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Smashed Potatoes in the Air Fryer

These potatoes maximize crispiness and creaminess.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 2


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 lbs small potatoes, either red or yellow variety
  • 2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (vegetable, avocado or canola are best)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 cracks black pepper


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water.
  • Wash the potatoes well and then boil them for 15-20 minutes until they can easily be pierced with a fork. Dump into a colander and let dry fully for a few minutes.
  • Add the dried potatoes to a bowl and combine with the oil, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well and then transfer to a cutting board.
  • Using the bottom of a glass, measuring cup or mug, gently press down onto the potatoes until they're about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket with a spray oil and then gently transfer as many smashed potatoes as will fit in the air fryer basket. Then cook for 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. No need to preheat the air fryer.