Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce

February 26, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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This Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce is completely creamy, cheesy, and perfect for dipping and dunking your favorite handheld snacks like fries and wings. You can also use it on salads, sandwiches, and more for a delicious cheesy hit.

Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce

Get ready for this mouthwatering Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce recipe! This sauce is all about buttery goodness, creamy texture, and that irresistible Parmesan cheesiness. It's perfect for dipping, dunking, or spreading on everything from salads to sandwiches, pizza + more. Whether you're hosting a party or just want to jazz up your snacks, this sauce is your new go-to. Dairy-free option.

Sauce on sweet potato fries with a spoon.

You know, when I first made this Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce recipe it was for dipping/drizzling onto my Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan French Fries. But let me tell you, for the past month, I've been using it on everything! It's killer as a dip for wings, fries and pizza, plus it makes the BEST spread on sandwiches + burgers, and is downright amazing tossed with pasta or as a base for white pizza. This sauce is very versatile!

In just 10 minutes, with basic ingredients like cream, Parmesan, butter + a few spices, this sauce comes together effortlessly. Plus, if you prefer a dairy-free/vegan option, you can easily adapt it. Chances are, you already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen!

I'm always experimenting in the kitchen, trying to create quick, tasty sauces that won't keep you tied up for hours. Up next, you might want to try making your own Homemade Alfredo Sauce, whipping up some Homemade Pesto Sauce, mastering The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce, or adding a spicy kick with this Jalapeno Ranch Sauce!

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What Is Garlic Parmesan Sauce?

Garlic Parmesan sauce is like a flavor-packed magic wand in the kitchen! It's a creamy blend of butter, garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream, and herbs that adds so much richness to any dish. Whether you're dipping, drizzling, or smothering, it elevates the flavor game of everything from pasta to veggies to chicken.

This sauce is so versatile! You can dip the Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings for double the parm-hit or spread it on pizza with my quick Easy Gluten-Free Pizza Crust. It's also perfect for dunking Vegan Garlic Naan Bread into! Trust me, once you taste it, you'll want to put this sauce on EVERYTHING!

Ingredients on a brown wood table.

How To Make Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce

You won't find anything complicated in this amazing garlic parmesan sauce recipe. Chances are, you've got most of these ingredients hanging out in your kitchen already! Check out the recipe card at the end of the post for exact measurements.



  • Butter. Adds a rich buttery flavor. Use unsalted butter to control the flavor. For a dairy-free version, substitute with vegan butter.
  • Garlic cloves. Use fresh minced garlic.
  • Heavy cream. I recommend organic–always! I use Organic Valley. Of course, for a dairy-free option, just use full-fat coconut cream/milk.
  • Freshly-grated parmesan cheese. I love to freshly grate my cheese, however, you can use your favorite shredded brand---quality does matter! For a dairy-free option, So Delicious Dairy-Free or Violife cheese shreds taste great.
  • Garlic powder. Adds an extra garlicky punch of flavor.
  • Sea salt + black pepper. This rounds out the flavors.


Here, I’ve curated a list of baking + cooking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite dishes, especially with this Garlic Parmesan Sauce. Everything from my fave skillet, pots, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Sauce in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Why You Will LOVE Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • Perfect for dipping, drizzling, or spreading!
  • It’s super easy to make + simple ingredients.
  • Ready in just 10 minutes!!!
  • Bold flavors— cheesy and oh-so rich + creamy
  • Family-favorite + crowd-pleasing

Ways to Use Garlic Parmesan Sauce

If you're new to garlic parmesan sauce, you might wonder what dishes it pairs well with. Luckily, I have some great suggestions for you to enjoy it with. This sauce recipe is a keeper, and I'm excited for you to give it a try!

Fries --- It's perfect as a dipping/drizzling sauce. Try it with my Air Fryer Jamaican Jerk Potato Wedges or Seasoned Crinkle Cut Fries.

Chicken --- It's a no-brainer to enjoy this sauce with wings, but any type of chicken paired with it would be absolutely amazing. Whether it's fried, grilled, shredded or baked chicken.

Pasta --- It's pasta perfection! Mix it with noodles, ravioli, gnocchi or tortellini for a creamy delight, similar to Alfredo sauce.

Pizza --- Whether you swap it for ranch as a dip or use it as your pizza base, it's bound to be delicious.

Garlic sauce on fries and being used as dipping sauce.

Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce Q + A's

How to store leftovers?

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How do I reheat Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce?

To reheat, gently warm the sauce on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently to maintain its creamy texture. You can also use short bursts in the microwave, stirring in between, until it reaches your desired temperature. Avoid high heat to prevent separation or curdling.

Why is my sauce not creamy?

If your sauce is not velvety smooth it could be because your ingredients don't have as high of fat content to them. Make sure that you're using high-quality ingredients and whisking everything frequently until smooth.

Can i make more?

Yes! This recipe makes enough for about 1 ½ cups of sauce, however, for more or a larger batch simply double or triple the ingredients. 

How to make dairy-free?

So easy! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese, dairy-free parmesan, or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.

More Parmesan Infused Recipes To Try

If you are obsessed with adding parmesan to your dishes then definitely give these recipes a try next after trying my Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce recipe!


If you tried this Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce recipe or any other recipe on my website, please please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you go in the 📝 comments below. I love hearing from you.

Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce

February 26, 2024
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Get ready for mouthwatering Easy Garlic Parmesan Sauce! This sauce is all about buttery goodness, creamy texture, and that irresistible Parmesan cheesiness. It's perfect for dipping, dunking, or spreading on everything from salads to sandwiches + more. Whether you're hosting a party or just want to jazz up your snacks, this sauce is your new go-to. Dairy-free option.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1 serving



  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups organic heavy cream
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper



  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter until melted. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add the heavy cream, grated parmesan, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat.
  • Use this delicious garlic parmesan sauce on your favorite handheld foods like fries, sweet potato fries, sandwiches, salads, as a dipping sauce, etc.
  • Add cooled sauce/dressing to your favorite mason jar or tightly sealed container and refrigerate for 3-4 days for optimal freshness. 
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • SERVING SIZE: This recipe makes enough for about 1 ½ cups of sauce, however, for more or a larger batch simply double or triple the ingredients. 
  • DAIRY-FREE OPTION: To make this sauce entirely dairy-free, simply substitute the heavy cream with full-fat coconut cream or milk, the butter with vegan butter, and the cheese with dairy-free parmesan. 


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1473IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 0.3mg


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