Homemade Potato Chips Recipe

Homemade Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Fondue
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About Potato Chips

Potato chips (or chips, crisps, or wafers depending on where you live) are thin deep-fried slices of potato that serve as a salty snack or side dish. Today, chips can be bought in a wide variety of flavours. The Smiths Potato Chips Company were the first to sell theirs with a twist of salt, while the Irish Taytos were the first crisps to be given a cheese and onion flavour.

According to urban lore, Saratoga Springs in New York is the birth-place of the potato chip. On the 24th of August 1853, an hotel chef by the name of George Crum had finally had enough of one customer's complaints - the man stated that his fried potato slices were "too thick, soggy and bland." In an attempt to teach the diner a lesson, Crum sliced the chips as thinly as he could manage, fried them until they were completely crispy, and seasoned them with a large amount of salt. However, the diner adored these new potato slices, prompting George Crum to add them permanently to the restaurant's menu under the name "Saratoga Chips.

Quick & Simple Potato Chips Recipe

Make your own potato chips in your microwave with this easy-to-follow recipe. Be sure to set some to one side for yourself, since you can bet they'll disappear in record time. Eat them as a snack when you feel peckish, or as a side to compliment a salad.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 servings of chips


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 potato, very thinly sliced
  • salt to taste
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  1. Empty the vegetable oil into a plastic bag (such as a freezer bag) and add the paper-thin potato slices, then shake the bag to coat the slices entirely.
  2. Spray a large dinner plate with cooking oil and lay the potato chips in a single layer on the plate, then cook the chips in your microwave for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chips to a tupperware container, add salt and/or other flavourings and toss.
  4. Repeat each step (apart from oiling the plate) until you've prepared all of the potato chips.

Notes & Tips

-You'll know the chips have spent enough time in the microwave if they turn a light-brown colour. If you take them from the microwave before then, they will be soggy.

-The plate will be extremely hot! When removing it from the microwave oven, always wear mitts.

-If you'd rather not use a plate, you can lay parchment paper directly onto the microwave turntable and place the chips directly on top of it. It will take more time, but you may find it easier.

-As was correctly pointed out in the comments section, adding vinegar to potato chips could cause them to becom soggy. Avoid this by sprinkling a few drops of vinegar on the chips directly after removing them from the microwave, when they're piping hot. They should be pleasantly crisp once they cool. Alternitivly, drizzle them with vinegar right before putting them in the microwave.

-Use Pam instead of oil if you wish. It will definitely prevent your chips from sticking to the plate.

-Don't be afraid to experiment with toppings and seasonings.

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alisha4u 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Mouth Watering Stuff !! M sure, you must be good in Kitchen.... :)

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roxanne459 4 years ago from Washington

So easy yet sooooo good! Don't miss these!

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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Sounds great! I have one question though. Wouldn't adding the vinegar after the chips have cooked cause them to be soggy too? How much vinegar should I add? Thanks!

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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Have added this hub to my recipe file, VV ...

I have been wondering how to do crisps without a deep fat frier and then up you pop with the answer. Thanks ... now to fit the thin slicing blade to my Magimix and get started.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Interesting! I have never made potato chips. I may have to give it a try after this!

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

@North Wind

Actually, I should have mentioned this in the article - thank you for reminding me.

What you do is take the chips from the microwave and add the vinegar straight away. When they cool, they should be crisp. You only need a few drops of vinegar, and you can experiment with the exact amount.

Sorry for not making that clear. On my way to fix that now.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a very helpful comment.

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Wow, I'm honoured, Angie. I really hope you enjoy your chips.

What are the odds of that? I'm glad I could be of some help.

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author


I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Best of luck with them.

Thanks for reading and commenting. :3

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author


I'm definitely no expert, but I do enjoy my food. ;)


Thank you very much!

Thanks to both of you for taking the time to read and leave such great comments.

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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Thanks for explaining :) I will definitely be trying these out!

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

I always wondered how I could make crisps at home. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try out this method soon.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and awesome

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author


Not a problem. I hope you enjoy your chips.


Glad I could be of some help. I hope your crisps are delicious. Best of luck.

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biancaalice 4 years ago from Southern California

Oh it just gets better.. these look so tastey and even your picture is tasteful for showing how good these look.

Voted up & interesting!

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland Author

So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Biancaalice.

Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a lovely comment. :)

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