Recipe/ Side Dish

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

May 13, 2018 (Last Updated: August 7, 2020)

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes are oven roasted baby potatoes – crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside! This easy to make side dish can be baked in just 30 minutes. 

Crispy smashed potatoes topped with a sprinkling of salt and fresh herbs.

When I was little my grandma had a huge garden with rows and rows of potatoes planted. She would sometimes dig up a potato plant before the potatoes were fully mature.

She would dig out enough small potatoes for dinner and they were the softest, most delicious potatoes ever. Grandma always called them “new potatoes”. 

Baby red and yellow new potatoes on a wooden board.

I found some small baby potatoes at our grocery store. While I believe these are grown and harvest as small potatoes, they reminded me of my grandma’s new potatoes.

Crispy baked baby potatoes pilled on a white plate and topped with fresh herbs.

I decided to make some crispy smashed potatoes. These potatoes are so delicious and addicting!  Just imagine that crispy outer edge and that soft and fluffy inside. I bought a big bag of these small potatoes and I’ve made smashed potatoes three times already! Another delicious way to use baby potatoes is with these Grilled Baby Potatoes!

Baby potatoes boiled and covered with olive oil.

How do you cook smashed potatoes?

These potatoes are boiled until soft. They are then drained and drizzled with olive oil. Next comes the fun part…the smashing! Okay, maybe it’s not all that fun, but I enjoyed it!  I used the bottom of a cup to smash my potatoes. Try to smash all your potatoes to a consistent level so they will cook evenly.

Using a cup to smash baby potatoes.

What herbs can I use on these potatoes?

I kept the seasoning simple: just sea salt and fresh thyme. You could also use minced garlic, rosemary, paprika, or sage.

Smashed potatoes sprinkled with sea salt and fresh thyme.

These potatoes would be delicious served with grilled flank steak or barbecued chicken, a Caesar salad and fresh green beans! And I always like to plan dessert too! How about some peach ice cream

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Small potatoes with herbs piled on a small white plate.

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Crispy baked baby potatoes are a perfect side dish for dinner any day of the week.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Baby potatoes smashed and baked with a crispy outside and a fluffy inside.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 149 kcal


  • 1-2 pounds small potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme


  • Boil potatoes until soft (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Drain potatoes and let cool slightly.
  • Place potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss potatoes lightly so olive oil covers all areas of potatoes.
  • Grease a baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil. Place potatoes on tray. Gently smash each potato with a flat surface (I used the bottom of a glass.) Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh thyme.
  • Bake in a 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the edges are crispy. Cooking times my vary depending on the size of your potatoes and how flat you smashed them. 


Plan 3-4 potatoes per person.ย 


Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSodium: 152mgPotassium: 477mgFiber: 2gVitamin C: 22.8mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.9mg
Keyword baby potatoes, crispy potatoes, potato side dsih, smashed potatoes
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  • Reply
    May 31, 2018 at 7:23 am

    I am so making these tomorrow!!!!!!!!! I love the recipe, we eat baked potatoes all the time, but it never occurred to me to make them like this. They look amazing!

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      June 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      If you love potatoes, you are going to love these! Let me know how they turn out.

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    May 28, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    I don’t grow potatoes every year but when I do I usually get impatient and dig up a few small baby ones. Now I know what I will be doing with these small ones next time!

    • Reply
      June 3, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Now you won’t feel bad digging up those little potatoes!

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    David @ Spiced
    May 24, 2018 at 5:45 am

    These smashed potatoes sound like a recipe right up my alley, Kathy! I love a good potato, and the smashed version sounds like the perfect combination of crispy and soft. Also, for the record, I would have fun smashing these, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely want to put these on the menu for sometime soon. I’m totally craving some potatoes after reading this post now…haha!

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    May 19, 2018 at 4:30 am

    5 stars
    These look great, Kathy! When are you going to recreate her mashed potatoes and peas recipe? ๐Ÿ˜„

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      May 19, 2018 at 7:02 am

      I’ll have to have mom make those! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    May 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Great side Kathy. These smashed potatoes look delicious and easy! I’d love these paired with a big juicy burger fresh off the grill!!!

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      May 17, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Now I’m hungry! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    May 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    5 stars
    These are one of my favorite sides Kathy! Leftovers are perfect for breakfast with eggs too!

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      May 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Oh yum….I think I’d better make a double batch next time so I can have leftovers for breakfast!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    May 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I never heard of these, but they look delicious. I can just see myself adding some crushed garlic with a sprinkle of rosemary!

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      May 14, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Crushed garlic and rosemary would be a great combination on these potatoes.

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 13, 2018 at 8:47 am

    5 stars
    I bet your grandmas potatoes were the tastiest! Nothing like growing your own! Smashed potatoes are one of my favourite ways to enjoy those little ones. I love those little messy, crispy bits! I could eat just these for dinner and call it a day ๐Ÿ™‚

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      May 14, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Why are the crispy bits the best? It’s my favorite part too!

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