Crispiest Potato Chips

3 years ago by in Food & Drink, Lifestyle



  • 1½ pounds russet or purple potatoes
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • Vegetable oil (for frying; about 8 cups)
  • Kosher salt or Nori Salt  or Paprika Salt

special equipment

  • A deep-fry thermometer

Nutritional Information

Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 4 Saturated Fat (g) .5 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 20 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 5


  • Slice potatoes about ⅛” thick (a mandoline helps). Place in a large bowl, add cold water to cover, and stir to release starch; drain. Repeat until water runs clear. Return potatoes to bowl; cover with ½ cup distilled white vinegar and 6 cups water. Let sit at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Drain; pat dry.
  • Fit a medium heavy pot with thermometer; pour in oil to measure 4”. Heat over medium-high until thermometer registers 300°.
  • Working in 6 batches and returning oil to 300° between batches, fry potatoes, turning occasionally to cook evenly, until golden brown and crisp (oil will have quit bubbling), about 5 minutes per batch. Using a spider or slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined wire rack. Season with salt.
  • DO AHEAD: Potatoes can be fried 6 hours ahead. Keep at room temperature.
Recipe by Alison Roman
Photograph by Christopher Testani

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