Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onion

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Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onion

Spruce up your holiday menu with this delicious Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Onion or better yet enjoy it year round as the perfect side dish. These fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes will keep your guests coming for more!


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I first had mashed potatoes with onions and coconut milk six years ago when I was very ill and recuperating from bowel surgery. My son Daevyd was about 6 weeks old and Nastasia would come in the afternoon to take care of him.

She would sing beautiful lullabies in Russian to him and would make the best vegan mashed potatoes I ever had. They had sauteed onions and coconut milk and I was blown away by how creamy and buttery they were.

Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Onions

How To Make Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Onion

I  wanted to replicate Natasia’s delicious mashed potato, so I decided to caramelize the onions to bring out their natural sweetness and added coconut milk for a rich creamy flavor.

Yukon gold potato is my favorite potato to use for making mashed potatoes because it has a natural buttery taste, but you can use Russet or whatever you have on hand.

How To Make Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Onions

Place peeled potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes using a colander.

Transfer to a large bowl, add vegan butter, coconut milk, salt and mash potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. Mix in caramelized onions and green onions.

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 134 kcal / 560 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 22 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 35 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • For:
  • 10 servings


Caramelized Onions


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat, add onions and saute stirring occasionally to prevent burning for 15-20 minutes (may add additional water or vegetable broth to saute onions).
  2. Place water in a large pot, add potatoes and bring to boil on medium-high. Cover pot and reduce heat to a simmer and boil for 20 minutes until tender.
  3. Drain water using a colander, transfer the potatoes to a large bowl.
  4. Add vegan butter, coconut milk, and salt and mash potatoes until they are smooth creamy.
  5. Stir in caramelized onions, green onions and serve immediately.


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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Jayne
    February 24, 2018

    Hi this recipe sounds amazing. I was just wondering is the coconut milk you use the kind in a tin like you would use in a curry or is it the kind you would get in a carton that isn’t as thick like almond or soya milk?

    Also I just discovered your blog today and the recipes look so so amazing I can’t wait to cook loads of them I’ve bookmarked!


    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 24, 2018

      Hello Jayne, I used the coconut milk in the tin but the one in the carton may work but I would use unsweetened kind. Thank you so much for visiting my website and I hope you enjoy my recipes and keep coming back for all my new recipes.

      • Jayne
        February 25, 2018

        Brilliant thank you so much for replying. I’m going to make the mash with the smothered tofu “chicken” and the cauliflower casserole this week I can’t wait :D

        • Michelle Blackwood
          February 25, 2018

          Sounds amazing Jayne, thank you!

  2. Becca
    February 18, 2016

    Never thought dairy free mashed potatoes would be good at all. I stand corrected! Yummmm

  3. chanelle
    January 17, 2016

    These look delicious. Love mashed potatoes and the onions I bet will give great flavor.

  4. MyTeenGuide
    January 17, 2016

    I love onions and I am sure this made the mashed potatoes tastier. I’ve got to try this.

  5. Shaylee @ Data Nerds
    January 15, 2016

    Oh wow two of my favourite things! I’m going to have to get my fiance to make these! (I’m a terrible cook)

  6. Liz Mays
    January 15, 2016

    This is like a totally magic recipe. It looks incredible, and caramelized onions are sooooo tasty.

  7. Claudette Esterine
    January 15, 2016

    That’s a nice way to jazz up mashed potatoes! Thanks for the idea.

  8. Nicole Escat
    January 15, 2016

    Flavor of the onion makes me enjoy while eating. Mashed potatoes with onion would be delicious, I totally love it. Satisfied craving.

  9. Elizabeth O.
    January 15, 2016

    I love the flavor that the onion will add to those mashed potatoes. They are definitely a good combo!

  10. Maddie
    January 14, 2016

    Looks super yummy! I’ll try this.

  11. rika
    January 14, 2016

    I love caramelized onion… sweet and delicious! Great recipe

  12. Julie Syl Kalungi
    January 14, 2016

    I use a shedload of onions in my food kindly sorted by my food processor so i dont have to cry me a river while prepping my food. I also love spuds of any kind. I sually oven roast them with some spices and add my onions to the mix in the oven. So caramelized onions mashed potatoes is sounding and looking super delicious..why didnt I ever think of this before? cheers for this recipe!

  13. Victoria
    January 14, 2016

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I love caramelized onions!!

  14. Ana De- Jesus
    January 14, 2016

    Ooh this would be good with quorn sausages!

  15. tara pittman
    January 14, 2016

    The coconut milk and onions sound like a great flavor combination. I am so making this.

  16. Mardene Carr
    January 14, 2016

    I love onions….my friends are always amazed at how much onion I use at one sitting. So you had me at onion….I will try this

  17. Robin Masshole Mommy
    January 14, 2016

    Those sound so good. Really tasty, too! Yum!

  18. Jen Niu
    November 25, 2015

    Love to try this.

  19. Patranila
    November 24, 2015

    This looks delicious!! I love potatoes in any form.