Crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Clean Plate Mama
by Clean Plate Mama
4 servings
20 min

Delicious, garlicky, salty smashed potatoes. These are going to be your new favorite side dish. They are pretty much a fancy (and healthier) version of a French fry and are definitely my favorite potato recipe!

What are smashed potatoes? Essentially, it is a mashed potato with the skin on. The skin helps to keep them nice and crispy (plus they are more nutritious with the skin on). This finger food is great for dipping in ketchup, homemade ranch, or your favorite sauce.


  • Made with simple, everyday ingredients - These smashed potatoes are gluten free, vegan, Paleo/Whole 30 so they pretty much fit any dietary choice.
  • Easy & ready in 35 minutes – While not the quickest side dish to make, they are extremely easy and can be ready in under 40 minutes (trust me, they are totally worth the wait)!



Crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • ▢ 1 lb. baby gold potatoes
  • ▢ 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ▢ 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ▢ 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • ▢ 1/4 tsp. paprika (I use smoked paprika)
  • ▢ 1/8 tsp. ground pepper

Start by boiling the potatoes. Place potatoes in a medium sized pot and add water until it comes to about an inch over the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender enough to pierce with a fork (15-20 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes).
When the potatoes are done, preheat your air fryer to 400.
Drain potatoes and allow them to dry and slightly cool. Then place in a large bowl and add olive oil, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and pepper. Mix or toss to ensure all potatoes are coated in the oil/seasoning mix.
Place potatoes on a baking sheet to smash. Using the bottom of a cup, smash the potatoes down to about ¼” thickness.  If you have remaining olive oil in your bowl, you can brush this on the potatoes after they’ve been smashed.
Using a spatula, transfer smashed potatoes to the air fryer basket. It is okay if they are touching, but don’t overlap potatoes. Return basked to air fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes. I let potatoes cook without flipping, but you can flip half way though if you'd like. Check your potatoes after about 10 minutes to make sure they don't overcook. You can continue cooking until desired crispiness is reached.
Best served straight from the air fryer. Enjoy!
  • Use small potatoes that are evenly sized. This ensures even cooking.
  • Let potatoes slightly cool before smashing. If they are too hot, they may fall apart.
  • Cook potatoes until just tender. If they are undercooked or greatly overcooked, they won’t mash up nicely.
  • If cooking in batches, you can return earlier batches to air fryer for 3 minutes before serving, or keep them warm in the oven.
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  • Aardy Aardy on Mar 29, 2022

    Delicious but a lot of work! Plus my air-fryer is too small to make enough for family. Oven baked takes a long time to wait but can do a bigger batch at one time.

    • Clean Plate Mama Clean Plate Mama on Mar 30, 2022

      Yeah, they do require a little extra heavy lifting, but like you said, they are delicious. So glad you liked them :)