Keto Parmesan Crisps Recipe

Have you ever tried the popular keto diet? The diet plan has its drawbacks, much like any diet does, and many people find it hard to commit to such a low-carb lifestyle. The upside, however, is that it has proven to be a pretty effective weight loss method as long as you stick to eating the right foods. While keto diets are notoriously meat-heavy, no-one can live on meat alone. Sometimes you just want something crunchy to snack on, you know? Sadly, just about everything that goes crunch seems to have carbs, except maybe celery, but no one gets too excited about celery.

These easy, cheesy keto Parmesan crisps are another story, however. As recipe developer Susan Olayinka of The Flexible Fridge tells us, "I'm always on the hunt for low-carb or no carb snacks that are not super high sugar so this is brilliant." You'll come for the crunch, but you'll stay for the flavor! Even if you're not following the keto diet, you'll want to add these to your snack repertoire anyway since they're incredibly easy to make and the taste is absolutely amazing. After all, who doesn't love crunchy cheese?

Gather the single ingredient you'll need to make keto Parmesan crisps

It won't take you long at all to check your fridge to see if you have what it takes to make this recipe, nor to go out and shop for supplies if you don't. You see, there's only one thing you'll need: Parmesan cheese, that's all. If you want to add a little extra flavor to your cheese crisps, Olayinka suggests you sprinkle them with everything bagel seasoning or chopped parsley, but says "maybe paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, or curry powder" would also be good. You could also go for cayenne or chipotle powder if you'd like a spicy kick. These flavorings can either be added to the cooked crisps or else mixed into the shredded cheese.

Shred or grate the cheese

While you could make these crisps with the kind of Parmesan cheese that comes in a shaker-top cardboard container, Olayinka prefers to make hers from a block of fresh Parmesan. "I grate it myself because I always find that fresh is best," she says, explaining that "pre-grated cheese always has some sort of powder in it which I find changes the taste of the final product." If you want a low-labor compromise, you can always use the kind of pre-shredded Parmesan that comes in a plastic tub and is found in the refrigerated section with the rest of the cheese.

Prepare the cheese crisps for baking

Preheat the oven to 350 F. As it heats, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with a light coating of oil. Scoop up two tablespoons (⅛ cup) of shredded Parmesan and form it into a little pile on the sheet, then repeat this process until all of the cheese is used up. You should end up with eight separate piles of cheese. Try to space the piles with about an inch between each one so they will have room to spread out a bit. If necessary, you can use an additional baking sheet. 

Your carb-free snack will be ready in minutes

Once the oven is hot enough, bake the Parmesan crisps for five minutes. Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool for a minute or so, then remove them from the baking sheet They should come off pretty easily, and when they do, they're ready to eat. "Serve these as crackers," Olayinka advises. If you don't eat them all right away, then you've got more will power than we do. Olayinka reassures us, though, that you can store these crisps "out of the fridge in an airtight container for about 2 to 3 weeks." Just like that, you have a delicious, low-carb snack that will surely satisfy any savory, cheesy craving that comes your way!

Keto Parmesan Crisps Recipe
5 from 60 ratings
Not only are these Parmesan crisps low-carb and keto-certified, but they are the perfect savory, cheesy snack for any diet.
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parmesan crisps with napkin
Total time: 6 minutes
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Shred or grate 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Form 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan into a small pile on the baking sheet, and repeat this process with the rest of the cheese. You should have 8 cheese piles with about 1 inch between them.
  5. Bake the cheese for 5 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  6. Top with everything bagel seasoning or chopped parsley, if desired.
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