Parmesan Baked Potato Halves

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I love these parmesan baked potato halves, they make the perfect side dish.  This is my go to recipe for a potato side when we have company, they are super easy, delicious, and give you the benefits of a baked potato without all the mess on your plate!  We especially love dipping these in a side of sour cream but ranch dressing is also REALLY good!
This recipe has quickly become a fan favorite on our site, and for good reason!  We have gotten so many great comments from our readers about how much they love these potatoes.  They really are THAT good!
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Parmesan Baked Potato Halves

Parmesan Baked Potato Halves


  • 6 small potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • other seasonings (to personal preference)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and pour into a 9x13 inch pan and spread evenly across the bottom. Generously sprinkle parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle other seasonings all over the butter. Place potato halves face down on the butter and seasonings. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for at least a FULL 5 minutes before removing from the pan, otherwise the parmesan crust won't stick to the potato. Serve on a plate with a side of sour cream for dipping.

261 thoughts on “Parmesan Baked Potato Halves

  1. These look so good, I am definitely going to try to squeeze them into my menu for this week! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I just wanted to thank you for your spectacular blog! I just emailed 8 of your recipes to myself (including this one) and plan to make them over the next 2 weeks. They look simply fabulous. Your instructions are clear and your photos are great, thanks for sharing your talents!

  3. I made these for my mothers day dinner & they turned out AMAZING!!! i absolutely love your blog & thanks for all the great recipes.

  4. Do you have a round-about amount for the Parmesan Cheese? They look fabulous and I want to put them on my menu plan next week!

  5. Made these last night for dinner. They were AWESOME!!! I did sprinkle salt and a little bit of olive oil over the top of the potatoes. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Do you really cook the potatoes cut side down? My thought is to dip them in the cheese mixture and cook on a sheet cut side up? I’m thinking it will be a cheesy mess on the bottom of the pan. They certainly look good!

    • If you will line you pan good with foil there won’t be a big mess to clean up. I use the non stick Reynolds aluminum foil for things like this. I have got to try this recipe it looks and sounds delicious.

  7. I would love to try these! But, how can you tell that the potato is scrubbed clean enough? I have a potato cleaner– but I’m so paranoid that the potato is not clean enough!

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      • In my book, there’s only one parmesan, and that’s parmigianno-reggiano imported from Italy. Anything else is substandard, especially the Kraft stuff in the green can.

        • Once you use the fresh Parmesan/regianno from the refrigerated section, you will NEVER go back to the Kraft in the green can!!!!

  10. I would just stick the butter in the baking dish and put it in the oven while it is preheating. Melts the butter and no extra pan to wash. Delish!!!

  11. I made these tonight….the taste was great and my husband loved them however, my parm crust didn’t stick to the bottom of the potatoes which was irritating :/…i did use a glass casserole dish and shredded parm cheese instead of parm cheese from the shaker….could one of those reasons be why my parm crust didn’t stick?? however….will makes these again:)

    • If you try to take them off fresh out of the oven, it will stick. If you give it five to ten minutes they should come right off.

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  13. I have these baking in the oven as we speak :) I used 1/2 cup of butter and 3 large potatoes (which I cut into 4 even pieces). My kitchen smells insane! Hopefully my husband and so love this. Very excited to try it!

    • This sounds fantastic, can’t wait to try it. In response to what other seasonings, I use rosemary all the time. It’s a bad day in my kitchen if I’m ever out of it! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • My kiddos are picky also, but luckily they love potatoes! We used some of the Hidden Valley Ranch powder and it was great! We sprinkled it in the cut half and the skin. A little bit goes a long way though…

  14. I made these last week, and my husband and I were fighting over them. I only made 3 potatos, which was 6 halves…I usually defer to him and let him have the 2 and him 4..but NOT this time! I ate all of my 3 and we both wanted more. Guess what? Making them again tonight…these are AWESOME!!!!

  15. I made these last night and they were fabulous. Be very generous with the parmesan cheese; I added Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb spice. And I used Reynolds No Stick Foil and clean up was oh so easy.

  16. made these last night and they were AWESOME!!! So easy and oh so tasty. So happy i found this recipe. This is now in my little cookbook for favorite potato dish! Thank-you again for sharing this wonderful recipe. :)

  17. Made these tonight with Red Potatoes. Used extra fresh grated parmesan, garlic salt, pepper, basil and oregano. They were amazing!

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  19. Just found your blog and I cannot wait to try this recipe :). One question though… do you bake Uncovered or covered for 40 mins ?

