Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes

  • Recipe By
  • Published Jun 8th
  • Ready In40m
  • Servings4
  • Calories333
This recipe will hopefully give you the proper techniques to turn out perfect mashed potatoes every time; always light, fluffy and lump-free.

Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes for 4 servings:

  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook20m
  • Ready In40m

To cook Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes is about 20 minutes , and you can serve your Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes within 40 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Chef John’s Perfect Mashed Potatoes easily:

  1. 1 Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, and return the potatoes to the pot. Turn heat to high, and allow the potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
  2. 2 Mash the potatoes with a potato masher twice around the pot, then add the butter and milk. Continue to mash until smooth and fluffy. Whisk in the salt and black pepper until evenly distributed, about 15 seconds.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 333 calories; 12.7 grams of fat; 49.7 grams of carbohydrates; 6.7 grams of protein; 34 milligrams of cholesterol; 30 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Nov 27th 2014

    This recipe could be perfect if the measurement for the potatoes was given in a measurement that isn't subjective. your large may be medium or extra large to someone else, which will change ...

  2. Dec 24th 2012

    These potatoes come out well (and the instructions make them very easy to make), but they are bland. I learned the hard way that my family expects more to mashed potatoes. If you like good ...

  3. Nov 14th 2012

    Thanks for posting this video as I needed something simple to follow for my office Thanksgiving Potluck. I waited until about 11pm the night before the potluck, before getting this going, so ...

  4. Apr 25th 2012

    This really is the simplest and tastiest way to make mashed potatoes. I like to use warmed evaporated milk instead of whole milk. This recipe makes the fluffiest potatoes. NOTE: This is also ...

  5. Feb 22nd 2012

    Thank you Chef John! I got so tired of watery mashed potatoes that I started buying the Bob Evans in the refrigerated area of the grocery. My husband couldn't believe it, I told him I had ...

  6. Jan 29th 2012

    Classic! This is THE method to use for really good mashed potatoes. It is essential to add salt to the cooking water - oh and start with cool water - bring to temp and then reduce the heat ...

  7. Nov 27th 2011

    Fluffy, flavorful clouds in my mouth. And so easy. Followed exactly except used 1% milk (was on hand). As for the masher, my sister has our Mother's which he recommends, so I used mine w ...

  8. Have been making MP Chef John's way ever since I saw his video several years ago. Perfect fluffy clouds of potato heaven every time. If you are rice challenged check out his site for perfe ...

  9. Nov 24th 2011

    Thank you to Chef John for making the video. I couldn't figure out why I kept getting starchy water until he explained the method of cutting the potatoes lengthwise vs. cutting into cubes. I ...