Our easy vegan mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish that everyone can enjoy. We make our dairy free mashed potatoes with coconut oil and lightly fried onions. It’s an excellent recipe if you want to know how to make mashed potatoes without milk.
I’ve been enjoying this vegan mashed potatoes recipe for most of my life. My grandmother used to cut up tons of onions and fry them in a huge pan filled with oil. She would then take that mixture and pair it with everything from eggs, kasha, and bow-ties, even mashed potatoes! Fried onions and oil is a family favorite and my entire family still makes them go with tons of recipes.
When my grandma told me how to make mashed potatoes without butter and milk, I will never forget adding in the milk and she was like “No, it’s ruined, next time don’t add any butter or milk”. She always told me to use oil to substitute butter in mashed potatoes and never use milk. The way she got the flavor in this vegan mashed potatoes recipe was by using onions cooked with olive oil, so it was olive oil mashed potatoes with onions. Since I have started making mashed potatoes with coconut oil. Olive oil changes a bit once heated and we feel that coconut is a better option for making fried onions. This is a better for you recipe, they’re healthy mashed potatoes compared to loading with heavy cream and butter.
How to make Vegan Mashed Potatoes
These are dairy free mashed potatoes and that makes them vegan. We’re showing you how to make mashed potatoes without milk or butter, but that doesn’t mean there’s no flavor! Mashed potatoes without milk need something to make them creamier and that is why we mash our potatoes with the onion infused coconut oil and onions. Butter and salt are what most use to flavor their mashed potatoes and we just use salt and the onions with oil for flavoring. The coconut oil is a great substitute for butter in mashed potatoes.
You will boil the potatoes just as you would for traditional mashed potatoes, but you won’t add any other liquids aside from the onions and oil. The only seasonings that are added are salt and pepper. That is how you make easy vegan mashed potatoes! You don’t need to use anything but ingredients you probably already have at home.
When you’re chopping the onions make sure they’re in bit size pieces, not long strings that someone can possibly choke on as it can get lost in the mashed potatoes. Don’t have the time to perfectly chop and want an easier way? Try using a veggie chopper or a food processor.
I simply fill the pan with a bit of oil and then toss in the onions. We add a bit of oil with the onions, just enough so they can fully cook, then we add a bit of water from the potatoes boiling to get it nice and creamy.
You can easily make a large batch of the fried onions and oil to keep in the fridge for the week or even freeze for a few months. We hope you enjoy our Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Fried Onions and Coconut Oil just as much as we do!
Want more vegan side dishes? Try these!
- Mediterranean Rice – Quick and Easy Mediterranean Rice Recipe – This Vegan Rice Dish can be made in less than 20 minutes if you have leftover rice or even quinoa!
- Baked Asparagus – Our simple baked asparagus recipe is the perfect side dish or snack. Learn how to bake asparagus so that you can make a delicious recipe the whole family will enjoy without much effort!
- Roasted Beets and Sweet Potatoes – Oven Roasted Beets and Sweet Potatoes – Perfect side dish and great for meal planning recipes!
- Air Fryer Baked Potato (or Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato) – Potato covered in a parsley garlic salt rub. You’ll never eat a plain baked potato again! So good you can eat it plain.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Vegan Coconut Oil and Fried Onion Mashed Potatoes
- 2 Onions chopped
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 5 Potatoes chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large frying pan place in the onions and oil and fry on medium heat until they are lightly browned.
- In a large saucepan, pan add the potatoes and bring to a boil, when they are fully cooked turn heat off and drain most of the water.
- Once the onions are done, mash them with coconut oil into the potatoes and add in water just until the texture is to your liking.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.