  20. What a darling blog, I am really anxious to try this potato recipe. Thanks so much for sharing, I found your recipe on Pinterest.

    • I actually never use foil. Just put them in the bottom of your pan and wait at least 5 minutes, the longer the better, before removing them from the pan when they come out of the oven.

  21. Delicious! For large potatoes, just nuke them in the microwave first (7 minutes for mine) to “start the cooking process” and then finish them in the oven as you would for small potatoes. In this manner, they cook throughout and the cheese doesn’t overcook. Also, I used non-stick aluminum foil in the bottom of the pan as well. Peeled right off and kept the crust intact. Will try another reader’s suggestion, next, by adding yams to brown sugar with cinnamon and orange peel.

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  23. These were amazing!! My husband and 8 year old gobbled them up and my 8 year old actually asked me to make them again!!!

  24. these are delicious! i made them for dinner tonight and my boys who don’t like potatoes ate them right up :) i used mozzarella cheese because that’s what we had on hand and i seasoned them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. we definitely be making again!

  25. Make them all the time!! Love them!!! Friends love them too! (I may have told a few of them that this was my own “original” recipe). Tee hee! Thanks

  26. could you use sliced potatoes? I have large potatoes and was thinking sliced would be easier for the kids to eat? anyone had any luck with just slicing versus the half potato?

    • I have done the half potato and cut it into smaller pieces for my kids after it is cooked. I am sure you could try it sliced too.

    • You could try a spray butter or cooking spray at the bottom of the pan, it won’t taste exactly the same, but would be a little more healthy.

    • Can you use a healthy butter substitute like Earth Balance? That’s pretty much all I use nowadays. I rarely buy real butter because Earth Balance is so damn good! :)

  27. I used a Pampered Chef stoneware casserole dish; they turned dark brown–next go round I am going to try using the glass dish instead.

  28. I made these tonight. They were delicious. I have a question though. My cheese/butter at the bottom was turning brown, the last 20 minutes I had to cover with foil. Do you use foil on yours? How do you keep it from browning too much if not?

    • It is supposed to turn a bit brown, the cheese around the potatoes will get a little more brown than the cheese under the potatoes.

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  31. I just made these and they were delish!! I’m so glad I tried them and will be making again ASAP! They are so easy and a must try!

  32. Made these last night for family. Had some leftover bacon grease that I added to the butter and used two cookie sheets and about 4lbs of potatoes slides length wise about 1/2 inch thick. Spices were dry ranch and Lowrys seasoned salt. AMAZING!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

  33. We made these tonight. I could hardly wait, the recipe sounded divine. Mine turned out a bit dry. Could it be that I cooked them in a metal pan?

    • I used a metal pan too and mine were perfect. What kind of potatoes did you use? I used red potatoes because they’re super moist and creamy. Idaho potatoes tend to be drier and starchier.

  34. These came out amazing! We spread a bit of cream cheese on top and it really kicked it up a notch. What a great recipe. Thanks! :)

  35. I’ve made these about 5 times and they are AWESOME!! I had major potato cravings while pregnant and these totally hit the spot each time! Thanks!

  36. Planning on making these for tailgating. Has anyone baked them, then reheated for later? wanted advise if this would work?

  37. Hmmm…don’t know what happened. The cheese and butter turned really brown (almost burnt) in my ceramic baking dish and all my potato halves stuck to the pan. No cheese stuck to the potatoes at all! They looked nothing like what is pictured. I will continue to make roasted potatoes.

    • Sorry Natalie, I am not sure what went wrong. Next time try a glass 9×13 pan, and a better quality Parmesan cheese. I had that happen to me once when I used some really cheap Parmesan. It should look brown and toasty, but not burnt.

      • Thanks for the tip. Mine burned too, so I’ll try glass next time and better parmesan. They were still good, Just scrapped the burnt part off.

    • I usually just use some small regular old russet potatoes. A lot of people have tried and liked using reds and yellows as well.

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  40. So easy and so good. The directions couldn’t be easier. I followed the directions and added a bit of Johnny’s Seasoning Salt and a sprinkle of garlic to the Parm Cheese. Then baked as directed. The smells from the oven were just wonderful. Then when I pulled from the oven, as tempted as I was, I waited for the 5-10 minutes (put foil on top to keep warn) and the potatoes came out perfectly. They were a huge hit and are a go to part of my dinner menu planning for sure.

