Idaho Potato Chips

These classic potato chips can easily be made at home.

Idaho Potato Chips
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins


  • 5 Idaho baking potatoes (peeled)

  • Kosher salt

  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. Using a mandoline, slice the potatoes 1/16 inch thick. Rinse the slices under cold water and put them in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of salt. Add cold water to cover and let stand for 1 hour.

  2. Drain the potatoes and return them to the bowl. Add water to cover and let soak for 1 more hour. Drain and pat dry.

  3. In a large pot, heat 2 inches of oil to 350° over moderately high heat. Working in small batches, fry the potato chips, stirring a few times, until golden, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potato chips to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

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