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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Turn simple mashed potatoes into something spectacular with the fresh taste of garlic that will heighten your dish. Once sautéed in butter, the garlic will release its flavors even more and bring a richness that makes the difference.
Serves: 6
Total Time: 45 minutes

Lisa Rosenberg M.S, M.B.A

Lisa Rosenberg, the Director of R&D at Spice World, boasts a decade-long career in the food industry. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont, and later earned her Master’s degree in food science from North Carolina State University. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked with prominent companies like PepsiCo, Fordham University, and Ahold Delhaize, gaining experience in beverage product development, global procurement, and private label product management.

Watch Our Garlic Mashed Potato Recipe


  • 8 red potatoes (approximately 2.5 lbs), peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • Spice World Garlic
    1 Tbsp Spice World Ready-to-Use Minced Garlic or
    1 Tbsp Spice World Squeezable Garlic or
    6 cloves Spice World Peeled Garlic, minced or
    6 cloves Spice World Fresh Garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp chives for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp salt


  • In a large pot, cover potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15–20 minutes. Drain.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add Spice World garlic and stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  • In a bowl, add potatoes, garlic butter, sour cream, and milk. Mash until desired consistency and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with chives!

How to Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Step By Step

Step 1: Dice the Potatoes
Begin by preparing the star of the show—those red potatoes! With a kitchen knife, dice 4.5 pounds of red potatoes, placing them in a bowl. Remember to take your time dicing them into uniform one-inch cubes, ensuring even cooking and a consistent texture in your garlic mashed potatoes.
Step 2: Bring Water to Boil and Add in the Potatoes
In a generously sized pot, set over a medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, gently introduce the diced potatoes into the pot. Let them simmer and soften for about 20 minutes.
Step 3: Drain the Potatoes
Once the potatoes have gotten tender, carefully drain them, allowing any excess moisture to escape. This simple step is critical to adding layers of flavor to these soon-to-be delicious garlic mashed potatoes.
Step 4: Add in the Butter and Garlic
Now let’s spice things up! In the same pot, add 3 tablespoons of salted butter and 4 tablespoons of Spice World Ready-to-Use Minced Garlic. Allow the butter to melt and sauté the garlic for a couple of minutes until fragrant—one of the best scents a kitchen can have!
Step 5: Return the Potatoes and Coat with the Garlic Butter
In the pot, carefully stir your tender potatoes back in and coat each piece with the garlic and butter. Make sure each potato is well covered! It’s this balance of flavors that makes these garlic mashed potatoes simply the best.
Step 6: Mash the Potatoes
Now let’s get mashing! With your trusty potato masher, thoroughly press the coated potatoes to create a creamy texture, to which we will add even more flavor. Remember, this shouldn’t take too much effort, as the potatoes should still be hot and soft from the boiling water.
Step 7: Add Cream Cheese, Parsley, Salt & Pepper
Gently remove the pot from the heat and add 8 ounces of softened cream cheese for some velvety richness. Then, sprinkle in a quarter cup of freshly chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mash it all together until the cream cheese has fully melted.
Step 8: Stir in Some Milk
Once everything is incorporated, stir in anywhere from 1 cup to 1-1/2 cups of milk until the garlic mashed potatoes reach your desired consistency. Dairy is the secret to silky, smooth mashed potatoes, so make sure you don’t forget it!
Step 9: Serve and Enjoy!
Now all that’s left is to invite a few friends over and grab a heaping helping of these delicious garlic mashed potatoes! Oh, and don’t be surprised if they run out quickly!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes Nutrition Facts

Here are the nutritional value estimates for a serving of these garlic mashed potatoes. This nutrition information has been calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving:

256 Calories3g of Fiber4g Protein
37g Total Carbohydrate2g Total Sugar11g Total Fat

Tasteful Additions to Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Now, while you can certainly eat these garlic mashed potatoes on their own (and we don’t blame you), there are plenty of other sides and entrees that work perfectly alongside this versatile dish! Here are just a few of our Spice World favorites:

Easy Entrees

This delightful baked salmon marinade is packed with fresh orange zest and zingy ginger flavor that pairs perfectly with these creamy garlic mashed potatoes. It’s easy to make, plus, any leftovers make for sensational salads the next day!
With the zing of garlic and rosemary mustard glaze this delectable garlic rosemary ham will have your family and neighbors asking for your secret recipe—especially when served alongside garlic mashed potatoes. Trust us.
Let’s be honest: what’s garlic mashed potatoes without a perfectly cooked steak? This garlic marinated steak is worth the sacrifice of whiskey with its rich, smokey taste. You just have to try it!

Simple Side Dishes

If you’re looking for another side dish with some serious flavor, look no further than these roasted veggies. This healthy side dish is easy to make and even easier to eat alongside some garlic mashed potatoes.

These crispy, salty air fryer garlic green beans come together effortlessly in just a few steps. Be careful though—they’ll go quick!
There’s no better mushroom side dish than these sautéed garlic mushrooms! They are sure to become your go-to recipe, not to mention they taste great on a steak or with garlic mashed potatoes, of course!
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