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Microwaved Zucchini Chips

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So before you blow me off and think, "What?  How can that possibly taste good?"  Go with me on this....

I have tried - many times - to make baked zucchini chips. 
I don't know why it seems I can't get that recipe right, but when I found this recipe for microwaved zucchini chips, I have not gone back to trying, and sometimes failing, at making the baked ones.

These little crunchy chip devils are so perfectly right, that I don't even think I'm eating zucchini, but that's me.

So a few disclaimers/hints before I begin -
(1) These can burn up pretty quick in the microwave.  The first batch has to be watched carefully while to determine the right amount of time needed in your microwave to make them perfect.
(2) Although each batch only takes about 5-minutes to prepare, an entire zucchini takes about 20-minutes if you have only one microwave like me.
(3) Don't over-salt.  Let me repeat that: DON'T OVER SALT! You can always add more later.

Prep Time: Each Zucchini takes about 7-10-minutes to slice
Microwave time: Each plate takes less than 5-minutes to crisp up, but the entire zucchini will take about 20-minutes

Ingredients
  • one (maybe two if you're like me) medium to large zucchini's
  • cooking spray
  • salt (I use sea salt)

 

Tools/Utensils
  • a mandolin (or other slicing device for perfectly even slices)
  • paper towels
  • microwave safe plate
  • pot holder

Prep:
  • All mandolins are not made the same.  I use the second setting of my six-setting mandolin to cut the slices out.  My slices are about the thickness of a dime.  Thicker slices will need to cook longer.
  • Place the slices on a paper towel and press another paper towel on top to remove excess moisture.
  • Prepare the plate (or plates if you want to be efficient) by spraying a light coating of oil on it.
  • Place the zucchini slices, sides touching, on the plate.
  • Spray oil over the top of the zucchini slices.
  • Sprinkle a dash of salt over the top.  Please don't over do it!  The zucchini shrinks significantly and over salty chips don't taste good!  (You can always add salt later if you want to.)

Microwave:
  • The first batch needs to be watched carefully to determine the amount of time it takes to bake these chips in your microwave.  In my 1200-watt microwave, it takes anywhere from three and one-half minutes (3-1/2) to four (4) minutes on high (or 100%).
  • I would start out at 3-1/2 minutes and add 10-second increments for the first batch.
  • The less zucchini on the plate, the faster the entire plate will cook.
  • Thicker slices will need to cook longer, but probably not longer than 5-minutes.
  • Use a potholder to take the plate out of the microwave, as it will be hot!

You're looking for a browned surface that is crispy to the touch.

I hope you enjoy these like I do!  They really have become a staple in my home to eat as a snack.  The oil can make them greasy if eaten the next day, and I've never consumed them more than one day later so I can't say how long they last. 

I know they don't last long in my house because they all get eaten up!
kracken429 months ago

Sweet! I'm definitely trying this.

I just voted on this, I tried them and they are awesome!

DeandrasCrafts (author)  kracken429 months ago

Yay! Thank you for the vote and I'm glad they worked out for you!

mary k10 months ago
Awesome!!! I'm so glad I tried it. Crispy, crunchy, light- a perfect snack!!! I polished two entire plates before my husband could even try it.... Thanks for sharing!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  mary k10 months ago

I'm glad you enjoyed them! It's the same in my house. My husband gets one or two before I devour the whole plate!

aarbear9810 months ago
I voted for both faved and followed :D
DeandrasCrafts (author)  aarbear9810 months ago

Thank you! =) Did you try them? I hope so....

briepollard10 months ago
Hey! Don't worry about my previous comment, cause these chips are not only crispy, but they are also delicious!!!! And I am a 15 year old teenager, I mean come on hahaha
Thank you so much!!! I love these so much they are so easy to prepare and cook, and they taste delicious!!!
Much thanks from me and my family!!! :D
DeandrasCrafts (author)  briepollard10 months ago

That's awesome! Thank you for sharing with me!

briepollard10 months ago
Hey there :)
Do these chips turn out crispy and crunchy?
I have a day off work tomorrow so I am keen to give them a go! :D
Thanks!
marksfam10 months ago

These are PERFECT! I tried it out, using just half a zucchini, and ate the whole batch immediately. Now I'm going to have to make some more for the others...

DeandrasCrafts (author)  marksfam10 months ago

I know right?

Nobody else in my house eats them because I finish off the whole thing before they can get some. Seems like it shouldn't be a problem but, they are that good. =)

dbillings10 months ago
Great idea. I tried baking zucchini chunks rolled in a flour/cornmeal mixture in the toaster oven. They taste good but are soggy. Must try the chips !
Pyssling10 months ago

Do you have to have spray oil or can you apply oil with a brush instead? Have you tried adding some spices to them, I'm thinking that chili could be fitting.

DeandrasCrafts (author)  Pyssling10 months ago

Hi! If you are able to apply the oil in a light layer, I think brushing it on would be just as good. The key is to apply the oil to both the plate (before placing the zucchini on the plate) and then on top of the slices after they have been placed on the plate.

As far as spices, I'm kind of a chicken when it comes to trying new things on faithful recipes. I love garlic and maybe one batch I will try that, but other than that, I just go with salt and a dash of pepper. You can see how much they shrink up so again, the key is "lightly" spice it up.

Thanks for asking!