Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Ginger-Tahini Dressing

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The most perfect crispy smashed potatoes get drizzled with a tangy, slightly sweet, and nutty ginger-tahini dressing and then topped with fresh mint, cilantro, chili peppers, and roasted peanuts. An addictive blend of textures and gourmet Asian-inspired flavors.
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 55 minutes
5 from 88 votes

I never really understood why people were obsessed with potatoes. Potatoes were fine, but as someone who never eats more than a handful of French fries and only likes eating mashed potatoes once a year, I didn’t get the hype. 

But in the last six months, I’ve been making a lot of crispy smashed potatoes, and now I get it. They’re freaking addictive. And I apologize for my earlier wayward thinking.  

These crispy smashed potatoes with ginger tahini dressing feature a perfectly crispy potato (golden brown and crisp on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside) with a finger-lickin-good creamy sauce that’s so good, you’ll want to eat it by the spoon. It’s a great crowd-pleasing dish to serve at a get-together or party, or as an appetizer or side dish for a family meal. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll just eat a plate of these for dinner and call it a fantastic night. 

crispy smashed potatoes with ginger-tahini dressing, scallions, fresh herbs

Why you’ll love this recipe 

Texture heaven: Baby potatoes are first parboiled until tender, then coated in olive oil and salt and roasted at a high temperature until they’re perfectly crispy and brown on the outside but still fluffy and tender on the inside. Then they’re drizzled with a luxuriously creamy sauce and topped with fresh scallions and crunchy peanuts on top. So many good textures combined in one dish! 

PS: If you want more fun yet easy ideas for tahini, you must try my Creamy Herbed Potato Salad and Tahini Pasta!

Easy but gourmet. The presentation on this dish is a 100 and the flavors feel gourmet. That said, it’s actually really easy to make. Plus, smushing potatoes is very therapeutic.

Flavor town. The rich, buttery, subtle sweetness of baby golden potatoes meets a slightly tangy, slightly sweet sauce that is brimming with the warm, peppery heat of fresh ginger and the nuttiness of toasted sesame oil. This mixture gets topped with the herbaceous flair of fresh mint and cilantro and the spiciness of chili peppers. Each bite is a party in your mouth!

Guaranteed to please. Whether you’ve got guests visiting, are hosting a little shindig, or just serving a family meal where you want to impress, this crispy smashed potato dish will wow all of your guests with its unique flavors and textures.

Looking for more fun potato recipes? Be sure to try my Indian Aloo Gobi or my creamy Scalloped Potatoes!

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crispy smashed potatoes on yellow rimmed platter

Tips for the perfect crispy smashed potatoes 

Size and color matter 

First, the type of potato matters. Size-wise, these are best with mini or baby-sized potatoes, or even peewee potatoes (if you want one-bite potatoes). 

I’ve made this dish with small-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, which are larger than the baby potatoes, and they were fine but not spectacular. They were harder to smash neatly and they didn’t get as crispy. 

Color-wise, these are best with baby golden potatoes, also known as baby yellow potatoes, baby Dutch yellow potatoes, mini golden creamer potatoes, two-bite honey gold potatoes, or petite gold potatoes. 

I’ve also made this dish with baby red potatoes (as you’ll see in one of the step-by-step photos) and they are definitely good, just not as good as the golden ones. Golden/yellow potatoes are less waxy and starchier than red potatoes. Translation: they get very crispy on the outside but stay fluffy and tender on the inside. 

Red potatoes, on the other hand, get perhaps even crispy on the outside but they don’t stay fluffy and tender on the inside. Translation: you don’t get the best of both worlds IMO. That said, this recipe is still great with baby red potatoes.

Summary: this recipe is the most incredible with baby or mini golden/yellow potatoes. 

Parboil, then roast

To get perfectly crispy potatoes that are still tender on the inside, you need to parboil your potatoes before roasting them. You parboil them whole, drain them, and then smash down on them and coat in oil/salt before roasting. 

If you don’t parboil them, the skin remains kind of tough and less able to absorb the oil into its nooks and crannies when roasting in the oven.  

As food science guru J. Kenji Alt-Lopez says in his crispy roast potato recipe, parboiling the potatoes creates “tons of starchy slurry for added surface area and crunch” and makes the potatoes “incredibly crisp and crunchy on the outside, with centers that are creamy and packed with potato flavor.” 

