Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

These crispy smashed fingerling potatoes bake in the oven with garlic butter to create a delicious side dish. Serve them with your favorite main dish for a complete meal.

Smashed fingerling potatoes on a white plate garnished with parsley for serving.

Baked potatoes are the perfect side dish to serve with dinner any day of the week. But have you tried crispy smashed potatoes baked in the oven?

Smashed potatoes are great because they are crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. The more you smash them, the crispier they get.

This recipe uses fingerling potatoes but you could easily substitute for other small potatoes like red potatoes or yukon gold potatoes. Smash the potatoes, add the garlic butter and seasonings and bake on a sheet pan. It’s that easy!

Serve these smashed fingerling potatoes with Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs, Pan Seared Ribeye, and Broiled Scallops.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It comes together easily with a few basic ingredients.
  • Kids and adults love crispy roasted potatoes.
  • Potatoes are naturally gluten free.
  • It’s a versatile dish to serve for weeknight dinner, dinner parties or the holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ingredients You Need

This roasted fingerling potatoes recipe comes together using fingerling potatoes, homemade garlic butter and salt and pepper.

All of the ingredients for smashed fingerling potatoes on a white countertop including fingerling potatoes, olive oil, unsalted butter, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Fingerling Potatoes: You can use yellow fingerling potatoes or a mixture of colors. You can also substitute with other small potatoes like small red potatoes or petite yukon gold potatoes.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: You can substitute with avocado oil, if desired.
  • Unsalted Butter: You can substitute with salted butter, but you will want to cut back on the salt.
  • Garlic: Use fresh minced garlic for the best flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley: Using fresh parsley as a garnish adds a simple texture and flavor. You can omit, if desired. You can use other fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary or oregano.

How to Make Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

The key to making crispy smashed potatoes is to parboil before baking in the oven. Boiling the potatoes makes them soft and tender on the inside while baking creates crispy skin on the outside.

Fingerling potatoes sitting on a sheet pan with a potato mashed pressed down on one of the potatoes to smash it.
  1. Boil the potatoes: First, you will need to boil the potatoes to make them soft. Scrub the potatoes and rinse them under running water, then place them in a large pot. Fill the pot with water until it comes up 1 inch over the potatoes. Place the pot over medium-high heat on the stove, add a few dashes of salt and bring to a boil for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are fork tender and can be easily pierced through with a fork. Drain the potatoes in a large colander and let them cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Make the garlic butter: While the potatoes cool, melt the butter. Stir in the minced garlic.
  3. Preheat oven and smash potatoes: Preheat you oven to 425 degrees F. Brush 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the surface of a large baking sheet. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking sheet, scattering them evenly across the surface. Use a large fork or potato masher to gently smash each potato to 1/2 inch thickness.
  4. Add butter and seasoning: Drizzle the melted garlic butter evenly over the smashed potatoes. Sprinkle them with salt and black pepper.
  5. Bake for 22 to 30 minutes, until the edges of the potatoes are golden brown. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.

Serve the smashed fingerling potatoes on their own or with sour cream or greek yogurt on top.

Smashed fingerling potatoes on a baking sheet with garlic butter, salt and pepper on top before baking.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t skip the parboil: Boiling AND baking these potatoes is essential to get the soft insides and super crispy texture on the outside.
  • Adjust the seasonings: You can easily switch up the seasonings to create your own flavors. Sprinkle dried rosemary or oregano on the top before baking for more herb flavor. Or add a dash of red pepper flakes for a kick of heat. You can even sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Use your air fryer! Yes, you can use your air fryer to bake these smashed fingerling potatoes. Air fry the boil, smashed and seasoned fingerling potatoes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes, or until crispy.
A spatula picks up smashed fingerling potatoes off of a baking sheet after baking in the oven.

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A spatula picks up smashed fingerling potatoes off of a baking sheet after baking in the oven.

Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
These crispy smashed fingerling potatoes are made with garlic butter, salt and pepper for an easy side dish.
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed fingerling potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Brush 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the surface of a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • While the oven preheats, scrub the potatoes and rinse them under running water, then place them in a saucepan. Fill the pot with water until it comes up 1 inch over potatoes. Place the pot over medium-high heat on the stove, add a few dashes of kosher salt and bring it to a boil for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are easily pierced throughout with a fork. Drain the potatoes in a large colander and let them cool for 5 minutes.
  • While the potatoes cool, melt the butter. Stir in the minced garlic.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking sheet, scattering them evenly across the surface. Use a large fork or potato masher to gently smash each potato to 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Drizzle the melted garlic butter evenly over the smashed potatoes. Sprinkle them with salt and black pepper.
  • Bake for 22 to 30 minutes, until the edges of the potatoes are golden brown. Serve garnished with chopped parsley and other desired herbs.

Notes

Storage and reheating: You can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 725mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 266IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley C.
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2 comments on “Smashed Fingerling Potatoes”

  1. Oh wow, this looks so delicious. My family is going to devour it!

  2. These came out perfect. Tender and flavorful.

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