How Can I Thicken Mashed Potatoes That Are Too Creamy?

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Mashed potatoes seem simple to make, but it can become difficult to mash potatoes to the desired consistency. When the potatoes appear too thin, runny or too creamy, it may seem as if the potatoes are ruined. You can salvage them by adding instant potato flakes. The potato flakes allow you to achieve the desired consistency so that you have thick and fluffy potatoes that will not be embarrassing to serve.


Mashed potatoes become runny or too creamy due to excess liquids.

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Things You'll Need

  • Instant Potato Flakes

  • Saucepan

Step 1

Return the mashed potatoes to a saucepan. Place the mashed potatoes on the stovetop over medium heat.

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Step 2

Add 1 tbsp. of instant potato flakes to the prepared mashed potatoes once the mixture heats thoroughly.

Step 3

Stir the potatoes vigorously and frequently after you add the potato flakes. Mix the potato flakes well into the prepared mashed potatoes.


Step 4

Allow the mashed potatoes to thicken for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove them from the stovetop once they thicken and fluff them with a fork. If they do not thicken, add 1 tbsp. of potato flakes and stir them vigorously again. Repeat until the mashed potatoes reach the consistency that you prefer.


Use instant potato flakes that are not seasoned or flavored because they may alter the taste of your mashed potatoes.


Avoid bringing the mixture to a boil because it may cause the potatoes to have a gummy texture.



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