Light, crisp, and perfect for snacking, these oven baked Potato Chips (a.k.a. Potato Wafers) are a healthier alternative to the deep-fried version. This Potato Chips recipe is simple to make at home and doesn’t require any specialty equipment!
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About Potato Chips Recipe
Potato chips are a favorite among many folks. The ones which we get in the market are mostly deep fried.
We also like fried potato chips, but most of the time we just want to snack on healthier, less oily stuff.
I usually make potato chips at home, both fried as well as baked. Not to say that we don’t buy ready-made chips from the market, which we do on occasion.
This recipe is a healthy alternative to regular fried potato chips. Some prep work is required, so make these once you are free from all your chores.
I also make sun-dried potato chips in a similar way, but for that recipe, no oil is added and they are dried in the sun instead of baked.
How To Make Potato Chips
1. in a bowl, add 3 cups of water + 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir so that the salt dissolves.
2. Rinse the potatoes first. Then peel and slice potatoes using a mandoline or a slicer directly in the bowl containing water.
I used 3 large potatoes weighing 550 grams, or about 20 ounces. It is far easier to use a mandoline or a slicer for slicing the potatoes because the slices have to be thin.
Don’t slice with a knife as thick slices do not become crisp when baked, but they still taste good.
3. Slice all the potatoes and immerse them in the water. They should remain immersed in the salted water.
4. Bring 6 to 7 cups of water + 1 teaspoon of salt to a rolling boil over medium heat.
5. Drain all the water from the bowl and carefully add the potatoes to the boiling water.
6. Blanch the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes on high heat.
7. Switch off the heat, cover the pot, and allow the potatoes to stay immersed in water for 3 to 4 minutes.
8. The potatoes should be translucent after the blanching process is over.
Prepare Potato Chips For Baking
9. Drain all of the water from the potatoes well using a colander or strainer.
10. Add all the slices to a bowl.
11. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and ½ teaspoon of salt, or add as required.
12. Gently mix very well so that the oil coats the potato slices evenly. You can add up to 2 tablespoons of oil in total.
Bake Potato Wafers
13. Place the chips in a lightly oiled baking tray keeping ½ cm space in between the slices.
Bake potato chips in a preheated oven at 250 degrees Celsius/480 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes. Do keep a check as oven temperatures vary.
I baked in batches since I have a small oven. If baking in batches, there is no need to brush oil on the baking tray again.
High temperatures work best, as when I have baked these at lower temperatures, they did not have the light crisp texture.
14. Once they look crisp and are light golden to golden, then remove potato chips from the oven.
As soon as they are cooled, store the potato wafers in an air-tight jar or box. They get cooled within a minute. You can make them more golden if you want.
Serve these crisp, thin, and light baked potato chips as a snack or an accompaniment to your favorite dips, sandwiches, or wraps.
Feel free to sprinkle more salt as needed on the baked potato wafers.
- Type of Potato: Be it French Fries or for any crispy potato snack like these potato wafers, it is best to use starchy potatoes – like Russet, Yukon Gold, Maris Piper, Idaho etc. Potatoes having less starch won’t become crispy and give you the best texture.
- Seasonings and Herbs: If you want, you can season these crispy potato wafers with your favorite herbs and spices. We prefer the classic, plain salted potato chips.
- Deep Frying: You can also deep fry the potato chips instead of baking them. While deep frying, just ensure that there is no moisture in the potato chip slices after blanching. Make sure to wipe and dry them with a clean kitchen towel or paper napkins.
While frying, the oil should be sufficiently hot (approximately 160-177° C, or 325-350° F) so that the potato chips do not soak up too much oil and instead become nice and crisp.
- Slicing: Slice the potato thinly as thin potato slices make the best potato chips. If you have one, this is a great time to use a mandoline.
- Air-fried option: These potato chips can also be easily air fried instead of baking.
- For Navratri Fasting: You can make these potato chips for any Hindu fasting or Navratri fasting, but use edible rock salt (sendha namak) instead of regular salt.
Let me preface this by saying that “healthy” is a complex, loaded term that means many things to many people. With that said, oven-baked potato chips are without a doubt healthier than fried potato chips.
Uh-oh, it sounds like your oven wasn’t quite hot enough. I suggest you invest in an oven thermometer to make sure the temperature you set it to is the temperature it actually ends up cooking at.
