Peppered Parmesan Fries

If you love cheese and potatoes, these crispy Peppered Parmesan Fries are for you!  They have just the right amount of kick from the red pepper flakes, and the garlic powder ties all of the flavors together.  The parmesan creates the ultimate crispy coating, and whether you’re in need of a side for burgers or a late night snack, I promise they will be devoured!

Main Supplies Needed:

  • A Peeler
  • Knife & Cutting Board
  • A Large Bowl
  • A Colander
  • Paper Towels
  • A Cheese Grater (unless the cheese is pre-grated)
  • Parchment Paper
  • A Large Baking Sheet  

Servings: 2 – 3 Sides


  • 4 Medium** Russet Potatoes, peeled
  • 1 Heaped Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Just Under 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

**Aim for potatoes that are approximately 7 oz each before peeling.  After peeling they will be reduced to closer to 4 – 5.5 oz each.


A great-tasting extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese really make all the difference!


Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Red Pepper Flakes | Parmesan Cheese



Peel and slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch fries, keeping the size consistent for even cooking time

Place the potato slices in a large bowl, and fill it with chilled water and a few ice cubes

Let the potato slices soak for 45 minutes to remove the excess starch

While the potatoes are soaking, preheat the oven to 425º 

Prepare the grated cheese (if not pre-grated) and set aside

Rinse the potato slices well in a colander when the time is up, then blot them dry with paper towels

Thoroughly clean the bowl used for soaking before reusing it in the next step to get rid of all of the starch that was removed in the soaking process

In the cleaned large bowl, coat the potato slices with the olive oil

Once evenly coated, toss with the red pepper flakes, sea salt, and garlic powder

Toss again with the cheese until evenly covered


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Spread the prepared potatoes evenly across the baking sheet, keeping them from overlapping as much as possible to allow them to crisp

They will bake for a total of 45 minutes with the following mixing and flipping times:

Pause your timer when removing them from the oven at these intervals while you’re stirring/flipping the fries

At the 15 minute mark, gently stir the fries around the pan, flipping them over as well

Repeat the above at the 30 minute mark

At the 40 minute mark, the fries can be left alone, but turn the pan around in the oven for the final 5 minutes

At 45 minutes, they should now be crispy enough for most, but if you enjoy them on the crunchier, more burned side, feel free to add an extra 2 minutes!

Remove from the oven and serve immediately while warm


Loved these fries?  Try my Rosemary Parmesan Fries!

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