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Easy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes - quick and easy - crispy outside, fluffy inside - loaded with delicious garlic butter flavor. Cooks completely in the air fryer - NO boiling potatoes separately!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 4


  • Air fryer


  • 1 pound baby yukons 14-16 depending upon size
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped OPTIONAL garnish


  • Wash and dry the potatoes well. Add to a bowl then drizzle with olive oil tossing to coat well. Don’t wash this bowl – you’ll be melting butter here.
  • Place potatoes in the air fryer basket then cook 12-15 minutes or until soft and fork tender. NOTE: Cooking time will vary with air fryers and the size of the potatoes.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a cutting board or baking sheet (line with parchment paper for easier cleanup). Use a potato mashed OR bottom of a small glass to gently smash potatoes. NOTE: thinner smashed potatoes will be crispier. Thicker smashes potatoes will be softer with lighter crisping.
  • Add butter to the bowl and microwave for a few seconds to melt it. Stir in the garlic powder, salt and pepper. 
  • Carefully transfer the potatoes back to the air fryer in a single layer then drizzle the garlic butter evenly over the top of them.
  •  I like to give them an extra light sprinkle of salt (this is optional) then air fry another 10-12 minutes or until you reach your desired crispiness.