Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

Healthy baked garlic parmesan fries! SO crispy and they taste fried!So in our family, potatoes are a big deal. I’m half Norwegian and it almost seems like a civic duty to love potatoes. I kid you not when I say that potatoes are my dad’s all-time favorite food and that making him happy is done by just handing him a potato dish. He’s a simple man.

And now I just spent 15 minutes going through all my photos to find this gem:

Norwegian potato man

Yes, the man is sitting on the couch, relaxing, and nomming his way through a cold baked potato from last night’s dinner. Plain. No sour cream. No butter. No salt. But his happiness level is through the roof and I can’t help but laugh out loud whenever I see this picture. 

Really, with all this potato-heritage I’ve got going on, it was only a matter of time till I came up with a healthier version of french fries. And VOILA! 


Beautiful, crunchy, garlic-y, parmesan heaven. These thick-cut potato fries are just as crispy as their fried counterparts and ohmygosh just bursting with flavor. Honestly, I almost can’t believe that these didn’t come out of a deep fryer! 

The secret behind the insane crunch factor is sprinkling the uncooked potatoes with a bit of sugar. Weird, right? Well, it must be osmosis, because the potatoes sweat out all their liquid which means extra crispy fries!

Healthy baked garlic parmesan fries! SO crispy and they taste fried!I think I’ve just discovered my new favorite method of potato-prep. These are to die for!

Oh, but one quick thing. These are best eaten hot fresh out of the oven (I mean, what isn’t?) for maximum crispiness. They taste great the next day as well, but don’t have the same french-fry like texture to them. Eater beware! 

If you’re going to pin this recipe (please and thank you!), please pin the image below :). 

These are unreal! Just as crispy and delicious as the unhealthy fried ones!!

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries
Delicious, bursting with flavor, and with all the crispiness of fried french fries!
Serves: 4
  • 1.5 lbs fingerling potatoes
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • ¾ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried italian herbs
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • fresh italian parsley, optional
  1. Cut the potatoes into medium-sized wedges and place in a colander over the sink. Sprinkle with ½ tbsp sugar and set aside for 25-30 minutes. Allow excess water to drain and pat the potatoes as dry as you can with paper towels.
  2. In a large plastic ziplock bag, combine olive oil, garlic salt, italian herbs, pepper, and the potatoes. Mix until the potatoes are evenly coated.
  3. Lay the potatoes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until crispy. Don't burn!
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan, parsley and extra garlic salt if needed.

 Today I’m linking up with WIAW to share these beauts! Head on over if you want to see more delicious eats :).

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  1. says

    I would have never guessed to put sugar on potatoes. Hey, you learn something new everyday. :)
    I’m a big potato lover as well, along with french fries. I love making my own and adding my own flavor. I’ll just have to go by your recipe and give it a go. I can already tell it will be delicious.
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  2. says

    Sooo, I am like obsessed with french fries. I actually think if I had to have a last meal (I realize it’s a morbid thought), french fries would play a HUGE role in it.

    That said, I never fry them when I make them on my own. Only bake. BUT, I can never achieve that crunch factor. Super excited that you shared this trick and the recipe looks delicious. Pinning right now.

  3. says

    These look delicious Christine, and I love the tip about the sugar. I’ve always read to soak the potatoes for a bit before baking them…I think it is supposed to reduce the starch or something? Anyway, I’ll have to try your trick (we all love fries over here). Thanks for sharing! :)
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  4. says

    Sugar on fries? Alright, ill take your word for it that it makes them 10x better. These babies are now on our food plan for the week :)

  5. Autumn Wieland says

    Mmmmm! Another tasty recipe, Christine! I paired these little crunchies up with fish and it was delicious-o! :)