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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Check out this ultra creamy and silky mashed potato: mashed potatoes with heavy cream. Besides heavy cream, mashed potatoes are also seasoned with seasoned salt and butter for amazing flavors, making this an indulgent and luxurious mashed potatoes perfect for holiday dinners.

There’s truly no other ingredient like heavy whipping cream if you want to make a silky, rich and ultra creamy mashed potatoes.

A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes topped with melted butter

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Mashed Potatoes with Heavy Cream

I’ve experimented with many mashed potatoes recipes and many ingredients, and have come to this conclusion: if you want to make the creamiest and smoothest mashed potatoes, make your mashed potatoes with heavy cream.

I’ve tried milk, half and half, and other ingredients, but they just don’t work as well.

You need heavy whipping cream to get that rich and creamy texture, making your mashed potatoes incredibly luxurious and indulgent.

Whenever I want to make a truly delicious, satisfying mashed potatoes, I make my mashed potatoes with heavy cream. There’s really no other way to go about this.

It’s the holidays, enjoy and indulge! ❤️

Heavy cream are sometimes called heavy whipping cream, and they are basically cream with a lot of fat, containing about 36 to 40 percent of fat in them. They are heavier and cremier than half and half, whipping cream, evaporated milk, or any type of milk.

If you use these other products instead of heavy cream, your mashed potatoes will not be as thick, rich and creamy as it would if you make mashed potatoes with heavy cream.

In addition, I also season my potatoes with butter and season salt, giving this mashed potatoes with heavy cream another dimension of flavor, and I think that truly makes this the BEST mashed potatoes ever.

P/S: Besides mashed potatoes, make your mac and cheese with heavy cream as well for the creamiest macaroni and cheese you’ll ever taste!

Top down view of mashed potatoes made with heavy cream and topped with butter


Heavy cream is a very important ingredient in the making of this mashed potato recipe, but it is definitely not the only important ingredient.

The good news is though, this mashed potatoes with heavy cream recipe has a fairly short list of ingredients. To make it, you will only need FOUR simple, pantry-friendly ingredients:

  • potatoes – best potatoes for mashed potatoes are russet and Yukon gold potatoes, however I’ve used red potatoes and they work as well.
  • heavy cream – sometimes called heavy whipping cream, it contains about 36-40% of fat. Avoid substituting for half and half or any types of milk – your mashed potatoes will not turned out as creamy if using those.
  • salted butter – avoid unsalted, as salted butter will bring more flavor to your mashed potatoes. Butter is also used to make the mashed potatoes creamy
  • seasoned salt – different from salt, seasoned salt has additional dimension of flavors. My favorite is Lawry’s Seasoned Salt.

How to make creamy mashed potatoes

Hopefully at this point, I have successfully convinced you that mashed potatoes with heavy cream is the only way to do mashed potatoes right. 😉

My next goal: show you how simply it is to make mashed potatoes from scratch!

Before you know it, you will be snubbing your nose at store-bought mashed potatoes because mashed potatoes with heavy cream is truly SO much better, and not hard to make at all!

Prepare potatoes

A bowl of peeled potatoes in large chunks

When preparing your potatoes, make sure to scrub it under running water to remove the dirt on the potato skin, and then peel the potatoes.

You can choose not to peel the potatoes if you prefer, or only peel half of the potatoes.

I like to slice the potatoes into large chunks so that it is easier and quicker to softened.

Boil a pot of water and then add your chunks of potatoes to it. Cook until they soften.

Boiling big chunks of potatoes in water in a pot

When potatoes are soft, drain all the boiling water immediately from the pot, and then use a potato masher or electric hand mixer to mash the potatoes.

Make sure you mash the potatoes when potatoes are thoroughly cooked through and soft. Also do it while it is still steaming hot so that it is easier to mash those potatoes and make them ultra smooth.

Using a potato masher to mash potatoes in a large mixing bowl
Using a potato masher to mash potatoes

It does take a few minutes to truly break down and smooth out those potatoes.

If you are looking to make your mashed potatoes ultra creamy, it is super important to work those arm muscles and keep mashing until there are no more potato chunks and potatoes become a smooth paste.

Season and dress mashed potatoes

Ok here comes the fun part, and the part that makes your mashed potatoes truly flavorful, creamy and delicious!

When potatoes are completely mashed up, they should be smooth, fluffy and soft in texture.

Next, we add our short list of ingredients to make it the dreamy mashed potatoes that it is: heavy cream (duh of course!), butter and seasoned salt.

A big bowl of potatoes that are mashed up, along with heavy cream, butter and season salt

And then mixed it up and watch your mashed potatoes become silky smooth and ultra creamy. YUM!

Silky and creamy mashed potatoes in a mixing bowl
Mashed potatoes should be super soft and silky once it is mashed

By adding seasoned salt we also just added a ton of amazing flavors and it has a lot of depth to it, so potatoes are truly tasty.

At this point, I can never stop licking the potatoes off my spatula because it is so, so good!

Serve your mashed potatoes in a large bowl, and then if you want, drizzle with more butter because why not?!

Butter truly makes everything better. Both in life and in mashed potatoes.❤️

Closeup of mashed potatoes with heavy cream

Check out that creamy mashed potatoes with heavy cream, butter and seasoned salt.

Three simply ingredients that will transform your mashed potatoes into something crazy flavorful, insanely creamy, and simply magical.

Trust me – you won’t want to do mashed potatoes any other way after this!

