How to make russet potato chips with regular or dark russet potatoes. Deep fried or healthier as air fryer potato chips, these are great as snacks or a side dish with burgers.
Air fryer russet potato chips are the best way to make these. I will explain both methods but I like a healthy option when I can help it. With the skins left on you will get the crispiest homemade potato chips ever and a really cheap snack everyone loves. A fave easy air fryer recipe on our site. (affiliate links present)
Dark Russet Potato Chips
You can really use any type of tater you want with these instructions. From purple to dark russet, yukon or sweet potato chips, they are all wonderful. From there you might want to really think outside of the box and start frying other vegetables too.
I had to be talked into trying air fryer kale chips at first but I was surprised to taste how fantastic they were. Seriously, even my kids ask me to make these over and over again. Maybe it’s the fun crispy texture that makes the most common ingredients amazing
Ninja Foodi Potato Chips
If you want to make healthy russet potato chips you can use any brand machine you have at home. I have a Foodi, AirWave and Cosori. They all work the same way. The biggest step to not skip would be to soak in a bowl of cool water.
Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Potato Chips
Many do this when making air fryer french fries too. Some salt could be added into the bowl too. Once this is done you MUST remove as much water from the outside as possible. The reason for these steps is to remove some of the starch which will mean that the outcome will be crunchier.
You want one with the highest starch content. Therefore romano, desiree or russet are preferred. Sliced very thin, soaked, and then blotted and set to dry before you air fry or bake is a must.
What do you need to make potato chips?
Baked Potato Chips
If you want to bake in the oven you certainly can. I have made them this way too but I prefer to keep my house nice and cool so avoiding the oven is a must especially during the summertime. It is another healthy way to bake them though, less calories and fat than if you submerged in a pot of oil and fried them.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Follow the same directions below except lay these flat when dried on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Season and bake for about 10 minutes or until they are as brown and crispy as you’d like.
- Remove, pour off into a bowl and cook another batch until all are done.
- Serve and enjoy!
Deep fried chips follow the same directions except when they are drying you’ll want to heat up a pot of oil. To test and see if it is hot enough, break off a pinch of tater and throw it in. If it immediately bubbles and fries then it is ready. Sinking to the bottom and doing nothing means it isn’t hot enough.
Air Fryer Chips
This is the method I prefer. Yes it will take a few batches to get done completely. If you have a much larger basket that will obviously mean fewer loads but is so worth it in the end.
- First wash and cut potatoes into very thin slices using a mandolin (best method) or a very sharp knife.
- Rinse the potato slices and soak them in a large bowl full of cold water for at least 30 minutes. Soaking the potatoes will remove some of the starch.
- Drain potatoes from the bowl and pat dry well.
- Spread them over paper towels in a single layer.
- Leave to air dry for a good 15 minutes. (The potato slices should be dried completely in order to get crispy and crunchy chips)
- Season the slices with oil and sea salt.
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- Place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Cook for 8 minutes cooking time until crispy and golden brown.
I would let them cool before eating, reason being is they stiffen up as they sit. When warm they still may be flexible a bit and a bit chewy so give them a few minutes before snacking away.
Storing Homemade Potato Chips
Make SURE they care completely cooled first off. Then store in a freezer bag and suck ALL of the air out. Leave on the countertop the whole time and every time you take some out, suck the air out of the bag again. Every. Time. Got it? 😉 They will last 1-2 weeks if you do it this way so you can enjoy your air fryer potato chip for quite some time.
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Russet Potato Chips
- Slice potatoes thin using a mandolin (recommended) or a sharp knife. Wash the potato slices and soak them in cold water for at least 30 minutes to remove the starch.
- Drain the potatoes and pat dry, spread them over paper towels in a single layer. Leave it to air dry for a good 15 minutes. (The potato slices should be dried completely in order to get crispy and crunchy chips)
- Season the potato slices with oil and salt. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Cook for 8 minutes until crispy. Serve once they are cooled or store them in an airtight container and enjoy later.