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How Long to Boil Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes

How to boil your potatoes for the best mashed potatoes, easy and fast!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how long to boil potatoes, Mashed Potatoes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • potato peeler
  • pot on the stove
  • fork
  • potato masher


  • 6 pieces potatoes
  • 1 tbsp vinegar


  • Choose your potatoes. For mashing, it’s best to use potatoes with a medium starch content, such as the Yukon Gold potatoes.
  • Wash and peel the potatoes, ready for boiling. For easier mashing later on, it’s also best if you cut them up into smaller pieces.
  • Fill a pot of water for boiling. You can add a teaspoon of vinegar if you want, as it will help maintain the original color of the potatoes.
  • Boil the potatoes for around 20 minutes. Test them regularly by poking them with a fork. When the fork can be inserted into them easily, they’re done.
  • Drain the potatoes but keep them in the pot, as it will make them easier to mash. Alternatively, you can transfer them into a bowl.
  • Use the potato masher to mash the potatoes. If you’ve boiled them for enough time, this shouldn’t take too much effort. Ideally, the mash will be light and fluffy!
  • Add any extra ingredients or seasonings of your choice and serve the mash as a side to your meal!