Crispy Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes are a delicious side dish with just three ingredients, so crispy and cheesy on the outside, and buttery on the inside. You can have these tasty crispy potatoes on the table in minutes. These delicious potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, perfectly golden brown, and my family loved them. These pair so well with the In-n-Out Sauce, a must-try!

crispy parmesan potatoes with a parmesan crust on a baking sheet

Some say that these crispy parmesan potatoes were first mentioned on TikTok. But the truth is, people have been making parmesan potatoes for years. As long as there have been cheese and potatoes, people have been putting them together. The idea of more modern cheese potatoes may have been started by the Relief Society of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. They called them funeral potatoes.

crispy parmesan potatoes ingredients in bowls on a table

Ingredients needed:

  • Olive oil: You could use whatever oil you like or try melted butter instead.
  • Finely grated parmesan cheese: High-quality freshly grated parmesan cheese. Not the dry stuff you get in a can.
  • Mini potatoes: Cut in half. Any kind of baby potatoes will do.

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How to make crispy parmesan potatoes from scratch?

  1. Preheat oven: First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut and toss the potatoes: While you wait, cut the potatoes in half and add them to a large bowl with the olive oil. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle on the cheese: Now, sprinkle a layer of shredded parmesan cheese on the bottom of your greased glass baking dish.
  4. Place the potatoes: Then, place potatoes nice and tight in an even layer with the cut side down until the dish is full.
  5. Bake potatoes until soft: Next, bake in your preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  6. Let them cool: After, let the roasted potatoes cool completely until the parmesan cheese is hard and crispy.
  7. Loosen and serve: Finally, loosen the sides with a spatula and serve on a plate with sour cream or butter.

close shot of halved mini crispy parmesan potatoes on melted parmesan on a baking sheet

Recipe variations:

  • Another oil: Feel free to use other oils such as avocado oil or whichever you like cooking with.
  • Add herbs and spices: Add your favorite herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, fresh parsley, smoked paprika, thyme, basil, kosher salt, and black pepper. Or try some Italian seasoning.
  • Other cheeses: You can also add your favorite cheeses to the parmesan cheese mixture including shredded cheddar, crumbled feta, or grated Swiss. Just mix them and add the parmesan mixture as the recipe calls for.
  • Bacon parmesan potatoes: Any kind of potatoes taste better with bacon. You can use bacon bits or cook your bacon and chop it up.
  • Make it a meal: You could also make this a hearty meal by adding some veggies like Brussels sprouts, broccoli florets, or cauliflower.
  • Add meat: For an even heartier meal, add some chopped chicken, turkey, pork, or beef.

a bowl of crispy parmesan potatoes with a crispy parmesan crust around them

Frequently asked questions

What kind of dipping sauce goes with these crispy potatoes?

You can use any kind of sauce you like. My favorite is sour cream, but you could also use ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, melted cheddar cheese, or just pour on melted butter and season with salt and pepper. You could also squeeze a bit of lemon juice and garlic into your oil mixture before tossing the potatoes.

Do I have to peel my potatoes?

This recipe calls for cut potatoes with the skin on. Leaving the skin on gives them extra texture and flavor. Not to mention that you get more vitamins from the skin than the rest of the potato. Just make sure you wash them well and let them dry before using them. Baby potatoes have thin skin, so you do not have to worry about peeling them.

What are TikTok Parmesan potatoes?

Lately, if something good hits TikTok, it goes viral in minutes. Especially if it is from someone with a lot of viewers. Many recipes have found their way to fame through this popular social media site like air-fried milk, pancake cereal, and rainbow cloud bread. But the viral TikTok crispy parmesan potatoes are just like this recipe. Sprinkle parmesan cheese in a pan, put potatoes cut side down, and bake in the oven.

crispy parmesan potatoes in a serving bowl

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: You can store your leftover crispy parmesan potatoes in the fridge for three to four days in an airtight container or resealable baggie.
  • Freeze: If you cannot eat all your crispy parmesan potatoes in a few days, pack them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer. They will stay good for three months.
  • Thaw: Just remember to put your leftovers in the fridge to thaw the night before serving them for the best flavor and texture.
  • Reheat: Put your chilled leftovers in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds depending on how many you are reheating. You could also reheat them in the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and bake potatoes on a greased baking dish for 10 to 15 minutes.
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crispy parmesan potatoes with a parmesan crust on a baking sheet
Crispy Parmesan Potatoes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes are delicious made with just three ingredients, so crispy and cheesy on the outside, and buttery on the inside.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crispy Parmesan Potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 378 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet
  • 20 mini potatoes washed well, and halved
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese finely grated - more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
Optional ingredients:
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Cut the potatoes in half, and add them to a bowl with the olive oil and seasonings (in using them from the optional ingredients list). Mix well to combine.

    hailed potatoes on a cutting board
  3. On a baking sheet, that would fit the potatoes, add a layer of parchment paper, and sprinkle the parmesan in an even layer.

    parmesan sprinkled on a baking sheet
  4. Arrange the potatoes tightly, flat side down on the parmesan cheese, until the dish is full.

    halved potatoes arranged over parmesan on a baking sheet
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

    crispy parmesan potatoes on a parmesan blanket on a baking sheet
  6. Let them cool until the cheese is hard and crisp. Loosen the sides with a spatula and serve with your favorite dipping sauce! I like mine with Ranch or Tzatziki on the side.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Parmesan Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 563mg24%
Potassium 1213mg35%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 324IU6%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 331mg33%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking tips:

  • If you do not have a glass baking dish, you can use a baking pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • You do not have to oil your dish or use baking paper because the parmesan potatoes are tossed in oil.
  • Parmesan potatoes are crispy and delicious and only take a few minutes to prepare. You can make them tonight if you have some potatoes and parmesan cheese.
  • Try to chop all the potatoes about the same size for even cooking time.
  • You could also flip potatoes when they are halfway done and add more parmesan cheese on top before putting them back in the oven for extra cheesy parmesan potatoes.
  • Like your parmesan potatoes extra crispy? For maximum crispiness, place them in the broiler on high for a few minutes before serving.

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