Oil-Free Microwave Potato Chips

Oil Free Potato Chips @fifteenspatulas

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Crispy potato chips…with no oil???!?

…no butter?!

…no fat whatsoever???


These potato chips have got that robust crunch. You know, the kind of crunch where everyone in the room stares at you with the “Do you HAVE to chew THAT LOUD?!” look on their face.

Hm…crispy potato chips without oil…how on earth does that happen? The magical microwave. College students rejoice, because this is the one thing you can make in your dorm room aside from popcorn.

There are a few tools that you need to have to make this a success. The first is a mandolin that can slice the potatoes super thin. I used this OXO handheld mandolin that OXO gave to everyone at the Orlando Food Blog Forum, but any mandolin will do.

Microwave Potato Chips Recipe

Take your mandolin-cut potato slices and lay them in an individual layer on a parchment paper covered plate. Season with salt if desired.

Microwave Fat Free Potato Chips Recipe

Microwave them for 3-5 minutes until golden brown (I’ve heard people need as many as 10 minutes to get these golden brown, and it depends entirely on your microwave and how thin you slice the potato):

Oil-free Potato Chips

Keep microwaving the potato chips in batches until you get a big basket of chips:

Oil-free Fat Free Potato Chips

Here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy these! They are a little time consuming, but worth making every once in a while:

Oil-Free Microwave Potato Chips

Yield: Serves 1

Oil-Free Microwave Potato Chips


  • 1 large russet potato
  • salt


  1. Peel the potato and keep it in a bowl of water so it doesn't brown. Set a piece of parchment paper on a large plate.
  2. Use a mandolin to thinly slice just enough potato to cover the parchment-covered plate in a single layer of potato slices (the parchment is essential so the chips don't stick). Season with salt if desired and microwave on high for about 3-5 minutes until the chips are golden brown. Remove chips from the parchment and repeat with the remaining potato slices. Enjoy!

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  • avatar Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 20, 2012, 10:51 am

    I can’t believe you posted these today. I was going to make them this weekend! I have a potato all ready!

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 20, 2012, 11:37 am

      Can’t wait to see your version Erin!

  • avatar Mi Vida en un Dulce April 20, 2012, 11:26 am

    No, no, no…really…??? crunchy potatoe chips without oil…??? Now I’m in heaven…!!!

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 20, 2012, 11:37 am

      HAHA Nydia you’re so funny! Hope you enjoy them =)

  • avatar Trish April 20, 2012, 11:26 am

    Those are soooo fun!

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 20, 2012, 11:36 am

      Thanks Trish! They were fun…I couldn’t believe my eyes.

  • avatar mallory @ totalnoms April 20, 2012, 11:28 am

    You need a “pin” button on your posts so I can immediately post these to Pinterest! This is ingenious.

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 20, 2012, 11:34 am

      Hey Mallory! I am debuting a new design by the middle of next week, and it will definitely have that, among many other improvements. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • avatar sportsgluton April 21, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Totally fun and simple to do…I’m already thinking of the season mixtures one can put on these. Have a great weekend Joanne!

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 23, 2012, 8:37 am

      Yeah, the spices you could put on here….endless! Hope you had a great weekend Jed =)

  • avatar Tommy April 21, 2012, 5:23 pm

    WHOA! This is so shocking and amazing to me. I must try it. And, I love using my mandolin so it’s perfect. Thanks!

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 23, 2012, 8:38 am

      Hi Tommy! I love using the mandolin too…I was scared to get one at first but thin slices are so much fun. Hope you had a nice weekend =)

  • avatar Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 21, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Oh boy..definitely making this…you are so talented!

  • avatar SimplyUndrea April 23, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Your blog makes me consistently hungry. Just sayin’.

    (Pssssttttt. A Wordpress Plugin to keep handy that incorporates sharing your blog content on all major social networks – and a Pinterest!Button too, which is hard to find – is called ‘Social Sharing Toolkit.’)

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 23, 2012, 10:32 pm

      Thanks so much for the tip!!! I really appreciate it. I’m changing my design completely in a few days and will make sure to incorporate that =)

    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 27, 2012, 4:32 pm

      I looked into the Social Sharing Toolkit but I don’t see any screenshots or examples of it. I looked on your website and noticed it says ‘coming soon,’ let me know when it’s up! I’d love to see it and also the Social Sharing Toolkit in action!

  • avatar Daisy April 24, 2012, 8:38 am

    I HAVE to get one of those OXO mandolins! How convenient. Love the potato chips!


  • avatar Colleen July 28, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Has anyone tried this with sweet potatoes?

  • avatar Sarah T. August 2, 2012, 5:46 pm

    This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • avatar LeDena October 25, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Thank you for two things….1) finding a snack for my husband that I don’t have to monitor…lol and 2) for helping me find a mandoline that actually works !!

    • avatar Joanne Ozug October 26, 2012, 3:22 pm

      LOL! They’re a bit of work but sometimes when I need to be good and want something crunchy, they work =)

  • avatar Gregory Dorvil December 4, 2012, 2:26 am

    This is the greatest thing since sliced bread :D Food joke!

  • avatar Dthomasfamily December 4, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Such a kid friendly snack that I am going to try with my boys. They should love it

  • avatar Hannah February 16, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Not bad but by the time I’d made the equivalent of a bag I’d eaten two bags of crisps and paid a nuclear power engineer’s christmas bonus. Great to postpone my dissertation for 20 minutes but another time I might be tempted to eat the potato raw.

  • avatar Carol June 18, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Hi Joanne,

    Just happened upon your site. Looks great. I am wondering if you can put the
    no fat potato chips in the oven instead. I do not use a microwave. Thanks much,

  • avatar Lina March 12, 2014, 11:37 am

    I love how easy these are! I’ve featured you in my roundup of 9 Best Potato Chip Recipes in honor of Potato Chip Day!


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