Celery Root Mash

Celery root purée, celery root boiled until soft, then mashed with butter and cream.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 as a side dish


  • 2 pounds celery root
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped celery root leaves, for garnish (optional)


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1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer (1 Tbsp of salt for every 2 quarts of water) while you peel the celery roots with a knife. Cut the celery roots into 1-inch pieces and boil for 25-30 minutes, until soft


2 Drain the celery roots, return them to the pot to the stovetop on low. Let the celery roots steam for a minute or to, shaking the pan a bit to prevent sticking.

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3 Add the milk or cream, butter and a generous pinch of salt and mash with a potato masher until it is as smooth as you like it. Add salt to taste and garnish with the celery root leaves, if using.

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  • Gary

    I’ve made this recipe a few times now and love it. I boil in all or part chicken broth. Mash up with softened low fat cream cheese and they are firm, like potatoes. Amazing!

  • Tree Sister

    Just made this tonight — wow it is delicious. Too bad celery root is so expensive though.

  • Jessica l Food Wine Fashion

    Love this! My NY resolution was to embrace veggies more and as part of that I have been buying one new vegetable a month and learning how to use it best. I agree, celery root looks a little gnarly…but isn’t that what makes it fun? Thanks for sharing!

    xo – jessica

  • Valerie

    Can I pre boil the celery root a bit to soften before cutting? Just hoping for an easier method to cutting.

  • iris

    Hahaha yeah they are totally gnarly looking. I have celery root mash for the first time last year in France and loved it! Will have to try this recipe.

  • Lee

    Try roasting instead of boiling, and then pureeing with an immersion blender or food processor. The flavor of the celeriac deepens, and you get that lovely roasty, caramelized note. Lovely!

  • Sandy S

    Being a big fan of celery and celery root, this sounds and looks great! Thanks for the details on how to work with celery root.

  • Nathan Lewis-Copeland

    I love celery root! It is a great side dish for fish.

  • Bureaucrat

    I’m not a fan of celery root but that’s a beautiful photo – love the steam coming out of the mash!

  • ahomecook

    Beautiful picture! I Love celery root, goes well a backed egg too.