  41. Well, I made this recipe today! I did some small changes though because I don’t like parmesan (I know, I know you think I’m crazy :-) ), so I put some emmental and sea salt to balance the taste. Also I used yogurt instead of sour cream for dipping, because we don’t use it in Greece. I have to tell you that my fiance liked it so much, that the food “cheered him up” as he told me! :-))))

  42. I made these last night and like some others, mine turned nearly burnt on the bottom. I used 2 dishes: one was a Pampered Chef ceramic baker and the other was a Pyrex glass baker. Both did the same thing. I used a canned parm cheese rather than fresh grated, is that why??

    Just was not overly fond of these but willing to try a different method. Thoughts?

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  45. Which seasonings do you use? Just discovered this site and can’t wait to share it with all my friends. I love that all the recipes look like meals I can pull off despite being a busy mom to meals I would have for a dinner party. Thank you! for the help!

    • I’m sure you could just do the spices. You could maybe try substituting the parmesan cheese for something else that will give it it that toasty look and taste, like some mashed up croutons or something. I hope that helps!

  46. This should fabulous!!!
    It’s already got my stomach growling.

    Yummy an what a super idea for the upcoming Superbowl parties.

    Thank You for sharing,

  47. Found the recipe on Pinterest, and didn’t know to make with them. Decided burgers were good enough since I’m sure this’ll be the main part if the dish. Added about 3/4 cup of parm cheese, garlic power, garlic salt (we REALLY like garlic) and a packet of ranch (cause YUM!!) hubby says I spend to much time on Pinterest, UNTIL he seen this. (And a few other “treats” recipes) now he doesn’t complain, in fact he SUGGESTS me getting on to find goodies! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  49. Hubby’s grilling steaks tonight and I’m making these, with garlic, onion powder, basil & a little cayenne. Can’t wait to try!!!

  50. Wow, these look so delicious. I’m going to try them, even though my husband isn’t a big fan of parmesan cheese. Too bad for him. ;-) If they turn out as good as they look on your picture I am going to spent a post on my blog on them. With reference to your blog of course!!

    Greetings from Holland!!


  51. Absolutely love these potatoes!!! Only problem is I’m having a hard time with them sticking to the pan. I’m using a cookie sheet lined with foil. I’ve tried spraying with PAM, adding EVOO to the butter and they still stick. What am I doing wrong????

    • The only thing I could suggest is using a glass 9×13 pan instead, don’t line with foil, and wait the FULL five minutes before removing.

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  53. So its 2:38am. I got a craving for something potato-y. i made these potatoes and they are SO GOOD. I sprinkled the top of potatoes with salt, garlic powder and brushed with melted butter. 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. i had to come back to say thank you, it was an absolutely awesome snack. It tastes so yummy and it’s so quick to fix. A must try.

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    • I don’t know the breakdown for this recipie but TGI Fridays makes parm steak fries that have 660 calories for about 6 potato wedges.

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  56. I’ve been making this recipe at least once a week for the last six months… just wanted to thank you for posting one of the best, easiest side dishes ever! (The rest of your recipes are also amazing — especially the knockoff Alice Springs Chicken from Outback — but this one is the one I use the most.) I’ve shared this recipe with numerous family members, and all of us are equally addicted!

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  58. My Hubby & I are making them now. We wanted to try them on Christmas day. So far so good! there in the oven now. I’ll write back and let everyone know how it went :-).
    Merry Christmas!


  59. They were a hit! OMG it’s a good thing I made a double batch lol. We had a few left over and Our son Mark and his Daddy were fighting over them (in a playful way). This is definitely the beginning of a new holiday addition :-). They were delicious!


  60. These are absolutely to die for! We’ve made these four times since I found them on pinterest and every time they’ve gotten raves! The also could not be more simple to make!

    Thanks I look forward to following you via email!

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  62. 400 degrees for 40 minutes seemed too long and too hot for me! I was baking something else at a lower temp, and put them in together. <400 and <40 minutes later, the tops of the potatoes were dry and shriveled up and the cheese was very dark brown–not the lovely golden color in the photo. I'm not sure what is happening here, but this recipe needs some adapting to work for me!

  63. SO glad I found these. They are by far the best way to do potatoes at home. So quick and easy and so delicious. I make them at least once a week. The more cheese and garlic the better. And I always leave them in for about an hour for that extra crispness.

