Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

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Parmesan Crusted Potatoes make the perfect side dish. They bake open face down in parmesan cheese creating a delicious buttery, cheesy crust.

Platter of Parmesan Crusted Potatoes with sour cream.
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  1. Parmesan Crusted Baked Potato Halves
  2. Ingredient Additions and Substitutions
  3. Tips for Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
  4. How to Serve Baked Parmesan Potatoes
  5. Frequently Asked Questions About Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
  6. What To Serve With Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
  7. The Best Potato Recipes
  8. More Potato Side Dishes
  9. Parmesan Crusted Potatoes Recipe

Parmesan Crusted Baked Potato Halves

I got this recipe from a friend when I was back in college. She insisted that I give this recipe a try because it was a favorite in her family. I was blown away, they were so much better than I imagined! Needless to say that was not the last time I made them. I personally love to eat these with a side of sour cream. There is so much flavor to the potatoes and they are really hot fresh out of the oven, the sour cream gives it a cool balance that I can’t get enough of.

I love that these Parmesan Crusted Potato Halves are a favorite side dish for all kinds of meals. The outer crust is buttery and cheesy and the inside is tender and flaky and so full of flavor. Try these as an alternative to quick baked potatoes. They cook up fast on a baking sheet and are always tender inside, crisp and buttery on the outside. This is a terrific side to make when you need to use up leftover potatoes. Dress them up with green onions or chives. Delicious!

Ingredients for Parmesan Crusted Potatoes including Parmesan Cheese, potatoes, butter and garlic powder.

Ingredient Additions and Substitutions

These potatoes are fantastic as they are, but if you wanted to some additional flavors, try sprinkling any of these on with the parmesan cheese before baking.

  • red pepper flakes
  • cayenne pepper
  • onion powder
  • thyme
  • rosmary
  • basil
  • oregano
  • fresh parsley
Hand holding a Parmesan Crusted Potato dipped in sour cream and chives.

Tips for Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

  • You can use parchment paper to cover the sheet pan but I have never needed it, with all the butter the potatoes don’t stick.
  • Place baking pan in the oven with the butter while pre-heating until the butter melts.
  • Place the potatoes cut side down on the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle a little kosher salt over the skin side.
  • Use a fork or a sharp knife to test if the potatoes are done before removing from the oven. Bottoms should be golden brown.
  • Let the potato halves cool for at least five minutes before removing them from the pan. If you take them off the pan right out of the oven, the parmesan crust on the potato comes right off. But if you give it time and then take them off, the crust sticks to the potatoes beautifully.
  • Serve with a side of sour cream or Ranch Dressing in a bowl. Toss on some fresh chives.

How to Serve Baked Parmesan Potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes are great on their own, but I especially love dipping them in a side of sour cream sprinkled with a little dried basil. Ranch dressing is also REALLY good! You can make these with potatoes other than russets. I have made them with red potatoes and gold potatoes, and both were really good too. Try them for yourself and decide how you like them best!

Parmesan Crusted Potatoes on a serving dish with sour cream.

Frequently Asked Questions About Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Should You boil potatoes before roasting?

No, these cook up perfectly in the oven. No need to pre boil.

Can I prep the potatoes ahead of time?

If cutting potatoes ahead of time be sure to store them in cold water in the fridge until ready to use- then thoroughly pat dry. This method will also get out some starch and increase crispiness but isn’t necessary.

Are Parmesan Crusted Potatoes gluten-free?

Yes! No gluten in this recipe.

What should I do with leftover potatoes?

Store any leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Re-heat in an air fryer, oven, or microwave.

Spatula holding a Parmesan Crusted Potato in a baking dish next to a platter of Parmesan Crusted Potatoes with sour cream and chives.

What To Serve With Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

My husband always requests these crispy Parmesan Potatoes as a side dish to go along with when we are cooking meat on the grill. It’s nice because I can throw these in the oven while he is grilling and all the food is ready at the same time. Some of our favorite grill recipes that we serve up with the Parmesan Crusted Baked Potato Halves are our New York Steaks and our Kansas City Baby Back Ribs. Both are so yummy. And if you like grilled chicken you should definitely try our Grilled Malibu Chicken, Grilled Balsamic Chicken, and Grilled Coconut Curry Chicken.

The Best Potato Recipes

These Parmesan Crusted Potatoes have been such a huge hit with our readers, we have included them in our “Best Potato Recipes Straight From Idaho” post! You will find ALL of our top reader favorites in this post as well. Try them all!

