Air fryer smashed potatoes


  • Baby or small new potatoes (red, yellow, or any of your choice)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, or parsley, for garnish)


  1. Start by washing and scrubbing the potatoes to remove any dirt. You can leave the skin on for extra texture and flavor.
  2. Place the clean potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes or until they are fork-tender but not falling apart. You want them to be cooked but still firm.
  3. Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  4. On a clean surface or cutting board, gently smash each potato using the bottom of a glass or a potato masher. The goal is to flatten them slightly without completely mashing them. You want them to be about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick.
  5. Place the smashed potatoes in a bowl and drizzle them with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder if desired. Toss them to ensure they are evenly coated.
  6. Arrange the smashed potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  7. Air fry the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. The cooking time may vary depending on the size and type of your air fryer, so keep an eye on them. You want them to become golden brown and crispy.
  8. Once the smashed potatoes are done, remove them from the air fryer and garnish with fresh herbs, like rosemary, thyme, or parsley.
  9. Serve your air fryer smashed potatoes hot and enjoy!..

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