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Garlic Parmesan Oil-Free Air Fryer Chips

These tasty oil-free air fryer chips will totally blow your mind and satisfy your craving for something crunchy and delicious.

Oil Free Air Fryer Chips in a white bowl.

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The first thing I wanted to make when I got my air fryer was make chips. I really wanted to try making an oil-free version. Can you use some oil if you want? Absolutely!

Pretty sure I went through about 15 potatoes trying to perfect these oil-free air fryer chips. They were either underdone, overdone, or a combination of both. But y’all, I DID IT.

Ingredients for making chips in an air fryer. Red Potatoes, Garlic and Seasoning.


First, you will need to thinly slice a couple of potatoes. I find that red potatoes work the best for air fried chips.

I recommend buying a mandoline if you do not already own one. It makes slicing the potatoes so much easier and will promote even cooking. I have a mandoline slicer and use the thinnest (1.5mm) blade.

A hand holding a potato that was sliced thinly in order to make homemade potato chips.

Then, soak the potatoes in water for 30 minutes with some salt. This helps pull the sticky starches out – which is a key to making the potatoes crunchy.

Next, pat the potatoes dry with a towel. Toss the potatoes with freshly crushed garlic and vegan parmesan. Or whatever flavor you prefer. Just salt and pepper is delicious, too. At this point, you can toss the potatoes with 1-2 teaspoons of oil if you wish.

Finally, layer the potatoes in the air fryer. Place them in no more than 4 layers. Adding too many potato slices to your air fryer will cause uneven cooking. Fry at 170 degrees for 20-25 minutes (flipping and shaking around the basket every 5 minutes or so), or until the potatoes are dry to the touch and no longer flimsy. Bump the temperature up to 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until the potatoes have crisped up.

The result?! Perfect air fryer chips! Not overdone, not soft in the middle. Perfect.

How to Make Air Fryer Chips

Garlic Parmesan Flavor

This super delicious flavor combination can be achieved with my homemade vegan parmesan recipe. It is SO good, I put it on as many dishes as I possibly can. I love it on popcorn and figured it would be heavenly on chips. And it is.

I like to sprinkle it on before (along with the fresh garlic) and after air-frying the chips.

You can absolutely use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic if that’s what you have on hand.

Oil-Free Air Fryer Chips

Karissa Besaw
These air fryer chips are healthy, oil-free, vegan, and full of incredibly garlicky, cheesy flavor.
4.06 from 39 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4
Calories 146 kcal



  • Thinly slice the potatoes. I recommend using a mandolin (I use a 1.5mm blade.)
  • Place the sliced potatoes in a bowl and fill with water. Mix in 2 teaspoons of salt. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse the potatoes. Pat dry.
  • Toss the potatoes with crushed garlic and vegan parmesan.
  • Layer half of the potato slices in the air fryer, in no more than 4 or so layers. Don’t overload the air fryer or the chips won’t cook evenly.
  • Fry at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, or until dry to the touch and no longer flimsy. Stir and toss the basket every 5 minutes or so.
  • Bump the temperature up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and fry for an additional 5 minutes or until the potatoes have become crunchy.
  • Remove from the air fryer and top with more vegan parm or salt.
  • Repeat for the other half of the potato slices.
  • Snack away!



Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1236mgPotassium: 852mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    OMG!!! The whole reason for me to buy an air fryer was to make healthy chips without oil. I used your recipe with sweet potatoes and just salt. Even though I my lowest temp for the air fryer was 300 degrees, I followed your steps and they turned out perfect. Thanks so much for working out the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    You can make salt n’ vinegar ones by boiling in vinegar (apple cider or white) for a few min, then letting them soak while cooling; then pat dry and air fry per above recipe.

  3. This looks like a great recipe! I like your method for soaking the chips in water to draw the starch out. Also, using a mandoline is key to thin, even slices that result in perfectly crisp chips! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Karissa, This recipe is the Holy Grail of Air fried Crisps….No oil….Garlic, Parmesan….Whats not to love.
    I followed the recipe to the letter and after a year of searching and destroying Potatoes….These are the best Crisps we’ve ever tasted.
    Thank you so much for for this.
    Nigel in Sunny Spain

  5. I’ve been looking for an air fryer chip recipe without oil all morning I’m trying sweet potatoes. Will be posting results and ranking recipe in about 1 hour. Now to get to soaking!

  6. I have been trying unsuccessfully to air fry crisps until now without success, but after a quick search, found your method and they are brilliant with Parmesan and dried garlic – lovely, and alot healthier without using any oils. I only had Maris Piper potatoes which seem fine but may try a different variety next time.

    1. All air fryers are different. Mine starts at 170. Try using the lowest temp on yours, but note that the cooking time will probably decrease.

      1. Thank you!! Sorry if I sent the comment a few times. I didn’t see it posted so I wasn’t sure it went through or not

  7. What brand of air fryer do you have? I’m using the Ninja and can’t seem to find a 170 temp. Lowest we found was 300. Trying our first batch now. So far, not bad. But not all of the “chips” are crispy.

    1. Our Ninija foodi has a dehydrate function which can do 170 F. I plan to try that for the initial phase then switch to the air crisp function. So excited to try this recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I am so glad I came across this post. I, too, was having problems with ‘burned’ chips. I figured I needed to modify to a ‘slow and low’ approach. Thanks for sharing your step-by-step technique. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  9. Can’t wait to try just got my air fryer. Have tri d several times to sin up for your sir fryer Ebook but it is never sent. Not sure why? Any suggestions?

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