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These garlic and lemon smashed potatoes are a fresh and flavorful side dish or party finger food. Replacing sour cream with Greek yogurt also makes these healthier!

close-up of garlic and lemon smashed potatoes on a baking sheet

I’ve never made smashed potatoes before, so I thought I’d give them a chance. I always thought it seemed kinda mean to smash potatoes.

Like what did they do to deserve that? I often roast potatoes, though. These are first boiled, then you smoosh, apologize, and bake ’em.

baking tray with lemon and garlic smashed potatoes

I used little potatoes for this recipe, but normal-sized potatoes would work as well… you’d just need to cook them for longer. I like little potatoes because they’re pretty fast cooking, are reliably tasty throughout the year, and they’re nicely bite-sized.

After you boil them, you (carefully) smash them down with a fork, squeeze on some lemon juice, sprinkle them with delights (smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper), drizzle them with a bit of olive oil, and then bake them for 20-25 minutes. The insides are nice and fluffy, while the skin and outsides are a bit crispy.

lemon and garlic smashed potatoes with Greek yogurt on a tray

When they’re done, you top them with fabulously garlicky Greek yogurt, chives, fresh parsley, and another drizzle of olive oil.

It won’t be long before these are all gobbled up.

close-up of smashed potatoes with garlic, lemon, and Greek yogurt

Do you like smashed potatoes, or do you find the practice barbaric?

I hope you give these garlic smashed potatoes a try!

These garlic and lemon smashed potatoes are a fresh and flavorful side dish or party finger food. Replacing sour cream with Greek yogurt also makes these healthier!
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Garlic and Lemon Smashed Potatoes

Fabulously garlicky smashed potatoes - an easy and delicious side dish.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1.5 pounds little potatoes
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Smoked paprika to taste
  • Olive oil to taste
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • Chives to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425F. Move the rack to the middle position.
  • Boil the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain them and place them on a baking sheet. Gently "smash" them down with a fork. Squeeze lemon juice over each potato, then lightly sprinkle each potato with salt & pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Drizzle each potato with a little bit of olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the yogurt by mixing the minced garlic with the Greek yogurt. Chop the parsley and snip the chives (love my kitchen shears for this!).
  • Take the potatoes out of the oven and top them with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Sprinkle on the chives, parsley, and add an extra drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.


  • As an appetizer, this would easily serve 6 people if you had other appetizers around. For a reasonably portioned side dish, this would work for 4 people.

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  1. Agness of Run Agness Run says:

    Yummy! I love potatoes and this recipe seems mouth-watering, Natasha!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much!!

  2. Karly says:

    Holy heaven. I LOVE a good smashed potato with the crispy edges and soft insides, and I am obsessing over the garlic lemon addition. These look so good for a special dinner treat!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much, Karly! Me too. I am converted!

  3. Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    Now this is how you serve potatoes Natasha!!! Soft and creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. . .so irresistible. I don’t normally eat potatoes. . .because. . .you know. . .carbs… but these are definitely worth a splurge day. I also love that yogurt topping. Such a nice compliment.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks, Lynn! I don’t eat them too often either, but these were a nice treat. šŸ˜‹