Potato Skin Chips make a mouth-watering spare time snack that can actually help reduce kitchen waste while satisfying your hunger cravings and taste buds.
It only takes a few basic ingredients and steps to get started. All you need are potatoes, oil, and your seasoning of choice. So get a hold of those peels and be ready to enjoy snacking from a whole new level.
Whenever you have any potato skins just lying around, make use of them rather than wasting them. I hope you try making potato peel chips and enjoy each step of making your own tasty treat!! If you love them be sure to share the recipe with others you know.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Countless Flavors: There is no limit to the number of spices and flavors that you can use to season your crispy potato skin potato chips.
- Healthy Snacking: These are baked for a more nutritious snack than those chips bought in-store.
- Easy & Fast Cooking: The ingredients are simple with only a few easy steps, making it a great snack choice that can be made in no time.
- Great for Entertaining: You can't go wrong with having these homemade chips on the table for any event or party on your calendar!
All you need are 3 simple ingredients to make this recipe! Let's take a look!
- Russet Potatoes: Idaho and Yukon Gold potatoes will also work well.
- Olive Oil: My preference is olive oil but you can use your favorite vegetable oil in a pinch.
- Sea Salt: Your favorite flavored sea salt, like Himalayan pink salt, smoked salt, or kosher salt will give you the best results.
Be sure to take a look at the full ingredient list down below for the right amount of each one.
Substitutions and Variations
Here are just a few suggestions to help you make your own kind of potato skin chips recipe:
- Potato Peels: Try them with sweet potato peels instead.
- Add Cheese: Sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese all over your freshly made chips.
- Add Flavor: Add spices and herbs like onion powder, garlic powder, sage, dill, rosemary, thyme, or seasoning blends. I suggest adding these after baking the chips to prevent the seasonings from burning.
- Salt and Vinegar Chips: Soak the peels in vinegar water before cooking.
- Popcorn Seasonings: Use these as a quick way to add a burst of flavor to your chips. You can choose from cheddar, BBQ, or sour cream and onion.
- Make Them Spicy: Add a sprinkling of smoked paprika, chili powder, curry powder, chili pepper flakes jalapeno powder, smoked jalapeno powder, or chipotle powder.
How to Make Potato Skin Chips
This recipe goes together in just a few steps. Here's a look at the highlights but you can find all the details in the recipe card.
PRO TIP: Potatoes grow in the soil so make sure you thoroughly scrub and clean your potatoes. I like to go so far as to use a scrub brush to make sure they're super clean. Also, remove any imperfections or sprouts that may interfere with the texture of your chips.
- Peel the potato skins with a potato peeler as evenly as possible making sure to keep a thin layer of flesh on the peels for a better crunch.
- Soak the potato skins in water for 25 - 30 minutes to remove any excess starch.
💡 HINT: Remember not to throw away the remainder of the potato flesh as they can be used to make steamed or mashed potatoes.
- Dry the potato skins after soaking them with paper towels or a clean dish cloth. It's important to remove as much moisture as possible for the crispiest chips.
- Spread the dry potato peels out on a baking sheet. Spray or drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt.
- Bake them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Toss or flip very gently and cook for an additional 3 minutes until skins are crisp and not limp.
PRO TIP: Make sure to watch them closely as they cook to make sure they don't burn.
- Serve immediately and enjoy with your favorite dip!
💡Hint: Starchy potatoes like Russets or Idaho that have a thick layer of skin work perfectly. Yukon Gold is always an option too.
Potato peel chips are best enjoyed freshly baked. If you have leftovers you can pack them up and store them at room temperature for a few days but unfortunately, they will soften over time. You can try to reheat them to crisp them back up following the instructions below.
Reheat: Place them on a baking tray and bake at 350°F for around 5-10 minutes or for however long you feel they will be nice and heated crispy. Just be careful not to burn or overcook them.
Make ahead: For a hassle-free snack option, you can pre-peel your potatoes. Peel the skins from your potatoes, place them in a clean container, and cover them with water to protect them from oxidation. You can store them in the fridge for one day. Just be sure to drain and dry them very well before baking.
What to Serve with Chips
Here are a few ideas for serving up your potato skin potato chips!
- Use them as a snack, easy appetizer, or potato side dish! If you're looking for side dish ideas, have a peek at our what to serve with pierogies for our favorite ideas.
- They go great with dips! Try one of our best dips or any that's your favorite. Ranch dip is always a hit! You might also consider a tangy sour cream and onion dip or a creamy chipotle mayo or creamy avocado sauce.
- For parties, add them along with chips and veggies as dippers for hummus, cheese board, or a buffalo chicken spinach dip.
- Swap out regular potato chips and serve these instead with your favorite chicken wrap or chicken sandwich.
Here are a few useful tips to help make sure this recipe will turn out to be the best:
- Starchy potatoes such as Russets or Idaho work best. They have a thick layer of skin that works perfectly. Yukon Gold is always an option too.
- Wash your potatoes very well. Use a brush to get as much grime off your potatoes as possible and then wash them thoroughly with cold water.
- Make sure to evenly spread the peels on your baking tray so that each piece will cook evenly. Avoid any crowding.
- Be sure to thoroughly dry the peels or you will end up with soggy chips.
- Peel the potatoes as uniformly as possible for even cooking.
- Season your chips with herbs or spices after baking them to prevent the spices from burning.
Do you have other questions about making chips with potato peels? Here are some of the most commonly asked ones about this recipe:
They are nutritious snacks that are not only crispy but cost-effective. They're created from leftover potato peels that would have ended up being thrown away, minimizing waste.
Absolutely! The entire baking process makes them more nutritious than fried chips.
Definitely! Sweet potato skins are a great alternative as are beet skins, parsnips, and carrots. They make just as delicious and crispy chips and can be prepared exactly the same way.
Yes, you can! Make sure there is space for air circulation after adding the chips inside the basket coated in cooking spray. Then cook them at 400°F (200°C) for around 10-15 minutes, or until you feel they are crispy enough.
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Crispy Potato Skin Chips
- Additional Spices as desired
- Ranch Dip for dipping
- Thoroughly scrub and clean potatoes and remove any imperfections or sprouts.
- Using a potato peeler, peel potatoes skins as evenly as possible. Doesn’t have to be perfect but it will make even cooking easier.
- Soak potato skins in water for 25- 30 minutes to remove starch.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Thoroughly dry potato skins (after soaking) with paper towels or a clean dish cloth.
- Remove as much moisture as possible for the crispiest chips.
- Spread dry peels out on a baking sheet. Spray or drizzle peels with olive oil and season with salt.
- Bake for about 10 minutes paying attention to the smell of the skins to ensure they are not burning.
- Toss or flip very gently and cook for an additional 3 minutes until skins are crisp and not limp.
- Serve immediately sprinkled with more sea salt if desired or different spice blends and with ranch dip or ketchup.