Perfect Mashed Sweet Potatoes

mashed sweet potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes make thee perfect side dish. And these ones? The very ones I plated with meatloaf just a few days ago?

L-o-v-e. Love.

mashed sweet potatoes

They’re tried and true. Comfort food, for sure.  A couple of tablespoons of butter add richness, while the small doses of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg help to bring out and deepen the natural sweetness of the potatoes—making it unnecessary to add any sugar at all.

Sure, they could be spruced up with orange zest or heavy cream or even goat cheese. But really, I just keep coming back to making them this way. Plain jane and proud of it.

mashed sweet potatoes

Don’t fear that the spices in the recipe will leave you with a pumpkin pie-like mash; their function is to add depth and warmth more than intense flavor—though, of course, there is some of that, too. But if you are averse to any of them, feel free to omit as you see fit; the recipe will still turn out quite well with only butter, milk, and salt.

Perfect Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4-5 Servings


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup low-fat (1%) milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch nutmeg


  1. Put the sweet potatoes in a large pot and add just enough cold water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to the potatoes to the pot on the stove top with the burner turned off. The residual heat from the pot will help any excess water burn off.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mash until smooth and well-combined. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (about 1 cup; 1/4th of Entire Recipe): Calories 265, Total Fat 6.4 g, Total Carbohydrate 48.1 g, Dietary Fiber 7.4 g, Sugars 20.6 g, Protein 5.6 g


Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (about 3/4 cup; 1/5th of Entire Recipe): Calories 215, Total Fat 5.1 g, Total Carbohydrate 38.5 g, Dietary Fiber 5.9 g, Sugars 16.5 g, Protein 4.5 g


  1. says

    I *just* finished eating your meatloaf from the last post and it was delish! I was a bit worried it would feel like less without added veggie fillers like onions, carrots or what ever I tend to throw in there but it was great, thanks!

    • gavin says

      Could I pcik your Brains miriam, if you add onions or carrots, do you boil them also, or dice & bung them in once you’ve mashed the potato?

  2. tiffany says

    hi andie! i was trying to read your earlier posts but don’t know where/how to access it with the new website? the drop down menu of posts by dates is no where to be found now…

      • Deanna says

        Andie, i emailed you a couple days ago with some recommended user-experience design tweaks to your site. (i work as a digital strategist, it’s hard for me to turn off that part of my brain!!) It’s exactly this kind of problem that i think you could easily solve!! :)

        • Andie says


          I LOVED your email :) Just emailed you back. Thanks a million for the feedback and for the advice–it was 100% valuable and helpful to me and I’m hoping to integrate the changes within the coming weeks!

          I’m grateful for you,

  3. Jane says

    Like the new recipe formatting and the ability to print the recipes :) Looks like another recipe I’ll have to try!

  4. Rocio says

    I’ve never tried sweet potatoes before…I am very curious though because I see a lot of people use them, do they taste at all like normal potatoes? I kinda thought they might not be that sweet since they use them as fries but I just saw you said they are sweet lol I am going to have to try this. :)

  5. Jessica says

    You read my mind! When you posted the meatloaf, I was drawn to the sweet potatoes you had along side them and was hoping for the recipe!

  6. lisa@TheDecorGirl says

    I just started to enjoy sweet potatoes a couple of years ago, but this sounds like an interesting twist. Totally agree with Maureen on the spice combination, yum! :)

  7. Sully_04 says

    Never made these until yesterday… VERY GOOD! I had boil my potatoes longer than 15mins.. likely because I bought HUGE sweet potatoes! lol

  8. says

    Deliciously good! Just replaced the milk with some water in which the potatoes were boiled as I don’t use any dairy other than grassfed butter. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Chezzie says

    Hi Andie,

    I found your recipe for sweet potato mash by Googling, I am so pleased that I did, absolutely delicious!

    Thank you, Chezzie

  10. Alexa says

    Thanks for the great recipe!!! It really can be tweaked anyway you want!! I used almond milk instead of regular and added minced garlic and Johnny’s and they were Amazing!!! My first time ever making sweet potato mash, but I’ll be making them all the time now!!! Thanks again!!

  11. Louie's Mom says

    These potatoes tasted delicious and made for a warm Christmas Eve dinner side dish. The holiday spices, in perfect amounts, worked beautifully together. I prefer using roasted sweet potatoes (drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled generously with salt and pepper), which, I feel, brings out their natural sweetness. These potatoes will always find a place on my holiday dinner table. Thanks!

  12. Whit says

    How did you get your broccoli to stay such a pretty green? I have tried different ways, but it is never the texture I want when it’s that bright.

  13. Kate says

    Hey! Happened upon your blog last night and I’m making your meatloaf and sweet potatoes for dinner as i write this. And CONGRATS on your book! Can’t wait to read, sure i will resonate.

  14. Janice Halsey says

    I made these but I only had 1 lb. of sweet potatoes on hand so I halved the recipe. We always use fat free milk so I used that instead of 1%. I loved them!!! I made them on Sunday of this week and I ate my last (1/2 cup) serving with my dinner tonight! I have been craving mashed sweet potatoes for a couple of months and this definitely hit the spot! Thanks Andie!! I’m enjoying all your recipes!!!

  15. Linda says

    Mashed sweet potatoes are just great alternative to my regular mashed potato. It has more nutrients and it taste better. For my version I used almond milk, I’m trying to add healthier ingredients to my dishes.


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