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Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes

Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes

Updated with new pictures and additional text (originally posted October 5, 2016).

This is one tasty side dish that’s super easy to assemble.

Boiling the potatoes prior to baking keeps the potatoes tender and fluffy inside and the roasting produces crispy delicious skin.

The fresh minced garlic, dried rosemary, and dried thyme (a classic combination) makes it even better. The potatoes take on a lovely aromatic, savoury flavour!

Smashing each potato creates more surface area for the wonderful crispiness to happen when roasted…. but really, it’s also just fun to smash them flat.

Did I mention that it’s also gluten-free and vegan?

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes!

What’s in this potato recipe?

Bowls of colourful baby potatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.

Colourful baby potatoes, garlic, olive oil, dried rosemary, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper are all the essential ingredients!

I also like to garnish the smashed potatoes with parsley in the end for flavour and additional colour.

How do you make smashed baby potatoes?

Complete ingredients amounts and full instructions in the recipe card down below.

Vegan and gluten-free Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes on a baking sheet.

After boiling the potatoes, place on a lined baking sheet, and toss with garlic, herbs, and olive oil.

Using a fork (or metal spatula), gently push down each potato. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until golden and crispy.

Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes on a white plate; An easy, gluten-free, vegan side dish with a crispy outside and fluffy inside.

Garnish with parsley if you like. Plate and enjoy!

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A side view of vegan and gluten-free Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes piled on a white plate and topped with parsley.

I hope you try this garlic smashed baby potatoes recipe! If you do, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. I’ll love a picture!

Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes

Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes

Yield: 2-4 as a side
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The combination of herbs and garlic goes perfectly with these baby potatoes.


  • 1 lb (16 oz) baby potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Optional: parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Boil potatoes in salted water until the potatoes are softened and a fork can easily poke into a potato, about 15-18 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain and pat the potatoes dry using a paper towel.
  3. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet (cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup). Toss the potatoes with garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and oil.
  4. Take a fork and carefully press down on each potato until the potato is flattened, but still holds together.
  5. Space the potatoes on the baking sheet so they are not touching. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the potatoes are crispy and lightly golden in appearance. Garnish with parsley if you like. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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Friday 18th of November 2022

These potatoes are delicious!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Thank you Margie!

LaVerna Davis

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

GAH!!! I love this recipe! My only suggestion would be to add a warning, VERY DELECTABLE, you’ll want more than three!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Hi LaVerna! Thank you so much! I'm glad you love this recipe. (Me too!)


Monday 23rd of October 2017

Marie,Just found your blog and loving it!Do you think I could bake the potatoes in the morning and leave at room tempand then about 30 minutes before dinner pop them in the oven?We have company traveling to see us and not sure what time they will arrive.Thanks so much!Dixie

Marie | Yay! For Food

Monday 23rd of October 2017

Hi Dixie! Yes, you can make the potatoes ahead of time and re-heat it in the oven. I like to cover them with aluminum foil and let the potatoes heat all the way through before uncovering them and letting the potatoes crisp up for an additional 5 minutes.


Friday 28th of July 2017

Great recipe! The family loved it.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of July 2017

Wonderful! Thanks Marissa!


Monday 24th of April 2017

I LOVE potatoes!! Those photos look SO amazing Marie, I just feel like licking the monitor haha!

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