Microwave Potato Chips

Looking for a quick, easy snack? This is it.

Potato Chips

Potato Chips

For the longest time I actually never liked potato chips. I have always loved tortillia chips, but potato chips… I dunno, they never really did much for me. I found Pringles to mediocre and generic, Ruffels kinda turn into a paste and get stuck in your teeth, Lay’s failed to impress me. But then, someone gave me some Cape Cod chips and a whole new world was opened to me. After those, I started to like chips!
One thing I haven’t done is make a batch myself though. Now, I’ve made french fries (thick and thin cuts) but I just haven’t got around to frying up a bunch of potatoes in chip form. Deep frying something always feels like an event. I have to use a big pot, regulate the temperature, keep a close eye on it, bandage up my hand when I spill hot oil all over it… Well, that last part hasn’t happened, but deep frying still feels like it’s a lot of trouble.

Potato Chips

Potato Chips

That’s why when I saw this in the archives of The Kitchn, I knew I had to try it. Potato chips in the microwave! Simple. Easy. No oil or fat. All you have to do is slice a potato. Obviously, if you have a mandoline, that part is made even easier, but a chef’s knife will get the job done just fine. And all the cooking is done in the microwave, so don’t complain about it being hard to cook.
As for the taste, they are good. They don’t have quite the same taste as fried chips (no oil, obviously), but they do have a great crisp and crunch. It probably wouldn’t be worth trying to make a large batch for a crowd, but if you are looking for a quick snack, this definitely hits the spot.

Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Microwave potato chips

a potato (or as many as you want to eat)
salt/pepper or any other seasoning

  1. Cut the potato (the thinner the better, for people who like measurements: 1/16 of an inch is good. Stay under 1/8 of an inch. For you metric fans, go for about 2mm.)
  2. Put in the microwave on double layered paper towels for 3 minutes, full power.
  3. Flip the chips, drop the power to about 60% and cook again. Repeat this step until they start to look golden. Some may cook faster than others–take those out first.
  4. Let them sit 20 seconds or so, they will crisp up a bit more on their own. Enjoy!

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6 comments to Microwave Potato Chips

  • Alistair

    I’m afraid to make this once cause then I think I will make it all the time.

  • What’s worse is that you can do anything you want to these chips. You can sprinkle cayenne pepper on some for a spicy kick, salt & vinegar, garlic powder for garlic chips if you want, or just some herbs like oregano and rosemary for an herbal taste. You can make these with any kind of potatoes too. I think I want to try it with other root vegetables like carrots or something…

  • Alistair

    ok I just made me this. They are awesome. The thinner the better. I had a slight problem with the potatoes wanting to stick to the paper towel. But I worked that out.

  • Glad you like it! Did you put anything on them? Yeah, the paper towel stickage can be an issue. I think I flipped them more frequently the second time I did it and it worked out in my favor.

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