Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Delight in the crispy, creamy goodness of Smashed Potatoes with this simple and flavorful recipe. These potatoes are boiled until tender, smashed, and then baked until golden and crispy, creating a delightful side dish or snack that pairs well with a variety of main courses.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1.5 pounds baby potatoes (or small Yukon Gold or red potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: garlic powder, smoked paprika, chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary or thyme)


Preheat the Oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with olive oil.

Boil the Potatoes:

  1. Wash the baby potatoes thoroughly and place them in a large pot.
  2. Cover the potatoes with cold water and add a generous pinch of salt to the water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes or until they are fork-tender.

Smash the Potatoes:

  1. Drain the cooked potatoes and let them cool slightly.
  2. Place the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Use the bottom of a glass or a fork to gently smash each potato until it’s flattened but still holds together.

Season and Bake:

  1. Drizzle the smashed potatoes with olive oil, ensuring each potato is coated evenly.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and any optional seasonings like garlic powder or smoked paprika.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and crispy on the edges.


  1. Remove the smashed potatoes from the oven.
  2. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs if desired.
  3. Serve the potatoes hot as a delicious side dish or snack.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Dipping Sauces: Serve with a side of ketchup, aioli, or ranch dressing for dipping.
  • Main Dish Pairings: Enjoy alongside grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or a hearty salad.

Cooking Tips:

  • Potato Variety: Baby potatoes or small Yukon Gold potatoes work best for this recipe.
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different seasonings such as Parmesan cheese, chili flakes, or cajun seasoning for added flavor.
  • Crispiness: For extra crispy edges, broil the potatoes for the last 2-3 minutes of baking.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Potatoes: Provide carbohydrates, fiber, and essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin C.
  • Olive Oil: Adds healthy fats and enhances the crispiness of the potatoes when baked.

Dietary Information:

  • Vegetarian: Suitable for vegetarian diets.
  • Vegan: Suitable for vegan diets.
  • Gluten-Free: Naturally gluten-free.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Easy to Make: Simple steps and minimal ingredients for a quick and tasty dish.
  • Crispy and Creamy: Enjoy the contrast of crispy exteriors and creamy interiors of the smashed potatoes.
  • Versatile: Serve as a side, snack, or appetizer with various seasoning options.


Smashed Potatoes are a delightful and versatile dish that’s easy to make and full of flavor. Whether served as a side dish to complement your main course or enjoyed as a snack, these crispy and creamy potatoes are sure to be a hit. Customize them with your favorite seasonings and enjoy the deliciousness of homemade smashed potatoes.

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