4.88 from 8 votes

Viral Crispy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

 December 18, 2023

Sometimes, the best things come in small packages – at least, that’s the case when it comes to this recipe! My Viral Crispy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes uses mini yukon gold potatoes and only 7 other ingredients for a simple side dish that is anything but basic. This recipe went wildly viral when I shared it recently (50 MILLION VIEWS on Instagram!), and for a good reason. After all, what could be better than potatoes smothered in butter and parmesan cheese?!

A close-up image of a bowl of the viral crispy parmesan potatoes, sitting on a countertop

Friends, would you believe me if I told that within 1 week of sharing this recipe, it got over 1 million likes and 50 million views on Instagram? It’s true! Truth be told, I’ve never had a recipe go so viral so quickly – not even my viral Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies. But it makes sense why this recipe has garnered the traction that it has. After all, who can resist crispy potatoes that are smothered in butter and parmesan cheese?

These potatoes make for the perfect holiday appetizer, the perfect side dish when paired with your favorite protein (like my Ultimate Easy Prime Rib), or even as a snack. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve made this recipe as a healthy and delicious snack for myself on more than one occasion. And while this tray can serve anywhere from 6-8 people when served as an appetizer or side dish, I can definitely eat a whole tray of these potatoes by myself. Proceed with caution: these tiny potatoes are absolutely addicting.

The 8 Ingredients Needed to Make These Easy, Cheesy Potatoes

  • Mini Yukon Gold Potatoes: The best type of potato to use in this recipe is a mini yukon gold potato. Why? Because they are small and tender, meaning they cook quickly without needing to boil them first!
  • Olive Oil: Rich olive oil adds the best flavor to these potatoes and ensures that they turn out perfectly crispy.
  • Seasonings: To season these potatoes, we’ll be using a combination of dried parsley, garlic powder, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Yum!
  • Unsalted Butter: Because this recipe calls for so much parmigiano reggiano (which is a rather salty cheese), I like using unsalted butter to ensure that the potatoes don’t turn out too salty.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano: Parmigiano regginao is like parmesan cheese, but better, and that’s because it comes from a specific region in Italy and is aged at least one year, whereas traditional parmesan cheese is rarely aged past 10 months. The result? A perfectly rich flavor that pairs wonderfully with these potatoes.
A bowl, filled with the garlic and butter mixture sitting next to a bowl of the seasoned crispy parmesan potatoes
Add the potatoes to a large bowl alongside the olive oil and seasonings and toss to fully combine. Then, mix together the melted butter and parmigiano reggiano in a separate small bowl.

How to Make These Perfectly Crispy Potatoes

To make these potatoes, start by preheating your oven to 425 F. Next, wash the potatoes and cut them in half. Then, take your knife and “score” the potatoes by cutting diagonal lines alongside the cut-side of each potato.

Transfer the cut potatoes to a large bowl and add in the olive oil, parsley, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Toss until the potatoes are fully coated in the oil and seasonings. Next, grate the parmigiano reggiano into a bowl and pour the melted butter on top. Mix them together until a thick paste forms. Transfer the paste to a large baking dish and use a spoon or spatula to spread it out evenly across the bottom of the dish.

Then, transfer the potatoes to the baking dish and place them cut-side down, pressing them into the cheese mixture. Repeat until all of the potatoes are in the dish. Finally, bake the potatoes for 25-26 minutes.

Once they’re done, remove them from the oven and allow the potatoes to rest for 10 minutes, until the cheese hardens. Then, use a spatula to remove the potatoes from the pan, serve, and enjoy!

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A close-up image of a bowl of the viral crispy parmesan potatoes, sitting on a countertop
gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Refined Sugar Free

Viral Crispy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

4.88 from 8 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
SERVES 6 Servings
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Sometimes, the best things come in small packages – at least, that's the case when it comes to this recipe! My Viral Crispy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes uses mini yukon gold potatoes and only 7 other ingredients for a simple side dish that is anything but basic. This recipe went wildly viral when I shared it recently, and for a good reason. After all, what could be better than potatoes smothered in butter and parmesan cheese?!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Mini Yukon Gold Potatoes halved
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 ½ Cups Parmigiano Reggiano freshly grated

Instructions

  • To make these potatoes, start by preheating your oven to 425 F.
  • Next, wash the potatoes and cut them in half.
  • Then, take your knife and "score" the potatoes by cutting diagonal lines alongside the cut-side of each potato.
  • Transfer the cut potatoes to a large bowl and add in the olive oil, parsley, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Toss until the potatoes are fully coated in the oil and seasonings.
  • Next, grate the parmigiano reggiano into a bowl and pour the melted butter on top. Mix them together until a thick paste forms.
  • Transfer the paste to a large baking dish and use a spoon or spatula to spread it out evenly across the bottom of the dish.
  • Then, transfer the potatoes to the baking dish and place them cut-side down, pressing them into the cheese mixture. Repeat until all of the potatoes are in the dish.
  • Finally, bake the potatoes for 25-26 minutes.
  • Once they're done, remove them from the oven and allow the potatoes to rest for 10 minutes, until the cheese hardens.
  • Then, use a spatula to remove the potatoes from the pan, serve, and enjoy!

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  1. Yum. I’ve made these twice now. First time I accidentally dropped in way too much salt. Second time, I followed exactly and I could have eaten them all! So easy and so good.

    These can be adapted to any recipe with a simple change of herbs and spices. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. These were delicious and they were so easy to make. Make sure you let them sit for the 10 minutes after you take them out of the oven and they will absorb all the butter. Thank you!

  3. It was so good. Crispy and tasty. I unfortunately put in WAY to much salt. I got distracted. But short of the salt error on my part…it was great. Thanks for sharing.

    • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that Marion! I’m so glad it turned out well otherwise, though.

  4. Made these with a few modifications since I only wanted a snack and we had some small potatoes in the house. I added some garlic paste to the parm/butter mix, used too much butter (I love butter!). They came out great! I’m probably going to add some shrimp to go on the side 😀

    • I am so happy that you enjoyed them, Ella! Thank you so much for making this recipe and for leaving such a kind review!

  5. These turned out fantastic! Very crispy and buttery. You could get away with just slightly less butter, but mine turned out great. After the 10 minutes cooling, I used a spatula to turn them over in chunks in the dish for further cooling and crisping. I used a glass 9×13 Pyrex, so maybe that made the difference.

    • I’m so happy to hear that, JB! Thank you for making this recipe, and for leaving a review!

  6. I also had soggy potatoes swimming in butter and no crisp in sight. I had to set them on a paper towel to absorb the excessive butter and then that made the cheese that did stick attach to the paper towel. :/ Ate them anyway cuz #potatoes but was not expecting a flop.

  7. Not sure what I did wrong but mine were anything but crispy. They had a great flavor but they didn’t form that crunchy layer on the bottom. I cooked for 25 minutes, let them rest for awhile, even put them back in the oven. They may have been a little better but still swimming in butter. What size pan should I use?

  8. These potatoes were so tasty but my cheese/butter paste started to burn and didn’t attach to the potatoes. Is there something I can do to prevent this?

    • Lots of butter and cheese is the key to making these potatoes, Jennie! Thank you so much for your review!

  9. 5 stars
    Omg! So good and so easy! This is a big hit in our house. I think I could eat these every day. Great cheesy flavor. I haven’t ventured from the exact recipe but you could def use other herbs and seasoning, however its perfect just the way it is! Thank you!

    • Wow, I love hearing that, Sheri! Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for leaving such a kind review!