My family goes nuts for these Crispy Smashed Potatoes and requests them frequently. And making them is a breeze!

These Crispy Potatoes were a hit from day one. Terrific with burgers, grilled meat or chicken or with any meal you’d normally serve potatoes.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes in a white bowl on a red and white checked napkin

Why You Should Make these Smashed Potatoes

The guys in this family are definitely meat and potato lovers. I discovered this method for making new potatoes about four years ago when many versions were floating around on the Internet.

  • These oven smashed potatoes are adapted from a Fine Cooking recipe. I’ve been making them since 2006.
  • When I rattle off a list of potato options for our dinner and these crispy smashed potatoes are mentioned, there is a resounding, “Make those!” from my family. My oldest requests these for his birthday dinner every single year.
  • You can cook the small potatoes ahead of time, streamlining the procedure for getting the potatoes ready for the oven.
Crsipy Smashed Potatoes on a foil lined sheet pan

How to Make Smashed Potatoes

These irresistible spuds are a piece of cake to make! The potatoes can be boiled ahead of time, making the final prep a snap.

  1. Just boil up a bag of new potatoes until just tender and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Place on a prepared baking sheet which contains some melted butter, smash with a meat mallet, sprinkle with kosher salt, drizzle with olive oil. A few grinds of black pepper are nice, too. Or even a few fresh thyme leaves.
  3. Bake at a high temp and flip halfway through.
  4. Serve hot! Your family will be grateful for this east smashed potatoes recipe—just like mine!

Tips for Making these Roasted Small Potatoes

  • Any small potatoes will do, red, yellow, purple or a variety.
  • They can be boiled ahead of time and smashed, seasoned and roasted near dinner time.
  • I keep the seasonings simple: butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. But you can add whatever you like. Herbs, onion powder, garlic powder, etc. would be tasty additons.
  • Use a meat mallet to smash your poatoes.
  • Use non-stick foil so there is no trouble flipping the potatoes halfway through the roasting time.

More Delicious Potato Recipes:

My gang also loves these Roasted Red Potatoes as well as this Twice Baked Potato Casserole!

Crsipy Smashed Potatoes in a white serving bowl
Crsipy Smashed Potatoes | Crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle!

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Adapted from a Fine Cooking recipe


  • 11/2 pounds new potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil to coat
  • Freshly ground black pepper, optional


  1. Boil potatoes till fork tender. Drain and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 450º. Cover a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  3. Melt a few pats of butter in the pan while the oven preheats. Swish it around so butter covers foil.
  4. Smash potatoes with the flat side of a meat tenderizer or large knife to about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Place potatoes on a baking sheet.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper if desired.
  7. Roast for 20-25 minutes, flip and roast till browned and crispy, about 20-25 minutes longer.


May add herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley near the end of the roasting time, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 777mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g


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