Salt generously

Speaking of parboiling, when you boil the potatoes you want to boil them in very salty water. Much saltier than your pasta water. This is because as Molly Baz puts it in her article on how to boil potatoes, “potatoes are large, dense items. Salt has to penetrate a lot of mass in order to make it all the way through to the potatoes’ middles by the time they’re finished cooking.”

If you don’t salt your potato water, you end up with sad, bland potatoes. Even if you salt them before roasting, they still won’t be nearly as flavorful. And don’t worry, the vast majority of that salt in the potato water gets drained off when you drain the potatoes. 

Don’t crowd the pan 

This recipe uses two sheet pans instead of one because if you crowd potatoes too closely together in the oven, they will steam instead of roast. Say goodbye to that crispy brown skin! Here are the sheet pans I use (affiliate link).

Be generous with the oil

I’ve tried making crispy smashed potatoes with half the amount of oil (I know some of my readers are oil-conscious), but it just doesn’t work. They end up stuck to the pan and not nearly as crispy. Roasted potatoes need a generous amount of oil. It is what is! 

Don’t flip the potatoes 

For truly crispy exteriors and edges, don’t flip the potatoes while they’re roasting. They won’t burn, I promise! But since we’re using two pans, it’s helpful to rotate their positions/racks halfway through roasting. This is because most ovens are warmer either in the bottom or the top, so switching their location means each tray of potatoes gets even heat distribution.

Looking for more DELICIOUS potato recipes? Try my Indian-restaurant-style Saag Aloo or Aloo Gobi!

closeup of crispy smashed potatoes on a yellow platter

How to make this recipe 

Cover the potatoes with cold water, season very generously with salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes until just fork tender. Drain the potatoes. 

baby potatoes boiled and drained in a colander

Transfer the potatoes to two rimmed sheet pans. Using the bottom of a mug, measuring cup, or glass, smash down on them. Use a pastry brush or your hands to coat them in oil, flip and repeat. Season with salt and pepper. 

unbaked smashed potatoes on a baking sheet with oil and salt

Roast the potatoes at 450ºF/232ºC for 30 minutes, rotating the location of the pans in the oven halfway through, until crispy and brown on the outside but tender on the inside. 

crispy smashed potatoes on a baking sheet with oil and salt

For the ginger-tahini sauce, add all the ingredients to a food processor.

ingredients for ginger tahini dressing in food processor

Blend until smooth, creamy and thick but pourable. 

ginger tahini sauce in food processor

Transfer the roasted potatoes to a serving platter. Drizzle some of the sauce on top. 

Scatter the sliced scallions on top. Scatter the sliced chili peppers, mint/Thai basil and cilantro on top.

Add the roasted peanuts on top and serve with remaining sauce on the side for dipping.

crispy smashed potatoes with ginger-tahini dressing, scallions, herbs, and peanuts

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute…?

Ran out of fresh limes? Rice vinegar is a good substitute for the lime juice. Don’t have tahini? Unsweetened creamy almond butter or cashew butter would work well. 

Can’t tolerate spicy food at all? Skip the serrano pepper. If you can tolerate some spice, use a jalapeno pepper, and/or remove the seeds.

Allergic to peanuts? Substitute with roasted cashews; if you can’t have those roasted almonds could also work. If you’re nut-free, just omit the nuts entirely (it’s still very good!).

I provide the option of using fresh mint or Thai Basil, but since Thai Basil is pretty hard to find outside of Asian grocery stores, it’s totally fine to stick to mint. 

How long will do crispy smashed potatoes last? 

If you’re planning to keep leftovers, store the potatoes separately from the sauce. The potatoes will last for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container, but they are definitely best served when fresh. And if you’re anything like me, there will be no leftovers ;) 

If you have leftovers of the sauce, store it in a small jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Can I double the recipe? 

Sure! You will just need to bake the potatoes in 2 batches (unless you have a giant oven that can fit four baking sheets…or if you have 2 ovens, like my parents and many of my Indian aunts lol). This is a great option if you have lots of guests coming over! 

Can I make the potatoes without the dressing?

Sure! These crispy smashed potatoes are delicious enough to eat plain. Or, if you want a more traditional flavor profile, these potatoes are stellar with my Vegan Aioli or Vegan Ranch Dressing.

That’s all you need to know about these crispy smashed potatoes with ginger-tahini dressing. If you love the recipe, please be sure to rate and review it below and tag me with your remakes on Instagram!

