Crispy Smashed Potatoes 

By Rena Awada | Updated On December 8, 2021

This Crispy Smashed Potatoes recipe is everything you could ever dream of in a smooth but crispy tender potato side dish. Boil these potatoes, then roast them in the oven for the most perfect potatoes topped with garlic, parsley, and salt!

top view of smashed potatoes with wooden spoon

Flavors of garlic and parsley are intertwined and covered all over these roasted smashed potatoes that are made in the oven. Just like baked potatoes, but even better, these crispy and soft potatoes are filled with delicious fluffy textures and are so easy to bite into.

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Top these crushed roasted whole potatoes with your favorite cheese, fresh herbs, and seasoning. There are so many options for a delicious side recipe.

These Garlicky smashed potatoes are gluten-free, vegan, and a great way to incorporate wholesome ingredients into your life. Family-friendly and perfect for all ages, this recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners!

WHY THESE GARLICKY SMASHED POTATOES ARE THE BEST

  • Easy: For this recipe, all you need to do is par boil the potatoes and roast them to perfection! There are not many steps in this recipe which makes it so simple and straightfoward for cooks of all levels.
  • Delicious: These potatoes have a perfectly crispy exterior seasoned with salt and garlic powder for the ulitmate flavors. Boiling these potatoes beforehand allows them to be fluffy and crispy at the same time.
  • Versatile: Dress these potatoes however you would like with your favorite proteins and extra ingredients. You can use pretty much any type of potato for this recipe, too!
  • Healthy: Smashed roasted potatoes are made with very basic ingredients that are wholesome! This recipe is a great way to just enjoy potatoes by themselves.
smashed potatoes on parchment paper with herbs and seasoning

INGREDIENTS you will need FOR THIS SMASHED POTATOES RECIPE

  • Potatoes– We used baby potatoes because they are easy to boil and work best as smashed potatoes because they are the perfect sizes. Feel free to use red or gold baby potatoes.
  • Water– You will need just enough water to boil the potatoes in! Make sure the water reaches just above the potatoes in the pot.
  • Oil– I like using avocado or olive oil for the best flavors.
  • Seasoning– Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper are used for the best flavors. Simple and tasty!
  • Parsley–For extra bold and bright flavors, top these potatoes with fresh parsley just before serving.
potatoes, parsley, salt, pepper, oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

HOW TO MAKE This Crispy GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES

  • Boil the potatoes: First, place the potatoes in a large soup pot and cover them with water by an inch. Next, boil the potatoes over medium heat for 30 minutes or until tender. Make sure you can pierce through the potatoes easily with a fork.
  • Whisk the Seasoning: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix the oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Smash: Next, drain the potatoes in a colander and carefully place the boiled potatoes on the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon, gently flatten each boiled potato to ½-inch thickness.
  • Roast the Potatoes: Cover the potatoes in the oil mixture, then bake them in the preheated oven for twelve to fifteen minutes until the potatoes are golden brown and crisp.
  • Serve: Finally, remove the potatoes from the oven and top them with freshly chopped parsley before serving.
bowl of potatoes in water
basting potatoes with oil mixture

RECIPE NOTES, TIPS, SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Spice things up with cayenne pepper or red chili flakes.
  • Top these potatoes with parmesan, asiago, cheddar, or pepper jack cheeses.
  • Store the leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Serve baked smashed potatoes with chives and sour cream.
  • Remove the potato skins or keep them on. We like them both ways.
close view of smashed potato on wooden spoon

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are smashed potatoes the same as mashed potatoes?

Smashed and mashed potatoes are different! Mashed potatoes are usually mashed with cream, butter, and salt until creamy and fluffy. Smashed potatoes, on the other hand, are boiled, smashed, then roasted with herbs, oil, and seasoning.

How do you know when potatoes are ready to be smashed?

Once the potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork, skewer, or knife, then you can get ready to smash the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet.

How long should you boil potatoes?

It can take anywhere between twelve to fifteen minutes to boil potatoes until they are tender enough to eat.

close view of seasoned smashed potatoes with salt and pepper with parsley

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smashed potatoes on parchment paper with parsley and seasoning

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crispy mashed potatoes laid flat on a parchment paper

Garlic Crispy Smashed Potatoes

This Smashed Potatoes recipe is everything you could ever dream of in a smooth but crispy tender potato side dish. Boil these potatoes, then roast them in the oven for the most perfect potatoes topped with garlic, parsley, and salt!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baby potatoes
  • water enough to cover the potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoons parsley freshly chopped

Instructions

  • Place the potatoes in a large soup pot and cover with water by an inch. Boil over medium heat for 30 minutes, or just until tender. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the seasonings.
  • Drain the potatoes and carefully place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Use a potato masher to gently flatten each boiled potato to a 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Baste with the seasoned oil, then bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a golden-brown crisp develops on top.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Notes

Tips

  • Spice things up with cayenne pepper or red chili flakes.
  • Top these potatoes with parmesan, asiago, cheddar, or pepper jack cheeses.
  • Store the leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Serve baked smashed potatoes with chives and sour cream.
  • You can either keep the skins on potatoes or remove them. We like them both ways.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Kimberly S. says

    5 stars
    My family just tried this for the first time. It was a hit!!

    Thank you for making this available. Maybe we should have little books or folders. to hold the receipes. Christmas here we come!

    • Rena says

      Hi Joe, Par boil the potatoes first until tender. You will need to do this step to be able to smash the potatoes. Then you will bake/roast in the oven until they are crispy enough to your liking. Just about 12-15 minutes. It all depends. Sometimes i let it bake longer because i love it very crispy.

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