More Potato Side Dishes

If you love potatoes as much as we do you should definitely try some of these other potato sides. Similar to how we make the Parmesan Crusted Potato Halves, we have our Coconut Pecan Sweet Baked Potato Halves. These are loaded with a coconut and pecan pieces and have a yummy cinnamon marshmallow dip. In the savory potato category we have our Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Potato Skins and Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins, both are awesome for appetizers and parties! If you like potato wedges and fries we have traditional Potato Wedges and Loaded Potato Wedges and Sweet Potato Fries with a Tangy Chipotle Lime Dip. If you are a potato salad lover, we have you covered! Both our Homestyle Potato Salad and Bacon Gorgonzola Potato Salad are so incredibly good.

Platter of Parmesan Crusted Potatoes with a dish of sour cream and chives.

Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

5 from 188 votes
I love these Parmesan Crusted Potatoes, they make the perfect side dish. They bake open face down in parmesan cheese creating a delicious buttery cheesy crust.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6



  • Conventional Oven
  • 9 X 13 inch Pan



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and pour into a 9×13 inch pan and spread evenly across the bottom. 
    Baking dish with melted butter for Parmesan Crusted Potatoes.
  • Scrub potatoes and cut into halves along the widest part of the potato.
    Cutting board with russet potatoes cut in half with a knife.
  • Generously sprinkle Parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle other seasonings all over the butter. 
    Baking dish with parmesan cheese on top of melted butter for Parmesan Crusted Potatoes.
  • Place potato halves face down on the butter and seasonings. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
    Baking dish with face down potato halves for Parmesan Crusted Potatoes.
  • Cool for at least a FULL 5 minutes before removing from the pan, otherwise the parmesan crust won't stick to the potato.
    Spatula holding a Parmesan Crusted Potato in a baking dish next to a platter of Parmesan Crusted Potatoes with sour cream and chives.
  • Serve on a plate with a side of sour cream or Ranch dressing for dipping.
    Platter of Parmesan Crusted Potatoes with a dish of sour cream and chives.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 352mgPotassium: 33mgSugar: 0.02gVitamin A: 381IUCalcium: 150mgIron: 0.1mg

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  1. Sounds so good but I am confused. In the beginning of your post you say to bake them on a baking sheet but the recipe and video state 9×13 baking pan? Can u clarify for me? Thank you!!

    1. You can use either! Just make sure the baking pan has tall sides so the butter doesn’t slide off.

  2. I’m curious – what about a “paper thin” slice/very small piece of onion (or better yet shallot) under the potato.
    Or is onion simply too wet?
    With the onion being much smaller than the width of the potato.

    1. We have never tried that before, but I think it would prevent the cheese from baking onto the potato.

    1. Oh no! I am so sorry it burned. We usually use the grated parmesan from the green can for this recipe. Maybe that’s what it was?

  3. Your tip for using parchment paper is confusing, as it’s not mentioned in the recipe itself. If one uses butter and parmesan and waits 5 or more minutes after baking as directed, wouldn’t using the parchment paper be redundant? I’m going to try these tonight, without the paper.


  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness are these good. If only I had know about doing baked potatoes like this years ago! I saw conflicting reviews about using fresh grated or store-bought grated Parmesan; I used fresh grated and it was awesome.

  5. 5 stars
    These were excellent!! I added a little garlic salt, minced onion, chives, and salt and pepper. When they were done I topped them with sour cream and they were amazing!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I have made it so many times and it comes out perfect every time except once. I always grate a block of Parmesan which turns out great. Got lazy one night and I got a tub of pre-grated Parmesan. It burned in half the cooking time. Don’t be lazy. Grate a block of Parmesan for this recipe

  7. 5 stars
    I made these for my grandchildren and they loved them. However, the butter & cheese splattered all over my convection oven. Can I cover them with foil, or will that ruin them???

    1. I think covering them with foil would be okay! The skin might not be as crispy, but they would still taste great!

  8. 5 stars
    I made these delicious potatos again last night. I added a little garlic powder to the pan, placed the potatos cut side down as suggested, then brushed the skins with a little olive oil and sprinkled Kosher salt on top. Once again, they were yummy!

  9. 5 stars
    We love these & have made them several times. I have rushed the removal process & highly recommend following 5 minute wait before removal. Making these again today to go along with grilled ribeye & fresh corn!!

    1. I would actually just stick them back in the oven to reheat! That will give you the best texture, I think.

  10. 5 stars
    These were very delicious. So easy to make. They were very tasty and are so nice as a side with any meal. These are one of those recipes we can’t wait to make again! Thank you!

    1. This recipe won’t work with fresh – it will make a mess of the pan. Use the Kraft (or generic) parmesan cheese. Thanks for asking!

  11. 5 stars
    Love, love, love,love this recipe. Doesnt last when I make it. I’ve shared with both my daughters and they absolutely love it also. 💖👍👍

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