Simple Smashed Potatoes


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This Smashed Potatoes recipe makes one of my favorite potatoes recipes. So easy and everyone loves these simple smashed potatoes!

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Okay, I have to tell y’all something. You won’t make regular mashed potatoes again after you make these smashed potatoes. They are just too dad gum easy!

And good.

And comforting.

And everything you love about a mashed potato without all that work peeling them.

I have to tell you how these came about. I was newly married and wanted to make mashed potatoes one night for my new husband. I came home late from work and without really thinking threw the red potatoes in the pot to boil. I came back about 15 minutes later to discover what I’d done. It was too late to doing anything about it at that point, so I just thought I’d have to make the best of it.

Oh my word, my thoughtless mistake turned into one of the best things I’d married since we’d gotten married.

And almost 16 years later, it is still how I like to make them.

Boil your red potatoes until they are extremely tender, about 30 minutes.

Smash them with your potato masher, but don’t worry about getting them really finely mashed.

Rustic and lumpy should come to mind when you make them.

Now add in your butter and let it begin to melt into your potatoes.

Add in salt and pepper.

And your milk.

And then just stir until it is all well combined.

Here’s my Simple Smashed Potatoes recipe. I think you’ll love them!

Simple Smashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This Smashed Potatoes recipe makes one of my favorite potatoes recipes. So easy and everyone loves these simple smashed potatoes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Place red potatoes in a large pan and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 20-25 minutes until very tender.
  • Remove from heat and drain remaining water from the potatoes.
  • Using a potato masher, begin to mash potatoes, but do not mash until smooth.
  • Add in butter, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir until all is well-combined.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Give these a try the next time you are thinking about making mashed potatoes. You know, they say that potatoes are a whole lot healthier if you eat them with the skins on them. Who knew I was being healthy all this time!

Robyn xo

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  1. Receita says:

    5 stars
    Simple but delicious!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Receita.

  2. Annie says:

    Robyn, I LOVE your recipes! Always amazing!

    How can I make these garlic smashed potatoes?


    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Annie – Thanks so much! I am so glad you enjoy the recipes!
      I have a few different mashed and smashed potato recipes you might like. The Loaded Smashed Potatoes recipe has garlic, plus other ingredients you might like as well. My Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe is delicious too if that is more what you are looking for.
      Thanks so much! xo

  3. Katie says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was perfect! I was exactly what I was looking for – simple and delicious 🙂 Thank you so much.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      So glad you liked it! Thanks!

  4. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says:

    We really love mashed potatoes – they compliment just about anything you serve as a main course, don’t they? I’ve always preferred the waxier texture of red potatoes to the more mealy ones. Just so much more pleasant in my mouth. And I always leave the peel on. I mean, I have to really, really love you to peel a potato for you 🙂

  5. Amy @ A Little Nosh says:

    Exactly how I make them…delish!

  6. Monica says:

    Sounds delicious! Mashed potatoes are my favorites!

  7. Kim {Recipes To Run On} says:

    My son is a Mashed Potato Lover…. so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make them. Can’t wait to try your recipe Robyn! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I can’t wait to hear how he likes them, Kim.

  8. Amy says:

    The skins do add a certain somethin, somethin don’they? I had some like this years ago at a greek restaurant and was smitten – ordered just a big bowl of mashed potatoes!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      That little extra somethin’, somethin’ is the perfect description!