Easy Smashed Potatoes

Smashed potatoes are easy peasy to make with nothing more than pantry staples of potatoes, oil, and salt. And the result? Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove solo and inhale carbs straight off the baking sheet.

Easy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Smashed potatoes are becoming a cult classic. They’re sorta like a happy marriage of French fries and home fries and they’re as easy and addictive as can be. Just boil new potatoes, drain them, smash them, and then douse them with fat and roast until maddeningly crisp at the edges and blissfully creamy in the center. Bet you can’t stop at just one.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Easy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pounds small red, yellow, or purple potatoes (908 g) (1 to 2 inches long and 2 to 3 inches in diameter)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (45 ml)

Directions

  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and boil until fork-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let them cool for at least 10 minutes. (You can also place the boiled potatoes in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours.)
  • 2. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Brush 2 rimmed baking sheets with 1 tablespoon olive oil each.
  • 3. Place a drained potato on the oiled baking sheet and, using the back of a heavy skillet or the bottom of a strong cup, smash each potato flat so it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Move it aside and repeat with the remaining potatoes, leaving a bit of room between smashed potatoes. Brush the tops of the smashed potatoes with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle them evenly with salt.
  • 4. Roast for 10 minutes, flip each smashed potato and sprinkle again with salt, and then roast until crisp and golden, about 10 minutes more. [Editor’s Note: The exact timing will have a lot to do with the size of your potatoes.] Serve immediately. If you prefer, simply stand at the stove and inhale them straight off the baking sheet.

Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes Variation

  • If you love salt and vinegar potato chips, sprinkle a bit of malt vinegar over the potatoes before sliding them in the oven.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Greg Crawford

May 03, 2017

Any recipe that mentions "French fries" and "addictive" in the introduction already has a lot going for it, in my book. And it just got better when I learned these are truly smashed potatoes, not the rough, fork-mashed ones that most people think of when they think of smashed potatoes. Smashing those little red potatoes was one of the funnest kitchen exercises I've done in a while. And if I had to get out some aggression, well, it would have been even better. The high-temperature roasting method really crisped the potato flats nicely while the olive oil kept them from sticking to the baking sheet. In many cases, simple is better, and that was true here. The olive oil and a little salt were all that was needed to take these crisp bites to another level. I think the recipe made 6 servings but it was hard to tell because 4 of us ate them all up. Addictive indeed. Interestingly, I used 2 baking sheets—one dark and one light—and the potatoes roasted in the dark pan came out a little crispier and browner than the others. Rest assured, they were all delicious.

Lou Ann Traster

May 03, 2017

I loved these easy smashed potatoes. Soft and crispy and dippable. They could stand in for chips or french fries with a burger or make a meat-and-potatoes dinner more interesting. I grabbed red-skinned potatoes from the grocery store bin labeled "B-size", started them in cold water, and once the water was boiling, set the timer for 10 minutes. Don't skip the 10 minutes after draining; the potatoes dry and then crisp up in the oven. My potatoes were smashed to about 1/4 inch thick, they held together fairly well, with the peaks and valleys all nubbly and the flat spots steamy and soft. Tear these apart with your fingers, dip, and eat! Generous with the salt, please!

This easy smashed potatoes recipe is a perfect weeknight dish that the whole family can enjoy. They work great as a side dish with dinner or served alongside eggs with a Sriracha ketchup for breakfast. A great versatile recipe!​

Sandy Owen

May 03, 2017

These smashed potatoes were kind of crumbly but the combination of the salt and vinegar was just perfect. We ate these right off the pan and made a second batch the next day. My potatoes averaged about 4 1/2 inches in diameter and my 2 pounds totaled 10 small potatoes. I used the bottom of a juice glass to flatten, once they were out of the pot. After the directed 10 minutes, the flattened potatoes were flipped and sprinkled with salt. I popped them back in for the last 10 minutes. Mine weren't crisp and golden at ten minutes, so I kept them in another 4 to 5 minutes. I used the author's suggestion and sprinkled a generous amount of malt vinegar on mine. A few variations I would make to this recipe would be a sprinkle of pepper Jack or Parmesan cheese. You could even add a dollop of sour cream or low-fat Greek yogurt.

Barb P.

