Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 30 min.


14 servings

Updated: Aug. 25, 2023
Can you freeze mashed potatoes? You bet you can! I always make these freezer mashed potatoes and give them to my kids when they go away to school. All they have to do is keep them in the freezer until it's mashed potato time! —Jessie Fortune, Pocahontas, Arkansas
Freezer Mashed Potatoes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5 pounds potatoes (about 9 large), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: crumbled cooked bacon and minced chives


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mash potatoes with butter. Beat in sour cream, cream cheese, onion powder, salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until heated through, 30-35 minutes. If desired, top with bacon and chives just before serving. Or, transfer 1-1/2-cup portions to greased 2-cup baking dishes. Cover and freeze up to 6 months.
  3. To use frozen potatoes: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350° until heated through, 30-35 minutes.
Freezer Mashed Potatoes Tips

Do you have to thaw freezer mashed potatoes before reheating them?

Ideally, you should allow frozen mashed potatoes to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. However, if you're in a pinch, you can thaw them on the stovetop. Just make sure to heat over low heat and stir occasionally so they don’t scorch. Here are some other easy freezer meals for any day of the week!

How else can you reheat freezer mashed potatoes?

If you really want to save time, you can reheat these freezer mashed potatoes in the microwave at 50 percent power until heated through.

How long will freezer mashed potatoes last?

If stored in an airtight container, mashed potatoes can last up to 2 months in the freezer. Check out these other freezer-friendly foods that just might surprise you!

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 195 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.