Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 30, 2023
These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is one of our favorite red potato recipes. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas


  • 8 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk, warmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
  2. Drain well. Add the butter, milk and salt; mash. Stir in cheese.

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes Tips

Can you use half and half instead of milk?

If you’ve got a container of half and half in the fridge but are low on milk, you can use half and half in this recipe! You can also use heavy cream or full-fat milk for even richer mashed potatoes.

How do you fix too much garlic in mashed potatoes?

If you went a little heavy-handed on the garlic, don’t fret! You can add a little lemon juice to taste to counteract the strong garlic flavor. Sweeteners like maple syrup or honey can also help reverse the too-strong taste. Psst...need help peeling? Here are our favorite, easiest ways to peel garlic.

How do I make my mashed potatoes fluffy?

For fluffy mashed potatoes, heat the milk and butter before adding to potatoes. Mash just until done.

Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 190 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.