Easy Smashed Potatoes

This recipe for easy smashed potatoes only requires five ingredients and makes a fantastic side dish when paired with everything from salmon and chicken to steak and more. Or try serving the smashed potatoes with an over-easy egg on top for a deliciously filling breakfast!

Easy Smashed Potatoes

I loved mashed potatoes. I really do. But I love smashed potatoes even more.

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There’s something about the crispy edges of smashed potatoes that wins me over and tips the scale in their favor. And the fact that you don’t have to peel the potatoes when you make smashed potatoes seals the deal. The easier the better for this girl!

Smashed Potatoes

Making these potatoes is a breeze. There’s no chopping or peeling require. Just some smashing! Maybe save this recipe for an evening when you have some aggression you need to work out? Take it all out on these small spuds! Smash away!

How To Make Smashed Potatoes

To make these potatoes, boil a bunch of small potatoes until they are fork tender before draining the water and placing them on a baking sheet coated with a light layer of olive oil. Let them cool slightly before using a fork or the heel of your hand to smash them down. These aren’t fancy potatoes. Don’t worry if they break apart or crumble a bit. That just means the edges will be even crispier in the end. <— A very good thing!

Once the potatoes are all smashed, brush olive oil on top of each potato.

How to Make Smashed Potatoes (EASY!)

Then season away!

You truly don’t have to measure the seasonings and can eyeball a combination of your favorite spices. I used a mix of salt, pepper and Italian seasoning but I have made them with garlic salt, thyme and rosemary before with fabulous results.

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Easy Smashed Potatoes Recipe - Only five simple ingredients and no peeling or chopping required!

Easy Smashed Potatoes

Serves four


  • 1.5 pounds small multi-colored potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until fork-tender, approximately 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly.
  3. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil. Place potatoes on baking sheet and lightly smash with a fork, the heel of your hand or a potato masher. Brush the potatoes with remaining olive oil, season with seasonings, salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 25-35 minutes, rotating halfway through, until white potatoes are golden brown and edges are crisp.

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  1. Janet says

    Hi Julie,
    A long time reader all the way from Ireland! You are so much fun and Chase is amazing…
    I don’t think you covered this on the blog but I know you are a huge fan of The Bachelor – what did you think of Ben’s choice? I try and follow the show as best as I can from over here 🙂


  2. Julie says

    I make these all the time. They are a favorite in our house for sure! I use the bottom of a 1 cup measuring cup to flatten them.


  3. Becky says

    YUM! I have been making these for years. I found them on the Pioneer Woman Blog many moons ago.

    Try them with the baby Yukon Golds – unbelievable !

    These are fantastic when you have a large crowd for dinner or so easy to just make a few. I have also made them for Sunday Brunch.

    They are one of my most often requested side dishes!! You all will LOVE them!!


  4. Kim from MN says

    Yum, yum, yum! I’ve seen smashed potatoes recipes before, but yours makes it seem even more approachable. Thanks!


  5. says

    I am not a mashed potato person (I know I am crazy) but these might be worth giving a shot at especially since they look fun to make. Who doesnt want to take out their work day on mashing potatos? Lol


  6. janet says

    We make these all the time (we have besties that have a farm!)

    ALL SORTS of flavour combos —
    Curry, chili, rosemary and mint (is a favourite of mine!)

    Old bay is da bomb as well


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