What doesn’t taste better when covered in garlic and Parmesan?? This classic flavor combo gives these oven-baked fries a one-two punch of savory umami flavor that makes you just want more and more… And don’t get me wrong, I’d be more than happy to just eat a huge plate full of these Garlic Parmesan Fries on their own, but you might as well serve them next to an equally epic sandwich for a totally brag-worthy meal. Suggestions for delicious sammies and dipping sauces to pair with your fries are included below! 👇
Originally posted 2-18-2016, updated 9-22-21.
Are Oven Baked Fries Crispy?
Thick-cut oven-baked fries like these are not crispy like their deep-fried counterpart. That’s just the nature of baking versus deep frying. They’ll get a little crispy along the edges and coating them in grated Parmesan does go a long way toward giving the potato a lot of texture so you won’t really miss the ultra-crispy deep-fried texture.
Seasoning Ideas for Oven Fries
What I love about these baked fries is that you can change the seasoning to be almost any flavor you like. Keep in mind the extra texture that the Parmesan gives to the fry when deciding whether to include Parmesan in your seasoning mix. Some other french fry flavor ideas are:
- Cajun seasoning
- Garlic Herb
- Basic seasoning salt (like Lawry’s)
- Chili powder
- Ranch seasoning
- Steak seasoning
What to Serve with Garlic Parmesan Fries
These Garlic Parmesan Fries are pretty spectacular and they deserve to be on a plate next to something equally as delish. Try pairing them with Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers, Mediterranean Turkey Burgers, Baked Spicy Chicken Sandwiches, Sloppy Joes Plus, or Vegetarian French Dip Sandwiches.
Want an awesome sauce to dip your fries in? Try some Comeback Sauce, Homemade Ranch Dressing, or 5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce!
Oven Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries
- 2 russet potatoes (about ⅔ lb. each) ($1.08)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
- 2 tsp dried oregano ($0.20)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
- 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
- 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan ($0.22)
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Wash the potatoes well then cut into ½-inch wide fries.
- Place the cut fries in a large bowl and add the olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Toss until the fries are coated in oil and seasoning.
- Spread the seasoned fries out onto a large baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
- Bake the fries for about 30 minutes, or until well browned, stirring once half-way through.
- Serve hot! Optional garnish: chopped parsley and a pinch of Parmesan.
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How to Make Oven Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Wash two russet potatoes and cut them into ½-inch wide “fries.”
Place the cut fries in a large bowl and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper, and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan. Toss the fries until they’re evenly coated in oil and seasoning.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the seasoned fries out over the baking sheet.
Bake the fries in the fully preheated 425ºF oven for 30 minutes, or until nicely golden brown, stirring once halfway through.
Garnish the fries with a little chopped parsley and another pinch of grated Parmesan, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Fantastic fries!! I actually soaked the sliced potatoes in ice cold water for 30 minutes like another commentor suggested. Patted them dry. they were absolutely fantastic!!
I wanted to love these, but mine turned out soggy and sad. I rinsed and patted the potatoes dry before baking too. I think next time I will make these directly on the baking sheets without cheese. Maybe I could sprinkle the cheese on in the last couple of minutes or something.
These oven fries with garlic parmesan cheese were bomb. I made it to go with a movie we were watching that night and it was really awesome.
I have read that the starch inhibits the crispiness in oven baked fries. Soak the cut potatoes in a bowl of water with ice cubes for 30 minutes (when you drain it, you’ll see the starch that has settled in the bottom of the bowl), then pat dry with paper towels before adding the olive oil and seasonings. I do this all the time now, and it makes a big difference!
Anyone try this recipe with an air fryer? 😉