Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
Do you want the flavor and texture of oven-roasted potatoes with less hassle and cleanup? This recipe is for you. It’s ridiculously easy! With no compromise on what we love about potatoes, you need a few simple ingredients and a small chunk of your time.
I love this recipe because its so adaptable with few ingredients. And who doesn’t love potatoes?
This recipe uses baby whole potatoes, but you can try any small potatoes you like. The overall taste and texture may vary, but it’s great to experiment!
This recipe is foolproof for a beginner or student. You don’t require any expert skills in the kitchen.
Why You Will Love These Easy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
- Made under 20 minutes: This is a super fast recipe for busy days and nights. It makes a great addition to a dinner party or a quick snack.
- Simple and Inexpensive: Requires minimal ingredients and affordable items. The humble potato comes to the rescue!
- A great Side dish: You can eat this on its own. It’s so delicious. It also makes a splendid accompaniment for your main meal. Pair it with grilled meat, fish, or even burgers.
- Perfect for entertaining: Easy to whip up quickly, not only are they convenient, but they taste great! Everyone will love them.
What You Need To Make Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Baby Potatoes: Believe it or not, baby potatoes, also known as new potatoes, are potatoes harvested before they have fully matured. The thin skin does not require any peeling. Also, they tend to be the same-sized potatoes and very smashable.
- Olive Oil: A little bit of olive oil will help add to the crispiness and give the potatoes a nice glossy sheen.
- Spices: You can use a peri-peri seasoning mix or cajun spice mix. They’re fairly easy to find in stores. You can also make your own if you have different seasonings available. It typically consists of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, and crushed red pepper. The best thing about homemade is that you can adjust any seasoning you like to your preference.
- Salt to taste: Add this at the boiling stage. You can also sprinkle some sea salt over the finished product if you desire.
Equipment Required for Crispy Potatoes
- Colander: For draining the potatoes once you wash and rinse.
- Chopping board: A kitchen must-have for efficient chopping or smashing and protects your countertops.
- Potato masher/Pestle: A simple device, but you can also use a fork or the bottom of a cup just as effectively.
- Mixing bowl: You want one big enough to hold all your potatoes to toss them in the seasoning.
- Air fryer: These nifty cooking appliances come in a wide range. You can pick up affordable ones if you are a student or have little countertop space. Pick one that suits you. Assuming you already have one, great! Let’s get going!
- Optional-Liners: These are optional for minimum clean-up after you make this recipe. Most fryer baskets are non-stick anyway, so cleaning up without a liner should be a doddle if it’s dishwasher safe.
How to make yummy Smashed Potatoes in the Air Fryer
- When you are short on time, these super crispy smashed spuds are the ultimate go-to.
- To start, scrub your potatoes and give them a good wash. Rinse and drain, then place them in a cooking pot of water,
- Bring to a boil and add a teaspoon of salt at this stage. Boil the potatoes on medium heat.
- Once cooked, drain the potatoes and discard the water. You can tell they are ready when the potatoes are fork-tender. You can keep them in the colander for a few minutes to dry up any remaining water or use a paper towel to dab dry.
- Once dried, arrange the potatoes on the chopping board and smash them with a potato masher, pestle, or fork. Don’t smash the potatoes too much; you only need to flatten them slightly.
- Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning all over the potatoes, then turn over and sprinkle again on the other side.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Place the smashed potatoes in your fryer basket in a single layer. To keep your fryer basket clean, you can place potatoes on a baking sheet, liner, or parchment paper.
- Preheat your fryer to 400 F/200C for 15 minutes until you see they are crispy on the outside and golden brown. Your hot and crispy fryer potatoes are now ready to serve!
Variations and Substitutions
- Alternate the taste: The beauty of this easy crispy air fryer smashed potatoes recipe is that you can season it however you like. Try adding a teaspoon of garlic powder or minced garlic before you place it in the fryer. You could even roast fresh garlic cloves and scatter on top. Other seasonings for a flavorful bite are rosemary, sage, parsley, grated parmesan cheese, red chili flakes, or green onions. Peri Peri spice is also a great alternative to Cajun. It has more heat, so if you can handle the spice, this is for you!
