I do like to have a bag of oven chips in the freezer at all times – and my favourite are steak cut chips, because I like the size of them. But if you’re in a rush, or if you don’t have the use of an oven right now, you might be surprised to find that you can cook steak cut frozen chips in your microwave.
Now, you will have to accept that the end result differs from cooking them in the oven. The reason they are called oven chips is because the manufacturers expect you to cook them in the oven – crisping them up and giving them a lovely brown colour.
If you’re going to use the microwave then you have to expect a different result – but is it possible to cook them in the microwave? In short, yes.
There will be some browning of the chips that occurs, but you won’t get them a dark brown. Personally, I prefer my chips to be a light brown in any case, so that’s no loss.
The chips do “cook” – and they brown a little. They are edible. There’s nothing “wrong” with doing this at all. The photo above shows the before and after photos, frozen and ready to eat. I’ve used the Aldi own brand frozen oven chips.
How to Cook Steak Cut Chips in Your Microwave
- Use a microwave safe dish that enables you to spread the chips out into 1-2 layers – so they’re not over-crowded. I’ll typically use 250-300 grams of chips per portion.
- There is no need to cover them as you really want most of the moisture to evaporate.
- Microwave the frozen steak cut chips on full power for 4-5 minutes (800 watt microwave), then give them a toss. Repeat for a further 4-5 minutes and toss again. As they cook they will tend to stick together a little bit, the tossing helps to separate them.
- Finally, they might want a further 2-3 minutes, that’s down to your personal preference.
Serve, as usual – I like to microwave baked beans with mine!
This is a fast snack meal that’s hot – without much effort and very little washing up! Not one of your finest meals to “brag about”, but this is the real world and sometimes it’s just what we do 🙂