Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes on a blue plate with melted butter on top

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving table staple in my house. The classic Sweet Potato Casserole is a crowd favorite and for good reason, brown sugar and marshmallow topping pair perfectly with sweet potatoes. Do I dare say though that sometimes the thought of a super sweet side dish is…too much?

Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a pot with a spoon

Instead of the classic sweet potato casserole, I’ve been loving these mashed sweet potatoes with a savory twist! Some browned butter and fresh chopped herbs give the sweet potatoes a whole new flavor profile and are a really delicious alternative to making them even sweeter by adding sugar and marshmallows. The browned butter adds a hint of nuttiness and I chopped up fresh thyme and rosemary. These were super delish!

Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes on a blue plate with melted butter on top overhead shot

Recipe Tips and Suggestions:

  • Browning the butter really sets these mashed sweet potatoes to a whole new level, however, if you are short on time or don’t care about that aspect of the recipe, you can skip it and just add butter directly.
  • I liked to use thyme and rosemary for this recipe, but chopped or toasted sage would also be a great addition!
  • If you want to prep the potatoes ahead of time, you can boil and mash them and store them in a container in the fridge. The day you plan to serve them, brown the butter in a pan/pot and then add the potatoes and herbs and heat until warmed.
Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Yield: 6 servings

Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes - The perfect savory mashed sweet potatoes! Mixed with browned butter and fresh herbs!


  • 5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the diced sweet potatoes to a large pot. Fill with water until the potatoes are covered. Heat over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Boil potatoes for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes break apart with a fork.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, add the butter to a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Add the butter and heat until melted. Stir the butter constantly until it begins to turn golden and has a nutty fragrance. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. Drain the water from the potatoes and place the cooked sweet potatoes back into the pot or a mixing bowl. Use a potato masher or hand mixer and start to mash potatoes. Add in the browned butter, herbs, and half and half. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

Herb and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes