How Long to Cook Potatoes for Mashed


Mashed potatoes are one of the most comforting foods in the world. They’re easy to make, easy to serve and they taste good with virtually anything. But have you ever wondered how long it takes to cook potatoes for mashed? Or what kind of potatoes work best? We’ve got answers for both questions and more below:

Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces.

Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Use a sharp knife and cut them into even pieces, not too small and not too big.

You can leave the skin on or peel it off. If you do choose to peel them, be careful not to cut yourself!

Boil them for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re easily pierced with a fork.

To test for doneness, simply insert a sharp knife or fork into one of the potatoes. If it pierces through with ease, they’re ready. The reason that you want to boil your potatoes until they’re easily pierced with a fork is because this means that their starch has been released and converted into simple sugars. This process makes them creamy when mashed instead of mealy or starchy–and also helps prevent lumps from forming in your mash!

Drain and mash with butter, salt and pepper before serving.


  • Drain the potatoes and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Mash with a potato masher or food processor until smooth.
  • Add butter, salt, pepper and any other seasonings you want to use to taste.

Cooking time depends on the size of the potato.

The cooking time will vary, depending on the size of the potato. A medium potato should take about 20 to 25 minutes to cook. You can tell when a potato is done by pressing it with your finger; if it gives slightly under pressure, it’s ready to be removed from heat.


This recipe is a simple way to cook potatoes, and the results are delicious. You can serve them as they are or mash them until they’re creamy. Mashed potatoes are great with meat dishes or even on their own!

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