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Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potato Smashies

Crispy, golden and fluffy, these potato smashies are the ultimate smashed potato experience! Quick and tasty, they are ideal as appetisers or snacks. Dress them up or down, just like your favourite little black dress

crispy potato smashies smashed potato

Potatoes – are they not the most delicious little things? These fluffy, crispy potato smashies are my new favourite way to snack on potatoes. As simple as can be to make, they are the ultimate moreish and yummy snack. 

Easy to dress up or down, smashies or smashed potatoes, are just delicious. Baked to perfect crispiness in the air fryer, the texture of these little potato bites is incredible. 

Serve topped with sour cream and red onion pickles for a fancy canape, or enjoy sprinkled liberally with salt and soaked in piquant malt vinegar. These are also amazing served alongside a fresh garlic aioli. We made our own mayonnaise for this recipe, but you can simply grate fresh garlic into your favourite mayo. 

What do you need to make crispy smashed potatoes?

To make these yummy little treats, all you need is:

  • potatoes
  • an air fryer
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • malt vinegar

This recipe takes almost no time to make – under 40 minutes, and serves up to 6 people. This is a bit of a no-recipe-recipe, so feel free to play around with flavours and quantities. 

If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. To view our recipe video on Instagram click here. Happy cooking!

crispy potato smashies smashed potato

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this in the oven instead of the air fryer?

To oven-bake this dish, simply par-boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes, then drizzle with olive oil and bake on a lined baking tray at 220 degrees C until fluffy and crispy. 


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Crispy Potato Smashies

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: <40 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Crispy, golden and fluffy, these potato smashies are the ultimate smashed potato experience! Quick and tasty, they are ideal as appetisers or snacks. 


  • 1kg baby potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp (32g) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • flaky sea salt
  • malt vinegar
  • mayonnaise or aioli

To serve as a Sour Cream & Onion Smashie canapé

  • Pickled red onion
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh herbs to garnish
  • Crispy shallots


  1. Wash the potatoes, then place them into a pot of salted water. Cook until soft and easily pierced with a knife.
  2. Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet and use the bottom of a cup or mug to smash the potatoes to roughly 1cm in thickness. Don’t over-smash or you’ll end up with mashed potatoes.
  3. Mix the oil, garlic powder and pepper together then drizzle over the potatoes and gently toss to coat evenly.
  4. Remove the grill plate from inside your airfryer. Place the smashed potatoes directly into the base of  air fryer basket in an even layer, and cook for 15-20 minutes at 195 degrees C, shaking halfway through, until the potatoes are crispy and golden brown.
  5. Drizzle liberally with malt vinegar, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

To serve as a Sour Cream & Onion Smashie canapé

Once the potatoes are golden and crisp, plate them up with a spoon of sour cream, then garnish with fresh herbs (dill or chopped chives), pickled red onion and crispy shallots.

Instructions for making a quick red onion pickle can be found here

  • Prep Time: 15 - 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 - 20 Minutes
  • Category: Snacks/Sides
  • Method: Air Fryer


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 224.49kcal
  • Sugar: 1.19g
  • Sodium: 170.1mg
  • Fat: 8.91g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.61g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.82g
  • Fiber: 1.69g
  • Protein: 4.89g
  • Cholesterol: 2.95mg
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