Chips but better! These salt and pepper chips make a fantastic spicy side dish - crispy chips tossed together with Chinese five spice, garlic and chillies.
You can use shop-bought chips or fries, or use homemade crispy chips. Once the chips are cooked, the rest of the dish only takes 5 minutes to pull together.
Brilliant on their own, or as an extra special side dish with a juicy burger or as part of a Chinese banquet.
After making copious amounts of salt and pepper chicken recently (one of our favourite Friday night dinners - especially served on wraps with chilli mayo 😍), I decided to extend the salt and pepper joy with these spicy chips.
A favourite on Chinese chip shop menus in the UK, they're a real treat when we order a takeaway.
My homemade version is a little bit lighter (as I oven-cook my chips), but super tasty.
I haven't actually served them with the salt and pepper chicken yet, but it's a definite possibility - I don't think I can ever get enough of these moreish flavours!!
📋 What do we need?
*Chips - You can use shop-bought chips or fries for this recipe, or, if you wanted to you can make them with my homemade oven chips.
Chinese 5 spice (sometimes just known as 5-spice) - is a potent spice mix made up of ground cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechuan pepper. It gives a unique, fragrant, savoury flavour in Chinese cookery. You can usually find 5 spice (<--affiliate link) in the spice section of supermarkets. Sylvia from Feasting at home has a great recipe for homemade Chinese 5 spice.
🔪 Watch how to make it
***Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.***
- First of all we need to cook the chips in the oven. When they're about 5 minutes from being ready, we fry up chopped onion in a little oil along with chopped red and green chillies, salt, pepper and Chinese 5 spice.
- Then stir in minced garlic and roughly chopped spring onions (scallions) and cook for a minute.
- Finally we add in the cooked chips and toss everything together before serving.
👩🍳PRO TIP If you want even more Chinese 5 spice flavour, you can toss the chips in ½ tsp of 5 spice powder about halfway through cooking.
🍽️ What to serve them with
You can serve these quick and easy salt and pepper chips as part of a Chinese Banquet along with some of our favourite Chinese takeaway inspired dishes:
What would you serve yours with?
🍲 More recipe ideas for Chips (fries)
Salt and Pepper Chips Recipe
- 700 g (1 ½ lbs) oven chips (fries) - (or use my homemade crispy oven chips recipe)
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 onion - (peeled and chopped into large chunks about 1.5-2cm across)
- 2 red chilli - chopped into small pieces - I use relatively mild fresno or serrano chillies
- 2 green chilli - chopped into small pieces - I use relatively mild fresno or serrano chillies
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp Chinese five spice
- 2 garlic cloves - (peeled and minced)
- 3 spring onions - scallions roughly chopped
- Cook the oven chips as per the instructions and when they are 5 minutes from the end make the topping.
- Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat.
- Add the chopped onion, the chopped red and green chillies, the ½ tsp of salt, ½ tsp of black pepper and the 1½ tsp Chinese five spice to the pan.
- Fry for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until the onion starts to soften slightly.
- Then turn down the heat to medium and add in the 2 cloves of minced garlic and 3 chopped spring onions.
- Fry for a further minute, stirring often.
- By now the chips should be ready. Add the chips to the frying pan with onion and chillies in and toss everything together for 1 minute.
- Transfer to a serving dish and serve.
- If you don't like chillies but still want to make this recipe, swap out the chillies for half of a finely chopped bell pepper.
- Try this recipe with sweet potato fries or carrot fries.
- Add in shredded cooked chicken for a meaty addition.
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