Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

I can’t resist a pile of creamy mashed potatoes – can you?

This version is made with rich, dreamy olive oil, a bit of milk and salt and pepper. You may think you’ll miss the butter (trust me – I love butter, too), but the rich flavor of the olive oil really takes mashed potatoes to the next level.

I think it’s worth a try for your next holiday meal or as a side dish to your favorite weeknight meal.

Here are a few tricks and substitutions for making stellar mashed potatoes:

  • Be sure the potatoes are very tender before draining and make them into mashed potatoes. We want to avoid having little lumps of undercooked potatoes.
  • If you’re in the mood, you can use a potato ricer to make them even creamier (this is optional, though).
  • Instead of milk, try making these mashed potatoes with plain Greek yogurt for a creamier, tangier finish.
  • Add a few cloves of mashed roasted garlic to the mashed potatoes for an elevated flavor.
  • Instead of russet potatoes, try this recipe with Yukon gold or baby reds (you can even leave the skins on!).
  • Add a dose of fresh herbs – try a few teaspoons of chopped rosemary and thyme.

What is your favorite side dish?

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Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10-12 mins
  • Total Time: 20-27 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy, creamy mashed potatoes with olive oil.


  • 2 ½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup olive oil + more for garnish
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cubed potatoes into the boiling water. Cook 9-12 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender. Drain the water.
  2. Add the milk, olive oil, salt and black pepper to the pot with the potatoes. Use a hand mixer to mashed the potatoes until very creamy, adding additional milk if needed.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired.


Cooking Tip: Add a few cloves of mashed roasted garlic to elevate these mashed potatoes.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 174
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 248mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg

Keywords: potato, potatoes, holiday, side dish