Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps recipe – easy to make and a wonderful one ingredient snack. Also called Parmesan Fricos, these cheese crisps are great to eat by themselves or use as a low-carb “cracker”.

A stack of Parmesan Cheese Crisps on a plate with a cooling rack in the background

It’s hard to believe that these Parmesan Crisps are made with just one ingredient!

That’s right, shredded parmesan cheese is all you need to make these delicious low carb chips.

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Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan chips are also known as fricos and they are essentially an Italian cheese crisp that slightly resembles a lacey potato chip.

These crispy low carb cheese chips taste terrific by themselves and are ideal for crumbling onto the tops of salads.

These keto cheese chips also make wonderful “crackers” to hold favorite toppings.

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A closeup of Parmesan Cheese Crisps with a cooling rack of crisps in the background

How To Make Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Parmesan Crisps (fricos) are so easy to make!

Step 1

Grate or shred a wedge of parmesan cheese. If you have a food processor, cut the parmesan cheese into smaller pieces, toss the pieces into the food processor and pulse until the parmesan cheese is grated.

Shredded parmesan cheese on a large cutting board

Step 2

Scoop up about 3 tablespoons of the cheese and place it on a baking sheet. An ice cream scooper works well for this.

Balls of shredded parmesan cheese for Parmesan Crisps

Step 3

Spread out each mound about 2 to 3-inches wide and leave an inch or two between the cheese.

Balls of shredded parmesan cheese for Parmesan Crisps

Step 4

Garnish the tops with toasted pine nuts or leave them plain.

Balls of shredded parmesan cheese flattened and topped with toasted pine nuts

Step 5

Bake the parmesan cheese at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 5-6 minutes until the crisps turn golden in color.

Step 6

Let the cheese crisps cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before carefully removing them to a cooling rack.

Baked parmesan cheese crisp
Parmesan cheese crisps on a cooling rack topped with toasted pine nuts
Parmesan cheese crisps on a cooling rack

Parmesan crisps can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Parmesan cheese crisps stacked on a plate

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What To Serve With Parmesan Crisps

You might like to serve parmesan crisps with any of these small batch dips and soups:




French Onion Soup

Parmesan Crisps Recipe

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Parmesan Cheese Crisps (Fricos)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese
Servings: 24 crisps
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese , rind removed
  • pine nuts , toasted (optional)


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Grate the cheese into a bowl.
  • Line a large baking sheet with nonstick liner. Scoop out even portions of cheese (you can use an ice cream scoop if you have one) and place on baking sheet, 3-inches apart.
  • Flatten each mound slightly with a metal spatula or with your fingers.
  • Place a few toasted pine nuts on the top of each mound of cheese, if desired.
  • Bake for 5-6 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove pan from the oven and let the crisps cool on the pan for 3 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer each crisp to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 18kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 4mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 56mg
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18 thoughts on “Parmesan Crisps”

  1. Connie | URBAN BAKES

    Wow this is pretty cool! I would have never thought to just bake parmesan cheese. Amazing!

  2. Cate | Chez CateyLou

    I loooove the taste of parmesan cooked like this! It is so good! These fricos look awesome and are so versatile!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try these ever since I saw it on Giada at Home. They look fantastic! And it was great meeting you last weekend, Joanie! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Shinee! You should definitely make them, they’re easy to make and so delicious. It was wonderful meeting you too!!

  4. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    I just love how simple these are to make, Joanie! And perfect for serving over a fresh salad or a bowl of soup. 🙂

    1. They’re so easy to make, Carrie and Fricos are great on salads. They provide the perfect salty crunch.

  5. Kate @ Diethood

    5 stars
    One of the best snacks on Earth! Seriously.
    Also? I fill ’em up with spinach and artichoke dip! 😀 YUM!

    1. I agree, Kate. I love them. That’s a great idea to fill them with spinach and artichoke dip. So much better than a cracker!

  6. Wow I’ve never heard of these but they look like such a great idea! I can myself eating them by dozen.. eek!

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