10 Minutes or Less Microwaved Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe: #386

October 10, 2011

"Mashed potatoes are true comfort food. How many times do you remember that you wanted to make them, but just didn't have the time or just didn't want to go through all the work. I have been making them like this for years. You can make a serving for 1, 2, 4 or even more, however, I recommend if you are making a big pot to really make them the old fashioned way. This is just a quick way to make a bowl for you and your family without all the work. Now, I say 10 minutes or less, but one really needs to take in account that everyone's microwave is different, and the amount of potatoes can really change the cooking time. For me ... I can make a serving for 2 in about 5-6 minutes. It still is so easy. Remember, that this is a base recipe; feel free to swap out broth with milk or cream, or add a bit of both; more or less butter, even add cream cheese if you want. You can add cheddar, swiss, or monterey jack cheeses too; and try bacon, scallions, grated onions, chopped olives; or add any of your favorites. One of my favorite is the picture I took. Red skinned potatoes (skins on), cream, parmesan cheese, a little butter, s/p. It is so simple and delicious."

Original is 3 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (76.7 g)
  • Calories 154.1
  • Total Fat - 3.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 1.1 mg
  • Sodium - 62.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 18.2 g
  • Protein - 2.5 g
  • Calcium - 35 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Basic Recipe ... Add the potatoes in a microwave dish large enough so you can spread out the potatoes a bit. You just don't want them piled up on top of one another. Add the water and cover with plastic wrap. If you are someone who doesn't like to use plastic wrap in the microwave, use a damp paper towel or a microwave dish with a cover.

Step 2

Cook ... Five (5) minutes, stir and test to see if they are fork tender. If not, cook another 2-3 minutes. Once they are done, drain any extra water.

Step 3

Flavor ... I normally will add in the butter, broth or cream, salt and pepper. Mix well. NOTE: if you are adding cheese or a lot of additional ingredients, you may want to pop it back in the microwave for another minute to heat everything through. Normally, if just adding some cream or broth it is not necessary.

Step 4

This is the basic recipe, but feel free to make it yours. You may be trying to cut fat and calories, so just add broth, salt and pepper. Or go all out and add whatever you like. What is so nice that making a small amount, you can really make them different every time.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


I liked the idea of these but they came out really soupy and I didn't care for the texture. I think I will just stick with making them on the stove.


review by:
(26 Feb 2012)


A better remedy for the last minute dinner headache than any over the counter medicine out there. Just cut, zap, stir, and season. "Ten minutes or less" says it all!


review by:
(16 Oct 2011)

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