Parmesan Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

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Ok, I’m giving you one last Thanksgiving side dish before the big day and I’ve saved the best for last!  These parmesan wasabi mashed potatoes are pretty much the best thing ever and I’ve been sitting on this recipe for almost a year now.  I just can’t keep hold it any longer!

 Mashed potatoes are my all time favorite holiday side dish.  So much so, that you pretty much shouldn’t bother inviting me over for Thanksgiving or Christmas unless you plan on having mashed potatoes.  When I was a very picky child, all of my holiday meals consisted of carrots and ranch (which seems completely random now) and a big pile of mashed potatoes. Needless to say, mashed potatoes are very close to my heart

This mashed potato recipe, in particular, is really special.  Last winter one of our friends (hi Alan!) came to visit and offered to make us dinner.  He kept going on and on about umami and how these mashed potatoes would create that flavor.  Umami is said to be the 5th flavor (in addition to salty, sweet, bitter, and sour) and to be a very pleasant savory taste.  Some people even equate the flavor to a party (or something else that makes people very happy that I’m hesitant to mention on here!) And trust me, these Parmesan wasabi mashed potatoes will be one of the most pleasant tastes you have ever had.  My husband just told me twice in 2 minutes that they were the best mashed potatoes I have ever made.

Change up your traditional mashed potato recipe this holiday season and I assure that you won’t be disapointed!


Parmesan Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Side, Gluten Free


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, about 4 large potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2 inch chunks. Place potato chunks into a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring potatoes to a boil and boil until fork tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to pot.
  2. Add milk and butter and mash with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Add parmesan, wasabi, and salt and mix until all ingredients are combined.


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  1. says

    I love wasabi so I am sure I would be crazy about these mashed potatoes. That red plate is gorgeous!!

  2. says

    Mashed potatoes are definitely the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving! I love this version, Izzy! What a great idea to combine parmesan and wasabi, love your creativity! This definitely jazzes up boring ‘ole mashed potatoes!

    • She Likes Food says

      They are the best side dish ever, Gayle!! The wasabi and parm makes them taste sooo good! It is a little bit non-traditional but still taste amazing! I mean, how can you really go wrong with mashed potatoes?!

  3. says

    Loving these potatoes right now….what an intriguing spin on the same old potatoes. They’re my favorite Thanksgiving side dish too. I’ve never tried Parm in mashed potatoes before, eager to try. And wasabi, wow, that is totally different. I bet my husband will love these just like yours did, he loves adventurous food. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week =)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Laura! They are a little bit different, but still so good! Aren’t mashed potatoes just the best?! My husband loves these so much that he requested them again for Christmas :) I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

  4. says

    I love that you jazzed up the usual-Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. These look SO perfectly creamy and I must try adding wasabi to mine next time! I want these for Thanksgiving!

    • She Likes Food says

      Once you add some wasabi, you will never want wasabiless mashed potatoes! Promise!! I hope you had an awesomem Thanksgiving, Sarah :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Once you add some wasabi, you will never want wasabiless mashed potatoes! Promise!! I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving, Sarah :)

  5. says

    Um, you’ve convinced me Izzy! And what a beautiful whip you got on these… I can just imagine that ever so slight hint/kick of wasabi in this mash! Thank you Izzy. I’m so glad these are out in the open now; you must feel so much better!! hehe. Y’all have a fabulous Thanksgiving, Izzy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Traci!! Trust me, once you put some wasabi in your mash you won’t ever want to have it without! Haha, I do feel so much better now!! And hopefully everyone else out there feels better too now that they are in existence! I hope you had an awesome thanksgiving, Traci!! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Ceara! I ate way too many mashed potatoes yesterday, but ti was totally worth it! Thanks for pinning :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Not nearly complete without the mashed potatoes!! Thanks, Kelly! You will love them and never want to eat them any other way!

  6. says

    Wow, these sound SO interesting! I’ve never heard of anything like this before, but I can totally visualise (and sort of taste) it. I love the taste of wasabi and can totally imagine it in a side of creamy mashed potatoes!
    Happy thanksgiving, Isadora!

    • She Likes Food says

      They are soooo good, Helen! Thank you! We had a great Thanskgiving and now I have just stuffed myself again with mashed potato leftovers :)

  7. says

    These mashed potatoes look wonderfully tasty & are incredibly innovative! I’ve heard about unami but was skeptical about the realities behind the foodie curtain. However, this taste would definitely explain why my favorite tortilla chips, Taco Works, are so dang delicious(thank you MSG)! I need these potatoes in my life ASAP. Who cares that I already have a bucketful of leftover ones at home? Mashed potatoes are obviously always the throne of sides, but this baby takes delectableness to a whole ‘nother level. Thanks so much for sharing, Izzy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much!! Haha, unfortunately the MSG does make everything so much better! Just add a dab of wasabi to the leftovers and you won’t regret it! I just shoveled a bunch more in my mouth for dinner tonight and I still want more!


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