Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

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These air fryer smashed potatoes are a total dream for those hot summer BBQs and last-minute family gatherings. Not only are they ready in under an hour, but they pair perfectly with everything from tasty tilapia to glorious Blackstone burger sliders and juicy tri-tip! Yep, these little rings of potato-ey goodness are that versatile!

smashed baby potatoes with crispy edges stacked in pile

All you need is an air fryer, no need to pre-boil the potatoes. They are smashed super thin while cooking, and the air fryer does an amazing job of making them super crispy. These are the perfect alternative to crispy fries, and they are much healthier!

Although this air fryer smashed potatoes recipe is delicious as-is, you can easily switch things up with seasoning blends and spices. Serve them with your favorite dip (like garlic aioli, avocado lime crema, or sour cream!), and you’ll have a surefire crowd-pleaser on your hands. Just make sure you whip up a few batches – these flavorful morsels will be snapped up quickly!

❤️ Why This Recipe Works

  • It’s incredibly nutritious and requires no oil, thanks to the trusty air fryer! 
  • Forget the frozen french fries, these crispy air fryer potatoes are an upgrade!
  • They’re 100% gluten-free and are a wonderful side dish for large gatherings and summer BBQs.
  • These air fryer crispy smashed potatoes are made with just a handful of simple ingredients but taste utterly delicious.
  • They require virtually zero prep and are incredibly easy to make (so they’re ideal for beginners!).
  • They’re cheap and cheerful as the ingredients are super cost-effective.

air fryer smashed potatoes laying on the counter

🗒️ Ingredients

All you need for this great side dish are these basic ingredients, many of which you likely already have. Scroll down to see the printable recipe card with detailed instructions.

  • Baby potatoes. I prefer using mini potatoes like gold baby potatoes. They have a creamy consistency, great color and are easy to work with. If you don’t have them, red potatoes or Russet potatoes work well too.
  • Kosher salt. Salt makes everything better!
  • Butter. Instead of using oil to baste these potatoes, butter gives them a super crispy and flavorful skin.
  • Lemon-pepper. For a sharp and slightly spicy tang that you cannot get with only black pepper!
  • Garlic powder. This adds a signature savory flavor to your air fryer smashed potatoes that meld beautifully with the nutty Parmesan.
  • Salt. Add to taste!
  • Parmesan cheese. A nutty ingredient that adds a decadent and slightly creamy taste to your potatoes.
  • Chopped parsley. The ultimate finishing touch adds a delicious earthy and herby flavor to the mix.

ingredients for air fryer smashed potatoes

👨‍🍳 How To Make It

​Keep scrolling to see the full recipe below. You are almost there! The printable recipe card has all of the detail you will need to prepare these crispy potatoes.

  1. Clean and dry your potatoes and place them in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and season before placing them in the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook the whole potatoes until tender.
  4. In a small dish, combine the butter, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt and melt in the microwave.
  5. Place the potatoes on a cutting board and press them down with a glass. Smash them flat until they are about ¼” to ½” thick.
  6. Transfer the potatoes to the air fryer in a single layer, baste with the melted butter mixture, and cook until crisp and golden brown.
  7. Move your potatoes to a serving dish and sprinkle with the chopped fresh parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve the delicious side dish with your favorite dipping sauce!

whole baby potatoes in bowl on one side and in air fryer basket in other side

Coat the whole baby potatoes in olive oil and season with salt. Cook in the air fryer until tender.

bowl with butter and seasoning for air fryer smashed potatoes

Combine the salt and seasoning. Melt in the microwave and mix thoroughly.

smashing cooked baby potatoes with glass

Place the cooked potatoes on a surface and smash them with a glass until about ½-inch thick.

air fryer smashed potatoes being basted and cooked until crispy

Place the smashed potatoes in the air fryer and brush with the butter. Air fry until crispy.

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😉 Tips For Success

  • Although baby potatoes will usually cook in around 15 minutes, larger potatoes will require longer in the air fryer. So, keep a close eye and make sure the potatoes are fork-tender before removing them!
  • If you’re working with large Russet potatoes, I recommend cutting them into small, golf ball-sized pieces before cooking them. This will give you an even (and shorter!) cooking time.
  • Don’t crowd your air fryer once the potatoes are smashed. It’s uber-important to have them cooking in a single layer to avoid any under-browning or burning.
  • Don’t forget to preheat the air fryer. You’ll want to get your smashed potatoes into the air fryer ASAP, so preheat it before your potatoes are ready!
  • Add some salt to your cooking water. We think it is much easier to cook the potatoes completely in the air fryer. But if you want to pre-boil the potatoes before smashing them, be sure to add salt to the water. This will give it more flavor. Just don’t overdo it! Read the notes in the recipe card for boiling instructions.
  • Carefully watch your roasting times. Although most air fryers operate similarly, not all of them are made equal. To get your ideal level of crispiness, check on your potatoes every 5 minutes until you get the perfect crispiness.
  • If you want fluffier potatoes, don’t squish them down quite as much! I like mine crispy, so I smash them thin.
  • Don’t use a potato masher!​ The potato masher will just pulverize the potatoes, and they won’t smash evenly. When we used a masher, they broke and split.
  • Use a baking sheet to smash.​ To make quick time with smashing the potatoes, use the bottom of a large baking sheet to smash several potatoes at once.
  • Use parchment paper for easy cleanup. This will make cleanup a breeze.

