Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are my jam! The russet potatoes are mashed just right and then smothered into some delicious garlic butter. This recipe should be on your Thanksgiving table along with your favorite side dishes! Doesn’t that sound heavenly? This is one mouthwatering recipe that will definitely have you coming back for more. So delicious, but let me stop taking it and show you how to make this garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes recipe!

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Reasons Why You Should Make

Perfect Side Dish- Creamy mashed potatoes added with a side of buttermilk fried chicken and cornbread! Yep, where do I sign? I feel like this is an easy side dish to pair with another side dish. If that makes sense. Lol

Toddler Approved- Listen if you have a picky two-year-old like mine. You understand why these easy garlic mashed potatoes are a must-have on your table for a weeknight meal or on the holiday table. Either way, you won’t regret making it!

Extra Flavor- We all know that you can get prepackaged mashed potatoes from just about any local grocery store, but let’s remix it and make everything from scratch. I’m talking garlic cloves, black pepper, real butter, Parmesan cheese, guess what y’all. It tastes even better for leftovers any day of the week.  

Ingredients For Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Russet Potatoes- I used russet, but you are welcome to use other potatoes. I will explain more below. 👇🏽
  • Garlic Cloves- The garlic will give this recipe that garlicky taste we all love.
  • Butter- Salted or unsalted butter.
  • Seasoning- Sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder are all I used, and pretty much all you will need to get those old-fashioned southern-style mashed potatoes.
  • Chicken broth- You can use water or chicken broth. It’s your preference. Chicken broth adds a ton of flavor, but water is also fine.

How To Make Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes?

Here’s a friendly rewrite of the recipe:

Start peeling, washing, and cutting your russet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. You’ll need about 2 lbs of potatoes for this recipe.

 In a pot, add your potatoes along with 2 cups of water or chicken broth.

Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of sea salt and add four chopped garlic cloves to the water.

 Allow the potatoes to cook for approximately 25 minutes or until they can easily be broken apart with a fork.

Once cooked, drain the potatoes and transfer them to a bowl. Add five tablespoons of butter to the hot potatoes. Pour in 1/4 cup of hot buttermilk.

Use an electric mixer to mix the potatoes until you reach your desired consistency.

Season with pepper and one teaspoon of sea salt, according to your taste.

Add one tablespoon of minced garlic and mix again.

Once everything is well blended, you’re ready to enjoy your delicious mashed potatoes.

For an extra touch, garnish with parsley.


  • You can substitute the russet potatoes for red potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes.
  • Ok, now let’s talk butter. I know it’s a debate about salted butter vs. unsalted butter butter, in all honesty. It’s your preference. I use salted butter for more flavor.
  • If you don’t want to deal with the garlic cloves, go for the easy (minced) garlic. This will still give your delicious potatoes that garlic butter taste.


If you want to add an extra kick to your Parmesan garlic mashed potatoes, Add some sour cream or even cream cheese.

Common Questions

What type of potatoes do I use for these garlic mashed potatoes?

For garlic mashed potatoes, I love to use potatoes higher in starch, such as russet potatoes or Yukon potatoes. Using russet potatoes, give your mashed potatoes light and fluffy textured mash potatoes while using Yukon potatoes will give a buttery, creamy consistency.

Should I boil my potatoes in water or chicken broth?

When it comes down to making garlic mashed potatoes, we want to make sure our potatoes have as much flavor as we can possibly stand. When I make my mashed potatoes for me only. I always boil them in chicken broth because I like the extra flavor it gives. I have had times where if I were out of chicken broth, I would add water, but you can taste the difference in flavor. The potatoes boiled in chicken broth have much more flavor.

What can I pair this mashed potatoes recipe with?

First, let me start off by saying this recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. I would typically pair these mashed potatoes with my beef ribs or my buttermilk fried chicken. If you are looking for a vegetable, you should try Parmesan roasted broccoli with these garlic mashed potatoes.

Well, until next time folks

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are my jam! The russet potatoes are mashed just right and then smothered into some delicious garlic butter. This recipe should be on your Thanksgiving table along with your favorite side dishes!
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Ronalyn
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1/4 Cup Buttermilk Hot(warm in microwave or stovetop)
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 lb Russet Potatoes Peeled and diced
  • 2 Cups Water or chicken broth Boiling potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoons Garlic Cloves Minced
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 Teaspoons Sea salt To taste
  • 1 Teaspoons Parsley Garnish
  • 1 Teaspoons Sea Salt For boiling potatoes
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese To taste


  • Peel, wash, and cut your russet potatoes into bite-sized pieces
    2 lb Russet Potatoes
  • In a pot add in your potatoes along with your water or chicken broth
    2 Cups Water or chicken broth
  • Sprinkle your salt and chopped garlic into the water
    1 Teaspoons Sea Salt, 1 Tablespoons Garlic Cloves
  • Allow to cook for about 25 minutes or until a fork can break the potatoes apart easily
  • Drain your potatoes and add to a bowl
  • Add your butter to the hot potatoes
    5 Tablespoons Butter
  • Add your hot buttermilk and Parmesan
    1/4 Cup Buttermilk, 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Mix with your electric mixer until you get to your desired consistency.
  • Add in your pepper salt to taste
    Pepper, 1 Teaspoons Sea salt
  • Add in your minced garlic and give it a final mix.
  • Garnish with more Parmesan and parsley.
    1 Teaspoons Parsley, 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese


Serving: 1gCalories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 2354mgPotassium: 998mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 3mg
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Soulfood
Keyword garlic mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatos recipe, Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, how to make garlic mashed potatoes, how to make mashed potatoes, roasted garlic mash potatoes

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