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These air fryer smashed potatoes turn out perfectly every single time! Seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and just a touch of grated Parmesan cheese for salty goodness. Trust me, you’re going to love this easy air fryer side dish!

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes on a plate.

Are you a lover of all things potato?

Especially when that potato is brushed with olive oil, butter, and garlic and then topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

YES! These potatoes are 100% perfect.

Plus, they are great for dinner and holiday side dishes because they don’t take up oven or stove space.

And if you’re already an air fryer lover you’ll know how perfectly crispy potatoes turn out every. single. time.

I like to serve these potatoes with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese but they also taste great dipped in ketchup!

smashed potatoes in an air fryer basket.

Ingredients for air fryer smashed potatoes

  • Yellow baby potatoes – I’m using “small potatoes” in this recipe. Not the miniature ones but not large ones either. These potatoes are all about 1-1/2 inches long. Keep in mind that larger potatoes will take longer to cook and smaller potatoes will not take as long.
  • Olive oil spray – Olive oil spray is a great shortcut but if you don’t have any on hand, just place the potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle over 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss to combine and then add them to the air fryer. 
  • Kosher salt – Use you’re desired amount here but don’t leave it off because it helps bring out the potato flavor.
  • Black pepper – Just add a touch for spice flavor but you can skip it if you do not have any on hand.
  • Butter – Adds richness and delicious flavor to the potatoes. Plus it helps the garlic stick to the potatoes.
  • Garlic – I really love using garlic on these potatoes because it’s a crowd favorite and goes so well with potatoes.
  • Parmesan cheese – To finish the potatoes just a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese adds nuttiness and a touch of savory and saltiness to the already flavorful potatoes.
Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes being served.

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is basically a tabletop convection oven.

It mimics the outcome of a deep fat fryer but without the use of oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks up the food.

The 2 most common air fryers you’ll see are basket style (that is what I have) or convection/toaster oven style.

There are pluses to both but I personally prefer my basket style.

What is the best air fryer to buy?

I prefer the basket-style air fryer as it’s a bit smaller and takes up less room than the toaster oven-style air fryer.

My biggest tip when it comes to air fryers is to make sure you pick a style that will work the most for your family and the amount of food you will be cooking.

My large basket-style air fryer can cook up to 12 wings, 2-4 servings of french fries, etc. which works well for my household.

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes on a white plate.

The best potatoes to use

For this recipe, I used baby yellow potatoes which were about 1-1/2 inches long. If you can’t find gold potatoes you can use red-skinned potatoes.

The reason is that waxy potatoes will hold their shape after roasting and smashing because they are low in starch and high in moisture. Which is the opposite of a Russet potato which is high in starch and low in moisture.

Substitutions and adaptations

Love the idea of these potatoes but want to switch up the flavors?

Here are a few ways to jazz up the flavor of the potatoes:

  • Herbs – add fresh chopped herbs like thyme, oregano, or rosemary.
  • Spicy – add some crushed red pepper to the spice mix.
  • Ranch – sprinkle on some Ranch powdered seasoning along with the garlic.
Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes topped with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese.

More easy air fryer recipes

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These air fryer smashed potatoes turn out perfectly every single time! Seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and just a touch of grated Parmesan cheese for salty goodness. Trust me, you're going to love this easy air fryer side dish!


  • 1 pound baby yellow potatoes
  • Olive oil spray
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Wash and dry the potatoes well.
  2. Add them to the air fryer and spray with olive oil spray.
  3. Lightly season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Cook the potatoes at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until they are fork-tender. 
  5. Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and smash them with a spatula or rolling pin. Make sure to press them enough that they burst open but not too much that they fall apart. 
  6. Add as many potatoes back to the air fryer basket as will fit– you don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer so may need to cook them in two batches. 
  7. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter and garlic.
  8. Bush the potatoes with garlic butter and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until they are crisp and golden brown. 
  9. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and serve. 
  10. These potatoes can be kept warm in a 200 degree F oven for up to 30 minutes. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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