Want my FREE 7-Day
Slim Down Meal Plans?
Paleo & Plant-Based

Use your Blender more and create clean, real food recipes 
to help you slim down without restriction.

How to Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Blender

Ready to use your blender to create healthy, easy and delicious meals, snacks, smoothies, condiments, cocktails and treats? On sale for 73% off LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Blender
Get FREE eBooks and Downloads for Your Health! Click Here 🙂
NutriBullet Promo Code


Want to know how to grate Parmesan cheese in a Vitamix or other high speed blender

While you can buy grated Parmesan cheese in your local grocery stores, nothing beats freshly grated Parmesan cheese in your favorite recipe.

There’s a reason why nice Italian restaurants freshly grate Parmesan with your meal, it tastes better and is less expensive to purchase the cheese in blocks.  

It is very simple to grate Parmesan cheese at home in a few seconds rather than minutes without dirtying those hard to clean tools such as graters and food processors.

Parmesan is the most popular hard cheese that is grated for adding to recipes, but of course you can use this same easy process in your blender for all other hard cheeses as well!


Be sure to join our community for more amazing Blender Babes healthy recipes! Plus, share your thoughts by rating this one below if you give it a try! 

Note: Blender Babes now wear Activewear!

How to Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Vitamix Blender


4.5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate Add to Collection
Course: Grating
Author: Blender Babes


  • Hard Parmesan cheese cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces – up to 1 cup


  • Place ingredient in the jar, secure lid.
  • Blendtec: Press the SPEED UP Button to Speed 4 and process cheese for 15-30 seconds. Press any button to stop the cycle.
  • Vitamix: Select VARIABLE, speed 5 or 6. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed only as needed to obtain desired degree of fineness, 15-30 sec.
  • Remove grated cheese by turning container over and gently tapping against a flat surface.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
How To Grate Parmesan Cheese by @BlenderBabes


Grated cheese is easier to distribute with free flowing particles.  Breaking it down into small flakes is often preferable melted onto pizza and pasta dishes, and as a topping for salad.

Parmesan cheese has some great heath benefits!  Just one ounce of grated Parmesan cheese provides 11 grams of protein and just 1 gram of carbohydrates. The cheese is also a great source of bone-building minerals calcium and phosphorus.  

Plus, if you are trying to watch your weight, Parmesan is a very flavorful cheese, so you do not have to use a large serving to enhance your foods.

Note: Consider that all cheeses contain high levels of fat, and Parmesan in particular also contains moderately high levels of sodium – approx 386 gram per 1/4 cup.  As they say, “Enjoy in Moderation.”

Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the founder of Blender Babes®. She credits using a blender daily for helping her heal an unhealthy relationship with food. A passionate advocate for self-care, she is committed to helping others pursue optimal wellness by balancing and healing their bodies and minds. She offers several opportunities to help people improve their health including free challenges and downloads, a gentle whole foods 7 Day Blender Cleanse™ and her holistic mind, body and spirit Slim Down Solution™ Womens Coaching Programs.

8 thoughts on “How to Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Blender”

  1. Wow. Thanks for this!

    Do you recommend taking the rind off the Parmesan cheese before grating? Wondering if it would add to flavor. So many opinions on internet about this. Go figure!

    Tired of micro planing my fingers. Lol. You easy way makes it simple.

    1. You’re so welcome! Microplaned (is that a word? lol) fingers are not fun 😉 Yes I take off the rind but you could easily do a test each way and see what you prefer. The grind won’t blend as easily as the cheese but I’m pretty sure either blender can handle it. Happy Blending! ~Tarashaun

  2. I have grated Parmesan many times in my blendtec. But tonight when I was grating some, it blew the side out of my blender. A roundish piece of plastic about three inches in diameter broke out. Cheese had to be cleaned from one end of my kitchen to the other! I have no idea what happened. I don’t know if I can get the jar replaced under warranty or not. But now I’m scared to grate Parmesan in it ever again.

    1. OMG! That’s kind of crazy, Donna but it happens from time to time- very rarely. Just call Blendtec- they will handle everything for you. How old is the jar?

  3. 4 stars
    How is the clean up after shredding parmesan?

    I imagine blending a drop of soap wouldn’t work with cheese stuck to everything. Does it?

    1. Hi Danny and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Clean up is easy, just be sure to use 2 cups HOT water with your soap. I like to use the Soup button (instead of the PULSE button for a few seconds) to clean super messy jobs as well, then run over it with a sponge if necessary – but that’s usually only needed for nut butters, batters, and oily dressings. Parmesan cheese shouldn’t need much extra cleaning. 🙂 HAPPY BLENDING!!

  4. We LOVE freshly grated parmesan! Using our blender makes it SO EASY to do at home rather than using a hand grater 🙂

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.