Microwave Potato Chips Recipe

potato slices picThe microwave; A life saver for TV dinners and warming up our beverages and left-overs. What would you say if I told you there is a recipe that exists that actually makes crispy potato chips – in the microwave? You’re probably thinking the same thing I thought when I found this recipe in Healthy Eats eats magazine about two years ago. The only potato I ever put in the microwave are Ore-Ida’s Steam N’ Mash potatoes, or, a quick baked potato. (Just a little F.Y.I.;  I am not a fan of instant potatoes-at all. But I have to hand to Ore-Ida; Their microwavable  Steam N’ Mash potatoes do not taste like instant potatoes. They are delicious.)

OK. Back to the microwave potato chips. Y-U-M! You will be delightfully surprised when you pull these potatoes out of the microwave. They are crispy, flavorful, and really taste like a potato chip! Microwaves tend to make foods soggy, right? How can a potato come out crispy like a potato chip? It does. This recipe is healthier than the potato chips in the grocery store and your family and friends will be amazed at how you made such a good potato – in the microwave! All it takes are a few simple ingredients, a microwave, a plate, and a good eye!

Microwave Potato Chips


  • 1 1/3 pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed
  • 2 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray


  1. Coat a large microwave-safe plate with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange as many potato slices in a single layer on the plate.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on high until some slices start to brown, 2 to 3 minutes (depending upon potato thickness and microwave power).
  4. Turn slices over and continue microwaving until they start to crisp and brown around the edges ( about 35 seconds for very thin potato slices to 2 to 4 minutes for thicker slices.)
  5. Check frequently (You will need to turn over and rearrange the potatoes to avoid scorching)
  6. Transfer chips to another plate and allow to cool completely.
  7. Repeat process with remaining slices.