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The Perfect Potato Chip

Emily Jacobs

The ideal potato chip is the combination of salty flavor, crunchy texture, and a hint of oil for taste. Being diligent about the width of your chip and exactly how you fry it is the only way you'll achieve that. For the non-traditional, a little barbecue or sour cream and onion seasoning is the perfect way to spice it up in addition to some salt. 


Special thanks to Emily Jacobs of Sage Recipes for helping us test this recipe. 


For the potato chips

  • 4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick on a mandoline, stored in cold water
  • Peanut oil, as needed
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the barbecue seasoning

  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash of cayenne

For the sour cream and onion seasoning

  • 2 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 Teaspoons freeze-dried chives


For the potato chips

Drain the potato slices and give them another rinse with fresh cold water. Lay the potato chips in a single layer on a kitchen towel and roll the towel up tightly to dry them. If this has to be done in batches, keep the rest of the potato slices in a large bowl of cold water so that they don’t brown.

Fill a Dutch oven or a large pot with about 4 inches of peanut oil. Heat the peanut oil to 200 degrees and add the potato chips. Bring the temperature up to high, watching the temperature until it reaches 350 degrees. Fry the potato slices until lightly golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the potato chips from the oil and add to a large bowl lined with paper towels. Add the course sea salt and toss to distribute. If you’re seasoning your chips, add the seasonings with the course sea salt. 

For the barbecue seasoning

In a small bowl, mix all of the seasonings together and set aside until ready to use. 

For the sour cream and onion seasoning

In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients and set aside until ready to use. If you're not planning on using it immediately, keep stored in the refrigerator.