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Homemade Potato Chips... from the Microwave?

Updated on March 7, 2012

You Will Need:

  • Something to make thin slices with (eg. a cheese grater or mandoline)
  • A potato (or two or three..)
  • Cooking oil
  • Pastry brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Plate
  • Microwave
  • Sea salt
  • Other seasonings such as vinegar, chili powder, parmesan cheese, etc (optional)

Step 1: Slice the Potato

Use the wide slot on a cheese grater (or a mandoline if you have one) to slice your potato into thin slices. The thinner the better!

Step 2: Arrange the slices on a plate

Put a piece of parchment paper on a microwave-safe plate and arrange the potato slices in one layer. Try not to let chips overlap too much or they will stick together.

Step 3: Oil

Use the pastry brush to coat the chips with oil. I've tried cooking them with different oils and have had the same results so I'm not sure if it makes a difference which type to use (comment if you know which kind of oil is the best to use).

Step 4: Seasoning

Sprinkle some sea salt (regular salt is fine too) over the chips.

Here is a useful article with a list of ten seasoning ideas you can use (it also gives instructions for deep frying your chips if the microwave doesn't appeal to you)

Step 5: Microwave

Put the plate in the microwave and cook for five or six minutes, then look at the chips and use your best judgement... some batches are ready in five minutes, but I've had some that took up to seven or even eight minutes. It depends on the thickness of the chips and how strong your microwave is so keep an eye on them because they can easily burn if you cook them too long.

Stop the microwave when a few of them turn golden brown as in the photo. Be very careful when you take the plate out, it will be extremely hot!

Wait a few minutes for the chips to cool and enjoy.


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. It's healthier - no additives and preservatives. :)

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      This sounds really good will bookmark. Voted up

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      Katelyn Weel 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy them :)

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      Katelyn Weel 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know, I'll have to try that. I've heard coconut oil is the best for making stove popcorn with too so now I have two reasons to buy it! Thanks for the tip :)

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      Anastasia Kingsley 6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Wow, this is a revelation! Thank you so much - my family will be singing your praises! Bookmarked and voted UP - useful!

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      dinkan53 6 years ago from India

      Yes I used to do potato chips in my microwave and try to brush with coconut oil and it is the best.MMmmmmmmmmm. Voted as interesting.