Is It Possible To Make Potato Chips In A Microwave?

If you're craving a salty snack, potato chips are sure to hit the spot. Potato chips are the perfect crunchy component to satisfy between meals, they go great as a tasty side to sandwiches, and they can even be crushed into crumbs for the ideal crispy coating to chicken. In fact, it's quite hard to dislike them, and according to a survey done by aytm, not many people do. Statistics show that a whopping 72% of people thoroughly enjoy them, wth 8% consuming the snack daily, while only 9% of people dislike potato chips and 3% never eat them.

While purchasing a big bag of this universally-loved snack is much easier than slicing potatoes and frying them yourself, when the craving hits, you don't feel like going to the store, and all you have is potatoes on hand, there is an everyday appliance that may become your best friend: the microwave.

Yes, with one important step

Turns out, you can most definitely make potato chips in the microwave. However, according to Kitchn, soaking the potato slices before cooking them is an essential step, as this helps the starch to release so the chips get crisp much quicker during cooking.

To start, you'll want to slice your potatoes paper-thin on a mandoline, transfer the slices to a large bowl of cold water, and soak them, draining and re-filling the water until it runs clear. From there, you'll want to spin the potato slices in a salad spinner to dry and transfer the slices in a single layer onto a paper towel-lined plate, careful that they don't touch one another. Finally, cook the chips in the microwave for six minutes, flipping them halfway.

The only downside is the amount of chips made using this technique. Because each batch only produces a limited number of chips, this method is great if preparing a snack for one or two people. If you're feeding a crowd, it's best to stick with store-bought or fry your homemade potato chips in a large pot of oil.

When choosing the right potato, Alpha Foodie states that different types of potatoes yield a different color, yet none have led to unpleasant results. However, russet potatoes are the best option, and the microwaving technique also works on sweet potatoes.