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Vegan Smashed Potatoes

Vegan Smashed Potatoes

Vegan Smashed Potatoes

This easy recipe gives you some delicious vegan smashed potatoes. A super side dish that you can serve up with all kinds of main course.

This is such an easy recipe, and the fact that it is actually vegan is an added bonus for those of you eating a plant-based diet.

crispy smashed fingerling potatoes
After crushing and sprinkling with oil, salt and thyme

These crushed spuds are really tasty and a great accompaniment to all sorts of food, vegetarian or not.

Which potatoes to use for smashed potatoes?

I used some small new potatoes in these photos to make these smashed potatoes. Really you need to use potatoes where you are happy to eat the skin, and which will keep their shape when boiled, but will spread out when you crush them, without collapsing.

 smashed fingerling potatoes recipe

But you should always check the skin for damage and get rid of any eyes or sprouts you may see.

New or baby potatoes are perfect for this recipe. But you could also use fingerling potatoes, for example, and make some smashed fingerling potatoes using precisely the same process. 

smashed fingerlings
Vegan Smashed Potatoes

Smashing them and then adding the olive oil, salt and thyme allow the potatoes to absorb the other ingredients, which enhances the taste.

And the fact that they are then baked to crunchy perfection makes them a perfect side dish. 

smashed grilled potatoes

Air fryer smashed potatoes

This recipe calls for the potatoes to be cooked in the oven. But the reason for this was that I ate these potatoes with some roast chicken which I was also cooking in the oven, so it was easy to do.

I have since made them in our New Wave oven (shown below) which also worked a treat.

vegan smashed potatoes
Smashed potatoes with Steak Diane and long stem broccoli

You can also make these smashed potatoes in the air fryer, which is quicker and gives you some even crispier smashed potatoes. 

Or maybe you can’t be bothered to cook and just want a vegan meal delivered to your door? Then why not try these guys:

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I hope you enjoy trying this easy and satisfying recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make Vegan Smashed Potatoes

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Vegan Smashed Potatoes

Vegan Smashed Potatoes

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

This easy recipe gives you some delicious vegan crispy potatoes that you can serve as a side with all sorts of main courses.


  • 500g new potatoes
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  1. Clean the potatoes from any imperfections in the skin. Then boil the potatoes in salted water for about 10-15 minutes until they are cooked and a knife will easily pass through them.
  2. Pour the water from the pan and then place the potatoes on an ovenproof baking tray.
  3. Then crush/smash the potatoes one by one. I do this with a wooden meat tenderizer, but you can do this with the bottom of a glass or mug or even a potato masher.
  4. Then sprinkle the potatoes with a little bit of salt, olive oil and the dried thyme.
  5. Place the tray in a preheated oven at 190C for about 20 minutes. Then turn the potatoes over and cook for another 10 minutes or until the potatoes have crisped up and the edges have browned.


Serve up as a side dish and dig in!

You may want to season with some freshly ground black pepper after serving up.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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