Make these air fryer smashed potatoes for the perfect side dish that is sure to be a family favorite!

Baby potatoes are smashed and seasoned with oil, rosemary, and parmesan cheese and then roasted in the air fryer until crispy.

Crispy smashed potatoes in the air fryer are as much fun to make as they are to eat!

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What are Smashed Potatoes?

  • Pre-cooked baby potatoes are gently flattened, seasoned, and then air fried to crispy perfection!
  • These potatoes turn out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
  • Smashed potatoes are savory bite-sized snacks that can be dipped into ranch as an appetizer!
  • Budget-friendly smashed potatoes are wholesome and tasty snacks that are perfect for filling up a crowd!
  • No need to boil on the stove, turn on the oven in this easy recipe, or dirty extra dishes like a baking sheet, the air fryer does it all!
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Ingredients and Variations

Potatoes – Small white, Yukon golds, or red baby (AKA ‘new’) potatoes have thin skins that don’t need peeling and have a creamy texture and a buttery flavor. Fingerling potatoes also work well and make for an impressive presentation. Sweet potatoes can be used if they are peeled and cut into small pieces before using in Step 2.

Seasonings – The basic seasonings make this recipe versatile enough to enjoy on its own, with a dip or sauce, or as a side dish. Swap the rosemary for thyme, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat, or switch in your favorite spices like garlic powder and onion powder. Ranch seasoning, taco, chili, or even fajita seasoning will add a new spin to match the main dish!

Variations – Top smashed potatoes with shredded cheddar, bacon bits, and green onions, or make an aioli with garlic and mayonnaise and drizzle over the tops before serving. Sour cream and salsa are also tasty choices for topping onto smashed potatoes! Try them with some air fried cheese curds and brown gravy for a poutine inspired appetizer to remember.

How to Make Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

  1. Cook whole potatoes in the air fryer until fork-tender.
  2. Prepare the seasoning (as per the recipe below) while the potatoes are par-cooking.
  3. Gently smash them with the bottom of a measuring cup or glass.
  4. Toss the potatoes in the seasoning mixture and air fry them in a single layer until they are crispy and golden brown. Serve hot.

Uplevel your presentation with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Or serve with juicy air fryer chicken quarters for an easy meal!

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Pro Tips and Tricks

  • For best results, select potatoes that are roughly the same size so they cook evenly. Larger baby potatoes can be cut in half, cooked, and smashed.
  • Always preheat the air fryer so the potatoes cook quickly and get golden brown edges, and leave space between them so the hot air can circulate properly.
  • Cook smashed potatoes in batches and keep them warm in the oven. Just before serving, pop them under the broiler for extra crispy edges!
  • Keep leftover air fryer smashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze them in a zippered bag for up to a month.
  • Reheat leftovers in the air fryer with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.

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Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Air Fryer smashed potatoes are a crispy and delicious side dish.
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 pound baby potatoes washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-13 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Using the bottom side of a measuring cup or glass gently smash the potatoes.
  • In a bowl, gently toss the smashed potatoes with oil, rosemary, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Return to air fryer basket and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are crispy and golden.


Leftover potatoes will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 1 month. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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