Potato Chips

While I had all the oil and potatoes available, I decided to make one more thing with it. This one was pretty obvious, really. Cut your potatoes into thin disks, fry them, and ta-da…

Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Apart from the shape, there is really only one difference between these and the french fries: Fry them once at the high temperature and not twice. Like most fried food, these are best fresh. I can’t really tell you how they are the next day as there are typically none left. 

Several months ago I posted about making potato chips in the microwave. You can quickly get your snack on with that method, but it doesn’t quite match the fresh-out-of-the-fryer taste. The microwave chips had some benifits: arguably a bit crunchier, harder to burn the chip (and yourself), and less mess. If you are looking to make chips for one or two, use your microwave. If you want chips for 5 or more, deep frying them is the way to go.

I might as well describe the process in detail for those who like specifics (me!), so click through…

I used the same set-up as for my French fries last week: three quarts oil in the pot, probe thermomenter sticking in, large slotted spoon to get things out of the oil.

Frying potato chips.

Frying potato chips.


Idaho or Russet (or nearly any potato)
two to four quarts oil (peanut is preferred, but canola or even olive oil–not extra virgin–can be used)
salt (kosher, table, or popcorn salt) 


  1. Don’t bother peeling the potatoes, just scrub them and remove any of the more offensive looking parts. Using a mandolin on the thinnest setting, or a sharp chef’s knife, cut the potatoes into thin disks. Rinse the potato disks in cold water until the water is clear and let them soak them in a large bowl of ice water. The potatoes can be made to this point and held for about 12 hours.
  2. Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot with your oil, attach your fry thermometer or probe thermometer and heat over medium-high until 375F degrees. (I normally set my thermometer to 360F and start there.)
  3. As the oil heats, dry the potatoes thoroughly with kitchen towels–water and hot oil don’t mix.
  4. When the oil is hot, add a large hand full of the chips to the oil and fry until golden brown. Stir them a bit when you first drop them in so that they do not stick together.
  5. Transfer to a clean, thick paper bag or paper towels. Return the oil to 360 degrees and repeat with remaining chips. Season the chips as they are removed from the oil to help the salt stick. Eat the crispy goodness.


Potato chips.

Potato chips.


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