Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

Have you ever wondered how to roast chestnuts? Surprisingly, there is no special equipment required. All it takes is 20 minutes for this best and Easy way to eat chestnuts. follow the Steps for perfect Oven Roasted Chestnuts.

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Remain a good source of antioxidants, even after cooking. 

They’re rich in gallic acid and ellagic acid—two antioxidants that increase in concentration when cooked. 

Chestnuts are rich source of Vitamin C, minerals like magnesium and potassium etc.



Step 1

Preheat oven to 400° C: A very hot oven is key for the chestnut to separate from its woodsy skin. Make sure the oven rack is placed in the middle.

Step 2

Make an incision: Lay the chestnut flat on your cutting board. With a serrated knife, make a lengthwise slit down the entire middle surface, on the curved side. The incision will allow the steam to escape from the nut as it is being heated. If the chestnuts are not properly scored, they will explode in the oven

Step 3

Soak the chestnuts: Place the chestnuts in a bowl and add water and soak it for a minimum of 2 hours.

Step 4

Pat dry: Pat dry the chestnuts with a towel.

Step 5

Roasting chestnuts in the oven: Place the chestnuts with the flat side down, and the cut side up in a tray. The chestnuts should not be placed crowder in the tray. Roast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. This time can vary based on the size of your chestnuts. The shell splits open as they roast. The only way to know if they are cooked through is by eating one of the roasted chestnuts.

Step 6

Let it cool down: Allow the chestnuts to cool down for about 10-15 minutes.


Be sure to cook your chestnuts soon after purchasing, as they spoil quickly. If you can’t cook them right away, refrigerate raw chestnuts in perforated plastic bags for a few days, or freeze them in an airtight container for up to one month. Chestnuts are easier to remove from their shell when they are warm. If you have leftover chestnuts, you can peel them and refrigerate them for a day or two. Your peeled chestnuts can also be frozen.

When purchasing look for chestnuts that :

  • Have a glossy look
  • Have no holes or molds
  • Are unblemished
  • Are firm to the touch
  • Feel heavy for their size

Always try to roast your store-bought chestnuts within 2-3 days as the freshness will not last very long, even in the fridge. If you uncover moldy or bad chestnuts, they need to be discarded. Unfortunately, this can only be discovered once they are roasted and removed from the shell.

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