Emeril’s Smashed Potato Salad

Emeril's Smashed Potato Salad
Emeril’s smashed potato salad is tangy and peppery, goes great with brisket or ham, and just about everything else you can think to serve it with.

Emeril's potato salad

Potato salad is at the top of my list when it comes to a great side dish. I’ve made quite a few and all of them are my favorites. Emerils smashed potato salad is one that Manservant heartily recommends and one I know I will make him again. Peppery with hot sauce and ground black pepper, this is one potato salad that is not for the meek. I say that, but truthfully the pepper can be adjusted to whatever spiciness you prefer.

Dijon mustard is a big flavor component in this potato salad as mustard is in many potato salads. Dijon mustard is critical for balancing out the bold flavors. Fresh garlic is also used and trust me when I say Emeril knows what he’s doing. The best thing about this potato salad? It gets better as it ages. I don’t mean age it for days, but leftovers taste really good the next day. IF YOU HAVE ANY!

Emeril's potato salad

Make sure not to over cook your potatoes. Mushy means the potato salad will not have the right texture and I think texture is really important in potato salad. That being said…this is a smashed potato salad and chunks are OK. You know what you like so make it to your own specifications. And this is where I’m going to tell you that any recipe I make I treat as a guide. If you like a certain flavor such as garlic, don’t be afraid to add a bit more. Hot sauce? Leave it out if you don’t love spicy.

The dressing for these smashed potatoes would also make a great hearty salad dressing! It’s not quite a Caesar dressing but has many of the same components. Just mix up the mustardy dressing and if you want to thin it out, don’t be afraid to mix in a few tablespoons of water. Don’t do that for the potato salad though!

Serving ham for Easter? This potato salad would be a tasty side dish. It would also go great with turkey. And man…Emeril’s smashed potato salad would be really good with brisket or burgers, but it’s not quite summertime yet!

Emerils' smashed potato salad

Need a few more salad ideas? Bean Salads are always a favorite and this version with hearts of palm and green beans from Kalyn’s Kitchen sounds worth it! This 7 bean jar salad from The View from Great Island is not only gorgeous I have no doubt it tastes delicious.

And here’s a few more potato salads if you want a choice!

Old Bay Potato Salad is a classic!

Old Bay Potato Salad has the flavor of Old Bay, and all kinds of goodness. If you love potatoes you will love this version of potato salad! #potatoes #potatosalad #salads #cookouts See More great food at: www.thisishowicook.com

Here’s just a Really Good Potato Salad!

Good Potato Salad

This Spanish style potato salad with garlic is also one of my faves!

Roasted Potato Salad with Garlic

Have a great holiday and please pin and share!

Emeril's smashed potato salad

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Emeril's smashed potato salad

Emeril’s Smashed Potato Salad

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x


Emeril’s smashed potato salad is tangy and peppery, goes great with brisket or ham, and just about everything else you can think to serve it with.



2 lbs new potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2” pieces

2 t salt

1/2 c minced onion

3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

1 t minced garlic

1/2 c to 3/4 c mayonnaise

1/4 c Dijon mayonnaise

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 T brown sugar

1/2 t red pepper sauce

1/2 t Worcestershire sauce

1 t fresh ground pepper


Place potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Add 1 t of the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.

Mash the potatoes in a large mixing bowl with a large fork. They should be lumpy. Mix in the onions, and eggs.

In a large measuring cup or small bowl, mix garlic, 1/2 c of the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and brown sugar stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Season with pepper sauce, Worcestershire, the remaining 1 t salt and the pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more hot sauce if desired. Stir into potato mixture. Add more mayonnaise if desired.

Serve at room temperature or chilled. Both taste great.

Keywords: potato salad, smashed potato salad, Emeril recipe, smashed potato salad recipe, potato salad recipe


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  • Merryn
    July 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    This is delightful, full of healthy additions and a punch of a seasoned mayonnaise. Definitely going to cook this one, thanks for sharing 😀

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 1, 2019 at 6:17 am

    While I always add mustard to my potato salad, I’ve never thought to add Worcestershire sauce or red pepper sauce. Thank you for sharing this great sounding salad.

  • Pam
    April 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Woo hoo! Never thought of smashed potatoes for potato salad. Leave it to Emeril, love him! And Bill will love me even more when I make this for him! He’s the potato salad connoisseur! Thanks for sharing, Abbe!

  • Susan
    April 22, 2019 at 8:06 am

    We love potato salad in the spring and summer and this sounds like a delicious recipe with those wonderful, bold flavors!

  • sherry
    April 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    this reminds me of japanese potato salad where you mash the potatoes. and also of a Dutch salad that i’ve been making for centuries which has mashed potato and boiled eggs and shredded lettuce etc etc folded thru it. very yummy, as i’m sure this one is too. happy easter. cheers sherry

  • Mimi
    April 19, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    This sounds like a great recipe! Thanks for not putting pickles in it. I prefer them on the side!

  • Juliana
    April 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I too love a great homemade potato salad, this sounds and looks delicious Abbe, I especially like the lemon in it…thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a great weekend! Happy Passover!

  • Marcelle
    April 19, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Potato salad is one of my favorite side dishes of all time, Abbe. Emeril’s versions looks terrific, thanks for sharing it! I’m not sure I would eat any thing else on the menu if this was out on the table 😛

  • Liz
    April 19, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I made smashed potatoes for dinner last night to serve with ham, so I’m all in favor of this fabulous potato salad! You and Emeril are a an inspiration!!!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    April 19, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Well, this is a must try! I’m glad to hear you say that all of the potato salads you’ve made are your favorites. I have several recipes and love them all. It would be hard to pick a favorite. Pinning this one. And I want to try the Old Bay recipe too. Thanks for sharing this recipe Abbe.

  • angiesrecipes
    April 18, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    This potato salad looks so good, Abbe. It actually reminds me of my favourite Egg Salad :-)) I guess it’s because of its creaminess and the colour.. Happy Spring, Abbe!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    April 18, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    We’re suckers for potato salad, too. This looks great — definitely has a bit of kicked-up flavor, doesn’t it? I can see why Manservant is such a fan!

  • Monique
    April 18, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Looks delicious to me!!!Happy Easter !Or Passover☺️🙏🏻

  • Holly
    April 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Looks like a perfect side dish for ham or brisket. I’ll add this to my list of dishes to share with my in-laws beginning next week. I’ve got to prepare actual composed meals and not just bits and pieces from here and there. Wish me luck!