Smashed and Fried Potatoes Recipe (2024)



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Beverly Miller

I tried this and decided my usual way is better: cut red or yukon gold potatoes into large chunks--3/4 to 1 inch. Heat a cast-iron pan with olive oil or butter--just enough to coat the potatoes. Toss in the potatoes, turn them to coat on both sides, and salt and pepper them. Put in an oven preheated to 375 degrees; after a half-hour, turn the potatoes. After another half-hour, give or take, the exterior is crusty and the interior creamy. Less muss and fuss; same outcome.


A lower-in-fat version: steam or boil small new potatoes until soft. Cool slightly. Smash gently (using a flat-bottomed glass or mug) on a foil-covered, rimmed baking sheet that has been sprayed with PAM or brushed with olive oil. Then spray or brush tops of smashed potatoes. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Remove tray from oven, flip potatoes, bake 15 minutes more. I then like to drizzle with a little more olive oil, kosher salt, and chopped fresh garlic and parsley. Delish.

Tim S

Paul Bruno

This technique can be done with any starchy fruit or vegetable. Plantains are classic and are sprinkled with salt and chili powder and dressed with a tiny bit of lime juice.
There's no reason you couldn't try this with other root vegetables or winter squash and a variety of seasonings.
One tip for seasoning and de-oiling is to shake the finished product gently in a brown paper bag with your seasoning ingredients.

Paul Bruno

That's a great way to make fried potatoes but this recipe is for Tostones which is a popular street food in Central and South America and is nothing like American fried potatoes.


A faster way to handle the potatoes post-steam (and one that doesn't require waiting for them to cool before handling) is to place them all on a clean cookie sheet in an even layer and then press them all down at the same time with another cookie sheet. This process will miss some of the smaller ones, but remove the larger ones and go back for a second pass if necessary. Even if you have to do it twice, it's still faster.


I use a melon baller, put the potato balls in a baking dish, cover with butter, salt and bake at 400 till crispy all over...move em around once

Bill Hettig

This recipe is trending. I have succeeded by microwaving for 6 minutes in a bowl with plastic wrap, then using a glass bottom to lightly bust, and then toss in butter. Bake in hot oven (425º) for 20-25 minutes until crusty. I found extra flavor in the baby blue varieties. Sometimes instead of salt, roast then spritz with soy sauce to get that butter-soy sauce umami punch. I've been making these for the past couple years with great success and great shared results.


I make this, but different simple technique.400 preheated oven.Place potatoes on baking sheet.Lightly coat w/canola oil and seasoning of your choice. I use salt pepperRoast for 15 min.Remove from oven take a rubber mallet fromhardware store-have one that’s exclusive for kitchen,flatten the potatoes with malletAdd small amount of oil and place back in oven for 10 minutes.It’s amazing! I add garlic cloves with skin on or slices of onion. *mallet is great for chicken paillard


Instead of pan fry apply olive oil, garlic, pepper and salt and grill until brown on both sides


Cut some sweet potatoes into half inch rounds. I leave the skin on. Boil until semi-tender. Flatten with a dishtowel. Fry rounds in butter with thyme. Flip when charred on bottom. Sprinkle top with fresh thyme, red chile flakes, and drizzle with honey.

Sara Bonisteel

Made these for Easter. Very easy, but definitely start the 25 minute count after the water comes to a boil.


It's not necessary to steam the potatoes before hand. I cooked in cast iron with clarified butter. The key is to weigh them down (luckily for me, my dutch oven fit perfectly inside the pan I was using).

(This is how I say Francis Mallmann make this dish on TV somewhere)


Plátanos are NEVER sprinkled with chili powder. At least they're not in Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras. What country does this, do you know? Sounds like an Americanization to me.

Dan G.

I've seen Platanos and Tostones sprinkled with a bunch of things over the years. The Chili powder is something I've seen in mexico a few times, as well as in Peru.


Rather than a steamer, I steam my potatoes in the Instant Pot: pour in one cup of water, put in the steamer tray, toss in a bunch of potatoes (OK if not a single layer, really) and then Pressure Cook on High for seven minutes, instant release. Fast, easy cleanup, hands off!


I had red potatoes, which I steamed/smashed per the recipe. After searing a steak in butter, I added oil to the pan I had used for the steak, and used it for the potatoes. The potatoes were amazing. Also, they held well in the oven at 170F. Super-simple, tasty, and -- as much as a meal of steak, butter and potatoes can be virtuous -- I feel good about (more) fully using that butter.


Made this using one large Yukon gold, nuked for 3 minutes, smashed it then cooked in cast iron skillet with olive oil till it was crunchy on both sides. I have to say it was fantastic!


Once smashed, I toss them in olive oil with salt, pepper, rosemary and slivered garlic cloves and then roast them at 425 for 45 minutes or until ready (depends on size of potatoes), and how crispy/charred you like them. Delicious.


This also works with an air fryer instead of skillet or oven. After smashing, spray with olive oil. Alternately, you can coat smashed potatoes with chimichurri.

Jay N

Great to do this on a Blackstone!


After the potatoes are cooked (boiled is fine, microwaved is fine -- keep it simple!), heat the frying oil, smash the potatoes right in the frying pan with the back of the spatula.

Ellen Cassilly

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This was really great fried in duck fat. I really doubted whether I’d like a dish cooked so simply, but found myself going back for more and more!

add meat

A shave of fresh parm on these potatoes when done in the oven is nice.


I do this in the oven instead of frying and add rosemary and tons of coarse salt!

grace d

Used a cast iron to fry the smashed potatoes and they came out so good!!!


Great recipe, and tasty. But "Tostones" refers to green bananas that are sliced, fried a little, smushed and then fried again, and salted, vs "Maduros" really ripe bananas (skins are black) which are sweet, so they are not salted.At least, these are the way we think of Tostones in my native Cuba.


- Alt: Micro v. steam in lidded pot ~5 min. Smash when cool- Alt: Bake v. Fry on sheet pan, 425 deg, 15 min, flip for 15 more

Warren A


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