These crispy smashed potatoes are anything but boring. Somewhere between a baked potato and a really thick potato chip, when sprinkled with coarse salt and drizzled with the garlic-herb oil, they’re a delicious way to elevate any meal.

Prep: 15 min.Cook: 50 min.Total: 1 hr. 5 min.
Servings: Serves 4


For the Potatoes:

  • 1 lb. small red potatoes (about 2 inches in diameter)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ghee (may sub additional olive oil or avocado oil for vegan or dairy-free, or butter)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Coarse salt & cracked black pepper to taste

For the Garlic-Herb Oil:

  • ¼ cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450℉.
  2. Cook the potatoes using your desired method – stovetop  or Instant Pot (See Notes below).
  3. While the potatoes cook, make the Garlic-Herb Oil by combining the oil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and salt in a small blender or small food processor. Blend until almost smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Place the hot potatoes on a cutting board and lightly pat them dry using a clean kitchen towel or paper towel then transfer them to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Toss hot potatoes with ghee (if using), oil, garlic powder, and onion powder, rolling them around the pan to coat them on all sides. 
  5. While the potatoes are still hot, use a glass with a flat bottom (a coffee cup will also work) to gently press down on potatoes to flatten them until they are about ½-inch thick.
  6. Place the pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 28-30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly golden brown on the underside and crisp on the edges. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with coarse or flaky sea salt and cracked black pepper. 
  7. Drizzle the potatoes with garlic-herb oil just before serving or serve it on the side for dipping.


How to Cook the Potatoes:

  • Stovetop – Fill a large pot with water. Add potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat, reducing the heat as needed to keep the pot from boiling over. Cook potatoes for 18-22 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Cooking time will depend on the size of the potatoes and how vigorously the water is simmering/boiling.
  • Instant Pot – Add 1 cup water to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the metal rack/trivet or a steaming basket and add potatoes on top. Secure the lid and cook for 12-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. If potatoes are not fork-tender after releasing the pressure and removing the lid, lock the lid back into place and add 1-3 minutes of cooking time.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: ~3 oz. potatoes + 1½ Tbsp. oil
  • Calories: 301
  • Fat: 21g
  • (Sat Fat: 8g)
  • Sodium: 312mg
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • (Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g)
  • Protein: 4g


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Jessica Beacom