Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes are gluten-free and dairy-free

Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

So these fried smashed fingerling potatoes were a very happy accident. Super crispy fried potatoes with a soft center, sprinkled with smoked paprika and fresh cilantro then served with Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo. It was so good! Originally published July 1, 2019.

Like a cross between a potato chip and French fries. These would be great to serve at a BBQ with grilled meats or burgers.

I was trying to recreate one of my favorite dishes from ATX Cocina – smashed papas bravas with smoked chili aioli.

So I started out trying to make papas bravas using two different recipes from the New York Times and Serious Eats. But we simplified everything. And instead of buying Russet or Idaho potatoes, I thought I would try it with fingerling potatoes.

Simply Organic smoked paprika and fingerling potatoes

We love to eat our colors, and fingerling potatoes bring it. They are high in dietary fiber, potassium (as are all potatoes with skins on), vitamin C and B6.

And even though I like to make homemade mayo or aioli, I really love Sir Kensington’s chipotle mayo. We use it in several dishes like chipotle curry chicken salad and serve it with blistered shishito peppers.

Since we have a jar of a spicy mayo on hand, I used that instead of trying to make a chili aioli to go with it. So much easier.

Prepping the Fingerling Potatoes

So we started off adding salt and rice vinegar to a pot of water and bringing that to a boil. Wash and scrub the fingerling potatoes, then add to the boiling water. Let them boil for 7 minutes. Then remove them from the water and let the potatoes cool down a bit.

Boiled fingerling potatoes cut into smaller pieces

Then we cut the potatoes in half and into smaller pieces. They were not very cooked through but soft enough to cut.

We heated up avocado oil in a cast iron skillet. We tried frying them that way and they cooked pretty inconsistently. So we decided to smash them.

Boiled fingerling potatoes, cut up and then smashed with a meat tenderizer

I used a meat tenderizer and put the flesh side down on a cutting board and smashed the potatoes. Then we fried them in batches in the avocado oil for about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Then put on a paper towel covered plate to absorb excess oil.

Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes are gluten-free and dairy-free, served with Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo

They came out super crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. Then we just put them in a bowl and sprinkled with salt, freshly ground black pepper, smoked paprika and freshly chopped cilantro.

Serve with the chipotle mayo as a dipping sauce on the side.

It was a tasty and easy side dish! Brett said it was his favorite new potato side dish so we’ll be making these again soon. Happy eating y’all!

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Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Super crispy gluten-free fried smashed fingerling potatoes with a soft center, sprinkled with smoked paprika and and served with chipotle mayo.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword fried smashed fingerling potatoes, papas bravas, potatoes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup avocado oil
  • pinch salt
  • pinch freshly ground balck pepper
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Sir Kensington's chipotle mayo


  1. Wash and scrub the fingerling potatoes.

  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 2 quarts filtered water. Add salt and vinegar and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 7 minutes and then carfully remove the potatoes.

  3. Set aside and let the potatoes cool down for about 10-15 minutes. Cut the potatoes in half and then into smaller pieces. Place on a cutting board flesh side down and smash with a meat tenderizer.

  4. Heat the avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet until about 350 degrees F.

  5. Add the smashed potatoes in batches. Frying for about 4-5 mintues on each side. Carefully remove and place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.

  6. Place fried potatoes in a serving dish and sprinkle with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and fresh chopped cilantro.

  7. Serve with Sir Kensington's chipotle mayo as a dipping sauce.

Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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