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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

December 18, 2022 (Last Updated: April 3, 2024) by Chris Collins

These parmesan smashed potatoes are super crispy and totally delicious!

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close up shot of parmesan smashed potatoes in scrunched up parchment paper garnished with parsley

Preparing Smashed Potatoes

Before we start prepping, we should quickly address why you would want to smash a potato in the first place. I mean, not only is smashing potatoes quite fun, but it also increases the surface area of the potato, which results in the potatoes turning extra crispy.

What kind of potatoes to use?

I highly recommend using baby potatoes. Some recipes use slightly larger varieties, but I find the smaller the spud the crispier they’ll be. Plus baby potatoes will cook a lot quicker too.

When it comes to preparing the potatoes, the first thing you’ll want to do is boil them until fork tender. This will soften the potatoes in preparation to be smashed!

Process shots: add potatoes to pot (photo 1), add water and salt (photo 2), boil until fork tender (photo 3), drain (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to prepare smashed potatoes

Baked Smashed Potatoes

One of the key steps in getting crispy smashed potatoes is letting the potatoes steam dry after they’ve boiled. I actually do this twice – once straight after they’ve boiled, then once after they’ve been smashed. Letting them sit for a few mins at each of these stages will allow the steam to escape. The more moisture that escapes = the fluffier/crispier they’ll be.

How do I smash the potatoes?

You’ll want to gently press down on the potatoes until they’re flat. You’ll want to smash them fairly thin, but not so much that they break apart. I typically use a mug to do this.

Smashed Potato Seasoning

The parmesan will add most of the flavour, but I also like to coat in a simple mix of salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Process shots: coat potatoes in olive oil and seasoning (photos 1&2), space them out and smash (photos 3,4 & 5), top with parmesan then bake (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make parmesan smashed potatoes

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes FAQ

What else could I use to smash the potatoes?

If I haven’t got a large-based mug on hand, I typically just use a fork or spatula, but honestly, any sort of flat utensil will do the trick!

How thin should I smash the potatoes?

The thinner you smash them, the crispier they’ll be. I typically smash as thin as I can get them without them falling apart, but you could keep them a little thicker if you’d prefer.

Can I make these ahead of time?

They’re best made fresh, but you can certainly store leftovers and reheat in the oven or air fryer until hot and crispy again!

close up overhead shot of black spatula holding smashed potato above tray

Serving Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

I typically serve these in two different scenarios:

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these parmesan smashed potatoes shall we?!

close up shot of smashed potatoes on small white plate with chicken and broccoli

close up shot of hand dunking smashed potatoes parmesan into small white pot of dip

How to make Parmesan Smashed Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

close up shot of parmesan smashed potatoes in scrunched up parchment paper garnished with parsley

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

These parmesan smashed potatoes are super crispy and totally delicious!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Finger Food / Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Steaming Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories per serving: 230kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2


  • Pot & Colander (for boiling potatoes)
  • Mug, Spatula, Fork etc (for smashing potatoes)
  • Large Baking Tray & Plastic Spatula (for roasting potatoes)
  • Fine Cheese Grater

Ingredients (check list):

  • 20 Baby Potatoes (approx 700g/1.5lb)
  • 1/2 cup / 40g freshly grated Parmesan, or as needed to cover potatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp + 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • finely diced Fresh Parsley, to serve


  • Add the potatoes to a pot of cold water with 2 tsp salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 20mins, or until fork tender. Drain and allow them to sit for 5mins to steam dry.
  • Add to a large baking tray and drizzle over 1.5 tbsp olive oil, alongside 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Use your hands to roll them around to coat, then space them out.
  • Use a mug to press down on the potatoes. The thinner you smash them, the crispier they'll be. Just be careful they don't break apart. You want them still intact.
  • Leave to sit for another 5mins or so, to allow more steam to escape. Top each smashed potato with a pinch of parmesan, then place in the oven at 200C/390F for 30-35mins, or until deep golden & visibly crispy.
  • Remove and garnish with fresh parsley (they'll crisp up slightly more as they begin to cool). Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Potatoes - Try and ensure all of the potatoes are similar in size, so they cook at a similar rate. Smaller potatoes will boil and roast faster than larger ones. 
b) Thickness - I try and get them as thin as I can without them falling apart. You can keep them slightly thicker, which will leave them slightly more fluffy in the centre if you'd prefer.
c) Serving - These work great as Finger Food with a Dip (here I've served them with Sour Cream and Chive Dip), or you can serve them as a Side (here I've served them with Creamy Garlic Chicken and Roasted Broccolini).
d) Calories - Whole recipe divided by 4.

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Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.72g13%
Saturated Fat 2.669g13%
Trans Fat 0.112g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.783g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.6g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 382mg16%
Potassium 747mg21%
Carbohydrates 31.83g11%
Fiber 3.8g15%
Sugar 1.35g2%
Protein 7.07g14%
Vitamin A 153IU3%
Vitamin C 33.9mg41%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 1.47mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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    Shannon S Scheffel
    February 25, 2024 at 1:12 am

    2 stars
    I think there’s a misprint on this recipe? I thought two plus one quarter teaspoons was a lot of salt and I was right. Holy cow, almost inedible. After that I searched around and saw other recipes calling for 3/4 teaspoon salt for the same amount of other ingredients.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 25, 2024 at 1:28 am

      Hi Shannon. It’s sounds like you may have coated the potatoes in 2 1/4 tsp salt, which would make them completely inedible. The 2 tsp salt goes in the water to boil them and the 1/4 tsp is just a light seasoning as they roast (as stated in steps 1 and 2 of the recipes). C.