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  73. I made these for dinner tonight, they smell beautiful and taste great – but they didn’t brown up as nicely as I’d wanted them to. Next time I may increase my oven’s temp by 25 degrees or so…

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  76. Made these tonight & they were amazing! My husband loved them! I used fresh shredded Parmesan cheese. The potatoes were large, so I quartered them. Perfect!

    • I put steaks on the grill , made a salad and these AMAZING potatoes! I was worried they were burning and I was sure it wouldn’t stick but I was wrong about all my concerns.I sprinkled italian seasoning on the cheese. The whole family loved them and I added them to my favorite recipes. These would be great at parties too. Thank you!

  77. My boss Jill showed this to me gonna make them for my weekly Sunday dinner. MY family with love them thanks for the great idea

  78. Making these tonight as an appetizer! Yummy!
    Gonna mix a good sense Italian dressing season packet
    In the sour cream for dipping!

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  82. Made tonight….OMGoodness….Best thing in the world! I made a smaller portion, and filled in every nook and cranny with “bits” of tater pieces…THOSE were the BEST! ….soaking up all that buttery, cheesy, toasted goodness!!!! Will definitely do again!! Thank you Sooo Much!

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  86. I made these last night and the house smelled wonderful. When I took them out of the oven the butter mixture was still bubbling, I let it sit for the 5 minutes and when I went to take them out they were stuck to the bottom of the cake pan. Should I be using a glass pan instead? They were still good however all the flavoring was stuck to the pan

  87. Made as written except I used Lawrys garlic salt instead of garlic powder. Used finely shredded fresh Parmesan. They were awesome with the sour cream. Definitely need to let them sit in the dish 5-10 min before you turn them over so the butter/cheese mixture crisps up on them. I served them with BBQ chicken. Whole family devoured them.

  88. Hi there. I was wondering what I could serve this with or what others have served it with. I’m looking to make this tomorrow but need a main dish to go with it. Thanks!

    • We make these as a side dish all the time when we are grilling meat. We have a lot of great grill recipes on the site. Search under our “grilling” category.

    • I served mine along side steak and corn on the cobb :) (and topped with extra butter and some sour cream once they cooled some) ;)

  89. Wonderful recipe! I substituted 2 T olive oil for 2T of the butter and it browned nicely and did not burn. I also used a disposalble foil pan and after lettiing it cool, they came right off perfectly. There were leftovers, but my husband ate them all for breakfast. Thanks Again! Making them again tonight.

  90. Made these last night (with steaks and corn on the cobb) for dinner… HUGE hit with the fam, and I received several compliments, “yumms”, and “how did you make these!?” :) I WILL be making them again… soon!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  93. These are delish! If you are in a hurry, you can cut them in half, and microwave them for like 4 min. Until they are half cooked and finish them facedown in a cast iron skillet! 10 min to table!

  94. Came across your recipe from another site [who gave you credit, btw] and was wondering…
    When there are comments/questions — could you add that info to your recipe?

    After reading lots of the comments/questions – I got disgusted and quit reading — hoping that mine will turn out great when I make them.

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  99. I made these and they smelled great in the oven. I tried to remove them from the pan – and all of the yummy crust got stuck to the pan. The entire meal was a bust.

    • Im so sorry they didn’t turn out. I know that tends to happen if you don’t let them cool at least a full five minutes before trying to remove them from the pan.

  100. I have made these potatoes several times and my family just loves them. They are crunchy, just the right size and very flavorful! This recipe is in my permanent recipe file. :)

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  107. So, is it just me or am I the only one that had problems with this simple dish…lol. They were delish…but the butter burned so easily, and the potatoes stuck a little bit. I didn’t think I would need Pam for this dish, lol. I figured the butter would prevent the taters from sticking! How can I NOT burn my butter!? :-/

  108. These sound yummy! Since I am single and will only make a small amount, could I use my toaster oven? I was wondering if I followed all your directions except I could put in my toaster oven instead of heating the oven? Thanks.

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  110. Loved this! I used olive oil and then mixed in some butter and that seemed to keep it from burning. I also put my casserole dish on a cookie sheet which may have insulated the bottom a little. LOVED THIS!

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  112. Made these & Parmesan Pork Chops last week & fell in love with them. Now this week I’m having these & Parmesan Chicken. Wonderful!

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    • You can try—- we have never used them with baking potatoes.. I don’t know if it would make much of a difference. Sometimes baking potatoes are bigger so it might take longer. You might want to cut them into fourths.

    • No, don’t use aluminum foil for these. It would stick to the potatoes, they need to crisp up against the bottom of the pan.

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