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Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These Fluffy Mashed Potatoes are so light and airy. Making fluffy mashed potatoes is all about technique. Find tips and tricks for the best mashed potatoes ever!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fluffy mashed potatoes, simple mashed potatoes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Tania
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (washed)
  • 1 cup whole milk (or 2 percent milk)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks. It's important that they are all the same size for even cooking. Rinse them through a colander to wash off the starch.

  2. Place the potatoes in a medium pot with cold water. Make sure that the water covers all the potatoes. Bring to a boil on high heat, and then reduce to medium heat. Cook until tender and easily pierced, about 15-20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat milk with butter until melted and warm. You can also do this in the microwave oven if you prefer.

  4. Once the potatoes are done cooking, drain them through a colander. Rinse with hot water for about 30-60 seconds to get rid of the starch.

  5. Press the potatoes through a potato ricer into a large bowl (see note about potato ricers below). Fold in the milk and butter mixture using a rubber spatula until light and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper to taste and fold in a few more times. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Special equipment: Potato ricer, rubber spatula.
  • Potato ricers are designed to press potatoes into thin shreds with low force, helping them stay light and fluffy. I'd definitely recommend getting one!
  • The secret to fluffy mashed potatoes is removing as much starch as possible and minimizing the amount of starch released. To do so, 1) wash off the starch before and after cooking the potatoes, and 2) limit force used while mashing by using a potato ricer to press the potatoes and a rubber spatula to fold in the milk and butter into the pressed potatoes.
  • Start with cold water (instead of pre-boiling water) to ensure even cooking. If you add the potatoes to boiling water, the outside of the potatoes will break down too much, changing the consistency desired.
  • Recipe adapted from Serious Eats