Try making your own potato chips at home, with one of these three methods.How to make homemade potato chips. Microwave, baked, and fried instructions included!

Store-bought potato chips are not an expensive food. So why would you bother making your own?

By making them at home in the microwave or oven, you cut down on fat and calories.

But mostly because homemade potato chips are fun to make and quite tasty.

Homemade Potato Chips, Three Ways

Potato chips can be made in three ways:

  • In the microwave
  • In the oven
  • In a deep fryer

Rcipes for all three options are listed below.

I made mine in the microwave, certainly the quickest option.

My first batch I made without seasoning (which I would not recommend!)

For the second batch, I coated the potatoes with a bit of olive oil and added sea salt and a chipotle spice blend. These turned out delicious and very crisp, perfect for dipping.

What Equipment Do I Need To Make Homemade Potato Chips?

A mandoline slicer is a great tool that allows you to make paper-thin, uniform potato slices in a breeze. This tool can also be used to slice other vegetables and fruits such as peppers, onions, carrots, apples, and much more.

Mandoline slicers are extremely sharp, so be careful when cutting potatoes.

Baked sweet potato chips recipe

You can also make homemade sweet potato chips using the same method. These go great with a chipotle cream dipping sauce.

Homemade BBQ Potato Chips

Get the recipe: BBQ potato chips

Homemade Potato Chips Recipe: Learn how to make homemade potato chips in the microwave, oven or deep fryer.

Homemade Potato Chips

Depending on the thickness of the potatoes and how even your microwave or oven heats, some potato chips will cook faster than others. Make sure to check periodically to remove chips that are fully cooked while others are still baking. If you don't have a mandoline slicer, cut your potatoes in very thin slices (ideally 1/8 inch each).


  • Large baking potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Fine grain sea salt
  • Other spices, if desired


  1. Wash potatoes. Slice using a mandoline, adjusted to the second thinnest setting.
  2. For microwave potato chips: Toss potato slices with a small amount of olive oil. Sprinkle potatoes with a pinch of salt and other spices, if desired. Arrange slices in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate that has been coated with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Microwave potato chips until crisp. This took about 4 1/2 minutes in my microwave.
  3. For baked potato chips: Preheat oven to 375F. Toss potato slices in olive oil (about two teaspoons per large potato). Sprinkle potatoes with a pinch of salt and other spices, if desired. Arrange potato slices on a large baking sheet that has been brushed with olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are crisp and browned. 
  4. For deep-fried potato chips: Place sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water and let stand for one hour in the refrigerator. Drain and dry well, patting with paper towels to remove excess water. Heat oil to 390F. Fry a small number of potato slices at a time until golden brown. Remove and place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt.

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