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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

These air fryer garlic parmesan smashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to any of your favourite main dishes. Fluffy baby potatoes are seasoned with a garlicky, herby butter, and crisped to perfection in the air fryer. Full of flavour, and easy to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 363kcal
Author: The Sassy Foodie


  • 1 ½ lbs Baby potatoes whole
  • 1 stick Salted butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh parsley finely minced
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Old bay
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil the potatoes: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, salt liberally. Boil the potatoes until the potatoes are fork tender. This should take approximately 15 minutes.
    1 ½ lbs Baby potatoes
  • Drain: Drain the potatoes, and scatter and spread them apart on a sheet tray. Let the potatoes cool for 5-10 minutes, before handling them.
  • Mix the butter: While the potatoes are cooling, melt the butter in the microwave in 10 second increments. Mix in the spices, garlic and parmesan cheese into the butter, and set aside.
    1 stick Salted butter, 3 cloves Garlic, 1 tablespoon Fresh parsley, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder, ¼ teaspoon Onion powder, ¼ teaspoon Old bay
  • Smash the potatoes: Using a glass, press down firmly on the potatoes with even pressure. You want the potatoes to still be intact, but squished down.
  • Season: Transfer the potatoes to an air fryer basket, and drizzle with the herbed butter mixture.
  • Air fry: Air fry the potatoes for 7-10 minutes at 390°F. Sprinkle with sea salt to finish.


  •  You may need to air fry the potatoes in two batches to avoid overcrowding, depending on the size of your air fryer. An even layer of potatoes will let the air circulate all around, resulting in super crispy smashed potatoes.
  • If you prefer you can also smash the potatoes with a potato masher.
  • Be very careful handling the boiled potatoes. They may still be hot on the inside while smashing them down. 


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 846IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg