How to Make Mashed Potatoes without Milk. The Quick and Easy Way!

How to Make Mashed Potatoes without Milk

Do you have a milk allergy or are you lactose intolerant? You are not alone; many people are. Unfortunately, because of this, you may not be able some of your favorite dishes, including mashed potatoes.

Mashed potatoes date back as early as the 1700s in England and are now served in homes and restaurants all over the world. They are delicious and can be paired with almost any main course. But, an important ingredient in mashed potatoes is milk.

This problem is near and dear to my heart because my son is lactose intolerant. Mashed potatoes have been a staple in my family for generations, yet my son can’t have them. So, I set out to find a way to make mashed potatoes without milk.

The following is my favorite milk-free mashed potato recipe.

You will need

  • Slow Cooker – This 6-Quart Programmable Crock Pot is my favorite.
  • 5 pounds of red potatoes, washed and cut.

  • You can peel your potatoes before dicing if you prefer.
  • Russet, White, or Yukon Gold potatoes work well for mashing too
  • 1 ½ -2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • If you prefer, a vegetable broth/stock works well too
  • Be sure to stay away from low-sodium options, you need the flavor since you are eliminating the milk.
  • 1 cup butter, cut into small chunks
  • Keep your butter in the refrigerator until you are ready to cut it; it makes it easier to cut.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Potato masher – I prefer to use one designed for non-stick surfaces, such as this Nylon Potato Masher, so as to not scratch my slow cooker pot.


1. Prepare and cook your potatoes:

Place your cut potatoes into the slow cooker. Some prefer to grease the pot with butter or oil, but I do not and have never had a problem with sticking. Then add 1 cup of chicken broth (or veggie broth if you choose) and chunks of butter. Season your potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. You may also want to add other flavors, such as garlic or onion.

Watch famous chef, Alton Brown shows you how to best cut potatoes for mashed potatoes

2. Cover and cook:

Cover your slow cooker and cook your potatoes on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. If you don’t have all day, you can also cook the potatoes on high for3-4 hours. Cooking times will vary as each slow cooker may be different.

Watch how “One Hungry Mama” makes a similar recipe from start to finish