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Potato Chips Recipe | Potato Wafers
For soaking potatoes
- 3 potatoes – 550 grams, large-sized
- 3 cups water – for soaking potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 to 7 cups water – for blanching
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large bowls
- 1 mandoline slicer
- 1 large baking tray
- 1 colander or strainer
- In a bowl take 3 cups water + 1 teaspoon salt. Stir and mix so that the salt dissolves.
- Rinse potatoes very well in water first a few times.
- Now peel and slice potatoes using a mandoline or a slicer directly in the bowl containing water.
- Slice all the potatoes and immerse them in the water.
- Then in a pot or pan, on a high heat bring to a rolling boil 6 to 7 cups water + 1 teaspoon salt.
- Drain all the water from the bowl and carefully, gently add the potato slices to the boiling water.
- Blanch the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes on high heat.
- Then turn off the heat, cover the pot and allow the potatoes to be immersed in water for 3 to 4 minutes.
- The potatoes should look translucent after the blanching process is done.
Preparing potato chips slices
- Again drain the potatoes thoroughly in a colander or strainer.
- Then transfer all the slices in a mixing bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon oil and ½ teaspoon salt or add as required.
- Gently mix very well so that the oil coats the potato slices evenly. You can also add 2 tablespoons oil.
- Then place them in a lightly oiled baking tray keeping ½ centimetre space in between the slices.
Baking potato chips
- Bake potato chips in a preheated oven at 250 degrees Celsius/480 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Do keep a check as oven temperatures vary. I baked potato chips in batches since I have a small oven.
- Once they look crisp and are light golden to golden, then remove from the oven.
- As soon as they are cooled, store potato chips in an air-tight jar or box. They get cooled within a minute.
- Serve potato chips when required as a snack.
- Instead of baking you can also deep fry or air-fry the potato chips in batches.
- Use potatoes that have a higher starch content like Russets, Maris Piper, Idaho and Yukon gold.
- Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible. If possible use a mandoline slicer or potato slicer.
- Feel free to season and spice the potatoes with your choice of ground spices, herbs mix and seasonings.
Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)
This Potato Chips recipe from the archives, originally published in April 2015 has been updated and republished on January 2023.
Can I do this without blanching them first? Directly in the oven?
You can try but they will take some more time to bake.
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hi dasanna recipe looks interesting but I have a small problem my ovens maximum temperature is 200℃ but u mentioned to preheat oven to 250℃ so am bit confused here pls help me with 200℃ temperature and tell me the time up to what time we need to bake them thanks in advance..
anusha, you can use 200 degrees celsius. timing is relative to the size and type of oven. so for that you will need to keep a check.
Thank you mam…
welcome shuchi 🙂
Mam..are u talking about bajaj 3500 TMCSS 35 litres 2000 watt otg?? ?can u plz guide how many litres of otg is enough for a family…??
yes it the same one, shuchi. the size of the oven actually depends on how much baking one does. generally indians do not bake much. so even a 18 litre oven is fine for a family of 3 to 4. just that you can bake 1 cake or 1 bread loaf at a time in it. but 1 medium to large sized cake or 1 medium to large sized bread, can easily serve a family of 4. but if you want to do multiple baking at once or you want to bake often or everyday, then go for a large oven. you can even buy a 28 litre oven as an 18 litre is a small one. also the more larger the oven, the more faster it bakes. thats what i was told by the sales person. in fact she actually told me to buy morphy richards, 52 litres oven. she said it was very good and does quick baking. but i found this oven too big for my kitchen, so went for 35 litres oven. just read the reviews on amazon and flipkart before you buy 🙂
Hi mam,how r u?? Happy navratre to u n ur family…mam I m planning to buy an otg.. .plz help me in this regard…n also let me know which otg are u using….it will have great help to me…
wishing you to shuchi a happy navratri festival. i recently purchased a bajaj OTG (35 litres) and its a good one. previously i was using philips OTG (18 litre) which belonged to the landlord of the previous house. even that was good.
Hi Dasanna I want to bake them today but I have a small problem my convection oven pre heating highest temperature is 200℃ but u said 250℃ so what to do now pls help me.if I go for 200 ℃ then for how many min I have to bake them
no problem. you can still bake them. bake for 20 to 25 minutes. but do keep a check as in convection ovens, the baking is quick.
I made these today. No compromise on the taste but mine turned soggy. I guess I didn’t drain them properly ?
could be that is the reason. if you drain them well, they don’t become soggy.
