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Mashed red potatoes with skin makes a delicious side dish for pretty much any recipe you can think of! Try red skin mashed potatoes with steak, chicken or any other meat, poultry or fish. It’s so easy to make and the kind of side dish everyone will want a second helping of. Expect a creamy, fluffy result and feel free to make extra because leftover mashed potatoes can be transformed into potato pancakes and other tasty sides.

Red skin mashed potatoes in a white bowl.

You’re going to love this simple red skin mashed potatoes recipe and want to make it often. It’s a great fit for any season and occasion!

Another delicious potato side dish is this crispy sweet potato stacks recipe, or perhaps you’d prefer truffle loaded fries or another popular potato recipe.

A bowl of red-skinned mashed potatoes.

Why You’ll Love Them

Easy:  The recipe for making the best red skin mashed potatoes is so straightforward. It’s something you’ll want to make on repeat.
Flavorful: Everyone is going to enjoy these creamy mashed potatoes and the sour cream, heavy cream and seasonings gives it a beautiful taste.
Versatile: Not only can you tweak the recipe according to the end result you want but there are various ways to use up any leftovers, making this a really versatile side dish option. So if you were wondering if you can you mash red potatoes – the answer is yes and in several ways!

Homemade mashed potatoes in a bowl on a white table.

Ingredients for Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

The main ingredient is, of course, red potatoes. In addition, you need sour cream and heavy cream, along with salted or unsalted butter, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

The ingredients for red skin mashed potatoes are laid out on a marble table.

How to Make Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the red skin potatoes:  Wash the potatoes and then, without peeling, cut them into quarters, then rinse and put in a large pot with plenty of water and optionally a pinch of salt.
Cook the potatoes: Simmer them until fork tender, then drain and return to the pot.
Mash them: Mash the potatoes with a potato masher (here).
Add the remaining ingredients: Next, mash the sour cream and butter into the potatoes with the potato masher and then add the rest of the ingredients, mash again, and add enough heavy cream as you need to get your desired consistency.

A spoonful of red skin mashed potatoes on a white plate.

Substitutions and Variations

You can add anything you like to these, such as minced chilis and/or red chili flakes to make it spicy, or bacon bits, green onions and shredded cheddar cheese for a “loaded” mashed potatoes variation.

A spoonful of red-skinned mashed potatoes.

Add some whole milk or melted butter to the finished potatoes if needed, or some extra salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

What about sauteed mushrooms and chopped tarragon for an unusual version, or a pinch of ranch or taco seasoning or anything else you want to try? Get creative with your mashed red potatoes recipe and see what else you can come up with!

A spoonful of red-skinned mashed potatoes.

How to Serve Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Serve steakhouse-style mashed potatoes warm with whatever you like. Mashed red-skinned potatoes are delicious with all kinds of dishes.

Anything from smoked turkey breast or black garlic chicken to blackened mahi mahi or one of your favorite steak recipes would be good with these red skin garlic mashed potatoes.

A bowl of red-skinned mashed potatoes.

How to Store Skin On Mashed Red Potatoes

Store:  Mashed potatoes with red skin potatoes will keep for several days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Freeze: Freeze leftovers for up to 6 months.
Reheat: Reheating mashed potatoes is easy. Simply microwave in a microwave-safe container until hot.

A bowl of steakhouse style mashed potatoes.

Mashed Red Skin Potatoes FAQs

Can you use another type of potato instead of red potatoes?

You can use your favorite kind of potatoes for this recipe, although the red skinned ones do look nice in the finished dish. If you want to use Yukon Gold potatoes or another kind, go ahead. You can also use half regular potatoes and half sweet potatoes (or cauliflower, parsnips or anything else mash-able).

What can you make with the leftovers?

You can reheat them and serve them as they are, or what about making potato pancakes? Mix the leftover red skin mashed potatoes with an egg and enough flour to bind, also adding in (if liked) shredded cheese, fresh chives or other herbs or spices, chopped ham, sliced green onions, other veggies, or whatever you want. Fry them in oil until golden on both sides. Another idea is mashing garlic and ginger into them and serving them fusion-style with shrimp stir fry!

A bowl of red-skinned mashed potatoes.

Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 16 votes

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

By: Bella Bucchiotti
These red skin mashed potatoes are buttery, garlicky, and so easy to make! The left-on skins add a great texture to this classic side dish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 ½ Pounds red potatoes, cleaned and cut into quarters
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ Cup heavy cream


  • Clean the potatoes, don’t peel them, and cut them into quarters.
  • Rinse the potatoes thoroughly and place them in a Dutch oven or deep saucepan. (I used a 7-quart Dutch oven)
  • Pour water over the potatoes to cover them.
  • *OPTIONAL* Salt the water with approximately 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt*
  • On medium heat, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender. (You can insert a fork easily in the potatoes), approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water and place the potatoes back into the Dutch oven.
  • Place the potatoes back in the Dutch oven pot.
  • Use a potato masher, and mash the potatoes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix the sour cream and butter.
  • Pour the sour cream/butter mixture over the mashed potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes to incorporate the sour cream/butter mixture.
  • Add salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and ground black pepper to the potato mixture.
  • Mix with a potato masher.
  • Finally, add in the heavy cream until you have the desired texture.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 27725IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
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Homemade red skin mashed potatoes are creamy, fluffy and really delicious. Rather than your usual russet potatoes, why not make mashed potatoes using a red skinned variety and leaving the skins on for extra flavor, texture and nutrients in your mashed potatoes? You don’t have to peel red skin potatoes, just give them a scrub first. This mashed potatoes recipe is so easy to make and it’s hard to think of anything it wouldn’t pair well with!

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Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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