Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Savory mashed sweet potatoes are smoky and spiced up with pantry staple seasonings and simple to customize to your liking. These easy mashed sweet potatoes make a great side for a variety of main dishes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 163 kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tbsp plus 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup milk, your preferred variety
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper

*Highly* recommended seasonings:

  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano


  1. Peel and quarter sweet potatoes and place them in a medium-large saucepan. Add enough water to the pan to cover the potatoes, along with 1 tbsp of the salt.

  2. Place pan over high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat a little bit once boiling. Boil potatoes for 12-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes and add them back to the pan over low heat for 1-2 minutes, then shut off heat.

  3. Add the remaining 3/4 tsp salt, minced garlic, milk, butter, and pepper to the saucepan and mash until smooth. Add the remaining seasonings and mash in, tasting to adjust the spices to your liking. Serve.

Recipe Notes

I used 2% milk here, but any variety (including half-and-half or cream) will do.


You can use 4 tbsp of salted butter if you like. If doing so, omit the remaining 3/4 tsp of salt that gets mashed into the potatoes until you take a taste. Then season according to your liking.


The recommended spices and seasonings are what I like to use, but feel free to vary the quantities and spices as you see fit.

Nutrition Facts
Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4.9g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 427mg 18%
Potassium 12mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g 11%
Sugars 5.6g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 3%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.