Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and delicious. Made with minced garlic and cream cheese, it’s the best side dish and one that everyone will love!

Garlic mashed potatoes in a serving bowl garnished with chopped parsley and a pat of butter

Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that goes with any meal. They are easily one of my favorite food, and making them homemade is really simple. This recipe is creamy and seasoned with garlic.

How to make Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Start by prepping your potatoes. I used red potatoes, but this recipe would work with any potato you prefer. Some days I leave the skin on and other days I peel the potatoes before dicing them. Either way is fine.
  2. Bring the potatoes to a boil in a large pot of water, cook until tender, and drain.
  3. In that same pot, saute the garlic in butter for a couple minutes. Add the potatoes back to the pot.
  4. Remove from heat, add in cream cheese & seasoning, and mash together.
  5. Add your milk and mix until smooth. Adjust the amount of milk to your preferred texture, and season to taste as needed.

garlic mashed potatoes on a dinner plate with honey roasted carrots and grilled chicken

Minced Garlic Substitutes

  • For this recipe, I used jarred minced garlic, but you can also use garlic cloves or even garlic powder.
  • If you want to use garlic powder instead use 1 teaspoon garlic powder. You could skip the melting butter step and just add your butter to your drained and tender potatoes along with the cream cheese.
  • If you are using fresh garlic then you could use 6 cloves that are pealed. Cook and mash them with your potatoes then add the cream cheese, seasoning, and milk.

If you love potatoes as much as I do then make sure to check out these other potato side dish recipe.

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A bowl of mashed potatoes with butter

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and delicious. Made with minced garlic and cream cheese, it's the best side dish and one that everyone will love!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


  • If desired, peel potatoes, or leave the skin on and dice potatoes. Place in a large pot and add water to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes using a strainer and set them aside. 
  • In the same pot on medium heat, add butter and minced garlic. Allow butter to melt and cook garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until aromatic. Add potatoes back into the pot and mash.
  • Remove from heat and add in cream cheese and mash until cream cheese is melted. Add in salt and pepper and continue to mash. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Finally, add in the milk and stir until smooth. Add more milk as needed to get the desired texture.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley if desired.

long vertical image with garlic mashed potatoes in a serving bowl and plated for dinner


Jenine blogs at where she strives to create simple recipes that anyone can make and everyone in the family can enjoy. As a mom of three she knows first hand how busy day to day life can be and how precious family time is. She hopes her easy recipes can help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table enjoying food, family, and making fun memories.

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  1. DELICIOUS! I used a 5lb bag of the red potatoes for thanksgiving and they were perfect. I boiled the potatoes in half water and half chicken stock, and didn’t use a lot of milk, and they turned out amazing. I will definitely use this recipe every time I make mashed potatoes.