Can You Put Home Made Chips In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

Cooking homemade chips in the air fryer is a great way to produce healthy chips. Air fryers cook by blasting the food with extremely hot air with little to no added fat or oil.

How to Make Homemade Chips In An Air Fryer

This recipe uses 3 ingredients which includes 1 tablespoon of oil and will make enough chips for 4 people.


  • 4 large Floury Potatoes (Maris Pipers, King Edwards)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into chip sized pieces (about ¼ inch/60 mm thick)
  2. Place the cut potatoes into a bowl of water and leave to soak for 30 minutes (to remove excess starch)
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 180 C (350 F)
  4. Dry the pre soaked potatoes and place in a large bowl
  5. Add the oil and salt and toss the chips to ensure they’re fully coated
  6. Place the chips in the air fryer basket, try not to overcrowd the basket
  7. Cook for 10 minutes
  8. Shake the basket
  9. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until crisp
  10. Serve

Air Fried Homemade Chips Cooking Tips

  • We used vegetable oil, but you can use any oil you prefer
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the make and model air fryer you own
  • Pre soaking the potatoes helps to remove starch which allows the chips to cook better
  • We used just salt as a seasoning but you can use any seasoning you prefer
  • Chunky chips or thin chips will take differing cooking times

How To Cook Chunky Chips In An Air Fryer

Air Fryer

Chunky chips are cooked in exactly the same way, they just take longer.


  • 4 large Floury Potatoes (Maris Pipers, King Edwards)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  1. Peel and slice the potatoes into 1 cm (½ inch) chips
  2. Place in a bowl of water to remove starch
  3. Soak for around 30 minutes
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 200 C (400 F)
  5. Drain the chips and dry with a clean tea towel or kitchen paper
  6. Place the chips into a bowl 
  7. Add the oil and salt
  8. Toss to ensure the chips are fully coated
  9. Place the chips into the air fryer basket in a fairly even layer (you might need to cook in batches)
  10. Cook for 15 minutes
  11. Shake the basket and cook for a further 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp
  12. Serve

What Other Seasoning Options Do We Recommend? 

One of the best things about cooking homemade chips in an air fryer is the versatility when it comes to seasoning. You don’t have this done for you like you do with some shop bought oven chips, and so you can really control what you eat.

While the previous recipes used just salt, you can get creative and add various seasonings to elevate the taste of your chips. Here are some seasoning options you can try:

  • Garlic and Herb
    Toss the dry, pre-soaked potatoes with a blend of garlic powder, dried thyme, rosemary, and parsley for a flavorful herb-infused taste!
  • Paprika & Smoked Paprika
    Add a smoky and slightly spicy kick to your chips by seasoning them with a mix of paprika and smoked paprika.
  • Cajun Spice
    For a Southern-inspired twist, coat the chips with a Cajun seasoning mix, combining spices like cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Parmesan & Herbs
    Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and your favorite herbs like oregano or basil over the chips for a cheesy and aromatic flavor.
  • Chili Lime
    Create a zesty and tangy taste by drizzling lime juice over the cooked chips and adding a pinch of chili powder.
  • Barbecue Seasoning
    Mix a barbecue seasoning blend over the chips to bring that classic smoky BBQ flavor to your homemade chips.

What did the hungry laptop eat? 
Chips, one byte at a time! 😂


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook chips in an air fryer?

You can cook chips in an air fryer. Peel and cut the potatoes into chip sized pieces and air fry at 200 C (400 F) for 20 to 25 minutes.

Is it best to boil chips before air frying?

It is not necessary to boil chips before air frying but it is a good idea to soak them in water to help remove excess starch before air frying.

Why are my chips not cooking properly in the air fryer?

If your chips are not cooking crisp enough it could be because you have not used enough oil or you have overloaded the basket or you never preheated the air fryer before cooking the chips.

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