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Lemon Smashed Potatoes

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These Lemon Smashed Potatoes are goodness on a plate. They blend the creamy inside of Yukon potatoes with a golden, bright exterior that elevates any meal.

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I love potato recipes. There is something so comforting about a delicious garlic butter potato.

This smashed lemon potatoes takes that classic garlic butter potato pairing and gives you new potatoes to add to your side dish recipes.

A smashed lemon potatoes recipe still has a great creamy inside, but it also has deliciously crispy edges. It is one of my favorite ways to make potatoes.

And because it is a potato dish, it goes with almost any other meal! You can serve this with grilled foods, casseroles, soups, and anything you might have for dinner.

Whether you are going to eat lemony smashed potatoes for the first time or just need good food on the table, this dish is perfect!

All ingredients for Lemon smashed potatoes laid out on counter

What Ingredients Are in Lemon Smashed Potatoes?

  • Small Yukon Potatoes: the star of the dish is a beautiful creamy, golden potato
  • Butter: Melts into the potatoes for rich buttery flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: adds a bright flavor to the fried smashed potatoes with lemon
  • Garlic: adds a savory kick to contrast the lemon.
  • Parsley: adds freshness and color to the lemon and herb smashed potatoes
  • Sea Salt: brings out the flavors of everything else.
  • Black Pepper: adds just a hint of warmth.

Pro Tip: Because larger potatoes will increase the cooking time, you really want to choose small potatoes that can fit 2 in the palm of your hand. If you cannot find small ones, baby potatoes will do. Try to use baby yukon gold potatoes for the same creamy flavor and texture, though red potatoes can be used in a pinch.

potatoes boiling in water

How to Make Lemon Smashed Potatoes:

  1. Boil potatoes until tender.
  2. Drain and allow potatoes to sit and rest.
  3. Combine butter, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  4. Use the bottom of a glass or a potato masher to lightly smash potatoes on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Pour lemon mixture over each smashed potato.
  6. Roast potatoes until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Garnish and serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, fresh herbs, and lemon zest.

Pro Tip: Letting the potatoes sit and rest after boiling will give them a better texture.

Cooked potatoes laid out on cooking tray

Can You Make Lemon Smashed Potatoes Ahead of Time?

Yes you can make this lemon and herb smashed potatoes recipe ahead of time! I like to prepare these the day before and follow the steps up until baking. Then I refrigerate, and bake fresh when ready to eat.

How to Store Leftover Lemon Smashed Potatoes:

Store leftover lemon garlic smashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I like to portion them in individual containers with other leftovers to make easy individual meal containers.

cooked potatoes smashed on cookie tray

Can You Freeze Lemon Smashed Potatoes?

Yes you can freeze lemon smashed potatoes recipe! This is a great way to meal prep a perfect side dish you can use another time. 

I like to bake this smashed potato recipe, let them cool, then transfer to freezer safe storage to let them sit until I need them. Then just pop back in the oven or air fryer and heat until warmed through.

However, if it is easier for you to store, boil the potatoes and let them cool. Then freeze them on a baking tray for 1 hour until frozen.

After frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and place the lemon garlic mix in a separate bag inside like a sauce packet. When you are ready to serve them, pull them out the night before to thaw in the fridge. Then smash, smother, and bake until crispy and golden.

I prefer the easier cook from frozen method because I do not always plan in advance, but I do agree you get better texture if you freeze them after boiling.

butter, lemon, garlic, parsley, sea salt and pepper in a bowl

What to Serve with Lemon Smashed Potatoes:

I like to serve Smashed Potatoes with Lemon alongside grilled meats, fish, or with almost any meal. Here are some of my favorite pairings:

lemon garlic butter spread over smashed potatoes, unbaked

Is Lemon Smashed Potatoes Healthy?

Yes, smashed lemon garlic potatoes are healthy! The most nutritional benefits of a potato are in the skin, and these crispy smashed potatoes leave the skin on which is a great thing.

This recipe also uses a small amount of butter and adds the nutritional benefits of garlic and lemon which are really important in a healthy diet.

Is Lemon Smashed Potatoes Keto?

No, smashed potatoes are not keto. Potatoes have a high amount of carbohydrates which means they are not part of a low carb lifestyle.

lemon garlic butter spread over smashed potatoes, unbaked

Are Lemon Smashed Potatoes Greek?

While some people call them Greek Garlic Lemon Smashed Potatoes, they are not traditional Greek potatoes. The lemon and garlic flavors are often found in Mediterranean cuisine, so this is a good idea to serve next to Greek style dishes.

plate of smashed potatoes garnished with sour cream

Additional Potato Recipes You’ll Love…

Whether you are craving crispy lemon potatoes or just need new recipes for potatoes, these lemon smashed potatoes are a great alternatives to other time intensive potato dishes, especially if you make them in advance and freeze them for another day!

Yield: 4 Servings

Lemon Smashed Potatoes

plate of smashed potatoes garnished with tartar sauce

Savor these Lemon Smashed Potatoes—crispy, creamy, and kissed with citrus. An easy, versatile side dish perfect for any meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  1. Preheat oven to 400*F
  2. Bring a large pot of water with 1 teaspoon salt to a boil.
  3. Boil potatoes for 25 minutes.
  4. Drain potatoes and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl combine butter, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
  6. Place potatoes on a bakin gtray and lightly smash with a potato masher or cup.
  7. Pour lemon mixutre on top of each potato.
  8. Bake in oven for 15-20 m inutes or until golden.
  9. Remove, garnish with tartar sauce and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 894mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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Friday 10th of May 2024

This was the perfect way to change up potatoes! They were so yummy!


Friday 10th of May 2024

I'm amazed on how good these potatoes turned out! Simple ingredients yet so much flavor they had and the texture is what really brought it to the next level!


Friday 10th of May 2024

Made the Lemon Smashed Potatoes as a side for dinner and they were absolutely delicious! The lemon zest gave them such a fresh, vibrant flavor. Will definitely make these again!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Friday 10th of May 2024

These mashed potatoes were next-level! The lemon added a refreshing touch that elevated my entire meal! Definitely my new favorite side dish!


Thursday 9th of May 2024

This makes a fantastic side dish for so many meals. The lemon flavor is a nice addition!

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