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Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

by Adrianne

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are one of the most delicious side dishes to make! With simple ingredients and step by step instructions, to make easy smashed potatoes the life of your party! 

Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a blue plate with a bowl of white sauce in the middle

Skin on Roast Potatoes, Mashed Peas, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Baked Stuffed Mushrooms are side dishes to get familiar with. Whether or not your are having chicken for dinner or preparing for a festive Christmas menu, vegetable side dishes will deliver!

What to serve crispy smashed potatoes with

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are versatile and easy. Paired with chicken, they taste AMAZING and would be great to accompany these Honey Soy Chicken Wings.

You can also try them with these recipes:

Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

In Australia, there is a children’s entertainment group called The Wiggles. They have bright clothes and sing songs that children love and are a household name. One of their top songs is called ‘Hot Potatoes’. It is a super catchy tune, that starts with them singing,  ‘hot potato, hot potato…. with some pretty cool dance moves and lyrics’, they then move into ‘cold spaghetti and mashed banana’.

Whilst I admit that the last 2 don’t quite appeal to me or make me drool, the ‘hot potato, hot potato’, not only appeals to be it makes me wish they would include, ‘baked potato, baked potato, mashed potato, mashed potato, smashed potato, smashed potato and many many more like garlic smashed potato too!’.

How to make crispy smashed potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are made by boiling them and then smashing them with a potato masher.

They are a lot thicker and chunkier than smooth mashed potatoes and take less time to make.

For recipe inspiration I was having a scroll through Pinterest recently and I saw an image for Smashed Brussels Sprouts. Immediately I knew, I wanted to smash my potatoes and so I went about doing just that.

How long to boil potatoes for

It will take between 15 – 20 mins to boil our potatoes.

To speed up this process, put the lid on the saucepan when you are boiling the water initially or a trick I like to use is to boil the kettle and then pour that water into my saucepan.

Making smashed potatoes with cheese process

Here is how to make our Crispy Smashed Potatoes and get them to be all cheesy garlicky good, with step by step photos:

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The beginning steps are super easy, rinsing, boiling and resting our potatoes.

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Our seasoning mix, only needs to be stirred together with a spoon, so many flavours, leading to such great tasting smashed potatoes!!

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The reality is if you push too hard, your potatoes will not be ‘one piece’ anymore. If this happens, you can repair that down the track a bit as your parmesan will help stick all of the pieces back together again! (Sort of like, humpty dumpty, having a fall from the wall, but all of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men will be able to pull our potatoes back together again as the parm is the ‘glue (not like poor Humpty!)

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Serving these is sure to bring some ohhhs and ahhs, just make sure you get one too as they will go like hot cakes!!  Queue the music ‘hot potato…hot potato….hot potato….hot potato!!’ (it’s just so darn catchy!!)

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Easy Smashed Potatoes Quick info:

About the recipe:

  • This is the PERFECT side dish!!
  • This recipe is VEGETARIAN
  • We use salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, onion flakes and fresh chives to make our potatoes taste terrific!!
  • We use oil to ensure the most crispy potato we can achieve

To answer your questions:

  1. The dish is best served HOT!
  2. This dish is not suitable for freezing
  3. This dish involves using both the stove and the oven
  4. This is a SUPER EASY dish to pull together

Smashed Potatoes Pro Tips:

So that you can get this recipe sorted from the very 1st time you make it, here are some hot tips:

  • Don’t buy super small potatoes, they will break apart when you smash them and not have enough thickness to work
  • You definitely need a sauce to serve these with as it tastes them to the next level 
  • Add bacon if you want extra flavour
  • When the cheese is melted, check that the potato edges are hard and if not keep cooking till they are
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Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are one of the most delicious side dishes to make! With simple ingredients and step by step instructions, to make easy smashed potatoes the life of your party! 
4.94 from 16 votes
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Course: Side, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: crispy smashed potatoes, potatoes, roast potatoes, smashed potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Adrianne


Crispy Smashed Potatoes

  • 500 grams baby red potatoes (approx 8 small potaoes)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp onion flakes Note 1
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp himalayan rock salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 bunch fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Chive and Yoghurt Drizzle

  • 1 cup low fat greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 bunch fresh chives
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


Crispy Smashed Potatoes

  • Rinse potatoes and add them to a large saucepan filled 3/4 with water. Add a pinch of salt
  • Bring to the boil with the lid on, then take lid off and continue to boil for 15 minutes 
  • Potatoes are ready when you can insert a fork into them and it goes cleanly in and out 
  • Drain and discard water 
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees F 82.2 degrees C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper 
  • Lay each potato onto the paper with some space in between them 
  • Use a potato mash utensil and gently press down on each potato until it is smashed 
  • Combine olive oil, garlic, onion flakes, thyme, salt, pepper and fresh chives and stir to combine 
  • Use a teaspoon to spoon seasoning mix over each potato, repeat till all are covered 
  • Place in oven for 10 minutes 
  • Remove tray from oven, add sprinkle of parmesan to each potato. 
  • Place back in oven for a further 5 minutes, or until parmesan is melted and turned a light golden brown 
  • Serve with Chive and Yoghurt Drizzle Note 2

Chive and Yoghurt Drizzle

  • Combine yoghurt, lemon juice and chopped chives into small bowl and stir together with a spoon 


  • Note 1 The onion flakes are sold in the spices section of the supermarket, usually not in a bottle, but in a small spice bag 
  • Note 2 These are best served HOT straight from the oven! 
  • Note 3 The edges of the potatoes will be super crispy and toasted (yum yum!!) 


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Please note this recipe was published on 30th November 2018 and updated 6th December 2019

Sides that you can be friends with

Now that we have a good handle on making smashed potatoes, let’s have a look at a couple more veggie based dishes.

