Crispy Smashed Potatoes [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

Recipes Side Dishes Vegetarian

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are salty and crunchy-golden on the outside and taste like the fluffiest mash inside. These are so addictive no matter how they’re served— as an appetizer or snack, side, or even as an entree!

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are dangerously delicious, I’m warning you now. They’re like a cross between hot and salty French fries, crispy twice-baked taters, and creamy mash. These barely make it to the table, because everyone starts reaching for them the moment they’re out of the oven! 

Best of all, they cannot be simpler to make. Boil, squish down, bake, done! You easily make a ton as finger food or side for a party. They’re really good as snacks and with dips, too. Basically, they’re impossible to resist. Make them today and see for yourself!

Are potatoes healthy?

They are! They’re loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins plus fiber and healthy carbs. Boiling and roasting them, as we do in this recipe, gives them fantastic texture and taste without piling on the calories and fat.

What are Smashed Potatoes?

They get their name from how they look – as someone smashed them with a hammer! This dish involves taters that are boiled, flattened, then roasted in a very hot oven until they get a super crispy surface with soft insides. 

What is the difference between mashed and smashed potatoes?

The cooking process for a mash stops at the boiling phase. Once they’re tender, you crush them into a smooth (or slightly chunky) consistency with butter, heavy cream, or whatever seasonings you prefer. 

We go a couple of steps further for the smashed version. After boiling, they’re pressed down to create those ridges that get crunchy in the oven. They’re also prepared in individual pieces that hold their shape, compared to a mash in which all the pieces are crushed and mixed. 

Which type of potato is best for Smashed Potatoes?

Any type will work well for this dish, including small baby potatoes. Note that starchy ones like Yukon Gold and Russet will give you fluffier insides, while waxy varieties are on the creamy side. You’ll love them all, as long as they’re smashed!

How do you make Crispy Smashed Potatoes?

  1. Boil. Take your cleaned and scrubbed taters, and boil them in water until fork-tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Smash. Once they’re cool enough to handle, arrange them on the sheet. Smash each one using a fork or a masher until they’re around ½ inch flat. 
  3. Roast. Drizzle with oil, then sprinkle with the seasoning blend. Bake in a 425F oven until the edges turn golden, about 25 mins. to half an hour.
  4. Serve. Plate them up with chopped fresh herbs, and enjoy hot!

Recipe Variations:

  • Add herb flavor: Add dried or fresh herbs into the boiling water to infuse it with flavor and aroma. 
  • Add butter: Mix the olive oil with melted butter before brushing on the taters. Try using infused kinds of butter such as garlic for even more flavor!
  • Top with cheese: Bake them with parmesan, or broil with some cheddar on top after roasting. 
  • Try other seasonings: Add Tex-Mex goodness with Taco seasoning. Cajun seasoning, Old Bay, garlic salt, or lemon salt taste awesome as well. 

Can you make Smashed Potatoes on the grill?

Yes. Just follow the recipe and instead of roasting, place them on a hot grill for about 5 mins per side until you get the crispiness level you want.

Why are my Smashed Potatoes not crispy?

You may not have drained them properly, which will result in them steaming instead of crisping up. Make sure to smash them until they’re only about ½ inch high as well. Any thicker and the main texture would be the fluffy innards instead of the crispy and crunchy surface. Don’t forget to pre-heat your oven to 425F, too!

Can you make Smashed Potatoes using sweet potatoes?

Yes, and the salty-sweet profile is equally lovely! Cut them into 1.5-inch quarters first, then follow the recipe.

How to serve:

As a snack or appetizer, they’re fabulous with dips like Horseradish sauce, Yum Yum sauce, buffalo, honey mustard, and chipotle sauce. 

They’re great sides for most entrees, too. Try pairing them with Chicken Florentine, Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions, Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Chicken, and Mushroom Pork Chops.

Smashed Potatoes Topping Options:

Take them to the next level with these topping ideas!

  • Sour cream
  • Cheeses like cheddar or crumbled blue cheese
  • Crispy bacon
  • Aioli 
  • Chili
  • Herbs
  • Green onions or chopped chives

How to store and reheat:

Once they’re completely cool, transfer them to a container with a tight lid. Consume within 5 days from the fridge. To reheat, bake at 425F until hot.

More Potato Recipes:

Recipe Tips:

  • For crispier results, smash them thinner.
  • Go for medium-sized taters, not large ones, so they’re smashable and crisp up nicely in the oven.
  • Drain them well after the boil. A dry surface is the key to maximum crispiness. 
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5 from 7 reviews

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are flavorful, salty and crunchy-golden on the outside and taste like the fluffiest mash inside.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr





Nutrition information

Calories: 253 Carbohydrates: 34 Protein: 4 Fat: 12 Saturated Fat: 2 Sodium: 1274 Potassium: 809 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 209 Vitamin C: 38 Calcium: 23 Iron: 2
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Amber Myers

Oh heck yes! I love potatoes in all forms, so I know I will love these. They look scrumptious!



We make these smashed potatoes often and we love them! A delicious side dish.


Richard Tunner

Very good and easy! I softened the potatoes in the instapot…next time I’ll buy smaller potatoes but will make again and often!



We love anything crispy over here. :) Those potatoes look super delicious. Thanks for the recipe!


Anosa Malanga

I haven't tried to make something like this and this is a good idea to add to the Christmas menu. Let's see if I can do this too.



I love making crispy smashed potatoes. They go well with so many things. I serve mine with some balsamic glaze.



I do love making different potato recipes. These are yummy. I think cheese and bacon are my favourite toppings.


Janeane M Davis

These potatoes look and sound so delicious. It is an easy to follow recipe and I would like to try it for my family.


Kelli A

These smashed potatoes looks so delicious! I love potatoes any way they are made and I will definitely be trying this recipe!


Star Traci

Oh my goodness, you have just made my husband the happiest man on earth! I’ll be trying the recipe this week!


Everything Enchanting

I am a huge potato fan 😍 I love anything and everything with potato😁 I will have to try out your recipe as it looks delicious👌🏻



These look amazing! Adding them to the menu for New Years Eve!



Like the idea, LOVE the unbelievably staged and fake photos of your "finished" potatoes. Come on lol. The parchment paper ya used and fake staged potatoes was obvious. Stop trying to fake it like a fast food place. I'm definitely making the smash potatoes and I am sure they will taste awesome just stop with the fakeness. Its obvious!


Dear Ryan, thank you veery much for you incredibly rude and unnecessary comment. To let you know, the potatoes are not fake. We change the parchment paper in photos to make sure it looks cleaner, other than that, everything is just how it came out of the oven. They taste delicious by the way. Happy holidays.


Nikki Wayne

It's the first time I've heard about this process. I bet this tastes great too!


Robyn H.

perfect timing, I needed ideas for dinner tonight and these look so good and super easy. Going to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!


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