Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes are an ultra crispy, easy smashed potatoes recipe drizzled in toasted, browned butter sauce.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy, easy, smashed potatoes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 196 kcal


  • 2 pounds small red or gold potatoes, about 1 1/2"-2" diameter
  • 3/4 cup salt, for boiling salt potatoes
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper
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  1. In a large pot place 3/4 cup of salt and fill about halfway with warm water. Stir water to dissolve salt. Add washed, WHOLE potatoes to pot. Add more water to cover potatoes.

  2. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain potatoes and set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 425ºF. In a small skillet melt butter over medium heat. Once the butter is fully melted watch carefully and stir occasionally so butter doesn't burn. First the butter will foam, then the milk solids will start to settle at the bottom. Watch for the milk solids to turn brown. Once that happens, immediately remove from heat. TIP: Pour browned butter into a bowl so it doesn't cook more and burn from residual heat of pan.

  4. Place cooked, drained potatoes on a large baking sheet. Pour browned butter over the top, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and toss to coat potatoes. Use the bottom of a cup, fork, or potato masher to "smash" potatoes. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until potatoes are crispy and golden. If desired, season potatoes with additional salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 4744mg206%
Potassium 687mg20%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.