- Switch up the spud: If you can’t get your hands on new potatoes, try fingerling or Yukon gold potatoes. Russet, King Edward, and Maris Piper are other dry potato varieties that work well. Avoid red potatoes, which are great at holding their shape, making them harder to mash or smash. Use small potatoes as they work best, but if you are using larger potatoes, cut them in half first.
- Oil it up: This recipe calls for olive oil due to its beneficial qualities on the body and great taste. You can swap this out for any other neutral oil, such as sunflower or canola. Generally, it won’t make a massive change to the overall taste. Whatever you decide to use, your potatoes will be extra crispy and golden, just the way we like it!
- New and exciting: Give your french fries a makeover by cooking them the same way for next-level yumminess.
What you can serve with Smashed Potatoes
So, what can you serve these delicious potatoes with? Try sprinkling freshly chopped green onions on top before serving with a dollop of sour cream and salsa on the side.
Make smashed potatoes for a perfect side to your main dishes. You can serve them with grilled fish, a juicy steak, or roasted veggies such as broccoli, asparagus, grilled mushrooms, and string beans. How about a big batch with some homemade burgers? They even go perfectly with a chunky salad. The possibilities are endless.
How to Store Your Smashed Potatoes
If you have any leftover smashed potatoes, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can also make a big batch of potatoes ahead of time, ready to take out when you need it.
To reheat, pop them in the fryer again at 400 degrees for around 4 minutes. They will be perfectly crispy once again.
Tips and Tricks
Only freeze potatoes that are partially cooked or fully cooked. This is because raw potatoes have a high water content, which can cause mushiness if not cooked before freezing.
Make sure when you cook your potatoes that you place the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Keep some space in between. You won’t get that lovely crispy outer shell if the potatoes are too crowded.
Depending on your appliance, you may have to adjust the temperature or cooking time. If you aren’t sure, check the potatoes halfway. You don’t need to flip the potatoes. If the potatoes look crispy, they are ready.
Can you put aluminum foil on the fryer?
As long as the foil doesn’t touch the heating element, using some foil should be fine, but it is not required.
Why are my smashed potatoes falling apart?
When you initially cook the potatoes, be careful not to over-boil them and try to let them cool a little before you smash them. Also, remember to drain/dry before air frying.
Why smashed and not mashed potatoes?
Typically, smashed potatoes don’t require the butter, cream, or milk you find in the mashed variety. Smashed potatoes can use a wider variety of potatoes. You also get all the feels of roasted or fried potato with the same airy interior.
Easy Smashed Potatoes for any Occasion
Fryer Smashed potatoes are crispy, silky, and a wonderful delight. They make a great alternative to other forms of spud. They make a great side dish or a quick snack. Easy to prepare and packed with flavor and textures, smashed potatoes will outshine all varieties in your home. Try this recipe and leave a comment. I can’t wait to hear how you get on!
Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
- Chopping board
- A potato masher, or a pestle
- Mixing bowl
- Air fryer
- Air fryer liner (optional)
- 1.5 pounds baby potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon peri-peri seasoning or cajun spice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Scrub and wash the potatoes. Place them in a large cooking pot and add water until the potatoes are submerged.
- Cook the potatoes at medium heat and add a teaspoon of salt once it reaches boiling point.
- Boil the potatoes until they are cooked through.
- Drain the potatoes and discard the water. You can leave them on a colander until they are dry and no more liquid. Or, you can dry them with a paper towel.
- Arrange and lay the potatoes on a chopping board. Using a potato masher or a pestle, smash the potatoes until they are slightly flattened and smashed.
- Sprinkle the cajun spice all over the potatoes. Turn the spuds and sprinkle again on the other side.
- Drizzle the olive oil.
- Arrange the smashed potatoes on the air fryer basket. You can line your air fryer with a parchment paper liner.
- Set your air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C for 15 minutes or until you can see the edges are crispy.
- You can swap the cajun spice with any other spices you like. Some choices include peri-peri seasoning or a mix of garam masala and cayenne pepper.
- Replace olive oil with other neutral cooking oil, such as canola or sunflower oil.
- This recipe also works for Instant Pot with an air fryer function.
Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.