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Looking for a delectable 30-minute side dish that will elevate your meals? Look no further than Parmesan Roasted Potatoes! These oven-baked potatoes have a crispy golden exterior and a creamy, flavorful interior, making them an easy side dish perfect for any meal.

A wooden plate filled with crispy parmesan roasted potatoes with the pan of potatoes in a red serving dish in the background.

Social media made the Viral TikTok Parmesan Crusted Potatoes famous, but these oven-roasted potatoes have been a hit with my family for a while now!

It’s not just the incredible flavors that make these oven-baked delights a win with my family; it’s also the simplicity of the recipe. With busy schedules, we often look for easy-to-make yet satisfying dishes, and these Parmesan Roasted Potatoes fit the bill perfectly.

Whether you want a delicious dippable appetizer or snack or a side dish that pairs well with just about any meal, this perfect potato for one for all occasions.

Your search for the ultimate potato ends here! Grab the ingredients, and let’s get to cooking up something simply scrumptious!

Ingredient Notes

  • Potatoes: Use small potatoes for this recipe, as they will cook more evenly and have a better texture when roasted. I use a honey gold potato, but baby red potatoes or fingerling potatoes will work. If you use a larger potato, you can cut it smaller or may need to increase cook time.
  • Garlic: Garlic powder provides a convenient way to add garlic flavor without the need for fresh garlic. You can use fresh minced garlic if desired, adjusting the amount to taste.
  • Paprika adds a subtle smoky and sweet flavor. You can use regular paprika or opt for smoked paprika for a stronger smoky taste.
  • Salt: I use coarse kosher salt in this recipe. Regular table salt or sea salt can be used for seasoning. Just adjust the amount depending on the salt you use and your taste preference.
  • Pepper: Ground black pepper adds a bit of heat and depth of flavor. Freshly ground pepper is ideal, but pre-ground pepper works well too.
  • Onion Powder: This gives a mild onion flavor to the dish. It’s not overpowering, but if you don’t care for it, you can omit it.
  • Parmesan Cheese: For the Parmesan cheese, I recommend using freshly grated Parmesan, as it will melt and create a delicious crust on the roasted potatoes.
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley can be used as a garnish, adding a touch of freshness and color to the final dish. Alternatively, you can use dried parsley if fresh is not available.
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Dipping Sauce Ingredients Notes

  • Sour cream serves as the creamy base for the dipping sauce, providing a tangy and rich flavor. You could also use yogurt if desired.
  • Sliced green onions add a fresh and mild onion flavor to the sauce, complementing the roasted potatoes.
  • Dried dill weed brings a herbal and slightly tangy taste, enhancing the overall dip with its distinctive flavor. You can use fresh if you have it on hand.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Herb Variations: Experiment with different herbs to add extra flavors. Instead of parsley, try using fresh thyme, rosemary, or chives. Dried herbs can also be used if fresh ones are not available.
  • Cheese Options: While Parmesan cheese works wonderfully in this recipe, you can try other hard cheeses like Pecorino Romano or Grana Padano for a slightly different taste. For a milder option, use shredded cheddar or mozzarella.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of paprika and black pepper to control the spiciness. For a spicy version, you can add a bit of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Garlic Lovers: If you love garlic, consider using minced fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Roasted garlic can also add a mellow, sweet flavor.
  • Oil Alternatives: Besides olive oil, you can use melted butter, avocado oil, or vegetable oil for roasting the potatoes.
  • Dipping Sauce Variations: Get creative with the dipping sauce by trying different ingredients. You could mix in minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped fresh herbs, hot sauce, or a dash of balsamic vinegar.

How To Make

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Prepare Oven & Potatoes

Alright, let’s get these Parmesan Roasted Potatoes started! First, preheat your oven to 400° F and grab a 9×13 baking dish or baking sheet, lining it with parchment paper or a Silicone Silpat Mat for easy cleanup later.

Now, wash those potatoes, and cut them in half. Then, grab a pot and add the potatoes, making sure they’re covered with about an inch of water. Let them boil over high heat for 5-7 minutes until a fork can be inserted with just a little resistance.

Please note there is no need to add salt when parboiling the potatoes, as there is enough salt within the recipe and parmesan cheese. 

Collage image showing potatoes being sliced and parboiled.

Step 2 | Make Marinade Seasoning & Toss Potatoes

While those potatoes are boiling away, grab a large bowl and combine olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and onion powder for that tasty seasoning mix.

Collage image shows spices in a bowl and then olive oil added and stirred together.

Once the potatoes are done parboiling, drain them and toss them in the bowl with the oil and seasoning mixture, making sure they’re fully coated. Yum!

Collage image showing potatoes being tossed in spices and olive oil.

Step 3 | Place on Baking Sheet with Parmesan Cheese

Now, sprinkle half a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese onto the baking sheet, and place each halved potato cut side down on the cheese. This is the secret to that delicious golden crust!

Collage image shows parmesan cheese added to the lined baking sheeting and then potatoes placed on top.

Step 4 | Bake Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Collage image shows parmesan roasted potatoes after being baked and then them turned over on the baking sheet to show crispy cheesy side.

Step 5 | While Baking, Make Dipping Sauce if Desired

While the potatoes are in the oven, let’s whip up that irresistible dipping sauce.