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Ginger-Tahini Dressing

5 from 88 votes
The most perfect crispy smashed potatoes get drizzled with a tangy, slightly sweet, and nutty ginger-tahini dressing and then topped with fresh mint, cilantro, chili peppers, and roasted peanuts. An addictive blend of textures and gourmet Asian-inspired flavors.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Cuisine: Asian-inspired, New American
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 8 to 10 (as a side)



  • 3 pounds (1.4 kg) baby or mini golden/yellow potatoes*
  • 4 tablespoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt** or 2 tablespoons sea salt, plus more to season
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil***

Ginger-Tahini Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup (56g) tahini
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1- inch piece ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed with a press or finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons ice water


  • 2 scallions (top 1 inch trimmed), sliced thinly on a bias
  • 1 serrano pepper, sliced thinly on a bias (use jalapeño for less heat)
  • ¼ cup (4g) fresh mint leaves or Thai basil leaves, torn
  • ½ cup (6g) cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped
  • ¼ cup (28g) roasted peanuts, chopped****


  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF/232ºC.
  • Parboil the potatoes. Add the potatoes to a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and season with the kosher salt or sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a decent simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, dependent on size, until just fork tender but not too soft. Drain the potatoes in a colander and pat dry if there’s any water clinging to them.
  • Smash the potatoes. Transfer potatoes to two rimmed baking sheets. Use the bottom of a glass, measuring cup, or mug to firmly smush down on the potatoes (but not too firmly, you don’t want them to fall apart into a bunch of pieces).
  • Roast the potatoes. Drizzle some of the olive oil on top of the potatoes and coat the top side; gently flip, add more oil, and coat the other side of the potatoes. If the potatoes feel dry, add a bit more oil
    Note: you can also pour the oil into a small bowl and use a pastry brush to coat the oil onto the potatoes. This technique allows you to use a bit less oil and also ensures a more even coating of oil, but is a bit more time consuming.
    Season the potatoes with some kosher salt or sea salt. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, switching the pans’ location in the oven halfway through (but do not flip the potatoes), or until the potatoes are crispy and browned.
  • Meanwhile, make the Ginger-Tahini Sauce. In a food processor, combine the lime juice, sesame oil, tahini, tamari, maple syrup, ginger, and garlic until well combined and relatively smooth. Add the ice water and blend again until the sauce is thick but pourable. Season with a pinch of salt as needed.
  • Pile the warm potatoes on a serving platter. Drizzle some sauce on top. Scatter the scallions, sliced serrano pepper, mint or Thai basil leaves, chopped cilantro, and peanuts on top of the potatoes. Serve remaining sauce on the side for dipping.


* See the “Tips for the perfect crispy smashed potatoes” section for common names for this potato type. If not available, substitute with baby red potatoes.  
** If using Morton’s kosher salt, use 2 tablespoons. 
*** If using a pastry brush, you can probably use the lower end of the oil amount.
**** Can substitute with roasted cashews, roasted almonds, or omit entirely if allergic.

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 816mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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122 comments on Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Ginger-Tahini Dressing

  1. John


    The only baby potatoes I can get say they’re able to be cooked in a microwave, will I be able to use these?

    Also, when you say to move the pan in the oven, do I just move it to a different shelf or where?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi John! Yes any baby potatoes you have should work. You rotate the shelf they’re on and turn the pans 180 degrees. Hope that makes sense!

  2. Kaz

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! The potatoes got the perfect amount of crisp and the sauce was such a great complement. Next time I’ll be doubling the sauce, it’s legit so good I could bathe in it.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Kaz, Thank you for your thoughtful review! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed the smashed potatoes. I agree the sauce is liquid gold!

  3. Matthew Green

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! My wife and I were truly delighted with how zesty the flavors were. The fresh herbs combined with the deep richness of the sauce, the slight kick of the peppers, the crispiness of the potatoes… Seriously incredible. We will definitely be incorporating this one into our routine from now on.

    Oh, and “side dish”? Yeah right!!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Matthew, Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! Appreciate you taking the time!

  4. Paula

    5 stars
    Another delicious recipe. This website has made plant-based eating so amazing. Thank you.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Paula, thank you so much for your kind review! :)

  5. Ann Marie

    If this is served as a side dish, what would be a good vegan and gluten free main dish to go with it?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Ann, you could try pairing it with our vegan chili, tofu stir fry, grilled tofu skewers, or creamy cauliflower soup. Enjoy!

