Can you boil and mash baking potatoes

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you boil and mash baking potatoes?” We will also discuss the best baking potato types for mashing, the steps to boil and mash baking potatoes, and how to heat frozen mashed potatoes and leftovers.

Can you boil and mash baking potatoes?

Yes, you can boil and mash baking potatoes, it is a super healthy and fast recipe that fits your busy schedule and you can easily prepare to satisfy your cravings with its creamy texture and sweet buttery delicious taste.

Boiled and mashed baking potatoes is an incredibly easy to make and versatile recipe that no one can resist, they can be served either on their own or as a side dish next to the meat, steak, chicken, and turkey 

Boiled baking potatoes are highly nutritious and are characterised by their low moisture and high starch content, so if they are boiled properly they will mash up as light and fluffy as you can even imagine.

What are the best baking potatoes for mashing?

In this section, we have done a lot of research and gathered a lot of information about the different types of baking potatoes which are best for making light and fluffy mashed potatoes

  • Russets: are the most common and among the best types of baking potatoes which are good for boiling and mashing due to their high starch content but their tough skin should be peeled first 
  • Yukon Golds: have a buttery taste and more intense flavour than Russets, their high starch content makes them a great option and a perfect choice for making fluffy low fat mashed potatoes. This type of potato can be boiled and mashed without peeling due to their thin skin
  • Yellow Finns have the best taste among other types of mashed potatoes by just adding salt and butter  

How to mash boiled baking potatoes in easy steps?

Mashing baking potatoes perfectly after boiling is a super easy recipe that you can make in almost no time and needs only a few ingredients to finally get a fluffy and creamy mash or a light mash. 

So if you are interested in trying this recipe at home for the first time, then here are the steps that you should follow:

  • Peel the baking potatoes especially if you are using russets 
  • Cut your potatoes into cubes or chunks, but always make sure that their size is small and are as evenly as possible to cook faster at a similar rate
  • Pour cold water into a boiling pot then add some salt 
  • Place your baking potatoes into the large pot which is filled with cold water to make sure they will be evenly cooked
  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat and cook your baking potatoes for enough time based on their size until they become tender
  • Test the doneness of your boiled baking potatoes by simply using a fork pierce or a knife stab to ensure they are soft in the middle
  • Drain your boiled baking potatoes well before mashing 
  • Once your boiled potatoes are well-drained, use either a potato ricer or a hand masher to mash them with warmed milk, and melted butter, and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper until you get creamy mashed potatoes. 

Avoid using an electric mixer or food processor to mash your baking potatoes to avoid having a gummy texture from overmixing

  •  Serve your mashed baking potatoes instantly or let them cool completely then store them in the fridge in an air-tight container to be used later

What are the tips to perfectly mash baking potatoes?

Boiling and making mashed baking potatoes at home is easier than you can even imagine, and here are some tips that will ensure you perfectly make this recipe, so if you are interested to try making it yourself read these tips carefully.

  • Drain your boiled baking potatoes well before mashing 
  • Do not forget to add salted butter to your mashed potatoes to enhance their buttery and creamy texture.
  • use a small saucepan or the microwave to heat the milk/cream before adding them gradually to the mashed potatoes to keep them hot, enhance their absorption and get the right consistency.

How can you heat the frozen mashed potatoes or leftovers before serving?

  • Grease a casserole pan with butter then spread your thawed mashed potatoes and cover if you want to get a brown crust
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F 
  • bake the mashed potatoes for about 35-40 minutes until they are thoroughly heated 

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In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you boil and mash baking potatoes?” We have also discussed the best baking potato types for mashing, the steps to boil and mash baking potatoes, and how to heat frozen mashed potatoes and leftovers.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.