Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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

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