Parmesan Crisps: the quick, gluten-free appetizer recipe made with parmesan cheese

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

If you’ve been running out of ideas for keto snacks, you’ll love this recipe! Parmesan Crisps are an easy, keto, low-carb, gluten-free appetizer or snack recipe made with parmesan cheese (yes, you really only need one ingredient!). The crisps are cheesy and savory, with a crispy, crunchy texture.

To make it, you simply grate the cheese into a bowl, make small cheese mounts and melt it to a crisp in the oven. Make them with or without the skewers, and serve as a snack or appetizer. You and your guests will love how crispy and tasty it is, without the carbs! It’s also naturally healthy and gluten-free.

What Are Parmesan Crisps?

Parmesan Crisps are low-carb, keto-friendly snacks, made from parmesan cheese baked in the oven until it melted and then becomes light and crispy.

How To Make Parmesan Crisps

Grate the cheese. Grate fresh parmesan cheese into a large bowl. Take small amounts of cheese and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Add a wooden skewer stick to the cheese mounds. Bake in the oven until melted, then allow to cool and serve.

Can You Make Parmesan Crisps In The Microwave?

Using the oven is great for when you need to make bigger batches, but you can use the microwave if you’re working with smaller amounts.

Simply place small mounts of parmesan cheese on a microwaveable plate and microwave for 30 seconds on high. If the parmesan has not melted completely, add another 15-30 seconds. Allow to cool and crisp up before eating.


If your parmesan crisps are too chewy instead of crispy, it could be because you used too much cheese. Don’t add too much cheese to each crisp, it should be quite thin.

To keep the parmesan crisps crispy, store them away from humidity or moisture. You can also store them between pieces of parchment paper to prevent the crisps from sticking to each other.

You can add more flavor by using dried herbs (like thyme or oregano), paprika, and garlic powder. Remember not to add any salt—the parmesan cheese is already salty enough!

Use fresh parmesan cheese. The pre-grated variety in store could contain additives that will interfere with the melting.

If you’re making a large batch of parmesan crisps, you can use a food processor to grate the parmesan crisps.

If you don’t have an oven, you can also make the crisps in a hot, well-seasoned cast iron pan.

What To Serve With Parmesan Crisps

Serve the Parmesan Crisps plain as an appetizer or on a cheese platter.

You can also serve the parmesan crisps as a keto-friendly crouton with salads or soups.

How To Store Parmesan Crisps

Keep the Parmesan cheese crisps in an airtight container at room temperature for up 2-3 days.

Can You Freeze Parmesan Crisps?

The Parmesan Crisps are best enjoyed when freshly made, but you can freeze them. Simply place them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to one month.

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Grate the parmesan cheese.

Arrange the grated cheese on a baking sheet in a circle shape.

Place a wooden stick in the center of each circle.

Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C/356°F.

Serve and enjoy!


Allow the parmesan crisps to cool completely before lifting them from the parchment paper. If you lift them too early (in other words, if they haven’t cooled enough), they will break apart.

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