May 03, 2017

Finally! A recipe for the working woman who's had a rough day. Instead of coming home and taking out my frustrations on 2 mostly innocent cats, I can boil water, drop in some little roly-poly potatoes (one of the cats is a little roly-poly too, but that's another problem), and less than 30 minutes later take out my frustrations with a crab mallet and some baking potatoes on a baking sheet. Eating these was a lot like eating a non-fried version of boardwalk fries. The olive oil imparted a little bit of crunch while the rest of the potatoes had a more creamy consistency. I used the smallest potatoes I could find, which were about 2 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. I flattened them to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. I tried these several different ways: salted, salted with malt vinegar, salted with black pepper, and salted with chives. All were good. These would be a good candidate for a loaded potato dish. This dish could also be partially made ahead, with the boiled potatoes cooling their heels in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours.

Helen Doberstein

May 03, 2017

This easy smashed potatoes recipe makes a nice change from regular mashed or roasted potatoes. I parboiled new red mini potatoes for 10 minutes before draining and cooling them. I used a peanut jar to flatten each potato to about 1/4 inch thick. I was cautious with the seasoning and roasted for a further 20 minutes to finish them off. The results were crispy, creamy potatoes that make a nice addition to any meal. What my tasters and I discovered is that these potatoes really need to be seasoned aggressively and I hadn't used enough of either the salt or vinegar. The next time I would be more aggressive with my seasoning and, of course, make more. I think 2 sheet pans should do it. We also discovered when I made a second batch a couple days later that these are quite nice when eaten with a creamy ranch dip as a snack. My potatoes ranged between 1-1/4” to 3” in size. We got 4 servings the first go round and 2 for the second—it was a tasty snack!

Deborah Wallace

May 03, 2017

If you tend to love foods that combine creaminess with a little crispiness in each bite, you'll want to try these smashed potatoes. They definitely satisfy that craving. The potatoes took about 15 minutes to reach fork-tender, but even then, because of differences in size, some were less tender than others. (Most potatoes measured around 2 by 2 1/2 inches.) It wasn't until I started to smash them and the less tender ones fell apart, while the more tender stayed in one piece that I realized there were subtle differences that would influence the end result, though the advantage to things breaking apart was that there were more crisp bits. I flattened the potatoes to approximately 1/2 inch thickness and roasted them for 10 minutes before flipping. Once flipped they required another 20 minutes to reach a crisp, golden brown. Definitely easy to make and delicious.

Beth Price

May 03, 2017

These yummy, crispy, creamy bites looked like little Pac-man characters parading across my sheet pan. I used a 1.8 pound bag of Simply Amazing Potatoes Ruby Sensation, which equated to 53 one-inch red-skinned potatoes. After 10 minutes, they were fork-tender and bobbing around in the boiling water. At this point, I set the potatoes aside in the refrigerator and continued the recipe the next day for dinner. After a couple of quick taps with the flat side of my meat tenderizer, the potatoes were smashed to between 1/4- and 1/2-inch in thickness and perfectly done after the prescribed oven times. I imagine changing this up a bit in the future with garlic-infused olive oil or a sprinkling of fresh herbs or a bit of grated cheese. So many possibilities.

Megan Skinner

May 03, 2017

These easy smashed potatoes made a delicious addition to our spring dinner. My husband said "I would eat these again," which is a pretty good compliment from a meat and potatoes eater. When buying potatoes for this recipe, I picked up Russian Fingerling (about 2 to 4 inches long and 3/4 inch thick) instead of red-skinned potatoes. The package said that they were good for roasting and frying so I went ahead and cooked them. My potatoes took a little longer than 10 minutes to get fork-tender although that's my fault as I added them to a pot of cold water and then brought it to a boil. Smashing the potatoes was kind of fun. They were a little fragile and crumbly, so I would recommend smashing them on the oiled pan. The potatoes needed to cook for more than 10 minutes per side to become lovely, golden, and crisp. We were hungry and ate them before they had time to turn crisp and golden.

Adrienne Lee

May 03, 2017

These smashed potatoes were easy to make and tasted great. I needed to boil the potatoes about 10 minutes. They smashed really well. The height of the potatoes was about 1/2 inch after smashing. I needed 2 to 3 minutes more per side in the oven to get a beautiful golden brown.

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