Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes are the perfect super easy side dish for any meal. This top 8 allergen, dairy and gluten free smashed potatoes air fryer recipe are phenomenal with barbecue and roast dinners alike. With both the air fryer and oven instructions.
- Why We Like This Recipe
- The Ingredient Low Down
- Instructions/Directions and Tips
- To Cook in the Oven
- Storage and Reheating Instructions
- Top Tip
- What To Serve With Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
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Why We Like This Recipe
We love this recipe because we get tired of having the same four side dishes on constant rotation. Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, gluten free noodles! We love this dish because we can tailor them to our food cravings for that day.
They also make a really simple alternative to rosties or British roasted potatoes. They are a fair deal quicker to make.
- Baby or gem potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
The Ingredient Low Down
Potatoes - Using small potatoes work best for this smashed potatoes air fryer recipe. This is why we have recommended using gem or baby potatoes. In many grocery stores they are sold in 1-1.5 pound bags, at warehouse stores they can be in larger bags. The larger potatoes like russets or red potatoes are too big to use and if cut they won’t have the skin on all the pieces.
Instructions/Directions and Tips
Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with water so they are submerged with 1-2 inches of water on top. Over high heat bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down and let potatoes boil for 10-20 mins until they are fork tender.
Drain the potatoes in a colander and run under cold water until cool enough to touch.
Once cool enough, put the cooked baby potatoes on a parchment lined cookie sheet and smash each one flat with the heel of your hand.
Drizzle or spray with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
In a preheated air fryer, cook the smashed potatoes at 380 for 4 mins and flip cooking for another 2-4 minutes. Checking often as they can catch and burn quickly. Depending on the size of the air fryer the frying may need to be done in smaller batches.
Hint: To smash the potatoes, if they are still too hot to handle you can use the base of an oiled plastic glass. Avoid using one made of glass as it can break if pushed on too hard.
To Cook in the Oven
At step 5 instead of putting in the air fryer, broil the potatoes for 4-10 mins depending on your oven, until crispy around the edges. Check often as they can catch and burn quickly. The equipment needed is a cookie sheet and parchment paper, a large pot, and a colander.
- Oils - We recommend olive oil but any neutral oil or infused oil to add flavour can be used with a smoke point that is suitable for the air fryer cooking method.
- Salt - If you are on a low sodium diet this can be omitted or a no-salt salt replacement can be used instead.
- Sweet Potatoes - If white potatoes are not safe for you sweet potatoes, yams, or parsnips and carrots can be large diced and cooked like the potatoes are. The sweet potatoes may need longer to crisp up as they have so much natural sugar in them. Watch them closely as they may burn quicker based on those sugars.
- Cauliflower - Looking for a lower carb or keto version? All that needs doing is to replace the potatoes with slightly larger than bite sized segments of cauliflower. Try squeezing a lemon over the cauliflower once roasted and crisped.
- Spicy - Sprinkle with cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to increase the heat in the dish. Swapping the oil out with chilli infused oil will also give a subtle heat to the potatoes.
- Garlic - Sprinkling on garlic powder or roast cloves of garlic that are coated in oil alongside the potatoes. Smash the garlic as you would the potatoes. Garlic flavoured oil can also be used as well.
- Zesty - Add Lemon juice to the potatoes before cooking and sprinkle with dried or fresh dill.
- Truffle - Instead of plain oils truffle oil can be used for an earthy, mushroom-y flavour.
- Loaded Potatoes - after cooking sprinkle on safe bacon bits (or safe vegan bacon bits), green onions, and dairy free cheese. Broil or air fry for 2-4 minutes, watching carefully as the cheese will not melt all the way.
For this easy dinner side dish recipe all you need is an air fryer, a large pot, and a colander.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
In the fridge the Crispy Smashed Potatoes can be kept for up to 3 days in a sealed container.
We haven’t tried to freeze the crispy smashed potatoes but they should be able to be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months in a sealed container. Thaw before reheating.
-Oven/ Air Fryer
The best way to reheat Crispy Smashed Potatoes is in the oven or air fryer. They will stay crispy this way better than microwaving. Place potatoes on a parchment lined cookie sheet and cook for 8-10 mins at 375F. Take the pan out of the oven and carefully flip the potatoes over. Return to the oven and broil on high for 2-3 or until crispy and hot. For the air fryer cook at 380F for 2-5 mins per side.
The microwave is a quick way to reheat the crispy smashed potatoes, however the crispiness will be lost in the microwave, due to the way it reheats the food. To reheat using a microwave, place the potatoes on a microwave safe plate so they are not crowded. Heat for
Use chilled air fryer smashed potatoes instead or parboiled potatoes in our Egg free potato salad. This will give extra texture to the potato salad and is an excellent way to keep leftovers.
What To Serve With Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes
Air fryer smashed potatoes are excellent when served with a meat dish to fill out a meal. Garlic thyme chicken, sloppy Joes, pulled pork or roast chicken are all recipes that are delicious with this dish as a side. They are perfect for family dinners, barbecues, and gatherings. Crispy smashed potatoes are not just a dinner side dish but they also work well as a hashbrown replacement at breakfast.
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- 1.5 Lbs 689 g baby, gem or nugget potatoes, whole washed well
- 3 Tbsps olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with water so they are submerged with 1-2 inches of water on top. Over high heat bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down and let potatoes boil for 10-15 mins until they are fork tender.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander and run under cold water until cool enough to touch.
- Once cool enough, put the cooked baby potatoes on a parchment lined cookie sheet and smash each one flat with the heel of your hand.
- Drizzle or spray with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
- In a preheated air fryer, cook the smashed potatoes at 380 for 4 mins and flip cooking for another 2-4 minutes. Checking often as they can catch and burn quickly. Depending on the size of the air fryer the frying may need to be done in smaller batches.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always use a clean and dry Air Fryer Basket and pull it away from any obstructions like walls and cabinets.