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Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave

by Stephanie

Do you love garlic? I totally do, and one of my favorite things to put it in is Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  Did you know you could make them in the microwave?  This works for just 1-2 servings or enough for the whole family!  This post contains affiliate links.

Close up view of a serving of garlic mashed potatoes with a fork and blue napkin.

Mashed Potatoes are such a wonderful side dish that go with so many meals.  They’re also a perfect quick meal just by themselves when you just want some comfort food.

What kind of potatoes can you use to make microwave mashed potatoes?

I haven’t found a potato that doesn’t taste good as garlic mashed potatoes (though I have not tried sweet potatoes).  I usually stick with russet potatoes, red potatoes, or Yukon Gold potatoes.

What’s the secret to making really good Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave?

It’s cream cheese.  Cream cheese gives mashed potatoes that “bite” that makes you think of restaurant-style mashed potatoes served with a big chicken fried steak.

How to make Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave?

If you only have a microwave for cooking, you might possibly not have all the necessary tools for making mashed potatoes like a vegetable peeler or a potato masher. 

You can definitely get by without them. If you don’t have a peeler just leave the skins on and wash your potatoes really well. If you don’t have a masher, you can use a fork or even an emulsion blender.

Make sure you cube the potatoes fairly small and cook the potatoes long enough in the microwave to get them really soft. This way, if you don’t have a potato masher or a potato ricer, you can easily mash them with a fork or the back of a big spoon.

After cubing the potatoes, add enough water to just cover the tops of the potatoes. Then, it’s time to cook in the microwave.

When it’s time to mash the potatoes, add butter, heavy cream or half and half (milk will also do), and whipped cream cheese to mashed potatoes. Allow that all to melt into the potatoes while making the roasted garlic.

Then, squeeze out all the roasted garlic in the garlic head and smash with a fork before adding it to the potatoes. Then, it’s time to just mash ’em and mix ’em.

Can you make a bigger batch of garlic mashed potatoes in the microwave?

Yes! We are a family of 6, and I often make mashed potatoes for all of us in the microwave when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen.  I just use a big enough bowl and usually about 8-10 medium-sized potatoes, and then I just increase the double or triple the garlic, butter, cream, and creamed cheese I add to those potatoes.  They come out just as delicious as a single serving or two.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave
Yield: 2 servings

Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Microwave

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2-3 small-medium potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream, half and half (or milk)
  • roasted garlic cloves from a head of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Wash and cube potatoes and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with water just enough to cover potatoes.
  2. Microwave for 8-10 minutes, until potatoes are soft.
  3. Drain potatoes.
  4. Add butter, cream, and cream cheese and let it sit for a minute to melt.
  5. Take the roasted garlic cloves and mash them with a fork before adding them to the potatoes.
  6. Mashed potatoes and ingredients together.
  7. Give it a good stir once it's mashed to incorporate all ingredients.
  8. Serve immediately!

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