Microwave Mashed Potatoes – Baking Mischief

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Creamy and buttery microwave mashed potatoes are a quick and easy side dish you can make without ever having to turn on your stove.  Need a super quick and simple side tonight ? Make a homemade batch of mashed potatoes in the microwave ! Microwave mashed potatoes are everything you love about classical homemade mashed potatoes. They ’ ra pantry, rich, and completely satisfying. They merely happen to be made in your microwave. 😉 Microwave mashed potatoes in a bowl.Microwave mashed potatoes in a bowl.

Equipment & Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for mashed potatoes made in the microwave on a counter. Ingredients for mashed potatoes made in the microwave on a counter.

  • A large microwave-safe bowl: Make sure you use a bowl that is large enough that the potatoes/water only fill about ½ to ⅔ of the bowl. If the bowl is too full, the contents can bubble over while cooking and make a bit of a mess in your microwave. 
  • Russet potatoes: I like to use russets for this dish, but if you have red or Yukon Gold potatoes on hand, you can use them (or a combo of them) instead.
  • Milk, half and half, or heavy cream: Milk, half and half, and heavy cream will all work. Cream will give you the richest mashed potatoes and milk the lightest. If you have leftover cream or half and half after making the potatoes, check out my What to Do With Leftover Half and Half and What to do With Leftover Heavy Cream posts for recipe ideas to use up the leftovers.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave

Collage photo of mashed potatoes being cooked in the microwave.Collage photo of mashed potatoes being cooked in the microwave. 1. Microwave potatoes: Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and add just adequate coldness water to completely cover them. Add strategic arms limitation talks and cover the bowl with an inverted, microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 10 minutes and allow to sit for 1 moment after the timer goes off. 2. Check potatoes: Very carefully ( the plate, bowling ball, and steam will be hot ! ) remove the plate. Check to make sure the potatoes are fork-tender. If not, replace the plate and continue to microwave in 1-minute increments until the potatoes are cooked through. Collage photo of microwave mashed potatoes being mixed with butter and cream.Collage photo of microwave mashed potatoes being mixed with butter and cream. 3. Warm cream/milk: Place cream/milk in a microwave-safe container and heat until warm, 30 to 45 seconds. Using affectionate liquid will keep it from cooling down your potatoes so they stay piping hot on their means to the table. 4. Mash and mix: Drain the potatoes and add butter to the bowl. Use a fork or potato wolf to mash potatoes. Add half of the milk or cream and stir until desegregate. If needed, stir in more of the fluid until the potatoes reach your desire consistency. Add strategic arms limitation talks and capsicum to taste. Don ’ thyroxine stint on this step. Salt until the potatoes taste amazing !

Variations

  • Vegan mashed potatoes: To make microwave potatoes that are vegan, you can use dairy-free butter or margarine and your favorite non-dairy milk.

FAQ

Can I double/halve this recipe?

Yes. You may need a slightly longer cooking time if you ’ re doubling the recipe, but it will work. To change the recipe yield, in the recipe card, hover over the servings or click if you ’ re on mobile and slide the luger .

Do I need a potato masher to make mashed potatoes?

No, you can mash your potatoes with a good hardy branch, but if you ’ re going to regularly make grind potatoes in the future, you might want to invest in one. potato mashers are not extremely costly and make squash potatoes then much quicker and easier .

What to serve with microwave mashed potatoes?

I love a good gravy with my potatoes, so I recommend a quick and easy gravy, but if you have some leftover drippings, try my gravy from drippings. For chief dishes, serve this with something quick and easy like :

Microwave mashed potatoes on a plate.Microwave mashed potatoes on a plate.

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Recipe Notes

  • Substitutions: You can try replacing the dairy in the potatoes with warmed chicken or vegetable broth. The potatoes won’t be as rich or as creamy as if you had used half and half/heavy cream, but it’s a good option if you’re out of milk or are dairy-free.
  • Potato weight: This recipe calls for 1 pound of potatoes. That’s about 3 medium or 2 large russet potatoes. If you’re a couple ounces over or under, that’s not going to hurt anything, so just aim for about a pound.
  • Yield: This recipe will make 2 large servings or 4 smaller ones. 

Microwave mashed potatoes in a bowl.Microwave mashed potatoes in a bowl.

Microwave Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and buttery microwave mashed potatoes are a quick and easy side dish you can make without ever having to turn on your stove. 

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Prep Time:

7

minutes

Cook Time:

10

minutes

Cooling Time:

1

minute

Servings (Hover or Click to Change Yield):

2

to 4 servings

Calories:

210

kcal

Author:

Tracy

Equipment

  • Potato wolf
  • Medium microwave-safe bowl*
  • large microwave-safe plate

Ingredients

  • 1 syrian pound ( about

    3 medium or 2

    ) big russet potatoes peeled and diced

  • ¾ teaspoon salt divided, plus more as needed

  • ⅓ cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream *

  • 4 tablespoons

    (56g)

    butter cut into chunks, salted or unsalted is fine*

Instructions

  • To a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add potatoes and just enough cold water to completely cover them. Add ½ teaspoon of the salt and cover the bowl with an upside microwave-safe down plate.

  • Microwave for 10 minutes and allow to sit for 1 hour after the timekeeper goes off .
  • Very carefully (the plate, bowl, and steam will be hot!) remove the plate. Check to make sure the potatoes are fork-tender. If not, replace the plate and continue to microwave in 1-minute increments until the potatoes are cooked through.

  • Place milk/cream in a microwave-safe container and heat until warm, 30 to 45 seconds.

  • Drain potatoes and add butter to the potatoes. Use a fork or potato masher to mash potatoes. Add half of the milk or cream and stir until mixed. If needed, stir in more of the liquid until the potatoes reach your desired consistency. Add remaining ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.

  • Serve and enjoy !

Notes

*Make certain you use a bowl that large adequate that the potatoes/water on satiate about ½ to ⅔ of the bowling ball. If the bowl is excessively full, the contents can bubble over while cooking. *Cream will give you the richest squash potatoes and milk the lightest. Dairy-free butter/margarine and milks can be substituted if needed. Yield: This recipe will make 2 large servings or 4 smaller ones. Approximate nutritional data is for 4 servings made with half and half. Did you make this recipe ?

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