Close up of smashed potatoes in a shallow bowl

Easy Smashed Potatoes

  • Author: Beth Le Manach
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2-4 1x


Smashed potato recipe with garlic, parmesan and parsley. The perfect side dish for a Sunday night dinner. Pairs beautifully with Chicken, Pork or Beef.



  • 16 oz (450 g) red baby potatoes
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) melted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • a sprinkle of fleur de sel sea salt, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 425F (218C)
  2. Boil potatoes until soft and tender. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Place potatoes on a rimmed lined cookie sheet and press each one down, gently, with a potato masher. It’s OK if they crumble a bit a fall apart, just bring the crumbs together to form a cohesive disk, they will come together once roasted.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over smashed potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 mins.
  5. Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk melted butter with minced garlic clove. Set aside.
  6. After potatoes have roasted for 20 minutes, pull the tray out and with a pastry brush, gently brush each potato with the melted butter mixture and place the tray back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
  7. Then remove potatoes with a spatula and place in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle with some fleur de sel sea salt. Add the chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.


  • Red Potatoes (or Yukon Golds) work best for this recipe because of their waxy texture. Stay away from starchy potatoes like russets since they’ll fall apart too easily.
  • Be sure to pat your boiled potatoes really dry. A dry potato will crisp up much better than one that is wet, which will steam up.
  • You can also use a meat mallet to smash your potatoes, you’ll just get a flatter potato
  • Once the potatoes are done, you can keep them warm in a 200F oven before serving. They just get better the longer they sit in there. But I wouldn’t go over 30 minutes.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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