How To Make Potato Chips In The Microwave

by Alice Currah on March 3, 2010. Updated March 27, 2010

[donotprint]A few years ago a friend of mine taught me how to make potato chips in a microwave. I thought she was kidding because I couldn’t imagine a microwave producing crispy chips. After cooking them for 5 minutes they were done, crispy, and wonderful!

Ideally, a mandoline works best to cut the potatoes paper thin. If you don’t have one you can use a vegetable peeler or slice the potato very thinly with a knife.  Cooking one batch doesn’t yield that many chips, but its a great snack-sized amount for 1 person. If you’re up for a fun project and have a potato lying around, why not make some homemade potato chips? Or if you’re like me and need to pack a snack for your kids lunch, voila! <– You’re the hero of the day! Enjoy! [/donotprint]

Homemade Potato Chips

1 russet potato
Non stick spray
Parchment paper or glass plate
Salt and Pepper

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside of your microwave. Carefully slice1/3 of a potato into paper thin slices using a mandoline, vegetable peeler, or sharp knife. You don’t want to cut any more than this because any extra slices laying around waiting to be cooked will turn pink in color. Completely coat the parchment paper with non-stick spray and place the potato slices in a single layer. Spray the potato slices with non stick spray and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn off the rotating option on your microwave and cook for 4-5 minutes. Cooking times will vary based on the strength and power of your microwave. Some chips may turn very dark brown. Ideally you want them light and golden. Also in my microwave some of the chips on the outside layer didn’t cook as quick as the ones towards the middle, so you may need to remove the ones in the middle and cook the outer ones for an additional minute. Repeat the process until you’ve used your entire potato. Enjoy!

**WARNING** Some people have had their microwaves short cut, plates shatter, and potatoes go up in flames.  I’ve never had this experience before, however, please use caution and make sure you use microwavable plates.

**UPDATE** I’ve made several batches of this over the weekend.  If you don’t have parchment paper you can easily use a glass plate.  If you don’t have non-stick spray you can brush the parchment paper or glass plate with vegetable oil.. lay the potatoes down, and give the potatoes a light brush over again with oil.  Also, the less crowded your plate and parchment paper is, the less problem you will have with the outside chips not cooking as quick as the ones in the middle.

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So, it is not so hard to make chips by my own. Great post :) Everything looks just great, thanks for sharing :)


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Ideally, a mandoline works best to cut the potatoes paper thin. If you don’t have one you can use a vegetable peeler or slice the potato very thinly with a knife.


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I have made homemade potato chips in the past. Does anyone know how to keep them crisp for a week or more?


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the problems people are having that you have noted are due to the humidity (the potatoes are being dried out). ideally, when trying to crisp veggies in the microwave, or when nuking something with a high water content, you’ll want to let some steam escape.. simply open up the microwave every minute or two and let the steam escape so that it doesn’t cause problems. (the problems occur in older microwave models mainly)


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Revan April 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

This is an interesting recipe, never really thought about doing chips in the microwave before. I’ve been frying chips for a while now, I’d be interested to see if the microwave will result in similar quality (cause what a time saver!) If you’re interested, you can check out my recipe for Gluten-free Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips. I’d be interested to know what you think.


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Dash May 31, 2012 at 2:34 am

I just made these and they were awesome! And so simple, which made them better!! Me and my Granny are going to make some salt and vinegar ones tomorrow, the only downside is that I put too much pepper on the first batch :/ the second batch rocked tho!


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What happens if your microwave doesnt have an option to turn off the rotation?



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Debbie February 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I’ve tried several ways of making chips without frying. I just tried this tonight and they came out perfect. Thanks!


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Farzana May 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

This is a great and healthy way to each potatoe. However, I have difficulty slicing them thin and the using a peeler produces a very small piece of chip! Any other suggestions. . . anyone?


Stacie July 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Thanks! For years I have either been making them in the oven, or on the stove (deep frying). I will try this tomorrow as a snack to see if it works!


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These made in microwave should be much healthier than simply frying them in oil. Thanks for the idea.


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