Super Crispy Smashed Potatoes


November 11, 2022

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These SUPER Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a great side dish for the holidays or as a side to go with your next weeknight meal! They’re perfectly crispy around every nook and cranny of the smashed potato, while the inside is still soft and beautifully seasoned throughout. Make sure to make extra because these will go fast!

Watch the Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe Video Below!

Crispy smashed potatoes on a plate

Ingredients for Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Making Crispy Smashed Potatoes is SO MUCH easier than it looks! It may be intimidating to get those crispy edges but this method is extremely simple and results in super crispy potatoes every time!

  • Baby yellow potatoes – I prefer smaller potatoes (2-3″ long) such a Yukon Gold!
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh herbs (Dill, Rosemary, Parsley, Chives)
  • Lemon
raw ingredients for crispy smashed potatoes


I prefer smaller, waxier potatoes like baby yellow potatoes (yukon gold), which cook faster and are more manageable when smashing with a flat surface. The smaller surface area also allows for easier roasting in the oven, which results in a more crispy texture!

I recommend using a high quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. Aside from the seasonings, your oil is the key ingredient that will turn your potatoes into a showstopper of a side, so you want to use a the best quality oil you can find!

Cooking Crispy Smashed Potatoes: Recipe Instructions

Boil the potatoes

The first step in this recipe is to wash your potatoes of excess dirt and fill them in a heavy bottomed pot with cold water (just enough to cover) and kosher salt. Bring them up to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes or until they are fork tender and drain!

boiled potatoes in salted water

Smash your potatoes

Once the potatoes are drained, drizzle about 1/4 cup of olive oil on the surface of a nonstick baking sheet. Lay your potatoes on the tray and use a flat object or similar size baking tray to smash the potatoes to about a 1/2″ thickness (I used a small bowl, as seen in the photo). Drizzle the potatoes with more olive oil and season with kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

smashing potatoes on a baking tray

Roast the potatoes at high heat

Roast the potatoes at 450F for about 30-45 minutes, or until the edges are super crispy (the cooking time can vary based on your oven, so keep an eye on them the first time you make this recipe!) Check the potatoes about halfway through and add more olive oil as needed. If you don’t hear or see the potatoes crisping up in the oven, add a little more oil.

crispy smashed potatoes on a tray

Garnish the potatoes and serve

Once the potatoes are crispy to your liking, garnish with fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon, and salt to taste!

close up of crispy smashed potatoes

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Depending on your oven and the size of your potatoes, cooking times may vary. I recommend using similar sized potatoes to ensure even cooking throughout and check the potatoes occasionally until they are crispy to your liking!

These potatoes will absorb the oil in order to get crispy, so don’t be afraid to add a little extra olive oil (or as needed)!

Crispy smashed potatoes on a plate

Super Crispy Smashed Potatoes

These SUPER crispy smashed potatoes are a delicious side you can easily make at home! Every edge of the potatoes are crispy, yet soft on the inside and seasoned beautifully topped with fresh herbs and lemon
4.99 from 307 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 3 lb Yellow Baby Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (dill, rosemary, parsley) for garnish
  • lemon for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Rinse potatoes of any excess dirt then fill in a large pot with cold water until fully submerged. Add 1/4 cup kosher salt and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender and drain.
  • On a nonstick baking sheet, drizzle evenly with olive oil. Add the potatoes to the baking sheet and use a flat object or pan to smash the potatoes to a 1/2" thickness. Drizzle liberally with more olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
  • Roast the potatoes at 450F for 30-45 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  • Season with salt to taste and garnish with fresh herbs and lemon. Enjoy!
Keyword holiday food, potatoes, side dish
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    1. 5 stars
      Love this!
      Simple and easy.
      We make this side dish fairly often and cook varieties with parmesan cheese or bacon as toppings

  1. I did a dry run of these for my dinner at home and was highly impressed with the depth of flavor. I plan to have them as an appetizer for my thanksgiving dinner.

  2. In charge of potatoes this year and I’m making the creamy mashed potatoes AND this one for different texture and veg friendly option!

  3. 5 stars
    This beat the rest of the potatoes receipts I’ve made . It’s so crispy (cue the name 😅) and crunchy ! One can’t have less than one potato dish on Thanksgiving menu !
    Thank you for all your amazing recipes .🙌🏻

  4. Rosemary is particularly good with potatoes cooked like this. Thanks for the recipe! We’re looking forward to trying it out after the holiday!

