Healthy Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

How to make the best healthy air fryer garlic parmesan crusted potatoes with baby red potatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, butter, and fresh parsley. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! My husband loves these more than french fries!

How to make the best air fryer garlic parmesan crusted potatoes with baby red potatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, butter, and fresh parsley.

Get ready to experience a burst of flavor and a guilt-free indulgence with these irresistible air fryer garlic parmesan-crusted potatoes! They are the perfect combination of healthy and delicious with tender potato wedges coated in a mouthwatering blend of aromatic garlic and savory parmesan cheese. They become golden bites of pure bliss as they cook in the air fryer. 

The best part? These potatoes are cooked with little to no oil, making them a healthier alternative to traditional fried potatoes. With each satisfying crunch, you’ll taste the perfect balance of garlic, cheese, and the natural goodness of the potatoes. Whether you enjoy them as a side dish or a snack, these air fryer garlic parmesan crusted potatoes will leave you craving more. 

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Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes Recipe:

  • It’s easy to prep and only takes 13 minutes to cook.
  • They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • They are much healthier than french fries.
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tumm

How Do You Make My Healthy Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potato Recipe?

Step 1. Prep the Potatoes

Rinse and dry 12 baby potatoes. You can use any variety. Red potatoes are my favorite because they are the lowest on the glycemic index of all the potato varieties.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.

Step 2. Make the Garlic Butter

Add the butter and fresh garlic cloves to a small bowl. I love using my favorite stainless steel garlic press to crush the garlic quickly. Mix the butter and garlic together with a spatula until combined.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3.  Prep the Cheese & Parsley

Grate the parmesan cheese using a zesting grater. The smaller size of the cheese shreds allows them to get between the potatoes in the air fryer.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4. Toss the Potatoes

Combine the oil, paprika, onion powder, and salt in a bowl and shake to combine. Cut each potato in half. Cut four diagonal score lines on the soft side of each potato half about 1/8″ deep. You do not need to slice all the way into the potato. Drop the sliced potatoes into the bowl and toss with oil mixture.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5. Prep the Tray

Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil twice as wide as your air fryer basket. Fold it in half with the shiny side on the inside. The dull side is non-stick, so you’ll want it on the outside. Then fold up about .5″ of foil on all four edges creating a foil baking sheet that can contain the melting butter in the air fryer.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 6 .  Fill the Tray

Spread the garlic butter in the tray using a spatula. Then sprinkle about 1 -2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt on the butter. Next, sprinkle half of the grated parmesan cheese on the butter. 

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Place all the potato halves facing down in the tray. Scoot them all close to each other. Sprinkle with a dash of pepper. Carefully lower the tray into the air fryer. 

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 7 . Bake the Potatoes

If you’re using small baby potatoes, cook them for 10 minutes at 400°F. If you use larger baby potatoes, cook them for 12 minutes at 400°F.

When the timer goes off, remove the basket from the air fryer and carefully place it on a heat-resistant surface. Sprinkle on the chopped parsley and remaining parmesan cheese. Return the basket to the air fryer and bake for 2 more minutes at 380°F. Once it’s done, carefully remove the foil tray from the basket and serve!

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
How to make the best air fryer garlic parmesan crusted potatoes with baby red potatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, butter, and fresh parsley.

Healthy Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

How to make the best healthy air fryer garlic parmesan crusted potatoes with baby red potatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, butter, and fresh parsley. My husband loves these more than french fries!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 12 red baby potatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes

Garlic Butter:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic

Potato Oil Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and dry 12 baby potatoes. You can use any variety. Red potatoes are my favorite because they are the lowest on the glycemic index of all the potato varieties.
  • Add the butter and fresh garlic cloves to a small bowl. I love using my favorite stainless steel garlic press to crush the garlic quickly. Mix the butter and garlic together with a spatula until combined.
  • Grate the parmesan cheese using a zesting grater. The smaller size of the cheese shreds allows them to get between the potatoes in the air fryer.
  • Combine the oil, paprika, onion powder, and salt in a bowl and shake to combine. Cut each potato in half. Cut four diagonal score lines on the soft side of each potato half about 1/8" deep. You do not need to slice all the way into the potato. Drop the sliced potatoes into the bowl and toss with oil mixture.
  • Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil twice as wide as your air fryer basket. Fold it in half with the shiny side on the inside. The dull side is non-stick, so you'll want it on the outside. Then fold up about .5" of foil on all four edges creating a foil baking sheet that can contain the melting butter in the air fryer.
  • Spread the garlic butter in the tray using a spatula. Then sprinkle about 1 -2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt on the butter. Next, sprinkle half of the grated parmesan cheese on the butter. 
  • Place all the potato halves facing down in the tray. Scoot them all close to each other. Sprinkle with a dash of pepper. Carefully lower the tray into the air fryer. 
  • If you're using small baby potatoes, cook them for 10 minutes at 400°F. If you use larger baby potatoes, cook them for 12 minutes at 400°F.
    When the timer goes off, remove the basket from the air fryer and carefully place it on a heat-resistant surface. Sprinkle on the chopped parsley and remaining parmesan cheese. Return the basket to the air fryer and bake for 2 more minutes at 380°F. Once it's done, carefully remove the foil tray from the basket and serve!

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Nutrition

Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 814mgPotassium: 676mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 417IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, baby potatoes, cheesecake, parmesan
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