Oven-fried Potato Chips

My father, being of German and Austrian descent, loves potatoes, in every form. Years ago, he discovered in an old issue of Gourmet that he could easily make his own potato chips, without having to deep fry them. (Cue clouds parting, sunlight beaming through, and choruses of angels singing Hallelujah!)

Of course from here on out the rest of us were doomed, because these are so good that it’s really hard to not overindulge.

These crispy thin potato slices are just divine. I call them potato chips because they taste like the best potato chips you will ever have. But I suspect that one might not classify them as a chip given their 1/8 inch thickness. In any case, they are really really good, and like anything really really good probably shouldn’t be eaten more than once or twice a month.

Oven-fried Potato Chips Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

mandoline is the best way to get the evenly thin slices of potatoes that work well for this recipe.



  • 4 russet potatoes (or 6 Yukon gold potatoes), peeled and sliced diagonally 1/8 inch thick
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) of butter, melted (can use olive oil instead)
  • Kosher salt to taste


1 Preheat oven to 500°F (260°C). Grease 2 large baking sheets with canola oil or non-stick cooking spray. Make sure you are using sturdy baking sheets, or a flat roasting pan that can take high heat. A standard cookie sheet may warp.

2 Place the potato slices in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes to remove some of the excess starch. Drain. Pat the slices of potatoes dry with paper towels. Arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheets. Use a pastry brush to brush the potato slices with melted butter.

3 Put in the oven and lower the temp to 450°F (230°C). Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 12-15 minutes, depending on your particular oven.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt to serve.

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  • Eric

    I tried these last night, and they were awesome!

    I soaked the ‘chips’ in water for about 1 hour, then dried them in a salad spinner. I also used olive oil instead of butter, and they turned out great.

    Will definatly be making these agin in the future.

  • jupiter

    Hi Elise,

    I finally got around to making these. Like Eric, I soaked the sliced potatoes in water, but the water I used was a solution of sugar and water. I have heard somewhere that McDonalds does the same to their fries. I’ll have to make some without the soaking step to see if it enhanced the flavor any. I also substituted the butter with E.V.O.O. I used garlic and black peppercorn infused olive oil. I seasoned the chips with crushed Hawaiian Rock Salt.

    They came out very well. My friends and I liked them very much. With one of the batches I made I tossed in some finely chopped garlic. That was very very good. I will definitely be making this again.

  • Holly

    These chips have always been my comfort food. I use Yukon Golds and soak the slices in ice water and then dry them. As a variation, I use olive oil instead of butter, and I sprinkle the slices with chopped rosemary.

  • Bill

    What’s also very tasty is to use olive oil, but the infused olive oil. I use rosemary, garlic or basil infused oil, because I find that the actual spices tend to burn too much in the high heat.

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