Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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// Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time

4 mins

Cook Time

8-9 mins

Free Time

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The microwave works its magic with these fluffy, smooth, and rich mashed potatoes, ready in 10 minutes or less. Quickly steam potatoes in the microwave in a fraction of the time it takes on the stove with the help of an Anyday dish.

Enjoy with gravy for special occasions (Grandma-approved for Thanksgiving) or enjoy as a side for weeknight dinner. This one’s our favorite mind-changing recipe — you may never go back to boiled mashed potatoes on the stovetop ever again!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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The Small Dish


  • oz (170g/ about 1) medium potatoes, washed and peeled, cut into large pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼-⅓ cup (60-80ml) milk or half and half
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, optional


  1. Place the potato pieces in the Anyday dish, rinse them with water, and drain, leaving the excess water in the dish. Add the 1 tablespoon of water, then cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Microwave for 6 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the milk is warm, and the butter is melted.
  4. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher, then whip until creamy with a whisk or an electric mixer. Note: If you prefer creamier potatoes, add more milk until it reaches your desired consistency. Keep in mind that the potatoes will thicken the more you whip them!
  5. Season generously with salt and black pepper, then serve immediately.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add a handful of chopped greens (like spinach or kale) with the milk to sneak extra vegetables into your meal.
  • For a mashed potato with a chunky texture, use unpeeled Yukon Gold or other thin-skinned potatoes.
  • For a savory take on this classic dish, stir in a few cloves of Jammy “Roasted” Garlic into the mash.
  • Easily swap out regular potatoes for peeled sweet potatoes for a sweet potato mash.

Recipe notes

  • Quick Tip: For an even speedier version of this recipe, dice the potato into smaller cubes (about 1 inch) and reduce the cooking time by 2-3 minutes, or until fork-tender. Additionally, using warm milk will halve the time you need to complete the recipe.
  • If you are using Russet potatoes for this dish, you may need to add additional water or cream to loosen up the mash. Russets are a high-starch potato and can result in a stiffer mash.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match-Up: Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes in the microwave are faster than any other method.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 8 mins
Stove* 40 mins
Instant Pot* 30 mins
Oven* 1 hour
*includes preheating time

All you need to know about microwaving potatoes

How long do mashed potatoes take to cook in the microwave?

The microwave can make 3-4 servings of mashed potatoes in 10 minutes or less. A single serving of mashed potatoes will take about 5-6 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave. Cook times depend on the size and starch levels of the potato. To speed up the cooking even more, consider cutting potatoes into smaller chunks.

How to reheat mashed potatoes

The best way to reheat mashed potatoes is in the microwave in a glass dish with a tight-fitting lid, like an Anyday dish! Anyday’s silicone-rimmed lid creates a secure, airtight seal that steams potatoes very efficiently.

To reheat mashed potatoes, cover the Anyday dish with the lid (knob lifted) and microwave in 1 minute increments. Add 1-2 tablespoons of cream or milk to loosen the potatoes if needed.

To reheat mashed potatoes from frozen, we recommend thawing the dish in the fridge overnight and proceeding with the instructions listed above.

What type of potatoes to use for mashed potatoes

We like to use Yukon Gold potatoes because of their rich texture, medium starch level, and superior creaminess. When combined with whole milk, the natural buttery flavor of Yukon Gold potatoes makes for an ultra-smooth and creamy side.

How to fix gluey or gummy mashed potatoes

There are three factors that can contribute to gluey or gummy mashed potatoes: over-mashing, over-cooking, and using potatoes with a high starch content.

To fix this problem, carefully fold in a tablespoon of butter at a time until the desired texture is achieved.

When trying microwave recipes for the first time, use the lower end of the time range. You can always put the dish back in the microwave and add more time.

How to freeze mashed potatoes

To freeze a batch of mashed potatoes, prepare the recipe and allow to cool completely. To protect the mashed potatoes from freezer burn, spread into an even layer and press a sheet of plastic wrap (or other eco-friendly solution) on the surface of the potatoes, pressing out any air and cover with the lid.

How to use leftover mashed potatoes

Use leftover mashed potatoes to make a classic Austin-style breakfast burrito! Add bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese, and hot sauce to a warmed flour tortilla.

Top a Shepherd’s Pie with leftover mashed potatoes for a super fast weeknight dinner.

Use Anytime Trays to portion and freeze leftover mashed potatoes into 1/2 cup portions. Reheat and serve for an easy weeknight side!

How to prepare mashed potatoes ahead of time

Mashed potatoes are easy to make ahead! Allow the dish to cool slightly, cover with the lid (knob pressed) and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

It is not recommended to only steam the potatoes ahead of time, as steamed potatoes may oxidize and result in an unappealing color and texture.

How to make dairy-free mashed potatoes

To make this recipe vegan, swap the heavy cream and butter for your preferred dairy-free alternatives. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.


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