Chestnuts can be roasted in the oven with only five simple steps.

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The question of how to roast chestnuts is one you may have considered. Contrary to popular belief, no specialized tools are needed. Oven roasted chestnuts can be prepared in as little as 20 minutes and with only five simple steps.

A few oven roasted chestnuts scattered on a steel pan.

Last weekend, I ran into them, and it was like being a kid in a candy store.  


To put it simply, the holidays just wouldn't be the same without them. If you're wondering how to roast chestnuts in the oven, I've got a simple 5-step guide for you.

As the old adage goes, perfection is not human, so I feel like I should qualify my claims. In my quest to find the best way to roast chestnuts, I can assure you that I have tried just about everything. I've realized that there's no foolproof strategy out there.

What I mean is that some chestnuts will always be unable to escape their covering. Nonetheless, the approach I'm about to reveal to you is the most effective one I've tried.

To roast chestnuts, what do I need?

  • Chestnuts This comes as no great shock The number of chestnuts you employ is up to you. See to it that they feel solid when you press on them.
  • Water We'll be boiling our chestnuts first, then baking them.

A cutting board, a good serrated knife, a deep saucepan, and a shallow baking dish are all necessary tools.

A few glossy looking chestnuts before being roasted.

Instructions for Roasting Chestnuts:

To remove the chestnut's natural coating, step one is to heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the rack in the center of the oven.

An overhead shot of a small knife with a black handle and a chestnut on a wooden cutting board.

Cut the chestnut in half and place it flat on a cutting board. Use a serrated knife to cut a slit down the center of the long side. Hold the chestnut firmly on the cutting board (being careful not to cut yourself, as the shell is very slippery).

A few chestnuts with a clear vertical incision through the outer skin.

In addition, the incision must penetrate the chestnuts' inner skin. In this way, as the nut is heated, steam can escape through the incision. I've verified on my own that if the chestnuts aren't properly scored, they will explode when baked.

Chestnuts in a pot filled with water.

Put the chestnuts in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Take them out with a slotted spoon as soon as the water boils, and set them in a shallow baking pan. Once they are placed in the hot oven, the steam produced by the rapid boiling will be ideal for cooking.

Perfectly roasted chestnuts.

Fourth, to roast chestnuts in the oven, spread them out in a single layer with the cut sides up, flat sides down in a baking pan. Put it in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes to roast. The amount of time needed to roast chestnuts can vary. I plan to shake the pan occasionally while it roasts. As they roast, you'll see that the shell opens. Only by tasting one of the finished chestnuts can you be sure they are cooked through.

Chestnuts about to be wrapped in a tea towel.

The fifth step is to wrap the chestnuts in a clean tea towel after they have been removed from the oven and cooled to perfection. Let the chestnuts sit in the towel for 10 to 15 minutes.

A close up shot of a perfect oven roasted chestnut.

Ready to serve are the chestnuts you just roasted to perfection.

Hints, Techniques, and Recipes:

When chestnuts are warmed, they are more easily removed from the shell. You can store chestnuts in the refrigerator for up to two days after they have been peeled. As an alternative, you can freeze your chestnuts after they have been peeled.

Find roasted chestnuts that

  • have a shiny appearance;
  • are free of flaws;
  • have a firm texture and
  • sense disproportionately heavy given their stature

The freshness of store-bought chestnuts doesn't last long, even in the fridge, so you should roast them as soon as possible after purchasing. The chestnuts should be thrown away if you find any that are rotten or otherwise unfit. This, alas, is only known after they have been roasted and their shells removed.

5 Easy Steps for Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Histories of Famous Recipes

In retrospect, I believe that my entire family was fixated on perfecting the art of roasting Italian chestnuts.

My mother's unsuccessful attempts to cultivate chestnut trees are a fond memory of mine. Only a few of the seeds she planted actually grew. Some years were particularly fruitful for the trees, with plenty of chestnuts, but these were always followed by years in which the chestnuts would fall before they were fully ripe.

The chestnuts sold in stores are typically roasted, either in an oven or over an open fire. To make the best roasted chestnuts, my parents had all the necessary equipment.

After school, my mom would sometimes simply boil them for us to snack on.

When pureed, they make fantastic sweets, but you probably didn't know that. What do you think of the combination of chocolate and chestnuts? Southern Italian desserts are infamous for wrapping these precious stones in pastry.

The versatility of chestnuts means they can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Someone mention stuffing?

5 Easy Steps for Oven Roasted Chestnuts

After learning about Chef John Mitzewich's technique for roasting chestnuts, I adapted his method. John doesn't use any special equipment in the kitchen. A simple pot, a roasting pan, and a knife with a serrated edge For your appreciation, John the Chef

Without chestnuts, the holidays just wouldn't be the same. I'm sure they'll make an appearance at my Thanksgiving table.   Oven-roasted chestnuts are simple to make and can be included in your Thanksgiving spread with just five steps.

Please accept my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to present to you all a selection of my most treasured recipes.

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

5 Easy Steps for Oven Roasted Chestnuts

THANK YOU SO MUCH for joining the She Loves Biscotti community, where you'll discover Easy Italian Recipes for Your Whole Family to Enjoy.

For now, I bid you adieu.


Please share your thoughts and experiences with this recipe and method if you have tried roasting chestnuts using them.

A few perfectly roasted chestnut.

  • 16 ounces Chestnuts ...or any number you'd like
  • water

  • Put in a 425F (218C) oven to heat up. Racks should be centered in the oven.
  • Place the chestnut flat on the cutting board and make a cut in it. Create a slit down the entire length of one side using a serrated knife. Hold the chestnut firmly on the cutting board (watch out for accidental cuts, as the shell is very smooth).
  • Get a pot of cold water going and drop the chestnuts in there. The chestnuts should be removed from the boiling water and placed in a shallow baking pan as soon as they are cooked.
  • Arrange the chestnuts in a single layer in a baking dish, flat side down and cut side up. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Perfectly roasted chestnuts should be removed from the oven and wrapped in a clean tea towel as soon as possible. Leave the chestnuts in the towel for 10 to 15 minutes.

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No limit on the number of chestnuts you can roast. The nutritional information provided below is only an approximation, and actual values may vary depending on the ingredients used.   *Cooking technique based on an idea from Chef John

Serving: 1 ounce | Calories: 55 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Potassium: 137 mg | Vitamin A: 5 IU | Vitamin C: 11.4 mg | Calcium: 5 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg

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