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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Serve this perfect side dish with any of your main course meals.
- Chicken: With our buttermilk chicken tenders or simple oven-baked drumsticks pair beautifully with parmesan potatoes.
- Sauce: Potatoes are way better with a dipping sauce, so try dipping them into a homemade Chick-fil-A sauce or even into avocado Ranch!
- Seafood: Make pan-seared salmon or even buttered cod to serve with a side of parmesan-crusted potatoes.
No, you don’t have to peel the potatoes prior to baking. The skins give the potatoes greater flavor.
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.
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.
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Crispy Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
- 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.
Reheat: To re-crisp the potatoes, add the potatoes into a preheated oven or air fryer until reheated.