Salt and pepper chips are one of my favourite things to get at a Chinese takeaway. Here’s a quick and easy way to make the delicious side dish at home, using oven chips and fresh chilli, peppers and spring onions.
I worked in a Chinese restaurant when I was a teen; and these were always our most popular side dish, unsurprisingly as they’re amazing.
It’s so simple and quick to make, and the result is really worth the extra effort you put in. The pepper in this case is chilli peppers; and the salt is chunky sea salt.
This recipe uses frozen, oven chips so there is minimal work involved, and that’s the type of chips which are used at my local; however you can use homemade chips or fries too. Click here for my baked skin-on-fries recipe.
We often eat these on their own with a sweet chilli dipping sauce for an easy, delicious dinner. Making these at home instead of grabbing them from a take-away mean you’re saving yourself money and calories – and can control the spice to exactly how you like them.
The chips are midly spicy, and loaded with salty flavour. YUMMMMY!
How to make salt and pepper chips at home:
1. Cook the chips as per packet instructions. Mine took 25 minutes in the Actifry. I tend to use oven chips when I make this recipe, but homemade are great too! Thick cut or steak cut chips are my recommendation.
2. Whilst the chips are cooking, chop the chilli and onion into small pieces and measure out your spices.
3. Once the chips are cooked, remove from the oven, actifry etc. and set aside. Then, heat the oil in a large, non-stick pan to medium/high heat. Once the oil has heated up add the vegetables to the pan and stir to coat in the oil. Keep the heat medium/high and stir frequently. You want the onions to begin sweet and caramelised to add flavour to the chips.
4. Once your onions begin to caramelise, add the spice mix and stir to coat the vegetables.
Then fry the mixture for a further minute:
5. Then – it’s time to add the cooked chips to the pan. Turn the heat to low and then stir everything together to coat the chips with the spices, chilli and onion:
6. Then it’s time to sit down and enjoy!
Salt and Pepper Chips Recipe
Make the takeaway classic Salt & Pepper chips at home with this easy to follow recipe with step-by-step photos.
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Cooked oven chips, The amount you'd usually cook for 2 portions
- 1 onion
- 1 Pepper
- 1 chilli (optional - I chose to use half one green and half one red for color)
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp chinese five spice
- 1 tsp chilli flakes, (optional, depends how spicy you like it)
- Cook the oven chips as per packet instructions
- Whilst the chips are cooking, chop the chilli, pepper and onion into small pieces
- Once chips are cooked, heat some oil in pan and fry the chilli, pepper and onion until they begin to caramelise
- Add the salt, five spice, chilli and sugar to the pan, stir to coat the onion and chilli and fry for a further minute
- Add cooked chips to the pan, and stir to coat the chips in the spices. Turn off the heat, serve and enjoy
You can use frozen onions, peppers and chips if you need to! Don't skip on the browning of the onions - it brings so much flavour!
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Amount Per Serving Calories 469Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 51mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 21g
Great recipe, as always, Helen. Thanks so much for sharing!
Lovely recipe – always make this for the kids and they love them.
Such a simple easy recipe to follow! It tasted so yummy!! Definitely doing this again. Thanks hint of Helen!
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Very simple and delicious. I will do it again
Love chips and junk food !
Can I use home made chips
You sure can 🙂 that’d be lovely!
My wife and I are not a lover of chinese give spice, what would you recommend instead, we love all spices so no problem there, thanking you.
Hi Laurence, you could try it without the five spice – the caramelised onions and peppers make a great flavour alone 🙂
Hi, Helen. What a clever girl you are!! Since Lockdown I’ve had trouble getting a reply from my local Chinese takeaway as they’re so busy but have recently come across your web site. It’s FANTASTIC! So far I’ve done your Salt and Pepper Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Salt and Pepper Chips and your curry … all of which are great. I’m slowly working my way through the recipes but wanted to thank you – saving money, no MSG and less greasy!
Thanks so much Lynne – I’m so glad you’re enjoying recreating your takeaway favourites at home with my recipes! 😀
Great recipe! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe
You’re welcome! I’m so glad the family enjoyed it Elliot 🙂
I love this recipe, I found your recipe last summer and we make the salt and pepper chips all the time. I’ve just had them for tea tonight.