Roasted Chestnuts

Discover the secret to perfectly roasted chestnuts with our mouthwatering recipe. Savor the nutty goodness that will leave you craving for more!

Roasted Chestnuts

Making roasted chestnuts is a cherished tradition that brings warmth and coziness to the holiday season. As someone who has spent years perfecting the art of roasting chestnuts, I am thrilled to share my firsthand knowledge and expertise with you. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to achieve perfectly roasted chestnuts and address some frequently asked questions to ensure your roasting experience is a delightful success.

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Roasted Chestnuts: A Step-by-Step Guide

Selecting the Right Chestnuts

Choose fresh, plump chestnuts with shiny, unblemished shells. Avoid any that feel lightweight or rattle when shaken, as these may be past their prime.

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Preparing the Chestnuts

Before roasting, it’s crucial to make a small incision on the flat side of each chestnut. This prevents them from exploding during the roasting process. Use a sharp knife to make a shallow X-shaped cut.

Soaking the Chestnuts

Place the chestnuts in a bowl of warm water for 15-30 minutes before roasting. This helps to steam the nuts from the inside during the roasting process, making them easier to peel.

Choosing Your Roasting Method

Oven Roasting

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan. Cut, soak and arrange the chestnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the shells peel back.

Open Fire Roasting

You can also Roast chestnuts over an open fire by wrapping your cut and soaked chestnuts in foil and place them on the embers of an open fire. Roast for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Once roasted, let the chestnuts cool slightly before peeling. The inner nut should be soft and creamy. Enjoy them warm with a sprinkle of salt for a simple and delicious treat.

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Can I roast chestnuts without making an incision?

It’s not recommended. Making a small incision prevents the chestnuts from exploding during roasting, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience.

How do I store chestnuts before roasting?

Keep chestnuts in a cool, dry place for up to a week. If storing for a more extended period, refrigerate them in a perforated plastic bag to maintain freshness.

What's the best way to peel roasted chestnuts?

Peel the chestnuts while they’re still warm. Use a sharp knife to remove both the outer shell and the inner brown skin for the smoothest texture.

How do I know if chestnuts are spoiled?

Spoiled chestnuts may have a foul odor or mold on the shell. Discard any chestnuts with these signs and choose fresh ones for roasting.

Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted Chestnuts

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Get ready to be blown away by our roasted chestnuts recipe. With its heavenly taste and satisfying crunch, it's the ultimate Winter snack you won't be able to resist!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 10
Calories 33 kcal


  • 20 Chestnuts or as many as you need
  • Salt optional


  • Begin by preheating the oven to 200C/180C fan/.
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  • Take each chestnut and place it on a chopping board with the flat side facing down. Carefully hold the chestnut and use a sharp knife to create a long slit or a cross on the top of the shell. Ensure that you cut through the shell without damaging the nut inside.
    20 Chestnuts
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  • After making the cut on each chestnut, place them in a bowl of water and let them soak for approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Once the soaking time is complete, drain the chestnuts.
  • Arrange the drained chestnuts on a baking sheet or in a roasting tin, ensuring that the cut side is facing up. Roast them in the oven for 30 minutes. During this time, the cuts will open up, and the shell will start to peel back.
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  • To cool the hot nuts, transfer them to a bowl and allow them to reach a warm temperature. To aid in peeling, cover the bowl with a chopping board to trap the steam.
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  • Offer the nuts as they are for guests to peel, or peel them yourself for use in a recipe.
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Tips & Tricks
You can also Roast chestnuts over an open fire by wrapping your cut and soaked chestnuts in foil and place them on the embers of an open fire. Roast for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.


Calories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 0.3mgPotassium: 81mgVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword chestnut, nuts, winter
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