What to serve with mashed potatoes

Making Ahead and Storage

You can definitely make ahead and storage your mashed potatoes in an airtight container for up to 2 months in the freezer and up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

To reheat, make sure it is completely defrost first, and then you can:

  • Drizzle some milk onto mashed potatoes and reheat in microwave. You may have remove from microwave and stir a few times to make sure potatoes are heated evenly. Add more milk to mashed potatoes anytime it looks like potatoes are drying out.
  • Spread mashed potatoes in a casserole dish, top with a few dollops of butter. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and heat in oven at 350℉ for 25-30 minutes, or until potatoes are warm and reaches an internal temperature of 165℉.
Scooping out some mashed potatoes in a bowl with a spoon

Frequent Asked Questions

What are the best potatoes to use for mashed potatoes?

Russet and Yukon gold potatoes are my favorite for mashed potatoes

Can I not peel the potatoes?

Yes! Make sure to clean it thoroughly if you are not peeling the potatoes. The texture of your mashed potatoes will be less smooth since there is skin in it. Another option is to peel only half of the potatoes and leave the other half unpeeled, this way you get some texture from the skin.

Can I substitute heavy cream with milk or half and half?

You can but it won’t be as creamy or tasty, in my opinion. There’s nothing quite like making mashed potatoes with heavy cream!

Can I substitute seasoned salt with regular salt?

There are additional flavors in seasoned salt. You can substitute with salt, and mashed potatoes would still be tasty, but it wouldn’t taste the same as using seasoned salt.

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More Holiday Side Dishes

Closeup of a bowl of mashed potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Heavy Cream

The creamiest and silkiest potatoes made with heavy cream, seasoned salt and butter. This luxurious mashed potatoes is incredibly flavorful and just melts in your mouth. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays as well.
4.91 from 77 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 269kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 3 lbs russet potatoes or Yukon gold
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp salted butter plus more for topping
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt


  • Scrub potatoes under running water. Peel and slice into large pieces.
  • In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add potatoes. Boil for 20 minutes.
  • Drain water and transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until they are smooth and there are no clumps.
  • Add heavy cream, seasoned salt and butter to mashed potatoes. Stir to mix them into the potatoes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Optional: melt more butter (1-2 tbsp) and drizzle over the top of the potatoes when serving.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 750mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The perfect mashed potato recipe! Came out super creamy and was so easy!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    The BEST mashed potatoes! It has become my go-to recipe for mashed potatoes

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! I LOVE hearing that! It is definitely my go-to as well πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    I was in the mood of trying out a new mashed potato recipe this Thanksgiving, which led me here…this was a HIT! Everyone LOVED the fluffiness and deliciousness of this dish! Everyone loved it so much that I will be doing jt again for Xmas!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! So glad you decided to try these mashed potatoes! They are definitely a favorite of mine too – so soft creamy and flavorful. Enjoy it for Christmas !

  4. 5 stars
    The perfect side dish to holiday meals …. or any meal. Creamy, smooth and just the perfect place for gravy. I could make a meal out of mashed potatoes and gravy.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Sandhya Ramakrishnan says:

    5 stars
    This was the creamiest of the mashed potatoes ever. Heavy cream is the way to go for this level of creaminess and the arm muscle like you rightly mentioned it. Seasoned salt is a great add on for added flavor without too many ingredients.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! So happy you loved it!!

  6. What a difference it makes to switch to using heavy cream. Your tutorial was excellent, this will replace all other mashed potato recipes!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Cheryl!

  7. 5 stars
    You nailed this! Sometimes you just need an indulgent mashed potato recipe and this one is so delish and fluffy. Perfect use for the heavy cream. Keeping this one for the holidays.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks, Julie! Glad you enjoyed it. This is going on our holiday table this year as well!

  8. Priya Srinivasan says:

    5 stars
    The Best mashed potatoes ever! So delish! I now know the secret to the most dreamy creamy mashed potatoes!! Brilliant!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Definitely a win for me as well! LOVE these potatoes

  9. Marisa F. Stewart says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe that would give me the mashed potatoes I remember my Grandma made. These are it. The ingredients gave me the texture and taste I was looking for. I can’t wait to share my find with the family at our holiday dinner.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Wonderful! I hope everyone loves it!

  10. 5 stars
    You would think that making mashed potatoes would be so easy but from all the recipes out there, this one has been the best. We just loved the flavor and they’re silky and creamy.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! I totally agree! It’s fairly simple to make but a well made one is just the next level! I’m so glad you love this as much as i do! πŸ™‚

  11. 5 stars
    Gotta agree, heavy cream is the only way to go for the creamiest mashed potatoes. We love this mashed potato recipe.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you! Happy to hear you all love it!

  12. I love a good creamy mashed potato recipe, and this one did not disappoint!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you, Lynn!

  13. 5 stars
    These are the best mashed potatoes EVER! My kids, who usually prefer rice to potatoes, loved these and requested seconds!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Makes me SO happy to hear that, Erin! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  14. 5 stars
    Made these with dinner the other night, they were the star of dinner, so creamy and flavorful. Great mashed potato recipe. We will be using whenever we make mashed potatoes.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much! Such an honor!

  15. 5 stars
    First time making mashed potatoes and your recipe was perfect!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! So glad to hear that, Jen! I hope it’s the first of many!

  16. 5 stars
    I had extra heavy whipping cream leftover from a different recipe and found this. They turned out so creamy and delicious. Thanks!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad you found this recipe and loved it!! πŸ™‚

  17. 5 stars
    I have made these once (and I’m making them again tonight). They are so good!! It’s amazing how much flavor they have. Will definitely be my go to recipe for mashed potatoes!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear that, Beth!