Simple and Tasty Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes

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This garlic parmesan baby potatoes recipe fits the bill if you need a quick and easy yet rich and tasty side dish for a weekday meal. It doesn’t take much time to prep and is creamy and delicious.

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This recipe is a Dined and Dashed Level 2 recipe, which means it takes 30 minutes or less to prepare and isn’t a challenge for an average weekday.

This easy side dish is perfect for those bags of little potatoes you can buy at the grocery store already washed and just ready for you to cook. You can make this recipe with large potatoes but there will be additional prep time because you will have to cut the potatoes into smaller pieces.

This garlic parmesan baby potatoes recipe is pretty versatile and can be served with many different things. I served it with my boneless pork ribs, but it will go with just about any main course. I broke down some of the basic steps for making this recipe below. If you prefer, you can jump right to the recipe card.

What you need to make garlic parmesan baby potatoes

This is a fairly basic recipe, I just grabbed some simple seasonings that I had on hand. If you prefer fresh garlic, you could replace the garlic powder with fresh garlic. The popular conversion is 8 cloves of garlic per tsp of garlic powder.

  • baby yellow potatoes (you could use Yukon gold potatoes if you can find baby ones or baby red potatoes as well)
  • sour cream
  • heavy cream
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder (or fresh garlic using the conversion provided above)
  • grated parmesan cheese

You will also need a large bowl, a medium/large pot, and a medium saucepan.

If you want to add some depth of flavor, you could add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning or onion powder or garnish with fresh parsley.

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How to make garlic parmesan baby potatoes

This recipe requires that you pay a bit of attention to the sauce because it is a cream sauce so you will need to stir it frequently, if not constantly. Otherwise, this simple side dish is pretty much a 3-step process – boil, stir, and combine.

  • The first step is to boil the potatoes. You can cut them if you want the baby potatoes to be even more bite-sized, or if you have larger potatoes.
  • While the potatoes are getting up to boiling, you can combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and heat on the stove.
  • Pour the parmesan mixture over the potatoes and serve.

Tips for boiling baby potatoes

  1. Use similar-sized potatoes for best results – if you have a wide variety of sizes, you may find yourself with some undercooked and/or overcooked potatoes. Overcooked potatoes will pretty much turn to mush.
  2. Salt the water – this sort of acts as a preseason for the potatoes and helps to bring out the flavor.
  3. Use only enough water to cover the potatoes by about an inch.
  4. Cook until fork tender (about 10 minutes) but not too soft, you are aiming for tender potatoes, not mushy ones.
  5. If you are going to cut the potatoes, you can cut them before or after cooking, however, if doing it before, they will cook much faster and it is critical to make sure your pieces are as similar sized as possible. 
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Simple and Tasty Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes

This garlic parmesan baby potatoes recipe fits the bill if you need a quick and easy yet rich and tasty side dish for a weekday meal. It doesn't take much time to prep and is creamy and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 247 kcal


  • 1.5 lb baby yellow potatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp salt plus more for potato water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese plus extra for topping


  • add the potatoes to a medium pot
  • add water to the pot to cover the potatoes by about an inch
  • add salt to the water liberally (about 1 to 1 1/2 tsp)
  • bring water to a boil and then boil the potatoes until fork-tender, approximately 10 minutes
  • combine sour cream, heavy cream, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and parmesan cheese in a medium saucepan
  • heat sauce over medium-low head, stirring or whisking frequently until combined
  • reduce heat and continue to stir until potatoes are ready
  • drain the water from the potatoes
  • and the potatoes to a large bowl and pour the sauce over the potatoes
  • gently fold the sauce into the potatoes and serve


Nutrition disclaimer:
The nutritional data provided here is only an estimate and provided for information only. Verification using your own nutritional calculator is required to ensure accuracy. 
Also note that the serving size adjustment only changes the ingredient amount values, it does not change the nutrition information.


Serving: 4.5ozCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4.5gFat: 15g
Keyword creamy, easy, parmesan, potatoes
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This easy potato side dish has a rich, creamy, parmesan garlic flavor using only a handful of ingredients and makes a great fairly low-effort side dish for weekday meals. Enjoy these garlic parmesan baby potatoes as a side dish to your favorite meal!

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