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Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

TikTok’s obsession with Parmesan-Crusted Potatoes is about to become your obsession, and for good reason! These tender potatoes with a crunchy, cheesy crust are the easiest, tastiest side dish you’ll ever make.

A bowl of baked potato halves crusted with parmesan cheese.

The Best Parmesan Crusted Potatoes, a Viral Recipe!

TikTok has become known for creative, fun recipes, and one trend that has taken TikTok and the rest of social media by storm is Parmesan-crusted potatoes. Everyone’s going crazy for this super-simple method and how it delivers the perfect balance of soft potato interior and crispy roasted exterior with an amazing crunchy Parmesan crust.

This version of the recipe is flavorful, using only basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. If you want a mouthwatering way to cook potatoes that is completely foolproof, easy, and always delicious, this is it!

Why You’ll Love These Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

  • Crispy: The Parmesan cheese and crust are addictively crispy, making each bite crunchy on the outside, with a steamy-soft potato center.
  • Rich Flavor: Parmesan cheese is known for its umami-rich flavor, and it goes so well with the earthy taste of the potatoes.
  • Versatility: Parmesan-crusted potatoes can be served as a versatile side dish or appetizer with just about any meal you can think of.
  • Total Comfort Food: Classic comfort food with a twist – that’s what this recipe is! It’s elegant and interesting enough for a dinner party, sure – but it’s also a cheesy potato goodness that you’ll love serving up for a comfy meal.
Overhead image of parmesan-crusted potatoes in a bowl.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredients for this recipe are simple, but when you add them all up, they pack a punch! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Potatoes: You’ll want small gold potatoes cut in half.
  • Olive Oil: Or another neutral cooking oil of your choice.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Butter: Unsalted butter, melted. You could also use salted butter, but you might want to reduce the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated or shredded is best, but you can also use pre-grated.
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, and Italian seasoning.
  • Garnishes: Some fresh herbs and extra cheese are great for a flavorful, pretty garnish.
Ingredients for roasted parmesan crusted potatoes, arranged on a work surface.

How to Make Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Parmesan crusted potatoes are so easy to make, which is probably one reason this dish has gone viral! You won’t believe how simple the process is.

  • Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Prep the Potatoes: Toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Make the Cheese Mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter and parmesan cheese with the seasonings. Stir this well to get an even mixture.
  • Coat the Potatoes. Take each potato half, and dip the cut side into the cheese mixture, gently pressing it so that the cheese adheres. Place the cheesy potatoes on a prepared baking sheet, with the cheese side facing down. Sprinkle any of the remaining cheese mixture over the potatoes.
  • Bake! Bake the potatoes for 25 to 30 minutes or until they become tender and the cheese turns crispy.
Close-up of baked parmesan-crusted potatoes in a baking dish.
  • Cool and Serve. Once the potatoes are done, let them cool for a few minutes, and then carefully remove them from the baking sheet using a spatula. Serve.

Is It Necessary to Boil Potatoes Before Roasting?

While you can boil potatoes before roasting, I don’t find it necessary in this recipe. The potatoes and parmesan cook up crispy and tasty in the oven. If you want to par-boil your potatoes, that’s fine, too! Just make sure to cool them before continuing with the recipe.

Close-up of parmesan-crusted potatoes in a bowl.

Helpful Recipe Tips

A few helpful tips will make your cooking experience even better!

  • Even Pieces: Try to cut the potatoes into same-size pieces so that they roast evenly.
  • Seasoning: Don’t forget to season the potatoes with salt and pepper before coating them. This enhances their flavor. The seasoning mixture in the parmesan is not enough to season the entire piece of potato on its own.
  • Coat Generously: Coat each potato half generously with the Parmesan mixture, pressing it onto the potatoes to help it stick.
  • Baking Sheet: Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat is super helpful in this recipe to prevent sticking.
  • Spacing: Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on the baking sheet, making sure they’re not touching. This will help them crisp up rather than steam.
  • Cool Slightly: Don’t forget to let the potatoes cool for a few minutes before serving. This helps the crust to set and become even crunchier.
A bowl of baked potato halves crusted with parmesan cheese.

What to Serve with Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

You’ll want to serve these with everything – I definitely do! If you’d like a few recipe ideas for starters, these are especially yummy:

  • Grilled Chicken: These savory potatoes work beautifully alongside grilled chicken, like this easy recipe for Lemon Chicken Breasts.
  • Steak: Any steak is better with a side of potatoes, in my opinion at least. If you want to go with something different and totally delicious, treat yourself to a perfect Blue Steak.
  • Salmon: Bold, flavorful salmon is a great match for these bold, flavorful potatoes. Try this Brown Sugar Grilled Salmon for a meal you won’t be able to resist.
Cheesy roasted potatoes in a bowl next to cups of dipping sauce, a cloth napkin, and a serving on a plate.

How to Store and Reheat Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

  • To store leftovers, let the potatoes cool to room temperature, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil. Zip-top bags also work. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • You can reheat these in the oven at 350°F until heated through or heat them up in the microwave – but keep in mind that the microwave will not keep them as crispy.
  • Freezing and reheating can alter the texture of these parmesan potatoes, especially the crust’s crispiness. But while the potatoes might not be exactly the same after freezing and thawing, you can still freeze them safely – just make sure to cool them down and package them in a freezer-safe container marked with the date. They will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer and can be reheated in the oven.

Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Ready in 30 minutes, these cheesy Parmesan-crusted potatoes boast a crispy and golden exterior, deliciously contrasting the soft and fluffy interior.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy potatoes, crispy roasted potatoes, parmesan crusted potatoes, parmesan potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 371kcal


  • 1 pound small gold potatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • fresh herbs, for garnish, optional
  • grated cheese, for garnish, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss the halved potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, and Italian Seasoning.
  • Take each potato half and dip the cut side into the cheese mixture, gently pressing it so that the cheese adheres. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet, cheese-side facing down.
  • Sprinkle any remaining leftover cheese mixture over the potatoes.
  • Bake the potatoes for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until they are tender and the cheese is crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then carefully remove them from the baking sheet using a spatula and transfer them to a serving plate.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and grated cheese, and serve.


  • Consistent Cuts: Ensure potatoes are cut into uniform sizes for even roasting.
  • Seasoning: Season the potatoes with salt and pepper before adding the Parmesan; the cheese mix alone might not be sufficient.
  • Generous Application: Thoroughly cover potatoes with the Parmesan blend.
  • Prep Your Pan: Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat can prevent the potatoes from sticking to the baking sheet.
  • Don’t Crowd the Baking Sheet: Space the potatoes in a single layer without overlapping on the baking sheet.
  • Cooling: Allow potatoes to cool briefly after baking to firm up the crust.


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1501mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 648IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 1mg

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