Got 20 Minutes and 3 Ingredients? Then you have to try these Homemade Potato Chips! They are super crunchy and so addicting! These are going to be you new favorite snack. Plus there is no soaking or double frying required!

Are you potato obsessed? Me too. Try my Homemade French Fries and my Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges, too!

Potato chips on a white platter with a small bowl of ketchup.

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    The Absolute BEST Homemade Potato Chips

    Perfectly crispy and salty is exactly how I want my potato chips. Using fresh potatoes and course kosher salt, I think I have officially perfected the potato chip. Once you try your own homemade potato chips, you will understand why the effort it totally worth it! There is something so special about them being slightly warm out of the oil instead of grabbing them from a bag you bought at the store!

    Making potato chips at home couldn’t be easier! I used the same frying method as I did with my homemade French fries. Simply add the sliced potatoes and COLD oil to a medium saucepan and turn the heat to high. As the oil warms up the potatoes start to become tender and as the oil gets hotter the potatoes start to brown and crisp up. This recipe is awesome because you don’t need a thermometer, there is no soaking involved and no double frying! This recipe could not be easier!

    You can dip these chips just like fries into your favorite dips like ketchup, mayo, or ranch!

    Hand picking up a potato chip out of a bowl filled with chips.

    Ingredients Needed

    These homemade chips only use 3 ingredients for salty-snack heaven! Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Russet Potatoes: Whenever I am frying potatoes, I like to use Russet potatoes due to their lower moisture content. This allows them to get nice and crispy!
    • Peanut Oil: I like to use peanut oil here, but if you or anyone in your family is allergic to peanuts, you can use vegetable or canola oil.
    • Salt: A course salt like kosher salt or sea salt is great for a little added texture! Make sure to add the salt immediately after the potatoes come out of the hot oil. This ensures the salt with stick to the potatoes.

    Raw potatoes sliced thinly on a wooden cutting board.

    How to Make Homemade Potato Chips

    • Fry up the Potatoes: Add the oil and potatoes into a medium saucepan. Turn heat to high and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful when stirring not to break up the chips. I like to use the handle of a wooden spoon.

    Oil and sliced potatoes in a sauce pan.

    • Transfer & Salt: Transfer chips to a paper towel lined plate. Immediately sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces or my homemade ranch.

    Potato chips after being fried, in a paper towel lined bowl.

    Tips for Success

    • Thinly Slice the Potatoes! Before frying, you will want to thinly slice the potatoes into potato chips. To do this, you can use a mandolin or a sharp knife and a steady hand. We have a slicer at home so we used that to make the slicing go fast. A mandolin will ensure evenly sliced, thin chips as well! Try to cut them around to 1/16th of an inch up to 1/8th off an inch for a thicker chip.
    • To remove the chips from the oil, use a metal slotted spoon! Then let the oil cool before throwing it away or storing it. When frying food like potato chips and French fries we like to save the oil and reuse it.
    • For different flavors, you can toss the chips in different seasonings like garlic and parsley along with the salt!
    • Make sure to immediately sprinkle salt onto the hot potato chips. If you wait even a minute the salt will not stick to the potato chips.

    Up close shot of potato chips in a white bowl.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I serve with homemade potato chips?

    You can definitely eat this potato chips on their own, dipped in your favorite dip like my Caramelized Onion Dip.  You can also pair them with a lot of different things to create a full meal! Try having these chips alongside my Burger in a Bowl, or with sandwiches like my Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich or California Grilled Cheese. I also love having a salad alongside fries or potato chips, so try having these with my Homemade Wedge Salad! You could even make potato nachos!

    What potatoes are best for chips?

    The best potatoes to use to make homemade potato chips are russet potatoes, Idaho gold potatoes, or sweet potatoes. It is best to avoid red potatoes or really small potatoes like fingerlings due to a high moisture content that prevents them from crisping up in the oil.

    Can I bake potato chips instead?

    You can definitely bake them if you are not up to frying them. They will not get as crispy or have as dark of a color, but can still come out really yummy! You’ll want to bake at a high temperature, around 450 degrees. Line them up on a baking sheet that is sprayed with non-stick spray. Spray the tops or brush the tops with more oil. Bake for around 10-12 minutes or until desired texture.

    Chip being dipped by a hand into ketchup.

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    Homemade Potato Chips

    5 from 2 votes
    Making these Homemade Potato Chips is surprisingly easy and so worth it! The fresh, crisp taste of these chips will make you never want to buy bagged chips again.
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes


    • 2 medium russet potatoes, sliced super thin
    • 3 cups peanut oil
    • salt for sprinkling


    • Add oil and potatoes into a medium saucepan.
      Turn heat to high and cook for 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally. Be careful when stirring not to break up the chips.
    • Transfer chips to a paper towel lined plate. Immediately sprinkle with kosher salt.
      Serve with your favorite dipping sauces or my homemade ranch.

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 444mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

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