A close up of garlic smashed red potatoes on a baking sheet.

Crispy Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


Crispy Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes are an insanely delicious side dish recipe.  They’re easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and pretty enough to serve to guests.



  • 8 medium red potatoes (2 lb. total)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon each: pepper and dried thyme
  • 2 large garlic cloves, very finely minced


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot (so they are in a single layer) and cover them with an inch of water. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the pot and let them cool slightly. Turn your oven to broil with the rack near the top.
  4. Smash the potatoes (see notes) then drizzle them with the oil and herbs. Broil for 10 minutes, or until the tops are crispy.


To smash the potatoes:

  1. Use your fist to punch them. This way is more fun but also messier.
  2. Gently squish the potatoes with the palm of your hand or something heavy, like a pot. This way you’ll get prettier looking smashed potatoes.