🤔 Substitutions and Variations

  • If you prefer to use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder, substitute with 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
  • If you want to spice things up (literally!), you can add some chili powder or paprika to your potatoes. Turmeric is also a good call if you want to add a deeper yellow color and a slight tandoori-inspired flavor.
  • You don’t need to use chopped parsley if you’re not a fan. Any fresh herb of your choice will have a similar effect! Try fresh rosemary or thyme.
  • If you want a slightly different flavor, some Italian seasoning, onion powder, or Cajun seasoning can completely change the game. Feel free to mix in your favorite spices, rubs, and seasonings.
  • Feel free to go cheesier with melted mozzarella or feta!
air fryer smashed potatoes plated with a bowl of dipping sauce

⏱️ Storage and Reheating

You should try and eat these air fryer smashed potatoes ASAP.

But if you’re meal prepping, air fry them ahead of time and store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge.

To bring the leftover smashed potatoes back to life, air fry them at 400°F for 3 minutes! You can use the microwave to heat them up, but they won’t be as crispy.

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Why aren’t my air fryer smashed potatoes crispy?

If your potatoes don’t come out crispy, it may be that you haven’t coated them in enough of the butter mixture. It’s also possible that you haven’t left them in the air fryer for quite long enough – crisping takes time!

Are air fried potatoes healthy?

Although the butter is on the fattening side, these air fryer smashed potatoes are packed with healthy carbs! If you want to lighten things up, just go slightly easier on the butter.

Can you make crispy smashed potatoes in the oven?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can use the oven. To make the process much quicker, boil the potatoes in salted water for about 20 minutes until fork tender. Then smash them as usual and place them in a preheated oven at 425°F and bake them for 30 minutes!

🎁 Wrap Up

These air fryer smashed potatoes are a quick and easy way to spice up your appetizer table (or supplement a meaty main!). With its glorious parmesan, herb, and butter coating, this carb-filled recipe is bound to be a hit with the whole family.

smashed baby potatoes in air fryer basket

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smashed baby potatoes with crispy edges stacked in pile

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Yield: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These crispy, crunchy, and delicious potatoes will take your dinner game all the way to the top! Squishing the potatoes super thin before cooking them a second time means that the majority of the potato gets a crispy crust, and there is just a little pillow of potato fluff inside with every bite.

It's as if a potato chip and a fingerling potato had a baby, and you get the best of both worlds! Seasoned to perfection, these air fryer smashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for those busy weeknight dinners.


  • 1 pound baby potatoes *see notes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoons lemon-pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Clean and dry the potatoes. Place the whole baby potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt. Place them in the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 12-15 minutes until they are fork tender.
  2. In a small dish, combine the butter, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Zap the mixture in the microwave until melted. Mix the butter mixture.
  3. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a cutting board. Use the bottom of a glass to press down on the potatoes. Smash them to ½ inch thickness.
  4. Transfer the potatoes to the air fryer in a single layer. If you have a small air fryer, work in batches.
  5. Drizzle or baste the butter mixture over the potatoes and cook at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy and brown.
  6. Transfer to a serving dish and top with finely chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.


  • If you prefer to use fresh garlic, substitute the teaspoon of garlic powder with 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
  • Small potatoes work best. I prefer gold baby potatoes for their creamy consistency, but you can also use red potatoes or Russet potatoes.
  • Use potatoes that are 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, about the size of a golf ball. If you have larger potatoes, cook them for a couple more minutes in the air fryer before smashing them.
  • If you use large Russet potatoes, cut them into smaller golf ball-sized pieces before boiling them.
  • If you don't have an air fryer and want to use the oven, you totally can. To make the process much quicker, boil the potatoes in salted water for about 20 minutes until fork tender. Then smash them as usual and place them in a preheated oven at 425°F and bake them for 30 minutes!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 1494mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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About Joshua Boquist

Josh is an outdoor enthusiast and food fanatic. A License To Grill is his passion project where the outdoors intersects food - grilling, smoking, and all things tasty!

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