Air fryer smashed potatoes

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1.5 lbs baby potatoes (red or yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, chopped chives, grated cheese


Preparing the Potatoes:

  1. Boil Potatoes: In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the baby potatoes. Boil for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  2. Drain Potatoes: Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.

Smashing the Potatoes:

  1. Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare Potatoes: Place the boiled potatoes on a baking sheet. Using the back of a fork or a potato masher, gently smash each potato to flatten it, keeping the skin intact.
  3. Season Potatoes: In a small bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, dried rosemary, salt, and black pepper. Brush this mixture over each smashed potato, making sure to get some of the flavors into the nooks and crannies.

Air Frying:

  1. Air Fry: Arrange the smashed potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook in the preheated air fryer for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are crispy and golden brown.
  2. Flip and Cook: If desired, flip the potatoes halfway through the cooking time to ensure even crispiness.


  1. Remove and Garnish: Once the smashed potatoes are done, carefully remove them from the air fryer. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with your favorite toppings such as sour cream, chopped chives, or grated cheese.
  2. Serve Hot: Serve the air fryer smashed potatoes hot as a side dish or a delicious appetizer.


Enjoy the crispy exterior and fluffy interior of these Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes. They make a perfect side dish for any meal and are a delightful twist on traditional roasted potatoes.

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