Baked Smashed Sweet Potatoes

By Rena Awada | Updated On November 1, 2023

Incredible Baked Smashed Sweet Potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside! They’re simple to make with just sweet potatoes, oil, garlic, and seasonings. This savory sweet potato recipe is a wonderful side dish that pairs well with almost any main course.

Top view baked smashed sweet potatoes on a round white plate.


Smashed sweet potatoes have great texture and flavor, making for a unique, crowd-pleasing side dish.

These are perfect for serving during the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving, but easy enough to make as a weeknight side dish. If you love our Crispy Smashed Potatoes, you have got to try this sweet potato version!

Why you should make this recipe

  • Easy: For this recipe, all you need to do is slice the potatoes, bake them for a bit, and then add the seasoning, smash them, and broil them to perfection! It takes very little hands-on time and it’s super simple!
  • Delicious: These smashed sweet potatoes get tons of flavor from a seasoning mix of dried herbs, and they have a perfectly crispy outside and tender inside.
  • Versatile: Mix things up and add some red pepper flakes for a little spice or drizzle homemade ranch dressing over the top. These also pair well with other veggies and different main dishes.
  • Healthy: This recipe is made with simple ingredients and sweet potatoes are highly nutritious and a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Sweet potatoes that have been smashed and seasoned with dried herbs.

Ingredients needed

Not only is the smashed sweet potatoes recipe incredibly tasty, it requires very minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sweet potatoes: Choose sweet potatoes that are smooth-skinned and firm, with no cuts or bruises. We also suggest using sweet potatoes that are smaller and thinner because they will be easier to prepare and smash.
  • Oil: Use avocado oil or olive oil to help the seasonings adhere to the potatoes.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic gives these a delicious savory flavor.
  • Seasonings: Just a simple mix of dried parsley, dried basil, salt, and pepper is all you need to make these taters plenty tasty.
Sweet potatoes, oil, garlic and seasonings.

How to make this recipe

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a medium sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cut potatoes: To prepare the sweet potatoes, trim off the ends and discard; cut each in half crosswise. Then, each half into quarters and place them on the prepared sheet pan.
  3. Bake: Place the sweet potatoes in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until softened. Allow them to cool for a bit as you prepare the seasoning mix.
  4. Make the seasoning mix: In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic, parsley and basil.
  5. Smash the potatoes: Lightly smash each sweet potato piece as shown in the photos, until it’s 1/4-inch flat. Work gently as they can easily break.
  1. Add the seasoning: Baste each with the seasoned oil mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper to your taste.
  2. Broil potatoes: Turn your oven to broil, and broil the smashed potatoes for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown with crispy edges.

Expert Tips

  • Smashing the potatoes: Be sure to use light but firm pressure when pressing down on the potatoes. They should flatten out a bit but still remain intact.
  • Don’t overcrowd: It’s important to keep some space between smashed potatoes on the pan. This will help them crisp up instead of steaming. It may be necessary to use multiple baking sheets.
  • Watch potatoes closely: When broiling potatoes, they can burn quickly, so keep a close eye on them.

Frequently asked questions

Why do sweet potatoes not go crispy?

It’s not easy to make sweet potatoes crispy in the oven, but smashing them definitely helps. The edges will get nice and crispy because they are flattened and made thinner. 

Do you need to peel sweet potatoes before cooking?

Peeling sweet potatoes is a matter of personal preference. For this recipe, there is no need to peel them. The peeling actually adds to the amazing texture of these smashed potatoes.

Can I use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes?

Yes, you can make smashed potatoes out of any type of potato. We especially love smashed baby potatoes!

top view of smashed sweet potatoes on a white plate

Customize this recipe

  • Change the herbs: Try using fresh basil and parsley. You will need about 1 tbsp of each. You can also use different herbs, fresh or dried. Other great options are rosemary, thyme, oregano, and/or dill.
  • Add cheese: Before broiling, sprinkle about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese over the top of the basted potatoes.
  • Spice things up: Make it spicy with a dash or two of cayenne pepper or a sprinkle of red chili flakes. You could also add some spices like paprika and/or chili powder.

Serving suggestions

top view smashed sweet potatoes on a plate

Storage recommendations

  • Storing leftovers: Place any leftover potatoes in an airtight container, in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat at 375˚F in an oven or air fryer until warmed through, about 10-15 minutes. Or heat them up in a skillet on the stovetop with a little bit of butter or oil over medium heat until warmed through. You can microwave them, but they won’t crisp back up as well.
Smashed sweet potatoes served on a white plate.

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Top view baked smashed sweet potatoes on a round white plate.

Baked Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Incredible Baked Smashed Sweet Potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside! They're simple to make with just sweet potatoes, oil, garlic, and seasonings. This savory sweet potato recipe is a wonderful side dish that pairs well with almost any main course.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a medium sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • To prepare the sweet potatoes, trim off the ends and discard; cut each in half crosswise. Then, each half into quarters and place them on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Bake the sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes or until softened. Allow them to cool for a bit as you prepare the seasoning mix.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic, parsley and basil.
  • Lightly smash each sweet potato piece as shown in the photos, until it’s 1/4-inch flat. Work gently as they can easily break.
  • Baste each with the seasoned oil mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Turn your oven to broil, and broil the smashed potatoes for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown with crispy edges.

Notes

  • Storing leftovers: Place any leftover potatoes in an airtight container, in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat at 375˚F in an oven or air fryer until warmed through, about 10-15 minutes. Or heat them up in a skillet on the stovetop with a little bit of butter or oil over medium heat until warmed through. You can microwave them, but they won’t crisp back up as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16033IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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