Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

We’re in love with these mashed sweet potatoes! This recipe is quick, simple, super creamy, and absolutely delicious! These are on the savory side, you’ll love them.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Video

If you love sweet potatoes, you will love this easy recipe! These are just as easy as making regular mashed potatoes. Sweet potatoes already have a silky smooth texture, which makes them incredibly delicious when mashed.

These incredible mashed sweet potatoes are savory, but I’ve shared a sweet variation below the recipe!

Mashed sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon

Key Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes: Sweet potato mash is best with red or orange sweet potatoes (not the purple or tan varieties). They’re naturally sweeter and creamier. I also prefer small to medium sweet potatoes, which are less starchy than the really large ones!
  • Salt: Make sure that you salt your cooking water for sweet potatoes (the same goes for regular potatoes).
  • Bay leaf: These are savory mashed potatoes, so I add one bay leaf to the cooking water with my sweet potatoes.
  • Butter: A must when making mashed potatoes. I love mashing some into the sweet potatoes and adding a little bit on top for serving. For a toasty flavor, substitute brown butter!
  • Cinnamon: I add a hint of cinnamon (just 1/8 teaspoon), which adds a little warmth.
  • Sour cream or cream: These are optional, but I love making my sweet potato mash creamy. Tangier sour cream is my favorite, but a splash of cream does the job nicely.

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

For the best mashed sweet potatoes, I peel them and chop them into chunks. Then, I toss them in a pot with water, a good pinch of salt, and a bay leaf for a little extra flavor. (Sometimes, I’ll swap the bay leaf for a sprig or two of fresh thyme or rosemary!) Bring it to a simmer and cook until they’re nice and tender.

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes - Cooking the sweet potatoes

A potato masher gives you a creamy texture with some nice bits, or if you want super smooth, silky mashed sweet potatoes, use a food processor.

I like savory mashed sweet potatoes, so I stir in butter, a dash of cinnamon, some black pepper, a bit more salt, and a dollop of sour cream or regular cream. It’s seriously so good!

Mashing sweet potatoes with a potato masher

Storing Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw frozen sweet potatoes overnight in the fridge before reheating the next day. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat or microwave, stirring occasionally until warmed through.

More Sweet Potato Recipes

Mashed sweet potatoes with butter on top

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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These easy mashed sweet potatoes are savory, but you can add a few extra ingredients for a sweeter version. See our notes in the tips section below.

Makes 6 servings (about 5 1/2 cups)

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

3 pounds (1360g) sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, 5 to 6 medium

1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt, plus more to taste

1 bay leaf

3 tablespoons butter

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons sour cream or heavy cream, optional

Optional toppings: finely chopped parsley or chives and fresh ground black pepper


    1Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes.

    2Place cubes in a large pot. Cover with water (about 1 inch above the sweet potatoes). Add salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until tender and easily pierced with a fork, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.

    3Return the sweet potatoes to the pot and mash with a potato masher to your desired texture. Or, add them to a food processor bowl and pulse to the desired texture.

    4Add butter, cinnamon, black pepper, and a pinch of salt. For extra creamy sweet potatoes, stir in sour cream or heavy cream.

    5Top with extra butter and chopped fresh herbs (optional).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Sweet Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup to the cooked potatoes before mashing. We also like to increase the cinnamon by 1/4 teaspoon. Serve with extra maple syrup on top, and if you enjoy nuts, add a handful of toasted pecans or walnuts.
  • Roasted garlic: Mash in 4 to 5 cloves of roasted garlic.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size About 3/4 cup / Calories 257 / Total Fat 6.7g / Saturated Fat 4.2g / Cholesterol 17.4mg / Sodium 711.1mg / Carbohydrate 46.2g / Dietary Fiber 6.9g / Total Sugars 9.5g / Protein 4.1g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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13 comments… Leave a Review
  • cory November 23, 2023, 3:53 pm

    very easy

  • Merri February 22, 2023, 6:49 am

    I meant nutritional information if I used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and 1 TBS Natural no sugar added maple syrup. I actually made it this way and it was sooooo good! Thank you so much.

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:39 pm

      Hi Merri, The nutritional information has been provided for the original recipe. You will need to calculate any changes or ingredient substitutions to the recipe.

  • Merri February 22, 2023, 6:45 am

    This was delicious. I was wondering if you have nutritional information for this recipe. Thank you

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:38 pm

      Hi Merri, The nutritional information for the original recipe is provided below the directions.

  • Carrie October 16, 2022, 10:20 pm

    Yumm, I did the sweet potatoes in the microwave, then scooped out flesh and mashed them. Added the cream, pepper, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Before heating in oven, I sprinkled walnuts on top followed by some maple syrup. I found it a little too sweet, ( note to self, either brown sugar or syrup, not both…lol) Ive always been requested to do a sweet potato puff …..was looking for something new….this was it! Served at family dinner tonight, and 25 year old son absolutely loved the walnuts on top….a nice easy flavorful crunch. Do not omit ( if no allergies )

  • Shirley Hailstock November 1, 2021, 7:53 pm

    I made this. It was extremely easy to make in the Food Processor. I love it. I’ll make it again, although I added more cinnamon and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.

  • Priscilla Belmore September 10, 2021, 5:05 pm

    love this

  • Kelly August 23, 2021, 4:14 am

    This was a winner! I went with the sweet version (brown sugar and cinnamon) and it turned out absolutely delicious. Also reheated well and maintained its creamy and smooth consistency. I never knew that making mashed sweet potatoes would be so easy.

  • Kt March 10, 2021, 7:21 pm

    Great veggie side dish. I doubled it because I had 6 lbs of sweet potatoes. I ended up using sour cream and omitted the cinnamon.

  • Florian Schlittler December 1, 2020, 7:48 am

    absolutely loved it.

  • Healthysmed.Com April 1, 2020, 8:43 pm

    First time I made mashed sweet potatoes. So glad I tried these. They were delicious, easy to make, and reheated well. Will make again.

  • Cindy Brown June 10, 2019, 12:45 am

    After trying this it will now be my go-to recipe for mashed sweet potatoes ! I’m not usually a fan of bay leaves but l put one in the water while boiling them . I did sprinkle with brown sugar before mashing and added the optional sour cream . l questioned putting the cinnamon in but it was amazing ! You’ve got to try this recipe !! Thanks for sharing ! ?


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