Last Updated on June 11, 2023
These Garlic Parmesan Fries are easy to make at home in your oven or air fryer and they’re so good you’ll think you’re in a fancy steakhouse.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love French fries. Crispy and golden brown on the outside and light and fluffy inside, fries are pretty much the perfect side dish.
And when you top them with savory garlic and nutty Parmesan cheese you’ll take your fries from ordinary to amazing.
You can use any shape fries you like. You can choose to make them yourself with fresh potatoes or take a shortcut and use a bag of frozen fries. I prefer to cook fries in the oven or air fryer because it’s easier, healthier, and less messy, but deep-frying them is always an option.
How To Make Garlic Parmesan Fries
You’re going to be surprised how easy it is to make these fries. With just a handful of ingredients and about a half hour of time you’ll be able to whip up a restaurant quality side dish.
- Frozen French Fries – any brand or shape will work, just be sure not to use pre-seasoned fries. You can also get some russet or Yukon gold potatoes and make them from scratch.
- Garlic – fresh garlic is always best. Mince it up as small as possible or use a garlic press.
- Butter – substitute with olive oil for a healthier alternative.
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese – spend a little extra for a small wedge of authentic Parmesan and grate it fresh, you’ll notice the difference.
- Parsley – chop it fine and sprinkle on top of your fries for a nice burst of color.
Step by Step
Bake your fries in the oven or the air fryer until crispy and golden brown. You can also deep fry them, but that way adds a lot more calories and can make a mess. I like to use the oven because it lets me make a whole bunch of fries in one big batch.
Finely mince the garlic or run it through a garlic press. If you don’t have any fresh garlic cloves you can use garlic powder but it’s just not the same.
Melt the butter with the garlic so the flavors meld and become one. You can swap out the butter for olive oil if you want a healthier option.
When your fries are finished cooking remove from the oven and drizzle on the garlic butter while they’re still hot. Use a spatula or tongs to toss the fries until they’re all coated in garlic butter.
Transfer the fries to a serving tray and add the freshly grated Parmesan cheese and parsley. Do yourself a favor and skip the green tubes of pre-grated knockoff “cheese”. That’s not real Parmesan and if you’ve ever tasted the real thing you know the difference.
Spend an extra buck or two and get a small wedge of real Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy and grate it yourself. Your taste buds will thank you.
Serving Tips And Variations
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce such as ketchup, mayonnaise, honey mustard, , barbecue sauce, brown gravy, or zesty fry sauce.
If you want to add a little kick to your fries, sprinkle with a 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder or crushed red pepper flakes. Old Bay seasoning is another option for a different flavor.
Garlic Parmesan French Fries are a great appetizer or snack while you’re watching the big game with friends. They also make a great side dish with grilled steak, homemade smash burgers, grilled chicken, and more.
They’re so easy to make, you may never want to eat plain French fries again.
- 28 ounces frozen French fries
- 3 garlic cloves
- 4 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 400 F.
- Spread the fries onto a cookie sheet and coat with a small amount of vegetable oil or cooking spray.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, then use a spatula to flip them and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- While the fries are cooking, place the butter and garlic in a small sauce pan and melt.
- When the potatoes are golden brown and crispy, remove from the oven.
- Drizzle the garlic butter onto the fries and toss until the fries are well coated.
- Transfer to a serving dish, add the Parmesan and parsley, and serve while warm.
You can also make these garlic parmesan fries in the air fryer, but you'll need to make them in batches.
Use whatever type of frozen fries you like best, I'm partial to shoestrings or crinkle cuts.
Fresh potatoes work well too. Just cut into strips about 1/4 inch wide.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 524mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g