Parmesan-crusted potatoes are one of the most popular potato side dishes. The crispy, salty parmesan crust paired with tender interiors makes a crave-worthy side dish, perfect for any occasion!

Enjoy the side dish as an appetizer for a party or to complete your honey chicken dinner.

Parmesan crusted potatoes on a serving plate.

Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Parmesan-crusted potatoes consist of halved new potatoes which are baked on a bed of parmesan. This method results in a crisp, golden crust on the potatoes with a soft inside. They take just 20 minutes to bake and complement so many main dishes with a satisfying crunch. These potatoes will quickly become a family favorite side dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Versatile side dish. These roast potatoes can be served with any of your favorite main course meals and with whatever sauce you love!
  • Flavorful seasoning. The potatoes are made with a seasoned garlic parmesan crust, resulting in incredible flavor in the final dish.
  • Simple ingredients. With a total of just 7 ingredients, you’ll have the best potato dish ready. Better yet, you don’t even need to go shopping because the ingredients are pantry staples.
  • Healthier than fries. Because these are baked rather than deep fried, the parmesan smashed potatoes are healthier than traditional french fries but are just as crispy.
All ingredients needed to make crsuted potaotes.

Parmesan Crusted Potato Ingredients

What you’ll need for the crispy parmesan potatoes is:

  • Potatoes- use baby, or new, potatoes for the most flakey skins and tender interiors while still achieving the crisp parmesan crust.
  • Oil- to bake the potatoes. You can also use melted butter if you prefer.
  • Seasonings- a combination of Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper brings out the best flavor in the potatoes.
  • Garlic- Garlic powder works best in this recipe so as to not burn while baking.
  • Parmesan- grated parmesan cheese, the powdery kind, works best for this recipe.

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

Step by step image collage on how to make crusted potatoes.

How to Make Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

The potato bites are so easy with a quick prep time and bake time, you’ll be surprised at how easily they come together.

  • Preheat oven: Start by preheating your oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare parmesan mix: In a small bowl, toss together the grated parmesan, garlic, and seasonings. Mix together until everything is well combined.
  • Prep baking dish: Add a tablespoon of oil to a 9×5” baking dish. Spread the oil with a pastry brush, then sprinkle the parmesan mixture evenly over the oil.
  • Wash and cut potatoes: Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut each one in half.
  • Add potatoes to pan: Add each potato to the baking sheet, cut side down. Be sure to press each one down to adhere to the parmesan mixture. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top of the potatoes.
  • Bake: Bake the potatoes uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown with that crispy crust. Top with fresh parsley if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends!
All potatoes freshly cut in a plate.

Substitutions and Variations

Switch up the recipe with these potential variations to suit your preferences.

  • Different potatoes: If you only have russet potatoes, Yukon potatoes, or red potatoes, you can slice them into smaller pieces and bake them the same way as with baby potatoes. The bake time may differ depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Shred your own cheese: The best cheese is grated parmesan cheese, but you can substitute it with shredded cheese by shredding it from a block of parmesan yourself.
  • Different seasonings: Add red pepper flakes if you want more spice, or play around with different spice combinations to taste, such as paprika, onion powder, dried oregano, rosemary, or thyme.
  • Add breadcrumbs: To achieve an even crispier crust coating, add a few tablespoons of regular or panko breadcrumbs to the parmesan mixture before baking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this perfect side dish with any of your main course meals.

Potates in pan ready to be baked.

REcipe FAQs

Do I have to peel the potatoes?

No, you don’t have to peel the potatoes prior to baking. The skins give the potatoes greater flavor.

Do I have to mix the potatoes into the parmesan?

Don’t mix the potatoes after placing them into the parmesan. Otherwise, they won’t have a crisp coating on the bottom of the potato.

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can slice the potatoes and store them in cold water for up to 24 hours in the fridge prior to cooking. Mix together the parmesan mixture and store it in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, drain the potatoes and pat them dry. Proceed with the recipe per instructions.

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat. Reheat in a preheated oven until warmed through, or add to an air fryer to re-crisp.
  • Freeze. We do not recommend freezing the crusted potatoes.

More Potato Recipes

Crispy Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Author: Valentina
Square image of parmesan crusted potatoes.
5 from 3 votes
Parmesan crusted potatoes consist of halved new potatoes which are baked on a bed of parmesan. This method results in a crisp, golden crust on the potatoes with soft, tender insides!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs baby potatoes
  • parmesan mixture-
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare the parmesan mixture by combining the grated parmesan, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle 1 Tbsp of oil in a 9×13-inch baking dish and spread the oil with a pastry brush.
  • Add the parmesan mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Clean the potatoes and pat dry. Cut each one in half.
  • Place each potato slice into the mixture, sliced side down, pressing the potato down into the parmesan mixture.
  • Brush the tops of the potatoes with the remaining 1 Tbsp oil.
  • Bake the potatoes for 20-30 minutes uncovered until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.


Cut potatoes evenly: Be sure that whatever kind of potatoes you use are cut uniformly so that they cook evenly.
Reheat: To re-crisp the potatoes, add the potatoes into a preheated oven or air fryer until reheated.


918kcal Calories124g Carbs24g Protein38g Fat9g Saturated Fat4g Polyunsaturated Fat23g Monounsaturated Fat29mg Cholesterol1788mg Sodium2952mg Potassium16g Fiber5g Sugar322IU Vitamin A135mg Vitamin C398mg Calcium6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 918 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 23g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 1788mg78%
Potassium 2952mg84%
Carbohydrates 124g41%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 322IU6%
Vitamin C 135mg164%
Calcium 398mg40%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)