Crispy Smashed Potatoes

by | Apr 29, 2019 | All, Side Dishes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a tasty addition to any summer BBQ.

Top dowm image of Crispy smashed potatoes on a sheet pan.

BBQ season has arrived in full force and our deck is open and (kind of) ready for guests to come over.

Yes, the paint is peeling and we need to replace some boards. We will get to that eventually, but that doesn’t stop us from having friends over. Once warm weather arrives in Minnesota, we are never sure how long it will be here so we jump on any opportunity to be outside. 

So to kick the season off I was looking for an easy side dish that goes with pretty much anything from the grill. Enter Crispy Smashed Potatoes. Sure, these take just a little bit of prep, but the work is so simple and can be done hours ahead of time, so that bit is really a non-issue. 

Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a sheet pan on a dark background.

What makes this smashed potato recipe different from roasted potatoes?

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are just as tasty as they sound. It’s like a twice baked potato met a roasted potato met a baked potato. (Wrap your head around that one for a minute!)

The simplicity of these potatoes is really appealing, and you can jazz them up however you want. Boil and smash the potatoes early in the day, then season and roast at dinnertime.

What seasonings can I add to this smashed potato recipe?

I seasoned mine with salt, pepper and olive oil, but the sky is the limit for seasoning options.

Want something more complex?  Try feta cheese and oregano, Cheese lover? Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top. Is your herb garden in full bloom? Clip what herb strikes your fancy and add some garlic.

Any way you season them, it’s Crispy Smashed Potatoes for the win!

Top down image of Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a grey plate garnished with fresh chives.

I’ll let you know when we finally fix those boards and restain the deck, but I can guarantee that our friends will be too busy eating these Crispy Smashed Potatoes to notice. After all, good friends don’t care about minor details like that, it’s all about being together.

So here’s to summer, bbqs and time with friends on our imperfect deck. Cheers!

Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a grey plate with salt and pepper and fresh chives for garnish.

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Yield: Makes 6 servings

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Top down image of Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a grey plate garnished with fresh chives.

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes are guaranteed to be a hit at your next BBQ! They go great with anything from the grill and are easy to prep ahead of time!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/3-1/2 cup olive oil
  • Chives for garnish


  1. In a large pot of water, place the fingerling potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook until then can be pierced easily with a fork. (Total time should take about 30 minutes. Be careful to not overcook them.) Drain and set the drained potatoes on a double layer of paper towels to cool.
  2. Using a clean dishtowel or paper towel, gently smash the potatoes with the bottom of a glass and place on baking sheet. (The potatoes can be prepared to this point up to 8 hours ahead of time. Let cool completely before refrigerating)
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  4. Season potatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil, making sure that a bit of oil gets under each potato so they are entirely coated. Roast for 30-40 minutes, flipping once with a spatula half way through. Roast until edges are crispy and brown. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

4 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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    I ADORE smashed potatoes, but for some reason I always forget about them when planning dinner. Thanks for the reminder AND a yum recipe! 🙂 Pinned!

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      Thanks for the pin, Taylor!

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      Me too, Becca! Thanks!

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    OH EM GEE. I NeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeD these in my life!! They look so yum! Potatoes are my #1 favorite food!

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      Thanks, Betsy!

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      Nothing better! Thanks, Taylor!

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      Crispy potatoes are the best!

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    I love potatoes, especially fingerling potatoes. These look absolutely amazing! Now, I just want my potatoes, that I planted earlier, grow faster! 🙂

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    First of all it was great to meet you guys in person! 🙂 Second, I love these! I am all about crispy potatoes. Pinning!

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    Who wouldn’t love a crispy potato smashed down? Love this fun recipe!!!

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    Hello 🙂

    I found this off foodgakwer and loved the idea of “smashed” potatoes…

    My fiance and I had never had them, so of course, I had to try them!

    We’re new, devote fans of smashed potatoes… hehe… mmmm … definitely can see more and more possibilities using this technique!

    Thanks so much! Loved this recipe and the inspiration it has brought for future smashed dishes 😉

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    those look sooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

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      Thanks, Angie! 😉

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    It may be sacrilege to suggest, but you can also poke little holes in the fingerling potatoes and microwave till soft. Major timesaver! Love these potatoes!

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      I always love time saving tips! Thanks 🙂


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