Creamy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Perfectly creamy and fluffy mashed red potatoes bursting with garlic flavor. Made with just 5 ingredients in 30 minutes. These are the great simple side dish to serve at your next holiday gathering or Sunday dinner! 

If you cognize me, you cognize I love any type of potato dish. Russets have always been my favorite, but I think red potatoes may have a modern place in my heart. The skin adds the great texture and they taste astonishing mashed or when making roasted red potatoes.

mashed potatoes in white bowl

Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving dinner. I could fill half my plate with potatoes drizzled with turkey gravy and be completely happy. While I love my creamy mashed potatoes, these garlic mashed red potatoes arrive in tie for a close second.

I love that you don’t have to peel the potatoes if you don’t want to. The garlic cloves that cook with the potatoes also make them SO delicious! If you aren’t a enormous fan of garlic you can skip adding it in, but I think it is the great addition and it isn’t overwhelming. You can make the consistency of the mashed potatoes creamy or chunky – I like mine somewhere in the middle.

pouring salt in pot of diced red potatoes


  • Red potatoes: Make sure to wash them well before using. You can peel them or keep the skins on if preferred. I like the texture that the red skins add to the dish.
  • Butter: Melt the salted butter before using. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to taste. I also like to add a slice of butter on top before serving.
  • Sour cream: This gives them that super creamy texture, with a hint of tang. If you don’t usually add sour cream to your mashed potatoes, you will after trying this recipe!
  • Milk: This also adds to the creaminess. For an even richer flavor, you can use heavy cream instead.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves add the top flavor. They whole cloves cook in the same pot as the potatoes, making them super simple to mash. You can use as much or as small garlic as you’d like. My sweet spot is usually 2-3 cloves.

How to make mashed red potatoes

  1. BOIL. Add the diced potatoes and garlic cloves into a pot of boiling water and cook until they are fork tender (about 20 to 30 minutes). Drain and then place back into the pan.
  2. MASH. Pour in the melted butter, milk and sour cream. Mash everything together using a potato masher or electric mixer. For an even creamier consistency, mix in 1-2 spoonful’s of heavy cream.
  3. SERVE. Enjoy plain, with homemade gravy or your favorite cheese melted on top.

mashing red potatoes in pot

Cooking tips

  • Make sure to scrub your potatoes clean and cut off any brown spots before cooking.
  • Add a Tablespoon of salt to the pot of water. It will add a kind depth of flavor to the potatoes while they cook.
  • Add the garlic cloves to the water as well so they can cook and mash very easily.
  • Use a potato masher for chunkier potatoes and an electric mixer for extra creamy potatoes.
  • To take them up a notch, try using heavy cream and mixing in fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Favorite dishes to serve with:

This is a great side dish to serve at a holiday dinner, alongside your favorite comfort meal or with a large juicy steak. Below are some of our favorites to serve with:

red mashed potatoes in bowl

More potato side dishes you’ll love:

Garlic Red Mashed Potatoes

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: mashed red potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 169

Perfectly creamy and fluffy mashed red potatoes bursting with garlic flavor. Made with just 5 ingredients in 30 minutes. These are the great simple side dish to serve at your next holiday gathering or Sunday dinner! 

  • 2 1/2 pounds red potatoes (peeled, washed)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup warm milk (or heavy cream)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled (more or less as desired)
  • Fill a large pot of water and bring water to a boil with 1 Tablespoon salt.

  • Peel and wash potatoes. Dice into 4-inch pieces. Place potatoes and garlic cloves in the pot and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until a fork inserts easily. Drain and place back in pan. Let steam evaporate.

  • Add the melted butter, sour cream and milk. Mash with a potato masher. If you want them extra creamy, use an electric mixer. Add a Tablespoon or two more heavy creamy if you’d like them even creamier.

  • Salt and pepper to taste.

  • Serve while warm. Enjoy plain, with gravy or melted cheese on top.

You can abandon the skins on the potatoes if preferred. 

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg


garlic red mashed potatoes in white bowl

jamielyn nye
Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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