Air fryer smashed potatoes are crispy crowd pleasers! No need to par-boil the potatoes. Simply pre-cook in the air fryer, then toss with simple Greek-style flavors. Squish gently and then air fry until soft and delicious on the inside and browned and crisp outside.
These are a great alternative to roast potatoes, and perfect for easy midweek dinners.
Why you’ll love air fryer smashed potatoes
If you haven’t tried crispy smashed potatoes… it’s time! You can most certainly make them in the oven, but if you have an air fryer they’re even simpler to make.
Really, all smashed potatoes are is roast potatoes that have been squished a bit before roasting. The oil covers a larger surface area and they become ultra crispy.
Here’s what else you’ll love.
✔ No par-boiling. You can simply pre-cook the potatoes in the air fryer for around 15 minutes to soften them. Then air fry again after tossing in the marinade and squashing. You could call them air fryer twice cooked potatoes!
✔ No peeling, either. No need to peel the potatoes. I love the extra crisp and tasty skins, and I think you will too!
✔ Quick and easy. Halve the cooking time by making the smashed potatoes in your air fryer instead of your regular oven. These are a great alternative to classic Greek potatoes when you don’t want to turn on the oven.
✔ Creamy and crispy. These easy air fryer potatoes have to be the perfect potatoes, combining the creamy inside of mashed potatoes with the crispy edges of roasted potatoes.
✔ Simple but tasty flavors. Try my Greek style option with oregano and lemon, keep things simple with just salt and pepper, or scroll down for variations!
This recipe starts with a bag of humble potatoes. And you really don’t need much more. Here’s what you need to know.
Potatoes: I usually grab a bag of small potatoes to make smashed potatoes in the air fryer. Baby or ‘new’ potatoes work really well.
If you can’t find any small potatoes, simply use larger potatoes and chop them into half or more pieces. The best type of potatoes to use are ones with a creamy, waxy texture. Try Yukon Golds, red potatoes, Fingerling potatoes, baby potatoes or ‘new’ potatoes.
Olive oil: Toss the potatoes in any kind of olive oil to make them crispy as they cook. They taste deep fried, but they’re not!
Lemon juice: You’ll need the juice of around half a lemon for perfect lemon potatoes. Sometimes I add the zest as well.
Oregano: I used dried oregano for the best Greek style flavor. Substitute for Italian seasoning or other mixed herbs if you don’t have any. Here are more substitutes for oregano.
Salt and pepper: To taste.
How to air fry smashed potatoes
Here’s my magic formula for perfect crispy smashed air fried potatoes.
After washing and drying the potatoes, air fry them from raw for around 15 minutes. They’re ready for smashing when they are fork tender (you can easily push a fork into them) but they aren’t falling apart.
Meanwhile, mix together the marinade ingredients.
When the potatoes are tender, empty them into the bowl with the marinade.
Toss the potatoes around in the marinade.
Then place them back into the air fryer basket. Leave a little space between each potato.
Use either a potato masher or a fork to squash the potatoes. You want them to be flattened, but not broken up into pieces. If some do break up a bit, don’t worry – all the more crispy bits!
Drizzle or brush most of the leftover marinade in the bowl over the smashed potatoes.
Air fry again for 20 to 25 minutes or until VERY crispy. Turn over half way through cooking, brushing with the last bit of marinade if you like.
Helen’s top tips
If you have a small air fryer, you may need to reduce the amount of potatoes, or cook them in two batches.
In most air fryers, the potatoes should be perfectly crisp and golden brown in 20 to 25 minutes. If not, keep air frying for a minute or two at a time until they are.
Use a spoon or fork to place the potatoes and marinade into the air fryer, and to take them out again when cooked.
How to serve them
These smashed small potatoes are a favorite easy potato side whenever you don’t want to turn on the oven – or to save oven space for other yummy dishes.
They go well with almost anything – fish, meat, or a tasty veggie dish such as this amazing Greek baked eggplant (you’ve got to try it!).
Bearing in mind that you might not want to turn on the oven, try the potatoes with:
- a ‘dinner salad’ such as this delicious pumpkin feta salad, walnut beetroot feta salad or a classic Greek salad (see a theme here?).
Perhaps you’d prefer to cook the whole dinner in your air fryer? Try cooking a whole rotisserie chicken in your air fryer. While the chicken is resting, make the smashed roast potatoes.
- Serve the smashed air fryer potatoes as a tasty appetizer with a bowl of quick homemade tsatziki on the side. You might like to sprinkle some feta cheese over the top of the crispy potatoes, too!
- Swap the lemon and oregano for a teaspoon of garlic powder, a different dried or fresh herb such as rosemary, thyme, basil or coriander, and plenty of grated parmesan cheese. Serve with tomato salsa, spicy mayo or a mix of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, ranch dressing, pesto, or your favorite dipping sauce.
- Season simply with just salt and pepper, then serve nacho style with chili, cheese, salsa and guacamole on top.
- Top with grated cheddar cheese while cooking. Then serve with sour cream and fresh chopped chives or green onions.
- Toss the mini potatoes with pesto before smashing and air frying.
- How about buffalo-style? Toss the part-cooked baby potatoes in hot sauce mixed with melted butter.
Or… get creative and combine different flavors to create your own unique smashed potato recipe. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Yes, you can. You might prefer this cooking method if you are turning on the oven anyway. Par-boil for around 15 minutes, then squish on a baking sheet and roast for around 40 minutes at 390F/200C (355F/180C fan) until crisp, turning half way.
You can lightly grease the basket with oil. If sticking tends to be a big problem in your air fryer, you might like to also line it with baking or parchment paper. In general, there shouldn’t be too much sticking since the potatoes are already tossed in oil, and you turn the potatoes over half way through cooking.
Set your air fryer to 350-375°F (175-190°C) and preheat for a couple of minutes.
Place the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving a little space between each.
Air fry for 5-10 minutes, until heated through and crisp again.
More easy potato side dishes
- If you’re putting the oven on to cook something else, it’s worth making these Greek potatoes. They really are the best!
- Parmentier potatoes are another easy alternative to roast potatoes. Quick, easy, and classy!
- These mini garlic and parmesan hasselback potatoes are worth the little bit of extra effort, especially if you’re entertaining.
- Make this potato bake with bacon if you’re a fan of dauphinoise potatoes. They’re just as delicious but without the cream! Goes perfectly with any kind of meat or fish.
- Looking for the BEST cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe? This cheesy roasted cauliflower mash is it!
- One final ‘wild card’ option – these zucchini fries with tempura batter are a delicious alternative to regular potato fries!
Or see all air fryer recipes.
Easy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes (No Par-boiling!)
Ingredients (UK/Australia? Click below for grams/ml)
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F/205C for a couple of minutes (or 390F/200C if that's as high as you can set it).
- Wash and dry the potatoes, then air fry for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender but not falling apart.1.75 pounds potatoes
- Meanwhile, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl.¼ cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons oregano, ½ lemon, ¾ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Empty the part-cooked small potatoes into the bowl with the marinade. Toss well with a spoon until the potatoes are all covered.
- Use a spoon or fork to place the potatoes into the air fryer basket. Leave plenty of space around each one.
- Use a potato masher or fork to squash each potato so that it is flattened but not falling apart.
- Spoon or drizzle most of the remaining marinade in the bowl over the squashed potatoes.
- Air fry the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are golden and crisp on both sides. Flip over half way through cooking, drizzling the last bit of marinade over the other side.
- Serve immediately, while hot and crisp. Add extra lemon segments to squeeze over to serve if you like.