French Fries in the Microwave, Is it Even Possible?

French Fries in the Microwave, Is it Even Possible?

French fries in the microwaveFrench fries, one of the most decadent fried foods ever. So yummy, so good, so full of that fat that everyone says you should stay away from. You’ve tried baking them, but that takes so long! What the heck is an air fryer anyway? So, now it’s time, it’s finally here! Can you make french fries in the microwave?

The simple answer is yes. Yes, you can. There are both pros and cons to this method though.


Pros and Cons


  • It is healthier than normally fried potatoes.
  • It takes less time than baking.
  • You do not need any expensive equipment, just your microwave, a plastic bowl that is microwave safe, and sliced potatoes. Seasonings are optional if that’s how you roll.
  • It’s simple to make.
  • It costs less than buying either frozen, or already made fries.



  • You are not going to get the same crunch factor as normal fried potatoes.

So, How is it Done?

It took me a couple tries to finally figure out how to make these without the natural starch in the potatoes try and glue the suckers back together, but I found a neat trick to at least make the stick less. I also use russet or Idahoan potatoes for this recipe.

Take your sliced, raw potato, I normally cut a single potato into 8 slices, and rinse them under cold running water for a few seconds. This helps remove the starch that’s on the outside of your slices, making them stick less. You can pat them dry with a paper towel, but I wouldn’t make them completely dry, otherwise your seasonings are not going to adhere.

French fries in the microwave

I season my potato with simple garlic powder and salt, but any dried spice can be used so go crazy. Then dump them into a microwave safe bowl and put them in the microwave for 4-5 mins. Once that is done take them out and make sure they’re no sticking together. I typically just move them around. It takes all of at most 30 seconds.

Put them back into the microwave for another 4 mins. They should be cooked all the way through. If not give it another minute or two.


As stated above, they won’t be as crisp as regular french fries, but I wouldn’t classify them as soggy. The ends might have a crunch, but the middle will be nice and soft. They will still hold together really well for dipping into ketchup or whatever condiment you like to have with them.

I have never tried using cooking spray to see if that helps them crisp up, but I wouldn’t think so since the microwave doesn’t work like an oven. I haven’t tried increasing the cook time either otherwise I feel that some of the slices would be too hard to eat.



This is an awesome recipe for a beginner looking to find something that they can cook. It’s also a quick meal idea for getting home after work and finding nothing in the fridge that interests you. After my 12 hour workdays this recipe has honestly kept me from crying. Seriously. I think I will be experimenting with this recipe next, and will keep everyone updated. If I cut them smaller, will they become crunchy? Only time will tell.


If you made it this far, thank you for reading. If there is anything you would like to comment or share please feel free to do so. Good luck with your cooking adventures!

8 thoughts on “French Fries in the Microwave, Is it Even Possible?

  1. This is something else! Very interesting to know that we have this option. In al honesty I like my fries crunchy so I may not like them s much but I can only be sure of that when I try them. So I will try this out. It’s amazing how the cooking style has transformed: from the stove to the microwave. I have heard of many dishes that can be prepared with a microwave and now I can add french fries to that list.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! It truly is amazing how much things have changed. When I have time I totally prefer the oven, but in a pinch I will absolutely microwave them!

  2. I think this is a different way to cook french fries. Everybody love potatoes especially crunchy potatoes. But this is a nice thing to try. Try to explore different ways to cook potatoes. Also, it is more healthy than the usual because there is no need oil to fried. Nice recipe from you thanks

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! Every little bit we can do to make healthier choices add up to a big improvement!

  3. Interesting what you can do with potatoes. This never occurred to me, that making potatoes into french fries this way could work.

    The tips to do so are so quick an easy. It’s just about how thin it’s sliced from the way it sounds. If I had a microwave at the moment which I don’t I would be trying this straight away!

  4. Hi! Thanks so much for this article!

    Your recipe for french fries sounds delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try. I’m always looking for the lighter version of for traditional fried foods.

    I have run into the same problem you have with regard to not having the crispiness that fried food gives, but I found a “hack” that actually works. If you wrap the food in parchment paper, it makes it a little crispier. I don’t know why it works, but who cares as long as it does.

    Have you every tried using parchment paper?

    1. Thanks for your comment! I hadn’t actually, but will definitely give it a go. I never would have thought of it, and it’s such a neat concept!

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