Vegan Mashed Potatoes

You can master the best vegan mashed potatoes thanks to this recipe, sharing all my favorite tips. Making this delicious side dish should be easy, and this recipe with only 6 ingredients proves that point beautifully!

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Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. Of course, I like just about any potato side dish, such as these vegan scalloped potatoes or air fryer roasted potatoes.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Cutting potatoes into equally-sized pieces creates even cooking, making for the best mashed potatoes
  • Heating up the vegan cream before adding it to the potatoes helps prevents lumps
  • Adding vegan sour cream creates the ultimate creamy mashed potatoes!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Potatoes — You can use Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes.
  • Plant-based milk — You can use your favorite plant-based milk (like soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk), just make sure it’s plain (not vanilla-flavored) and unsweetened.
  • Vegan butter — I love the buttery flavor that vegan butter adds, but you can also use olive oil which adds delicious flavor, too.
  • Vegan sour cream — I’ve made these potatoes with and without the vegan sour cream and I loved them both ways. There’s no denying that vegan sour cream adds a little something special. I used Forager’s Sour Cream, but Tofutti’s is also a good option. You could substitute cashew cream.
  • Salt and pepper — You can use table salt or sea salt, but the best way to serve pepper is freshly ground.
  • Garnish — I recommend having some chopped fresh parsley for garnishing. And you can never go wrong serving vegan mashed potatoes with vegan gravy.

Ingredient Spotlight

Four potatoes have been picked with a fork, covered with oil, and seasoned with salt and pepper. They are sitting on a cutting board.

What Potatoes are Best for Mashed Potatoes?

There are a lot of opinions about what makes the creamiest mashed potatoes. The three main options are Russet potatoes (otherwise known as white potatoes), Yukon Gold, and red potatoes. I love using red potatoes, however, for creamy smooth mashed potatoes, there’s no denying that Russet and Gold are the best. Use either one exclusively or do a 50/50 mixture.

How to Make Vegan Mashed Potatoes

  • Prepare potatoes by peeling and cutting into quarters.
  • Boil the potatoes in a pot with water until fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Mash potatoes with vegan butter, vegan milk, and vegan sour cream.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos:

Step One: Prepare Potatoes

Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler and use a paring knife to remove any spots.

Here’s how to cut the peeled potatoes:

  1. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise
  2. Cut each half in half lengthwise.
  3. Then line the halves together and cut them into 4 equal sections.
  4. Place the potatoes in a colander and rinse them to remove excess starch.

Step Two: Boil Potatoes

Peeled and chopped potatoes are in a saucepan.
  1. Place the potatoes in a pot or a large saucepan and pour in cold water until the potatoes are covered by an inch.
  2. Stir in salt.
  3. Turn up the heat to medium-high to bring the pot to a boil.
  4. Then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender. I recommend setting a timer to avoid overcooking the potatoes.
  5. While you’re waiting heat the vegan milk until it’s warm.

Step Three: Mash Potatoes

  1. Drain the potatoes, return them to the colander, and rinse them. This removes excess starch and stops the cooking process.
  2. Transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl and add vegan butter, vegan milk, and vegan sour cream.
  3. Use an electric mixer or a potato masher to whip up potatoes until smooth and creamy. Add a bit more plant-based milk if needed. Do not overmix the potatoes as this will activate the starch and they will get gummy.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve warm.

Storage Tips

Store mashed potatoes in a sealed container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be frozen in proper containers for up to 2 months.

Tips for the Best Mashed Potatoes

  • Rinse boiled potatoes — rinsing potatoes after cooking removes excess starches.
  • Heat the milk — adding warm or hot milk to still-hot cooked potatoes can prevent lumps and help create creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Don’t overmix — You can hand-mash your potatoes, but using a mixer makes it easier. Just be careful not to overmix as this can lead to breaking down the starches causing gummy potatoes

Frequently-Asked Questions

What can you use instead of milk in mashed potatoes?

There are plenty of plant-based milk options to use in your next batch of mashed potatoes. For example, you can use almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, soy milk, and even coconut milk. Just make sure your milk is unsweetened and not vanilla-flavored.

Are mashed potatoes vegan?

Most standard mashed potatoes are not vegan because they’re made with dairy and butter. However, it’s easy to make mashed potatoes vegan by using unsweetened plant-based milk and vegan butter or olive oil.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some favorite ways to top these creamy vegan mashed potatoes:

Storage Tips

Store mashed potatoes in a sealed container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be frozen in proper containers for up to 2 months.

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Vegan Potato Recipes

Everyone loves these easy vegan mashed potatoes made with only 6 ingredients! Here are even more amazing vegan potato recipes:

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes

These plant-based mashed potatoes are so rich and creamy! Serve them with vegan butter or gravy. It's a perfect side dish for any plant-basd meal!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup hot plant-based milk plain, not vanilla flavored
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter, softened (or olive oil)
  • ¼ cup vegan sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • serve with chopped fresh parsley and vegan gravy

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler. Use a paring knife to remove any spots. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut each half in half lengthwise. Then line the halves together and cut it into 4 equal sections. Place the potatoes in a colander and rinse them.
  • Place the potatoes in a pot and pour in cold water until the potatoes are covered by an inch. Stir in salt. Turn up the heat to medium-high to bring the pot to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender. Set a timer so you do not overcook the potatoes.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the colander and rinse quickly. Then transfer them to a mixing bowl and add vegan butter, vegan milk, and vegan sour cream.
  • Use an electric mixer or a potato masher to whip up potatoes until smooth and creamy. Add a bit more plant-based milk if needed. Do not overmix the potatoes as this will activate the starch and they will get gummy.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Store mashed potatoes in a sealed container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be frozen in proper containers for up to 2 months.

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Notes

Potato Peels — I do not peel potatoes, but I will remove certain parts, like eyes or brown areas that do not look appealing.
Creamy Potatoes — See the post for tips on making creamy potatoes.
Make-ahead tips — Chop the potatoes and cover them in water. Cover and store in the fridge up to overnight. Then when you’re ready, follow the instructions to cook the potatoes.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Sodium 771mg32%
Potassium 1000mg29%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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