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Roasted Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are the best homemade mashed potatoes.

This easy dinner recipe is so creamy and loaded with flavor. Whether you make them in the crockpot, Instant Pot, or on the stove, you’ll agree these are the most delicious mashed potatoes!

garlic herb mashed potatoes recipe

Why this recipe works:

Who doesn’t love some really good mashed potatoes? They’re basically the perfect side dish recipe that you can enjoy at dinner time!

Can you imagine how good these roasted garlic mashed potatoes would taste next to a perfectly cooked prime rib roast? How about along side some homemade chicken parmesan? How about with some Slow Cooker Turkey Breast. Yeah. I thought you’d agree!

There are a few tips and tricks to making the most flavorful, creamy, downright delicious mashed potatoes, and I’ll share all my secrets!

Roasting the garlic:

For this recipe, I add whole cloves of roasted garlic. Adding raw garlic to a side dish recipe like mashed potatoes can be too intense. Roasting garlic not only softens the texture, but it mellows the flavor and makes it a welcome addition to so many dishes.

There are many ways to roast garlic, but I’ll share how I do it.

  • Instead of using a head of garlic with the papery shell, I buy a big bag of peeled garlic.
  • I line a baking dish with parchment, add as much garlic as I think I can consume over the span of a few weeks, then drizzle some olive oil on top. I roast this in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes while stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  • Roasted garlic can go from perfectly golden to burnt in a matter of minutes, so be sure to keep an eye on it.

I’m a huge fan of fresh basil, so that is my most recommended herb. When you’re cooking potatoes, you can’t go wrong with fresh chives either.

Other herbs that I like to add to my mashed potatoes, but use more sparingly, are rosemary, oregano, parsley, and sometimes a bit of sage.

When adding fresh herbs to recipes like garlic mashed potatoes, it’s more of a matter of personal preference.

how to make garlic herb mashed potatoes

Here’s how to make them:

  • I love to cook potatoes in broth. For this particular recipe, I used beef broth but you can use any kind that you like.
  • Cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot is my preferred method. Not only is it the quickest way to make mashed potatoes, but I find that it makes them super soft and moist. You can also steam them on the stove top if you don’t have a pressure cooker.
  • Likewise, you can cook the potatoes and broth in your slow cooker on high for 1-2 hours or low 4-6 hours. Since I love the Instant Pot so much, I only now use my crockpot to keep my mashed potatoes warm if I make them ahead of time.
  • I’ve found that equal portions of butter and cream cheese make the creamiest mashed potatoes. If you haven’t tried it, you must!
garlic herb mashed potatoes in bowl

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep10 minutes
Cook12 minutes
Total22 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Roasted Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are the best homemade mashed potatoes. This easy dinner recipe is so creamy and loaded with flavor!



  • Clean potatoes and cut into 1-inch sized pieces. Cook in covered pot over medium heat in broth until very tender, about 30-40 minutes. Alternatively, cook on high pressure in electric pressure cooker for 12 minutes.
  • Add cream cheese, butter, roasted garlic, herbs, salt and pepper to cooked potatoes and mash together until well blended. Add additional salt and pepper, if needed.


Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 977mg, Potassium: 735mg, Fiber: 4g, Vitamin A: 1195IU, Vitamin C: 32mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 5.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Do you know if this can be made ahead of time and then baked in a casserole dish before serving? Like twice-baked mashed potatoes? They sound delicious but I’m looking for things I can make ahead of time for Christmas dinner. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Fabulous mashed potatoes, no doubts! It can easily become my favorite – the consistency is just the way I like it. Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe. My daughter is on a mashed potatoes kick right now, so I make it all the time. Thanks for posting such a yummy version of mashed potatoes.

  4. 5 stars
    Mashed potatoes are my go-to comfort food and these garlic herbed ones look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try these.

  5. 5 stars
    Such an easy and perfect recipe. Love everything in it, including the choice of potatoes. Would like to try it soon.

  6. First, I love that you use broth instead of water. Secondly, cream cheese is interesting. I typically use butter and heavy cream. Thirdly, I can’t wait to make this!!!

    1. Yeah… I had never put cream cheese in my mashed potatoes until last Christmas when my mother-in-law did it and I was pleasantly surprised!