It’s so easy to make mashed potatoes in your air fryer. You’ll end up with creamy fluffy mashed potato without filling your whole kitchen with steam from a pan.
The main benefit of making mashed potatoes in your air fryer is not filling your entire kitchen with steam from your pan as they are boiling.
It’s so fun to find more and more recipes that can be easily made in the air fryer. But if you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry, I’ll give you instructions for cooking mashed potato the traditional way too.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe, and all of the recipes on my website are vegan and plant-based
- This recipe and all of the recipes on my website are gluten-free
- This recipe contains 97 calories per serving
- This recipe contains Xg protein per serving
- This recipe contains 5 mg of iron per serving
- This recipe contains 3g of fiber per serving.
- Potatoes: To make an even lower calorie dish, replace the potatoes with butternut squash.
- Milk: You can replace the milk with water if you want to save calories.
- Sea Salt: You can remove the salt completely if you prefer.
How This Recipe Fits In The Plant Plate System
Each of the recipes I create fits into my Plant Plate System. This system incorporates 5 food groups into every meal.
The 5 food groups are 1) Plant Protein, 2), Leaves, Fruit, And Veg, 3) Aesthetic Additions, 4) Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates, and 5) Taste
This recipe is a nutrient-packed carb side dish, and is not a complete meal.
The diagram below helps you see the 5 different components of a Plant-Based Plate.
Here are the main kitchen equipment tools I have used to create this recipe.
My air fryer has been one of the best kitchen gadgets I ever invested in. And I’m absolutely obsessed with it. With 2 fussy kids who don’t eat the same food as me or each other, my air fryer gets used every single day to make them fast, nutrient-packed food that they will eat.
I love cooking with an air fryer because food cooks much more quickly, is more crispy and tastier, and saves a fortune when it comes to my fuel bill.
Air Fryer Silicone Baking Dish
I often use this silicone baking dish when I’m baking with wet ingredients. It is 8 inches or 20 cm and square. It fits my Cosori Air Fryer. Make sure you measure the inside of your Air Fryer before purchasing an Air Fryer baking dish.
How To Make This Recipe
Choose your preferred method to make this recipe.
- Wash your peeled or unpeeled potatoes and wrap them in kitchen foil.
- Place this in the fryer basket and cook until they are soft enough to mash.
- Add the milk and salt and mash using a fork or masher.
- Cut your potatoes into smaller chunks and add to a pot of boiling water.
- Cook this until the potatoes are soft enough to stick a fork through them easily.
- Drain the water, and add milk and salt to the potatoes and mash using a masher or fork.
Ways To Use This Recipe
Here are some of my favorite things to serve with mashed potatoes:
- Smoky Vegan Sausage Casserole
- Easy Vegan Black Bean Meatballs 3 Ways
- Easy Vegan Meatloaf With Mushrooms And Oats
For more options, see all of my vegan protein recipes.
How To Reduce The Calories
If you’d like to reduce the calories of this recipe even further, I suggest replacing the potatoes with butternut squash, and replacing the milk with water.
How To Increase The Calories
If you would like to increase the calories for anybody who is going to be eating a serving of this recipe, I suggest you serve them a bigger portion of this side dish.
Can You Heat Mashed Potatoes In The Air Fryer?
If you have leftover mashed potatoes, you can reheat it in the air fryer. If you add it to a closed oven-safe dish it will reheat perfectly. Otherwise, you can add the mashed potato to a silicone dish and it will go a little bit crispy on the top.
I find it even more delicious when my mashed potato goes crispy on top. In my family, we call these Dutchess Potatoes, and they are so good, I make them on Christmas Day.
To reheat mashed potato in the air fryer, add it to a silicone dish, or line your air fryer basket with parchment paper. Bake at 400F/ 200C for 10 minutes.
This recipe keeps for up to 4 days in the fridge in an air-tight container. It also freezes well for up to 3 months. Defrost it before using it. Reheat it by warming it up gently in a pan.
More Tasty Carbohydrate Side Dish Recipes
This recipe is part of my Carbohydrate Side Dishes series.
If you’re looking for more easy, delicious carb recipes, check out some of my other recipes:
- Perfect Long Grain White Rice (5 Methods)
- 100 Calorie Vegan Cornbread (Air Fryer, Oven, GF, No Eggs)
- Crispy Homemade Baked French Fries (Oven & Air Fryer)
You can see all of my Carbohydrate Side Dishes recipes here.
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Easy Air Fryer Mashed Potatoes
- 520g Potatoes (Any Type Will Work)
- 100ml Milk (I Used Soy Milk)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- Optional: 1 Tablespoon Butter. I used vegan butter. This is not included in the nutritional information and will add an extra 10 calories per serving, but a whole lot of taste.
- You can make air fryer mash with peeled or unpeeled potatoes. Peel your potatoes if you want mash without skins. Otherwise, wash your potatoes.
- Wrap your potatoes in kitchen foil. This helps to cook the potatoes without crisping the skins. If your potatoes are small you can wrap them in small bundles containing several potatoes.
- Place your tin foil bundles into the air fryer basket and cook at 200C/ 400F for 20-25 minutes. Check them after 20 minutes and see if a fork goes through them easily. If it does they are ready for mashing. If not, continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until they are cooked.
- Unwrap the potatoes and place in a bowl. Add the milk and salt (and butter if using) and mash using a potato masher or a fork.
- Boil a kettle and pour it into a large pan and bring it to the boil.
- Peel your potatoes if you want mash without skins. Otherwise, wash your potatoes.
- If you cut your potatoes into smaller chunks they will cook faster.
- Add your potatoes to the pan for 10-15 minutes.
- Check on them after 10 minutes. If you can stick a fork through them easily, they are done.
- Drain the water and add the potatoes back into the pan.
- Add the milk and sea salt, and butter if using and mash using a potato masher or a fork.
Now it’s your turn to make magic with food.