These Garlic Aioli Fries with Parmesan are a super simple way to dress up your plain fries and a must-try for garlic lovers!

fries with garlic aioli and parmesan cheese on baking sheet

Why you’ll love this garlic aioli fries!

No matter how you make your fries (baked, fried, air-fried, fresh-cut or frozen), the simple addition of garlic aioli and Parmesan cheese will take your fries to a whole new level and are a perfect side for whatever meat you’re cooking on the grill!

For these easy garlic aioli fries, I went with a “cheater” aioli that is basically dressed up mayonnaise. You can certainly make your own, from scratch. There are a ton of recipes on the internet. But we’re talking about fries here and I thought cheater would be just fine.

The garlic aioli is drizzled on the hot fries, tossed, then sprinkled with Parmesan and tossed again. The garlic aioli basically melts in to the fries, giving them great garlic flavour.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Fries – as noted above, you can use any fries and/or cook them any way you like. If you have an air fryer, that would probably be the best quick option, using either fresh cut or frozen fries.

Mayonnaise – you won’t go wrong with classic Hellman’s™ here, but any good mayonnaise will work fine here.

Garlic – there really is no flavour replacement for fresh garlic. It’s just the best option. In a pinch, a bit of garlic powder would be the best substitution.

Lemon Juice – it’s a very small amount of lemon juice, but it does make a big difference. If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, add a 1/2 teaspoon or so of white wine vinegar instead, to bring a little acidity to the aioli.

fries with garlic aioli and parmesan cheese on baking sheet

fries with garlic aioli and parmesan cheese on baking sheet

Get the Recipe: Easy Garlic Aioli and Parmesan Fries

Hot fries, tossed in a quick and easy garlic aioli, Parmesan and herbs. A great way to dress up your plain fries.
5 stars from 3 ratings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


Quick and Easy Garlic Aioli:

  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise, (like Hellman's)
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For finishing the fries:

  • Cooked hot fries
  • Cheater Garlic Aioli, (recipe above)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Grano Padano or Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cook your fries, depending on the fry method you prefer (bake, fry, fresh-cut or frozen etc.)
  • While fries are cooking, prepare the Cheater Garlic Aioli by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. If it's a little too thick, you can add a small splash of milk to thin. Cover and let sit until needed. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate.
  • Have ready your grated Grano Padano or Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, along with a large bowl.
  • Once your fries are cooked and while they are still really hot, place fries in your large bowl. Drizzle with some garlic aioli and toss to coat the fries. Sprinkle some grated cheese and chopped parsley on top and toss again. Sprinkle with a bit of salt (remember, the cheese is saltand lots of freshly ground pepper.
  • Transfer to a plate. If you like, drizzle a bit more garlic aioli on top and/or a bit more grated cheese. You can also serve any left-over aioli on the side for dipping.


Be sure to read the notes above this Recipe Card, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 391kcal, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 177mg, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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