Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes


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These air fryer smashed potatoes have a seriously satisfying crunch! The potatoes are boiled, smashed, and cooked in the air fryer, giving you a delicious and easy snack or side dish.

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air fryer smashed potatoes with herbs.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as when my plate is loaded with potatoes. Sign me up for sauteéd potatoes or stuffed baked potatoes any time of the day or year… I love ‘em all!

But my air fryer smashed potatoes are truly something special. Using a handful of ingredients and the magic of the air fryer, humble potatoes are transformed into a crispy, fluffy batch of smashed buds in no time. Not to mention, the seasoning, toppings, and dipping sauce options are endless!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make smashed potatoes in air fryer
  4. Arman’s recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently asked questions 
  7. More air fryer recipes to try
  8. Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Only 4 ingredients! Besides the potatoes, all this recipe calls for are a few simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. 
  • Air fried perfection. The circulating dry heat in the air fryer works its magic to crisp the boiled and smashed potatoes to perfection in less time than it typically takes in the oven.
  • Crowd-pleasing snack or side. Like air fryer bagel bites, a platter of butter-brushed smashed potatoes always ‘wows’ my family and friends during dinner parties and game days.
  • Versatile. This perfect side dish is all about simplicity, which gives you plenty of room to put your own spin on it. Season the potatoes with different seasonings, toppings, and dipping sauces. Whether you’re craving something savory, spicy, or even cheesy, there’s a variation for that! 

Ingredients needed

  • Potatoes. I used creamer potatoes. Their thin and tender skins, creamy texture, and small size make them perfect for smashing. New potatoes (AKA baby potatoes) and fingerling potatoes also work well.
  • Salt. I find that boiling potatoes in salted water seasons them from the inside out without relying solely on herbs and spices. Don’t skip it! 
  • Butter and olive oil. Yes, you need both! Coating the potatoes in a butter AND olive oil mixture not only makes them tastier but also creates a crispy, golden crust. Use vegan butter here to keep this dish dairy-free.

How to make smashed potatoes in air fryer

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1 – Boil the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a large pot with salted cold water. Bring the water to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain and set them aside to cool slightly. 

boiled and drained potatoes.

Step 2 – Smash. Place the boiled potatoes on a cutting board and gently press down on each one until they’re slightly flattened and cracked open but still mostly intact. 

potatoes smashed on a board.

Step 3 – Season. Stir the melted butter and olive oil in a bowl. Dip each potato into the mixture, coating all sides.

Step 4 – Air fry. Place the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry until they’re crispy. Enjoy! 

smashed potatoes in the air fryer.

Can I bake them?

No worries if you don’t own an air fryer! After boiling, smashing, and coating the potatoes in melted butter and olive oil, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast the smashed potatoes in a 425°F oven for about 25 to 30 minutes or until they’re crispy and golden brown, flipping halfway.

Arman’s recipe tips and variations

  • Don’t over-boil the potatoes. I found that boiling waxy creamer potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes was the sweet spot for fork tender, never mushy results.
  • Dry potatoes = crispy potatoes. After boiling and draining the water, pat the potatoes completely dry with a paper towel. Dry potatoes will become crispier in the air fryer.
  • Smash with care. I used the bottom of a heavy flat-bottomed cup to flatten the potatoes, but a potato masher will also do the trick. Try to flatten each potato to about ½-inch thick but don’t worry if they’re not perfect.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. The smashed potatoes should be cooked in a single layer in the air fryer basket. In testing, I found that potatoes that were touching or overlapping cooked unevenly and didn’t become crispy. If your air fryer is too small to fit all of the potatoes, cook them in batches instead.
  • Play with the seasonings. After brushing them with oil and butter, season the potatoes with minced garlic cloves or garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, lemon zest, and/or dried or fresh herbs, like rosemary, oregano, thyme, dill, and/or parsley.
  • Make them cheesy! A topping of grated parmesan cheese or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast is always tasty.
  • Give them a kick. Season the potatoes with a dusting of chili powder or a pinch of red pepper flakes for a subtle kick of heat.

What goes well with these?

For a truly impressive dish, I’ll top the platter of potatoes with a dollop of sour cream, chopped bacon, chives, and grated cheddar cheese. Then I’ll pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese.

Otherwise, I like to serve the crispy potatoes with a platter of dipping sauces. Spicy mayo, cheese sauce, ranch dressing, garlic yogurt sauce, ketchup, and hot honey sauce are all fantastic choices.

Storage instructions

To store: After the leftover smashed potatoes have cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

To reheat: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F, place the potatoes in a single layer in the basket, and air fry for about 5 to 7 minutes or until they’re hot and crispy again.

air fryer smashed potatoes.

Frequently asked questions 

What is the difference between “mashed” and “smashed” potatoes?

To make mashed potatoes, potatoes are boiled until they’re very soft, then mashed with butter and cream until they’re smooth and creamy. 
The whole potatoes are still boiled to make smashed potatoes but afterward, they’re pressed flat, then baked or fried. This way, the potatoes are still intact but have an incredibly crispy crust and a fluffy, tender interior.

Do you have to boil the potatoes before air frying?

Par-boiling the potatoes makes them tender enough to flatten, but it’s not the only way. Instead, you can steam or microwave the potatoes until they’re soft enough to smash. 

Why are my smashed potatoes falling apart?

This can happen if you boil the potatoes for too long. Remember to boil them only until they’re just fork tender (about 15 to 20 minutes).

More air fryer recipes to try

air fryer smashed potatoes recipe.

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

5 from 80 votes
These air fryer smashed potatoes have a seriously satisfying crunch! The potatoes are boiled, smashed, and cooked in the air fryer, giving you a delicious and easy snack or side dish. Oven roasted instructions included. Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 1 pound new potatoes mini potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a large pot, add the potatoes and cover with water. Add one tablespoon of salt and place over high heat. Boil until fork tender.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.
  • Place the cooked potatoes on a cutting board. Use a flat-bottomed cup or potato masher to gently press down on each potato until it's slightly flattened and cracks open.
  • In a bowl, mix together the melted butter and olive oil. Dip each smashed potato into the butter-oil mixture, ensuring they are well-coated on all sides. Season with salt.
  • Air fry potatoes in a single layer for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.


TO STORE. After the leftover smashed potatoes have cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
TO REHEAT. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F, place the potatoes in a single layer in the basket, and air fry for about 5 to 7 minutes or until they’re hot and crispy again.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSodium: 1962mgPotassium: 480mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 177IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 18g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are so easy to make and delicious! I topped mine with some Parmesan cheese and chopped chive and made a little ranch dipping sauce for them. Great alternative to fries!

  2. 5 stars
    Made the smashed air fryer potatoes, they came out perfect.
    Easy to follow your recipe and directions.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these smashed air fryer potatoes
    They came out great .
    Followed your recipe and they came out crispy and tasty.

  4. 5 stars
    Sounds delicious! Oven directions are so appreciated—wish I had room for an air fryer. Can’t wait to try these.