3 of my favourites from the blog are recipes that I think you will enjoy as well:

Give me a shout if you want along the way when you are making these. They are easy to nail, but like a lot of cooking, there is a knack to them. If you give them a go, I would love to know what you think in the comments below. 

Adrianne xx

P.S ‘hot potato, hot potato…………. hot potato, hot potato…..cold spagh…’ haha, it is stuck in my head (google it!!)


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Mary Bostow November 30, 2018 - 11:23 am

5 stars
I think even my very picky oldest son might even like this dish! I can hope at least.

Adrianne November 30, 2018 - 12:03 pm

Awesome Mary, hope he loves to try it!

Claudia Lamascolo November 30, 2018 - 11:40 am

5 stars
wow I love this step by step and how easy these are and delicious to make will try them soon!

Adrianne November 30, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Thanks Claudia, yes hopefully this will make following the recipe super easy for the whipping up the potatoes!

Jacqueline Meldrum November 30, 2018 - 12:30 pm

5 stars
Oh my goodness, that looks amazing. What a brilliant idea. Drooling here!


Adrianne November 30, 2018 - 4:45 pm

Thanks Jacqueline! I am happy they appeal. Cheers for sharing.

Sandhya Hariharan November 30, 2018 - 12:38 pm

5 stars
We love crispy smashed potatoes.. They are an amazing side dish !!

Adrianne November 30, 2018 - 4:46 pm

Awesome Sandhya! They are the best aren’t they.

Sara | Belly Rumbles November 30, 2018 - 12:46 pm

5 stars
You are right, these are the perfect side dish. These smashed oven baked potatoes are absolutely perfect!

Adrianne November 30, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Thanks Sara! They are on my menu for Christmas.

Rachael Stray November 30, 2018 - 2:30 pm

4 stars
Oh my gosh these look and sound unbelievable!!

Adrianne November 30, 2018 - 8:07 pm

Thanks Rachael! Can’t wait to make them again!

Tayler Ross November 30, 2018 - 9:49 pm

5 stars
Crispy potatoes are the best potatoes! I can’t wait to try these!

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 2:01 am

Cheers Tayler, they are, aren’t they!

Krissy Allori November 30, 2018 - 9:54 pm

5 stars
You’re speaking my love language! Only problem is I would want to eat the entire plate.

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 2:02 am

I know Krissy, that is definitely problem, if you have 7 friends and they all have one each, you will be right. Cheers!

Tara November 30, 2018 - 10:11 pm

5 stars
Oh wow! These smashed potatoes look incredible. I love that cheese topping and the chive yogurt drizzle.

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 2:03 am

Cheers Tara 🙂 The drizzle is really goooooood!!

Cliona Keane November 30, 2018 - 10:34 pm

5 stars
These are exactly what I’ve been looking for to go with my Sunday roast this week! Perfect and packed with flavour!

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 2:03 am

Awesome Cliona, I am liking the sound of your Sunday roast!! Enjoy x

Jenna December 1, 2018 - 12:27 am

5 stars
These are complete next-level potatoes. I love all the flavor packed in them.

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 2:04 am

Thanks Jenna, me too!!

Heidy December 1, 2018 - 12:59 am

5 stars
These potatoes look super! They would go over in my household for sure. Saving !

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 2:04 am

Thanks Heidy, have a great weekend!

Alison December 1, 2018 - 9:45 am

Better than roast potatoes, Adrianne!

Adrianne December 1, 2018 - 7:23 pm

Absolutely Alison! Hope you are having a great weekend.

Lee-Ann December 2, 2018 - 8:15 am

Potatoes are a favourite of ours too, these will go down a treat. Thanks for the recipe!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 9:04 am

No worries Lee-Ann, thanks for commenting. Next time, I will have to make a video for them!!

Sylvie December 2, 2018 - 11:28 am

5 stars
Oh my that looks SO delicious Adrianne! I’m a sucker for anything crispy and potatoes… and that yogurt drizzle sounds divine!

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 11:29 am

Thanks Sylvie! I’ll be walking to work each day now to work off the carbs, haha!!

mistermaxxx08 December 2, 2018 - 4:36 pm

Straight up I just wanna reach through the screen and eat and forget utensils,that is a great fest, ☮️

Adrianne December 2, 2018 - 7:55 pm

I am glad it makes you hungry, cheers!!

Alexandra December 3, 2018 - 10:35 pm

5 stars
Oh my goodness. Yum! This looks like absolute potato heaven!

Silpa's Kitchen December 4, 2018 - 6:45 am

5 stars
Amazing recipe. Can’t wait to try.

Adrianne December 4, 2018 - 7:56 am

Cheers Silpa! Hope you love them, you might want to eat the whole plate, they are SO good!! Cheers

Jaimie December 4, 2018 - 8:36 am

5 stars
I am ALWAYS stuck for side dishes… you’re my saviour!!!

Mimi December 4, 2018 - 11:26 pm

OH MY GOD!!! What fun are these?!!! Truly, I do’t think I need the dip at all. Fabulousness!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 12:55 pm

Thanks Mimi!! They are very bloody tasty x

Bernadette December 8, 2018 - 7:19 pm

Ermighad these look amaze! Christmas dinner here they come!

Adrianne December 22, 2018 - 6:17 pm

Sorry Bernadette, this comment was lost to me, but I found it now. Thanks lady. xxx

debjani dey March 25, 2019 - 4:43 am

Heyya you use the soledad food theme right?? How cum your blog is so fast in loading any tips??

Adrianne March 25, 2019 - 7:50 am

Hey Debjani,

Yes, Soledad Theme. Thanks for the compliment. What is your blog, I will check it out and see if I can suggest anything.

Cheers 🙂


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