Pinterest Tested: Microwave Potato Chips

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? This is the place to find out! I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It’s like the Mythbusters of Domesticity! 
Okay, today’s test was chosen because it seems impossible. I pinned THIS Pin that claims you can make potato chips in the microwave. Crispy potato chips. In the microwave? Get out! Totally impossible, so of course I had to give it a whirl! Because the more far-fetched the claims, the more I want to debunk them!
So I followed the directions:
1. Peel the potato and slice it super thin using a mandolin. The thinner, the better.
2. Rinse and soak sliced potatoes in cold water to remove some of the starch.
3. Place potato slices on a plate covered in paper towels, like this:
4. Sprinkle with salt and/or other seasonings. 
5. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes on high. Flip, then cook for 3 more minutes on 50% power. Then keep cooking at 1 minute intervals until the chips are brown and completely crispy.
6. Be amazed because the dang chips are actually crispy. And they browned. In the microwave! It took a while, but they ended up being truly crispy. I know… shut up, right?! This is crazy pants!

I am shocked. I thought this would fail miserably. Who knew the microwave could deliver? Not me, that’s for sure!

Now, as far as taste goes, of course they don’t taste like they have been deep fried. But they were crunchy and salty and I liked ’em. I did read that you could brush the potatoes lightly with olive oil. I’m sure that would be good. If you are looking for the world’s tastiest homemade potato chip, this is not your recipe. But if you are just looking for a crunchy, lower fat, salty snack, these are a good option. I wouldn’t make them without a mandolin though, unless you’ve got mad knife skills. Getting thin, even slices would be too much work in my opinion. 
If you try these, let me know how it works out for ya! I’m labeling them as a Pin Win because I’m still just amazed that something crispy came out of the microwave.


  1. Oh my, I was obsessed with these a few years ago. I partially wanted healthy chips but was also interested in making my own flavors! I even bought this so I could fit more of them in the microwave at once ~

    Unfortunately the microwave at our old place did not have a turntable and it was too hard to get even cooking. But our new place does, and just yesterday I was looking at our giant bag of leftover potatoes, thinking I should start making chips again, haha!

    • Love it! I get obsessed with things too. I go through phases of what the obsession is, but yeah. I do it with food and crafts. I could eat the same thing for lunch every day for six months. I sew like a crazy person, then get obsessed with knitting or quilting or scrapbooking. I guess I'm just an "all in" kind of person. I love that you even bought a special plate for it! Girl, I think we are kindred spirits. 🙂

    • Yum! We did end up making some this week and it worked so much easier with the turntable microwave.

      Btw, I think you can take them out as soon as they started getting a brown spot. Don't worry if they still seem a little soft, just let them sit a minute and they crisp up as they cool.


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