These parmesan potatoes are hands-down the perfect side dish for nearly any meal from delicate fish and roasted to chicken to homemade meatloaf. Buttery, soft, and crusted with golden parmesan cheese they are an elegant addition to any meal.

parmesan potatoes with cheese and sauce

These parmesan potatoes are hands-down the perfect side dish for nearly any meal from delicate fish and roasted to chicken to homemade meatloaf. Buttery, soft, and crusted with golden parmesan cheese they are an elegant addition to any meal.

What we love about these easy potatoes is that they’re delicious, of course, but they also come together so quickly. Potatoes, oil, and a few simple seasonings is all it takes to get these from the counter to the oven.

The next time you need an easy side dish or elevated appetizer, try these amazing parmesan potatoes.

Why You’ll Love Parmesan Potatoes

If you’re a fan of both crispy potatoes and parmesan cheese you’re going to fall in love with these potatoes.

  • Just like french fries, you bite through the crispy outside to find warm, fluffy potato goodness on the inside. 
  • These are so versatile you can serve them alongside an elegant date night meal or as one of many amazing appetizers on game day.
  • If you’re looking for an affordable side dish or appetizer, these potatoes will hit the spot. 

Simple Ingredients You’ll Need 

This dish comes together so quickly and easily with the most easy ingredients.

  • Baby potatoes – You can use any type of potato from russet potatoes to red potatoes. Halve the potatoes with a sharp knife so that they can rest on their flat side and get the perfect parmesan crust.
  • Butter – Melt the butter slowly in intervals in the microwave or on low on the stovetop.
  • Garlic cloves – Grate the fresh garlic cloves so that the slivers mix well with the butter mixture.
  • Parmesan – Grating cheese freshly yields the best flavor but if you’re short on time you can get pre-packaged versions at the grocery store.
  • Smoked paprika – This adds just a touch of smoky flavor and bright color.
  • Salt and pepper – Use as much or as little as you prefer.
  • Fresh parsley – Chop this finely so that it can be evenly dispersed.

Flavor Variations

We like the simplicity of the perfect parmesan potatoes but you can create your own version in different ways, too.

  • Spices like cayenne or chili powder
  • Truffle oil
  • Duck fat
  • Bacon grease
  • Other fresh or dried herbs like thyme or basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • Onion powder

How to Make the Best Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

The hands-on prep time for this easy recipe is so minimal it leaves plenty of time to make any other dishes.

  1. Pour melted butter in the baking dish.
  2. Pour the parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and parsley into the melted butter.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, add the parmesan mixture to the butter and spread around the bottom of the baking dish or large baking sheet so that they create a thin layer.
  4. Score the potatoes in a crosshatch pattern. 
  5. Place the potatoes cut-side down in the pan in a single layer. 
  6. Then, place the casserole dish in the over and bake.
  7. One potatoes are tender and golden brown, and have a golden parmesan crust on the potatoes, remove them from the oven.
  8. Allow the potatoes to rest briefly before using a spatula to transfer them to plates or a serving dish.

Tips and Tricks for Amazing Crispy Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

These oven-roasted potatoes are pretty easy to make but a few extra tips might make them even better.

Soak. Soak sliced potatoes for 30 minutes, up to overnight, for the crispiest potatoes. Dry them with a paper towel before tossing and seasoning.

Grate your cheese. Using freshly grated cheese produces the best flavor. 

Use high quality oil. When you’re using only a few ingredients, quality is key to getting the best results.

Serving Suggestions

  • Alongside steak, chicken, pork chops, seafood or plant-based alternatives.
  • As an appetizer with a dipping sauce
  • With eggs for breakfast or brunch
  • Sour cream

Common Questions About Parmesan Potatoes

Should I boil my potatoes first?

You can boil them briefly before roasting to get extra crispiness. You can also soak them in cold water before roasting to remove excess starch to ensure crispness.

Why does parmesan cheese not melt?

Very hard cheeses do not melt like soft and semi-soft cheeses which is what makes parmesan the best cheese to get exactly the right texture and coating for these potatoes.

More Tasty Potato Recipes

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Parmesan Potatoes

5 from 3 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
These simple potatoes are a perfect side dish or easy appetizer.


  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add melted butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish
  • Add parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and parsley into butter.
  • Spread thinly in the baking dish.
  • Score potatoes about 1/4-inch-deep in a diamond pattern (crosshatch).
  • Add potatoes cut-side of each potato in the pan.
  • Bake until the potatoes are tender and the Parmesan creates a golden crust on the bottom of the potatoes, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before using a spatula to release potatoes from pan.


If you want even crispier potatoes, soak them for 30 minutes to 24 hours ahead of baking.
Using freshly grated parmesan will result in the freshest flavor.

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Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 992IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t have baby potatoes, so I used the russets that I had on hand. Peeled and sliced lengthwise into thick slices, soaked them in cold water for a half hour or so. Then followed the rest of the directions. Delicious! Will definitely make them again.

  2. This looks so yummy.. how could this be made in the air fryer?? I just got one & would love to try it

    1. We haven’t tested it, but it might work! We would line the air fryer with parchment paper and cooking the potatoes at 400 degrees. 😊

      Alia & Radwa