Collage image shows dipping sauce ingredients and the onions sliced.

Mix together sour cream, sliced green onion, and dried dill weed in a small bowl. Once it’s all combined, pop it in the fridge until the potatoes are ready.

Collage image shows dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl and then stirred together.

Step 6 | Remove from Oven, Garnish, & Serve

When the roasted potatoes are done, take them out of the oven, and if you want, give them an extra touch of flavor with a sprinkle of coarse salt and some fresh parsley.

Collage image shows parmesan roasted potatoes after being baked and then them turned over on the baking sheet to show crispy cheesy side.

Serve your Parmesan Roasted Potatoes with the dipping sauce on the side, and enjoy the fantastic flavors you’ve just created. It’s a surefire crowd-pleaser! Enjoy!

A plate filled with parmesan roasted potatoes garnished with parsley.


  • Parboil Perfectly: Parboiling the potatoes is crucial for achieving that crispy exterior. Boil the halved potatoes until they are just fork-tender but still have a little resistance. Be careful not to overcook them, as they can become mushy.
  • Dry: After parboiling, drain the potatoes and let them dry. If needed, pat them dry with paper towels, as excess moisture can prevent them from getting crispy.
  • Generously Coat with Oil: When tossing the parboiled potatoes in the seasoning mix, ensure they are fully coated with olive oil and spices. The oil helps crisp up the potatoes during roasting.
  • Serve Hot and Fresh: Crispy potatoes are best enjoyed right out of the oven.

Recipe FAQs

Do I Need To Par Boil The Potatoes Before Roasting?

Yes and no, parboiling the potatoes before roasting will create a potato with a soft outside skin that will allow the seasonings to penetrate the potato. This process also is part of the cooking process so that they can be completed in the oven. While I love the results when parboiling, if you don’t want to parboil, you can bake them longer to soften the potatoes completely through- about 30 to 35 minutes.

Can I make these vegan or vegetarian?

To make this recipe vegan, substitute the Parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast or a vegan cheese alternative. For the dipping sauce, use vegan sour cream or plant-based yogurt.

Are these roasted potatoes gluten-free?

Ensure all the ingredients used are gluten-free, especially if using store-bought versions of spices, cheese, and sour cream. Then you will have gluten-free parmesan roasted potatoes.

Can I make these in the air fryer?

Yes, absolutely. Follow the same directions and place them in the air fryer in a single layer and cook.

A roasted potato dipped in sour cream dipping sauce.


In the Refrigerator: Store the leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.

Reheat: You can reheat the potatoes in the microwave. However, to keep them crispy, I recommend reheating them in the oven in a single layer on a baking sheet at 400°F for about 10 minutes or until warmed through. Or place them in the air fryer, layering a single layer in the basket and reheating for 2-3 minutes at 400°F.

Tongs removing a parmesan roasted potato from a red dish.

What to Serve with Oven Roasted Parmesan Potatoes?

  • Roasted or Grilled Meats: Serve the Parmesan potatoes alongside roasted or grilled meats like chicken, steak, prime rib, ribs, or pork chops. The crispy potatoes complement the savory flavors of the meats perfectly.
  • Burgers and Sandwiches: Consider serving the potatoes as a side dish with our stuffed bacon burgers, chicken quesadillas, or your favorite sandwiches.
  • Brunch Items: If you’re serving them for brunch, they go well with omelets, breakfast casseroles, sausage gravy, or a breakfast skillet with eggs and vegetables.
  • Vegetable: This goes delicious with southern green beans, air fryer green beans, corn

Other Potato Recipes

Looking for more delicious potato recipes? I make a crunchy skillet garlic potato version that is just as delicious too! Or give these other recipes a try:

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Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Crispy Parmesan roasted potatoes are perfectly crunchy on the outside while remaining tender and fluffy on the inside, creating a delicious balance of textures that's simply addictive. The perfect side dish for any occasion.
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  • 1.5 pounds small potatoes, (28-32 potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon parsley

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon dill


  • Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  • Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Wash the potatoes, then cut them in half.
  • Take a pot and add the potatoes, covering them with about an inch of water.
  • Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat and parboil them for 5-7 minutes until a fork can be inserted with slight resistance.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, combine olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and onion powder in a large bowl.
  • Drain the parboiled potatoes and toss them in the bowl with the oil and seasoning mixture until fully coated.
  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of Parmesan cheese (for each potato half) onto the baking sheet and place each halved potato cut side down on the cheese.
  • Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese turns golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by mixing the sauce ingredients (sour cream, sliced green onion, and dill weed) in a small bowl. Refrigerate the sauce until the potatoes are ready.
  • Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven.
  • Sprinkle with coarse salt and parsley, if desired. Serve with the prepared dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 264kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 22g (7%) Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 23mg (8%) Sodium: 538mg (23%) Potassium: 548mg (16%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 526IU (11%) Vitamin C: 24mg (29%) Calcium: 147mg (15%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. 5 stars
    oh the way you use parm in this recipe is so clever! the crispy bits are always the best part, might as well have all crispy parm!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness these potatoes roasted with parmesan were so incredible. When I made these I immediately knew they were ready for prime time at my family BBQ. I was right! They freaked out about these! Everyone loved them.