I made these today!! But they have a little bitter taste. Is there any way we can avoid blanching and put them directly to oven after washing ? Thank you!!
I am a great fan of you!! 🙂
thanks deepa 🙂 i am wondering why the bitter taste. you can avoid the blanching. toss them with salt, spices and oil. mix very well and bake in the oven. the texture will be different if not blanched.
Hi, I just bought a microwave oven and don’t know proper use, your website help me out to get it done. Thank you so much for amazing recipes…..just now m going to make it
I am not having a baking machine.so instead of this can we have any alternative.plz suggest me
the only alternative is to fry the chips. there is no other way.
I need your help in suggesting a good otg for my family of four .. I fall in love with ur baked items..so i wanted to try all these.. So tel me whivh otg can i buy.post a page separately for ” How to use otg – for beginners ” it will be really useful for us.. What otg are u using to bake these item with details … It ll be really helpful if u reply to all my queries.. Bec of ur recipes i am getting expertise in different cuisines .. Thanks a tonne for ur posts and efforts you put to make us getting things lucidly …p.s i am having combination microwave ( microwave and grill of L.G . i would like to buy good brand of otg to try ur items..
welcome vaishnavi. i don’t know which brand is good. i suggest to check with the sales person or read reviews on the web. i have a basic 18 litre philips OTG without convection. this model is no longer available with philips. i will try to add a post on using oven for beginners. thanks for this suggestion.
Can I make this in microwave???
neha, you can try. but i have never made.
Let us know if you tried.
Hi Dassana,what temperature to set these potatoes in morphy richards otg.my oven temp is highest to250 degree.shall I use the middle or centre wrack for baking these potato chips? can you also show baked version of spring rolls recipe and baked french fries recipe as well.many thanks.
welcome rashmi. bake at the same temperature. keep in the center rack. first i will add fried version of spring rolls recipe and then i will add baked version. baked french fries recipe i will try to add.
Do you think this method with these cooking times would work for sweet potatoes or yams as well? Thanks!
i think would work for sweet potatoes, but not sure about yams.
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thanks simrita ji for your appreciation and kind words. glad to read your positive feedback. i don’t have any plan to travel to delhi in near future. but you can write to me at email@example.com. i am little slow in replying to emails as i get many emails. but i will try to reply as soon as possible. happy cooking.
Excellent alternative for fried version…..
Is it possible in microwave?
Your all recipes are yummy, healthy and simple……thanks a lot for sharing.
I tried all eggless versions of cakes …..they were delicious…..
welcome shilpa. thanks for your positive feedback on recipes. yes its possible in convection mode of microwave or even in microwave. but i am not sure how much time it will take in microwave. you will have to keep a check on time.
A warm greetings to u & ur family. I came to US last year without knowing much cooking and saw ur site. It is really amazing. Your step by step pic are too helpful. I have tried many of ur recipes and it came out very good. Thanks a lot for guiding many of us who r new to cooking. I want to try this recipe. What type of potato we need to use because here we get lot of varieties . Thanks in advance.
welcome lakshmi. nice to know that step by step recipes are helping you in cooking. use russet potatoes.
I just made these. They’re yummy! Will send you the photo! 🙂
thanks sneha for positive feedback. yes do send the photo.
Very healthy alternatives to the market made, oil oozing chips. The recipe is very detailed. Thanks for sharing this one.
welcome supriya. yes these are better than market bought chips.
hi, mam the healthy version of potato chips seems very interesting as I’ve totally stopped buying these from outside due to health reasons will try for sure. can you please tell me from where did you buy this slicer.
thanks rashmi. i don’t remember now. i got these slicer either from amazon.in or urbandazzle.com. so you can check both. the slicer is very good, but very sharp too. i cut my hands twice while slicing some other veggies. so be careful when using.
can this be done with out oven??
these chips cannot be done without an oven, if you want a healthy version. however if you want to deep fry them, you can do so easily. you don’t need to blanch them if frying. just soak them in the salted water for some minutes. then rinse them very well to get rid of the starch. drain and then place them on a clean kitchen towel. place another kitchen towel on top to remove all the moisture. they should be dried completely. then just fry them in oil. later you can sprinkle some fine salt or spice powder from top and mix. keep them in an air tight jar.
Hi your recipies are really tasty.. i am nwly married and enjoy cooking after learning from your site… and they have turned out to be yummy…
I want to learn Molga pudi.. can you help…
thanks a lot nilofer. i will add the recipe of milagai podi in some days.