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A close up of a batch of smashed red potatoes in cast iron frying pan.

Cheater Smashed Red Potatoes

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This delicious recipe for Cheater Smashed Red Potatoes is the easy, one-pot, no-bake way to make smashed potatoes.


  • 1 1/2 lb small red potatoes (about 15)
  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 Tbsp minced rosemary
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard


  1. Place the potatoes in a single layer in the bottom of a large pot. Don’t cram them – give them some room to breathe.
  2. Add enough water to cover the potatoes by about a half inch of water, then bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes, until they are easily pierced by a fork but are not falling apart. Drain.
  3. While the potatoes boil, combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Place the potatoes back into the pot, then add the dijon mixture. Toss to cover the potatoes.
  5. Use the bottom of a pint glass or other flat object to gently smash the potatoes until they burst.
  6. Place the pot back over the heat and cook over medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes, until nicely browned and crispy. Use a fork or spoon to turn the potatoes over one-by-one, then cook for another few minutes to brown that side.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve immediately!


– Just for the photos, I put these in a cast iron skillet so that you could see them. I normally make them in the same pot I boiled them in, and it’s perfect!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food

Keywords: smashed, red potatoes, cheater, easy, side dish