Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

These Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream are the most delicious mashed potatoes you will ever have. They’re light, creamy, buttery & easy to make with the help of your stand mixer – No hand mashing required!

May I present you with the most perfect of mashed potatoes?

Light, creamy, buttery and tangy – All the great things you want in a bowl of mashed potatoes. But another bonus? There’s no hand mashing required.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

The key here begins with boiling your potatoes in salted chicken broth.

You know how you salt your pasta water? This is kind of the same idea. The broth will impart a flavor to the potatoes from the outset and give you that extra flavor that mashed potatoes can sometimes lack.

It’s *magic*.

After the potatoes are cooked, I like to use my stand mixer to get them really smooth. Starting first with the paddle mixer attachment and then moving to the whip. You can also use a handheld mixer. Or, you can go old fashioned, and use a good old potato masher if you don’t have an electronic one.

Bowl of potatoes before peeling.

I always forget how simple it is to actually make these potatoes!

You can peel the potatoes if you like them really smooth. But, if you’re short on time, just go ahead and leave the skins on. Then, just let them cook away while you work on your main dish.

They’re perfect served alongside this Easy Roasted Chicken, Instant Pot Pork Chops or Slow Cooker Osso Buco.

Want to add in even more flavor? Try adding some roasted garlic to your potatoes before mixing them.

PS – You can also make these Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot.

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Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream Recipe

Overhead shot of bowl of mashed potatoes topped with a pat of butter, next to bowl of sour cream.

Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

These Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream are the most delicious mashed potatoes you will ever have. They’re light, creamy, buttery and tangy and easy to make with the help of your stand mixer – No hand mashing required!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (peeled if desired)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chives (for topping)


  • Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large pot with the chicken broth. Add enough water to cover the potatoes and add about 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the potatoes fall apart easily when pierced with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan, until the butter is melted. Keep warm.
  • As soon as the potatoes are tender, drain them in a colander.
  • Place hot potatoes in mixing bowl and mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly add in milk/butter mixture and sour cream.
  • Turn up speed and beat for about 30 seconds, or until milk is absorbed. Gradually turn up speed and mix for 1 minute longer.
  • Switch to whipping attachment and beat for about 1 minute, or until fluffy.
  • Serve warm topped with extra butter (if desired) and chopped chives.
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Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 2677mg | Potassium: 1106mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 31.5mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 7.5mg

This post was originally published in November, 2014. It was updated in October 2021. The recipe remains the same – It’s definitely a keeper!

35 thoughts on “Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream”

  1. I love the creaminess of mashed potatoes with some alternative dairy instead of milk. I use yogurt in mine. It makes them a little tangy and extra creamy – but without as much fat as sour cream. Plus, we always have yogurt in the house, so I don’t end up with a half-used container of sour cream that I won’t use up later.

  2. I love the idea of cooking the potatos in broth, but I have a question. I’m a vegetarian, so do you think I could use vegetable broth without it being an issue? 🙂

  3. I am in charge of the mashed potatoes this year for our Thanksgiving Feast. What are your thoughts on keeping them warm in the crock pot as I transport them over to my brother’s house and then attempt to keep them warm for our dinner?

    • Hi – You will add both the broth and enough water to just cover the potatoes. The amount of water you use will depend on the size of your pot, etc. Hope that helps!

  4. 4 stars
    WARNING: Directions unclear!!!!! My boyfriend has been panicking and thinking that I’m going to break up with him because the potatoes were very runny for a bit. Please, Erin, PLEASE edit and put in the directions that the potatoes really need to boil down and simmer. He was freaking out that they were way too watery, but now they turned out great! You never steer us wrong Erin, and in fact your short ribs made me cry! So please, help us out, and let the world know that the ratio of these potatoes WILL APPEAR very watery at first.
    Thank you!
    Much love,
    Devin + Mario


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