  5. 5 stars
    Okay! I’m so glad I found this recipe, as I’ve never boiled first then roasted.
    What a game changer!!
    This is an absolute favorite recipe for potatoes.
    So good it could be a meal on its own.

  6. 5 stars
    Haven’t tried this recipe but I’m sure it’ll be delicious like the rest of your recipes I’ve tried! Love my potatoes, will def be making these bad boys!

  7. 5 stars
    Well dang, now I don’t know if I should make the mashed potatoes you posted or this 😂😂😮‍💨

  8. Smashed potatoes is something I still haven’t tried yet but am looking forward to. I hope they turn out as good as yours.

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve seen these all over Instagram lately and haven’t tried them yet. I’m definitely giving your recipe a try!

  10. I’d love to see a statistic to see how much the giveaway increases the traffic of the blog (which I love and use a lot btw :D)

  11. 5 stars
    Oh no, the fam just saw this video as I watched it and demand I make them tomorrow. Cant blame them, they look spectacular. Thanks CJ, more cooking. 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Again you made a great recipe that turns your potatoes into heavenliness. I love the herb combination and the crispness is just wonderful with a soft center. Definitely one of the best smashed potato recipes

  13. 5 stars
    Your recipes are so empowering! It always amazes me how great the food turns out and for a novice like me that is a really good feeling. Can’t wait try this one! Like you said it can seem intimidating perfecting that crisp but with your guidance I know it will come out just right 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    You were my introduction to Asian food and I’ll forever be grateful for teaching me! I love seeing your other dishes! Everything I have made from your recipes has been 10/10!

  15. 5 stars
    I guess I know what we’re having for dinner! My husband loves crispy smashed potatoes. Looks so easy to make! Thank you!

  16. 5 stars
    This is the one dish my family ALWAYS asks me to make for them. I’ve never tried with dill before so that’s definitely a must for tomorrow!

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you CJ for your easy to make recipes. I look forward to cooking. My husband loved these crispy smashed potatoes.

  18. I just bought some fingerling potatoes to cook for thanksgiving!!! This would be the perfect way to cook them!! I am already drooling!! 🤤

  19. 5 stars
    Smashed potatoes are amazing. You can also sub the olive oil with tallow or duck fat or if your feeling extra naughty, bacon drippings!

  20. Haven’t tried this one out yet but looks super simple and scrumptious. Love all your recipes. Ingredients are within reach and instructions are pretty simple to follow too. Hoping to try this one soon.

  21. Made these last weekend and my partner loved them! Needed to squish them a bit more to get the maximum crunch but still really tasty nonetheless.

  22. Crispy smashed taters have been a weekend brunch staple of mine for years. Looking forward to pairing this recipe with a solid yogurt dip or aioli!!

  23. I’ll have to try these! The last time I tried to make a crispy smashed potato, they did not end up crispy no matter how long I baked them. I even attempted to broil them.

  24. 5 stars
    You guys must try this! I love potato’s and extra crispy! Totally goes well as a side dish! Not even, maybe try for breakfast or put it in your breakfast burrito! You wouldn’t disappoint!!

  25. 5 stars
    Made smashed potatoes 2 days ago and they didn’t turn out the greatest, at least I can try out this recipe for next time!

  26. 4 stars
    Made these last week, and they didn’t turn out as crispy as they sounded in your video (which is how my 6yr old grades food, pretty much). But still tasty! I think I crowded too many potatoes in the pan?

  27. 5 stars
    Definitly will have to give this a try, but intrigued to try boiling them in broth like your mashed potatoes. And thoughts on that?
    Thank you for all your Great recipes, your Chinese crispy pork belly had such an insane effort reward ratio that i Need to Cook all your recipes!

  28. Ooh, I’ve made this before but your recipe has more seasonings so might even be better! I will need to try to make this!

  29. 5 stars
    Just add an S to Mash potatoes and there you have it.. soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Compliments to the chef 🧑🏽‍🍳

  30. This sounds amazing! Competition against my friends golden potatoes recipe. I’ll have to try. Thanks for sharing!