

  3. 5 stars
    ya for sweet potatoes, one of my favorites! Great idea to swap these for regular old mashed potatoes, that personally, I could take or leave, so thank you for a timely menu swap!

    1. We love mashed sweet potato in our home and we use a very similar recipe. Only difference is we steam the potato instead and use cream instead of milk – yum

  4. 5 stars
    I made these today & they were delicious with rainbow trout & fresh tomatoes. My immersion blender didn’t work well with these, so I used my masher which was much easier! Thanks for this easy recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    These are the BEST and that is speaking from years of making many good sweet potatoes. My husband did his happy dance after tasting them. I’m looking forward to reheating them on Thanksgiving in the Traeger, but they are already perfect. The brown butter and little drizzle of maple syrup were the game changers. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon too.