Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes


This mashed potatoes recipe will give you the proper technique to make perfect mashed potatoes every time — light, fluffy, and lump-free.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half lengthwise

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup butter

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Drain potatoes, then return to the pot. Turn heat to high and allow potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off heat.

  3. Mash potatoes with a potato masher twice around the pot, then add milk and butter. Continue to mash until smooth and fluffy. Whisk in salt and black pepper until evenly distributed, about 15 seconds.

    a wooden bowl of mashed potatoes with two pats of butter

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
13g Fat
50g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 55mg 273%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 1212mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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