  6. Cynthia Zaino

    5 stars
    This is the most flavorful dressing! I am obsessed with this recipe and have been making it once a week!

  7. Annie

    5 stars
    These potatoes are sooo delicious! I’m serving them as a main for two to three hungry people with a fresh green salad. SO good!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Yum! I love serving these potatoes over a bed of kale, they are incredible! Thanks for trying the recipe, Annie :)

  8. Angela

    5 stars

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re so happy you think so, Angela!

  9. Veronika Yankova

    5 stars
    I keep coming back to this recipe. Unbeatable!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Veronika, Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! Appreciate you taking the time!

  10. Diana

    5 stars
    I ate this with my bare hands. Nearly bit my fingers off. Which would have been a disaster as a vegan. Anyway. This is goddamn, finger licking/biting good. Awesome.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      LOL, I totally understand where you’re coming from! This dish is pure genius- the flavors and textures are to-die-for! Thanks for the lovely review, Diana!

  11. estelle

    5 stars
    these are AWESOME! the sauce is really what pulls it all together. wonderful flavors, perfectly crispy & delicious! i’ve made the sauce on its own a few times and use it pretty much everywhere :)

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Estelle, we’re so happy you enjoyed the smashed potatoes! I’m a huge fan of this ginger tahini sauce as well! Thanks for leaving a review :)

  12. Suchiyan Singhania

    5 stars
    This was so delicious!!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thrilled you found it so delicious, Suchiyan!

  13. Dakota

    5 stars
    Just made these for the 7th or 8th time as a Christmas Eve treat. They are so incredibly amazing. My favorite and my mom’s favorite side dish ever. Thank you for sharing this incredibly tasty recipe.

  14. Ann Drosendahl

    5 stars
    An inventive way to flavor potatoes! I really enjoyed this dish and will make it again. I included some finely chopped broccoli and a few left over kale leaves in the last half of the baking and the kale was nicely crisped. Did not anticipate that but recommend this to adventurous recipe benders!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Ann, So glad to hear you loved the smashed potatoes :) Thanks for sharing!

  15. Amanda

    I don’t have tahini! What can be a substitute?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Amanda, cashew cream could work as a substitute. Tahini is creamy and slightly bitter, so you may want to adjust the quantity of lime and maple syrup (decrease them) to account for a much less bitter base for this sauce. Enjoy!

  16. Julia S

    5 stars
    This was so, so delicious. I wanted to make a potato dish that wasn’t the normal go-tos, something with much more flavor. Making this was a hit in my household and I’ll definitely make it again. Maybe it’s because I had to halve the recipe, but the sauce turned out very thick, where even when I added much more liquid ingredients it still never became pourable. But it was still divine.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Glad you enjoyed the smashed potatoes, Julia! For the sauce: what tahini were you using, and did you add more ice water to mix it together? If there wasn’t enough sauce in the food processor, it probably wasn’t able to mix it. I’d just mix the sauce in a bowl at that point. Hope that helped!

  17. Sukanya Ponnuswamy

    5 stars
    This was amazing! I couldn’t stop eating it. Due to allergies in the family, I substituted coconut aminos for soy sauce and pumpkin seeds for peanuts. The flavors were on point. Will be making this again and again.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thank you for sharing your substitutions, Sukanya! So glad this recipe worked out well despite the dietary restrictions you needed to work around.

  18. Rod

    5 stars
    Thanks Nisha, I very much appreciate this blog.
    Have you looked at adding some BS (baking soda) when boiling potatoes for extra crispiness? There are many web pages on that subject.

    1. Hannah @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Rod, thank you so much for the kind comment. I looked into the baking soda + boiling potatoes combo and found some really interesting articles. Thanks for the tip, I will be passing this along to Nisha!

  19. Sreya

    5 stars
    Best potatoes I’ve ever made. I follow the exact recipe each time. These are such a crowd pleaser, and my husband can’t get enough of them. Thank you so much!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Awesome, Sreya. Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to review!

  20. @burritosagogo

    5 stars
    Revisiting this recipe for the millionth time to make my favorite potatoes! My husband could eat these as a whole meal (and typically requests them for his birthday!). The potatoes always come out perfect and the sauce/dressing is outstanding! Thank you for another great one :)

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We are thrilled to hear it! Thanks for sharing :)

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