Steamed Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a fabulous side dish that can be customized to suit most tastes. They can also be hard to master.

Many people will complain that they just can’t get it right. They will describe the end result as gluey or pastey.

The reason this happens is quite simple: too much water in the potatoes.

Popular wisdom says that mashed potatoes are made by boiling potatoes in water. This is where to problem of gluey/pastey mashed potatoes comes from. Boiling potatoes causes them to absorb too much water.

Simple changing the cooking technique removes this problem. Instead of boiling the potatoes, steam them. Steaming:

  • cooks the potatoes without them absorbing the cooking liquid
  • retains more nutrients in the potatoes because they are not rinsed away with the water

Mashed potatoes rely on high starch to be fluffy. Russet potatoes are a great option because they are very high in starch. Steaming them helps to retain that starch.

How Many Potatoes Do I Need?

Mashed potatoes tend to require a little bit more potato per person than you would think. The general rule I follow is 1 – 1.5 medium potatoes per person (approx 300 g).

Mashed Potato Recipe Demo Video

This video demonstration shows how to make mashed potatoes by steaming instead of boiling.The video is not very long, but shows the recipe step by step.

Steamed Mashed Potatoes


Steamed Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4 10 minutes 25 minutes

Recipe Notes

  • Salted or unsalted butter can be used. If you use salted butter, reduce the amount of salt asked for in the recipe.
  • Easily switch up the seasoning by adding more or less garlic, add some basil or kick it up with some hotter spices.


  • Medium Peeled and Cut Potatoes
  • 28 grams (2 Tablespoons) Butter
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 63 millilitres (1/4 Cup) Milk
  • (Optional) Dried Parsley


Steamed Mashed Potatoes
Gather your ingredients and equipment. Peel the potatoes and cut into similar sized pieces. Place in cold water until you are ready to get started.


Steamed Mashed Potatoes
Gather the ingredients you will need when ready to mash the potatoes.


Steamed Mashed Potatoes
Place water in the base of your sauce pan (about 1 – 1.5 inches). Place steamer on top of the pot. Drain the potatoes and add them to the steamer basket, place on pot and cover. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cook for approx 20 – 25 minutes. Potatoes are done when they break apart easily with a fork.


Steamed Mashed Potatoes
Once cooked, drain the water out of the sauce pan and transfer cooked potatoes into the pan. Add butter, gralic, salt and milk. Mash with a potato masher until desired consistency.


Steamed Mashed Potatoes
Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with parsley (optional)
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