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Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes (Air Fryer Instructions)

You can make these Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes with regular potatoes or baby potatoes, and save both time and calories without compromising on flavor. All you need is a bit of oil and garlic, then salt to taste!

About this recipe

Use Up Extra Potatoes: This recipe will quickly use up any extra potatoes (of any type), it freezes great, and you’ll want to make them week after week.

Season as Desired: These smashed potatoes are simply flavored so that they can be paired with any dish, but you can also add a smattering of fresh herbs, minced garlic, or even a touch of flavored salt to totally change the flavor.

Super Simple: If you need an easy & quick low histamine side dish for dinner, this should stay at the top of your list. You can make it year-round, and it goes from fridge to table with just 5 minutes of work! They’re a particularly great addition to a low histamine breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients

Potatoes: you can theoretically use any type of potato for this recipe, but I highly recommend a creamier type, like baby potatoes or the gold potatoes I used here.

Oil of Choice: I used ghee for this recipe, but you can use any high-heat oil you tolerate. Coconut oil is another good option, but check out my post on low histamine oils for more ideas.

Garlic: using garlic powder or raw garlic adds an umami element to the potatoes that really rounds out the overall flavor and complements meats and root vegetables as a side dish.

How to make smashed potatoes in the air fryer: step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (205°C).

Step 2. Wash & cut your potatoes, then rinse them off & dry them completely.

Step 3. Lightly coat each piece in some of the oil and put them in the preheated air fryer, flat sides down, for 18-20 minutes.

Step 4. Then take out the pieces and smash them flat with the bottom of a heavy mug, and lay them back into the air fryer in a single layer. If some of the potatoes start to come apart, that’s fine; just gently layer any stray bits on top of the more intact pieces.

Step 5. Then sprinkle on the salt, minced garlic, and rest of the oil until evenly-coated but not dripping. Return everything to the air fryer for 15 minutes on 380°F (195°C), then take out & enjoy.

Recipe notes & tips

Make it Loaded: when making these smashed potatoes with large potatoes, you can also bake them whole (rather than in 3-4 pieces) for about 30-35 minutes rather than 20 minutes, checking them with a fork every 5 minutes. You’ll need to use a large heavy pan to smash them, and you may only be able to fit two large smashed potatoes in the air fryer, but these are even better for adding a lot of toppings.

Adding Flavor: to mix up the flavors, I like to add chopped garlic and dried rosemary to the potatoes after I’ve smashed them. Try 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary + 1 clove of garlic per potato, chopped and minced very thoroughly. Alternative seasonings include za’atar, fajita seasoning, or steak seasoning (if tolerated).

Freezing Smashed Potatoes: this air fryer smashed potato recipe freezes very well, and is super versatile for pairing. It can also be made with yams or sweet potatoes, but the recipe is meant more for plain potatoes that you plan to eat with a dipping sauce.

What to serve with smashed potatoes

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Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes (With Large Potatoes)

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes (With Large Potatoes)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Crispy air fryer smashed potatoes with regular potatoes or baby potatoes, perfect for serving with green vegetables or a simple baked chicken!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound regular potatoes, cut into 6-8 even pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons oil of choice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Wash & cut your potatoes, then rinse them off & dry them completely.
  3. Lightly coat each piece in some of the oil and put them in the preheated air fryer, flat sides down, for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Then take out the pieces and smash them flat with the bottom of a heavy mug, and lay them back into the air fryer in a single layer. If some of the potatoes start to come apart, that's fine; just gently layer any stray bits on top of the more intact pieces.
  5. Then sprinkle on the salt, minced garlic, and rest of the oil until evenly-coated but not dripping. Return everything to the air fryer for 15 minutes on 380°F (195°C), then take out & enjoy.

Notes

Make it Loaded: when making these smashed potatoes with large potatoes, you can also bake them whole (rather than in 3-4 pieces) for about 30-35 minutes rather than 20 minutes, checking them with a fork every 5 minutes. You'll need to use a large heavy pan to smash them, and you may only be able to fit two large smashed potatoes in the air fryer, but these are even better for adding a lot of toppings.

Adding Flavor: to mix up the flavors, I like to add chopped garlic and dried rosemary to the potatoes after I've smashed them. Try 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary + 1 clove of garlic per potato, chopped and minced very thoroughly. Alternative seasonings include za'atar, fajita seasoning, or steak seasoning (if tolerated).

Freezing Smashed Potatoes: this air fryer smashed potato recipe freezes very well, and is super versatile for pairing. It can also be made with yams or sweet potatoes, but the recipe is meant more for plain potatoes that you plan to eat with a dipping sauce.

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