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Microwave Cottage Cheese Chips (High Protein, Low Carb)


These high-protein, low-carb microwave cottage cheese chips are the best! They’re light and crispy, deliciously savory, and quick and easy to make!

Crispy cottage cheese chip piled in a  bowl

Who knew that microwaving cottage cheese would produce such yummy, crispy chips? Not only that, these chips are tastier than most low-carb chips AND they’re high in protein (43 percent of calories come from protein) and low in calories.

Thanks to Perspective Portions and Keto Twins for the recipe, ideas and suggestions on these cottage cheese chips! They’re wonderful. We now always have cottage cheese in our fridge so we can make these chips.

Plus, they’re so easy to make. Simply add seasoning to cottage cheese and spoon a teaspoon-size portion on a piece parchment paper. Put the parchment paper in the microwave and heat for 3 to 5 minutes at half power until done. Remove and let sit for a few minutes, and then gobble up!

You can flavor the cottage cheese chips in a number of ways. We love to season with garlic and onion powder and a pinch of salt. Be sure to check out “variations” below for some more ideas. We’d love to hear your favorite seasoning combinations!

Ingredients

Cottage cheese chip ingredients in bowls and labeled

Full-fat (4% milkfat), small curd cottage cheese including additives: You’ll need to buy full-fat (4% milkfat) cottage cheese for chips to work. Low-fat cottage cheese doesn’t have enough fat to make decent chips. Be sure to get small curd cottage cheese that includes additives (like guar gum or locust bean gum) since this helps produce stable chips. For one serving of chips, we use ⅓ cup of cottage cheese.

Garlic and onion powder: For ⅓ cup of cottage cheese, we use ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder and ⅛ teaspoon of onion powder. You can always add more to taste if you like.

Salt: We add just a pinch of salt for ⅓ cup. Just a little is needed.

About Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a white, soft and creamy, mild-in-flavor cheese. It’s made from the curds of pasteurized cow’s milk. It’s a nutritious cheese that’s high in protein and low in calories.

How To Make

STEP 1: In a small bow, add ⅓ cup cottage cheese with garlic and onion powder and pinch of salt. Stir until combined.

STEP 2: Spoon a teaspoon of mixture onto a piece of parchment. Flatten to an even with a spoon (but don’t spread it thin). Spoon each dollop 3 inches apart from one another and continue to flatten with spoon. You may need to heat in two batches since it makes 9 to 10 chips.

STEP 3: Carefully place parchment paper with cottage cheese dollops into microwave. Microwave at half power for 3 minutes. When done, chips should look somewhat dried and slightly browned. If still wet, continue to heat in 30-second increments at half power until slightly browned and dried (which takes 3 ½ to 4 minutes in our microwave, but could take 5 minutes or slightly more in other microwaves). When done, remove parchment paper from microwave and let sit for at least 2 minutes to harden and crisp. Carefully peel cottage cheese chips from parchment paper and place on plate. Serve immediately.

Note: Determining how long to microwave the chips is a process that takes some figuring out, but once you determine how long it take in your microwave, then every time after becomes easier!

Variations

Depending on how adventurous you are, you could try a variety and combination of seasonings on these cottage cheese chips. When testing different seasonings, we recommend not using too much to start (about a ¼ teaspoon total for ⅓ cup of cottage cheese).

Other potential seasonings include pepper, paprika, chili powder, dill, or other preferred seasonings.

NOTE: The chips don’t seem to work as well with seasonings that include seeds (like sesame or poppy seeds). We tried everything bagel seasoning and the chips took much longer to heat in the microwave and they didn’t turnout as crispy (they were more chewy instead).

Recipe FAQ

Can I use low-fat cottage cheese for these chips?

We found that low-fat cottage cheese does not work as well in this recipe. It doesn’t seem to produce as stable or crispy chips as regular full-fat cottage cheese.

I’ve microwaved for more than 5 minutes and they’re still wet to touch. What do I do?

First, be sure you’re using full-fat cottage cheese that includes additives (like guar gum, etc.). Second, if you make chips that are larger than a teaspoon, then they may take longer to cook. Lastly, since all microwaves heat differently, you need to cook longer depending on your microwave. Therefore, continue heating the chips in 30-second increments until slightly browned and dry looking. With some microwaves, it can take up to 5 minutes or slightly longer to heat.

Is cottage cheese keto-friendly?

Yes, you can enjoy cottage cheese in moderation. However, cottage cheese contains more carbs than other cheeses (a half cup serving of full-fat cottage cheese contains 5 grams of carbs). It’s also rather low in fat. If you’re on strict keto diet that is very low in carbohydrates, then you may want to limit your cottage cheese consumption. That said, cottage cheese is higher in protein than many other cheeses, which can make it satiating. Additionally, it’s low in calories.

Why are these chips considered high in protein?

These chips are high in protein since more than 43 percent of the total calories come from protein. High-protein snacks are ideal since they’re more likely to keep you satiated over a longer period of time.

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Recipe

Microwave Cottage Cheese Chips (High Protein, Low Carb)

Low-Carb Simplified

These high-protein, low-carb microwave cottage cheese chips are the best! They’re light and crispy, deliciously savory, and quick and easy to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Course Snack

Cuisine American

Servings 1

Calories 75.7 kcal

Instructions 

  • STEP 1: In a small bow, add ⅓ cup full-fat cottage cheese with garlic and onion powder and pinch of salt. Stir until combined.

  • STEP 2: Spoon a teaspoon of mixture onto a piece of parchment. Flatten to an even with a spoon (but don’t spread it thin). Spoon each dollop 3 inches apart from one another and continue to flatten each with spoon. You may spoon chips over two pieces of parchment paper so it fits properly in microwave.

  • STEP 3: Carefully place parchment paper with cottage cheese dollops into microwave. Microwave at half power for 3 minutes. When done, chips should look somewhat dried and slightly browned. If still wet, continue to heat in 30-second increments at half power until slightly browned and dried (which takes 3 ½ to 4 minutes in our microwave, but could take 5 minutes or slightly more in other microwaves). When done, remove parchment paper from microwave and let sit for at least 2 minutes to harden and crisp. Carefully peel cottage cheese chips from parchment paper and place on plate. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • You’ll need to buy full-fat (4% milkfat) cottage cheese for chips to work. Low-fat cottage cheese doesn’t have enough fat to make decent chips. Be sure to get small curd cottage cheese that includes additives (like guar gum or locust bean gum) since this helps produce stable chips. For one serving of chips, we use ⅓ cup of cottage cheese.
  • Depending on your microwave, you may need to heat the chips for up to 5 minutes, or slightly more, at half power until done.

Note: Determining how long to microwave the chips is a process that takes some figuring out, but once you determine how long it take in your microwave, then every time after becomes easier!
NOTE: The chips don’t seem to work as well with seasonings that include seeds (like sesame or poppy seeds). We tried everything bagel seasoning and the chips took much longer to heat in the microwave and they didn’t turnout as crispy (they were more chewy instead).

Nutrition

Calories: 75.7kcalCarbohydrates: 3.9gProtein: 8.1gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16.7mgSodium: 392.4mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2.7gNet Carbs: 3.8gProtein Percentage: 43%

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