Crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

This delicious and easy recipe for air fryer smashed potatoes gives you the most incredible crispy potatoes that are perfect for dipping! They are healthy, flavourful, and air fried to perfection, great for including in any lunch or dinner meal, or snacking on their own.

image of a plate topped with air fryer smashed potatoes and pickled red onions

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How To Prepare Smashed Potatoes in an Air Fryer

 

Smashed potatoes aren’t a new thing, but they have become more trendy in the recent days of social media with all kinds of variations of smashed potatoes making their rounds. 

Making crispy smashed potatoes at home that are flavourful and addicting is so easy with an air fryer. You can achieve a perfect taste and texture in a healthier way with the air fryer, and you can enjoy this delicious twist on small potatoes in a flash. 

image of a plate topped with air fryer smashed potatoes , herbs, and pickled red onions

 

If you don’t own an Air Fryer yet, I definitely recommend adding one to your must-have list. This small kitchen appliance is incredibly easy to use and gives so many different foods that delicious crispy, crunchy fried edge that a deep fryer does… without the deep frying. 

What are ‘smashed potatoes’?

 

Smashed potatoes are exactly as they sound: potatoes that have been “smashed” into a flat shape and then fried, roasted, or baked so that they have a crispy skin and tender flesh. Almost like a twist on a potato chip thats thicker and heartier.

These squished and crisped potatoes are delicious in their own way as they can easily be dipped and can be enjoyed like a finger-food. They also make a great side dish to many meals and can be topped with tasty additions like pickled onions, green onions, herbs, and spices. 

image of a marble board topped with potatoes, pickled onions, and herbs for smashed potatoes

Ingredients for Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes:

 

To make super flavourful smashed potatoes that are crispy on the outside and have a savoury, satisfying flavour you will need a few ingredients listed below. 

  • baby creamer potatoes
  • olive oil
  • dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • dill
  • pickled red onions (optional for garnishing but HIGHLY recommended!)

 

I enjoy my air fryer smashed potatoes on a plate with the addition of fresh herbs, pickled onions (I use this simple quick pickled onion recipe), and a dip made simply by mixing dijon mustard together with mayonnaise, then a squeeze of lemon! 

You can enjoy the potatoes as a side dish or with another dip of your choice, the sky’s the limit!

image of a plate topped with air fryer smashed potatoes

Tips for Making Smashed Potatoes in the Air Fryer

 

When it comes to making these potatoes perfectly crispy and delicious, there are a few tips to follow for best results. 

 

Do I need to soak the potatoes before air frying?

 

No! I sometimes recommend soaking potatoes before putting them in the air fryer, but for this recipe you do not need to soak the potatoes and you’ll still get them nice and crispy.

Soaking, simply removes some of the excess starch from the potatoes which can make them crispier, but while you can soak these if you want, it’s still not necessary as long as you follow the tips below. 

 

1.  Don’t over-smash the potatoes. You want to make sure they are “smashed” but remain intact. Gently press the boiled potatoes with a flat surface such as the bottom of a bowl until ‘squished’ but still in one piece. 

2. Brush the air fryer basket lightly with olive oil. This prevents the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the air fryer basket when cooking. 

3.  Do not overlap the smashed potatoes in the air fryer basket. This will allow for more even cooking so that each and every one gets nice and crispy. 

4. Enjoy the potatoes hot right out of the air fryer. Just like roasted or fried potatoes, the longer you wait to enjoy them, the softer and less crispy they become.

close up image of a plate topped with air fryer smashed potatoes and picked onions

Why are my smashed potatoes not crispy? 

 

If you find your potatoes are not as crispy as you’d prefer it could be because of the following: 

  • you are putting too many potatoes in your air fryer at once. If you have too many potatoes and they are overlapping, the air won’t be able to circulate around each potato to create that perfect crispyness. 

 

  • You need to fry the potatoes for longer. Because baby potatoes come in different sizes, you may need a longer cooking time if your potatoes are on the large side. Continue to air fry, checking every couple of minutes until they achieve a crispness of your liking. 

image of an air fryer basket filled with crispy smashed potatoes

How To Make Step-by-Step:

 

1. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of water for 12-15 minutes until just fork tender (be careful to not overcook).

image of a colander filled with boiled small potatoes

2. Drain the potatoes then add to a bowl with herbs, salt, pepper, garlic, dijon, and olive oil. 

image of a bowl of boiled potatoes with herbs and dijon mustard and a hand pouring olive oil over the potatoes

3. Toss together to coat the potatoes. 

image of a bowl of small potatoes tossed in oil, herbs, and garlic

4. Gently press the potatoes with a flat surface (I used the bottom of a small bowl) to “smash”.

image of a marble board topped with smashed potatoes

5. Pre-heat the air fryer at 400 degrees for 2-minutes, once pre-heated, lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive oil and carefully transfer the smashed potatoes to the basket – make sure they are not overlapping. 

image of an air fryer basket with smashed potatoes inside

5. Cook at 400 degrees for 14 minutes, stopping at the 7 minute mark to carefully flip the potatoes,  and arrange again so none are overlapping, then air fry for 7-10 more minutes (depending on preferred level of crispiness and size of potatoes)

6. Transfer to a plate and top with fresh herbs, pickled onions, green onions, and serve hot and crispy alongside your dip of choice (ranch, ketchup, aioli, etc.)

 

 

In my book, these air fryer smashed potatoes are a win-win. They are quick, easy to make, quick, and the kids love them too! 

 

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image of a plate topped with air fryer smashed potatoes and pickled red onions

Crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These crispy air fryer smashed potatoes are healthy, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. Perfect for dipping or as a healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 10-12 baby creamer potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Optional Garnishes:

Instructions

    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil the potatoes for 12-15 minutes until just fork tender (be careful to not overcook).
    2. Drain the potatoes then add to a bowl with the parsley, dill, salt, pepper, garlic, dijon, and olive oil. 
    3. Toss together to coat the potatoes. 
    4. Gently press the potatoes with a flat surface (I used the bottom of a small bowl) to "smash". Do not smash too much as you want the potatoes to remain mostly intact while breaking the skin.
    5. Pre-heat the air fryer at 400 degrees for 2-minutes, once pre-heated, lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive oil and carefully transfer the smashed potatoes to the basket - make sure they are not overlapping. 
    6. Cook at 400 degrees for 14 minutes, stopping at the 7 minute mark to carefully flip the potatoes,  and arrange again so none are overlapping, then air fry for 7-10 more minutes (depending on preferred level of crispiness and size of potatoes)
    7. Transfer to a plate and top with optional toppings: fresh herbs, pickled onions, green onions, etc.7. Serve hot and crispy alongside your dip of choice (ranch, ketchup, aioli, etc.)

 

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Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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