Garlic Fries Recipe

Cheesey Garlic fries make a fabulous mid-day snack or side dish for burgers. They are a comfort food the whole family will love.

If you need a good appetizer to share with hungry guests or even a comfort-food snack to keep all to yourself, this is the dish you want to try. After all, few things can top garlicky homemade french fries.

Garlic fries on a sheet pan.

Best Potatoes For French Fries

Your best options for homemade fries, particularly for this recipe, are either Russet potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes. You can use most white potatoes. I would avoid red potatoes in most cases. If you wish, you can use sweet potatoes here instead.

Do I Need To Peel My Potatoes?

You do not! You certainly can if you prefer that, but these are delicious with the skins on, too.

How Big Should I Cut My Fries?

More important than the actual size is the uniformity of your cut. You can cut these any size you want as long as all your fries are about the same size so they all cook evenly.

Thinner fries will cook faster, and thicker fries will bake for longer.

For this recipe, I recommend about a quarter-inch thickness. But that’s just my personal choice.

Garlic fries on a sheet pan.

Should I Press Or Mince The Garlic?

The truth is, you can do either. Whatever is easier. I always opt to press the garlic cloves simply because it seems to really intensify the overall garlic flavor. But if you don’t have a press, you can certainly mince your garlic as well.

A good middle ground is to mince the garlic and then smash it with the flat side of your chef’s knife.

Should I Soak My Fries?

If you want fries that have a crispy outside and soft inside, then yes. Soak them in cold water for about 15 minutes after cutting the potatoes. If you like a softer french fry on both the inside and outside, then don’t bother.

Can I Use Different Cheese?

A great way to play around with the flavor of garlic fries is to play around with the type of cheese you use. You don’t have to use Parmesan! Try any of the following:

  1. Cheddar cheese
  2. Gruyère cheese
  3. Mozzarella cheese
  4. Pepper Jack cheese
  5. Asiago cheese
  6. Gouda cheese
  7. Manchego cheese
  8. Fontina cheese
  9. Feta cheese
  10. Romano cheese

Can I Make These Ahead?

This sort of recipe is always best served freshly baked from the oven. That said, you can do everything except baking it a day ahead of time. But once they are baked, they should be eaten for the best flavor and texture.

Baked garlic fries on a baking sheet.

What Dip To Serve With Garlic Fries

You have a lot of options for dipping garlic fries. Try any of the following:

  1. Aioli
  2. Truffle Aioli
  3. Chipotle Mayo
  4. Mayonnaise
  5. Ranch Dressing
  6. Marinara Sauce
  7. Ketchup
  8. Pesto Mayo
  9. Blue Cheese Dip
  10. Honey Mustard
  11. Sriracha Mayo
  12. Balsamic Glaze

About The Ingredients For Garlic Fries

Russet potatoes – Hand cut fries or a 2¼ lb. bag of frozen french fries

Garlic – Yes, the whole head.

Fresh parsley – I used Italian (or flatleaf) parsley, but regular curly parsley will work too.

Oil – I used extra virgin olive oil. But use whatever you are most comfortable cooking with. If you really want to add flavor, you can use truffle oil.

Butter – Melted.

Grated Parmesan cheese – Use the real stuff. Avoid stuff like the Kraft brand cheese that won’t melt properly in a recipe like this and has all kinds of unwanted ingredients. You want the stuff you have to actually keep in the fridge instead of the cupboard.

Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt. Use whatever you normally cook with. Coarse salt works well too.

Ground black pepper

How To Make Garlic Fries

An oven temperature display panel set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preheat your oven to 425°F.

Garlic Fries recipe ingredients in individual containers.

Prep your ingredients and place the cut or frozen cut fries in a large mixing bowl.

Garlic Fries seasoning mixture ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Garlic Fries seasoning mixture mixed together in a small, which mixing bowl with a fork.

In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, chopped parsley, oil, melted butter, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the seasoning.

Garlic Fries seasoning mix added to cut fries in a mixing bowl.
Garlic Fries coated in seasoning in a mixing bowl.

Add the seasoning to the fries and toss well to coat.

Seasoned Garlic Fries spread out over a sheet pan for baking.

Spread the seasoned fries evenly over a baking sheet. It’s your choice whether you use parchment paper or not. Try to keep them in a single layer. But if you can’t, just know you will have to stir them more frequently to get them all to cook. If your pan is large enough to get them all in a single layer, you will only have to stir one time halfway through the baking process.

Garlic fries cooling on a baking pan.

Bake your fries for 25-40 minutes. Keep an eye on them after the first 25 minutes and stir them as needed. Once they are golden brown, you can remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

How To Make Garlic Parmesan Fries With Frozen Fries

The process is no different. You simply skip the steps of cutting raw potatoes. You can season the fries while they are still frozen. There is no need to thaw them first.

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing

Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.

Reheating

Reheat these in the oven or in a microwave. If you want to maintain a bit of the crispiness, opt for the oven.

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Garlic fries on a sheet pan.

Garlic Fries Recipe

Delicious fries you can share or hoard all to yourself.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 404kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Sheet pan

Ingredients

  • lbs. russet potatoes (or a 28 oz. package of frozen fries)
  • 1 head garlic (pressed or minced)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter (melted)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
    An oven temperature display panel set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prep your ingredients and place the cut or frozen cut fries in a large mixing bowl.
    2¼ lbs. russet potatoes
    Garlic Fries recipe ingredients in individual containers.
  • In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, chopped parsley, oil, melted butter, parmesan salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the seasoning.
    1 head garlic, ¼ cup fresh parsley, 3 tbsp. oil, 2 tbsp. butter, ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
    Garlic Fries seasoning mixture mixed together in a small, which mixing bowl with a fork.
  • Add the seasoning to the fries and toss well to coat.
    Garlic Fries coated in seasoning in a mixing bowl.
  • Spread the garlic fries evenly over a baking sheet. It's your choice whether you use parchment paper or not. Try to keep them in a single layer. But if you can't, just know you will have to stir them more frequently to get them all to cook. If your pan is large enough to get them all in a single layer, you will only have to stir one time halfway through the baking process.
    Seasoned Garlic Fries spread out over a sheet pan for baking.
  • Bake your fries for 25-40 minutes. Keep an eye on them after the first 25 minutes and stir them as needed. Once they are golden brown, you can remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
    Garlic fries on a baking sheet.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 1139mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 603IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

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