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Roasted Chestnuts

Just like the iconic song implies, we Roasted Chestnuts over an open fire. For me, the smell of those chestnuts roasting in the backyard firepit made my Christmas dreams come true, and I’m certain they’ll do the same for you!

A vertical closeup image of Roasted Chestnuts in a chestnut pan along with a Santa dish in the background.

Honestly, I’d never had a roasted chestnut before we made them in the backyard firepit.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but since I’m a nut lover, I had a feeling I was going to love roasted chestnuts…and I did.

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The ingredients:

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Kitchen tools and equipment:

While you’re here, my old pal Frank will help you get in the holiday spirit. Enjoy!

Can chestnuts be roasted in an oven?

Yes!

If you don’t have access to a chestnut pan or an outdoor fire, feel free to roast them in the oven.

Carefully cut an “X” on each raw chestnut (as shown in the video), and place them on a baking sheet. (a chestnut knife is best for this)

Roast them in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20-23 minutes, shaking the baking sheet at least once during roasting process.

The chestnut are ready when the “X” splits open and the corners curl back slightly.

Cool the roasted chestnuts until you’re easily able to handle them, and then peel and enjoy.

Can roasted chestnut be made on a stove top?

Yes.

Carefully cut an “X” on each raw chestnut, as shown in the video, and place them in a large skillet. (a chestnut knife is best for this)

Cook the chestnuts over medium/high heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan several times during cooking.

The chestnut are ready when the “X” splits open and the corners curl back slightly.

Cool the roasted chestnuts until you’re easily able to handle them, and then peel and enjoy.

Can chestnuts be made in an air fryer?

Sure. Why not?

Carefully cut an “X” on each raw chestnut, as shown in the video (a chestnut knife is best for this), and place them in an air fryer pan (working in batches if necessary).

Cook the chestnuts at 350-degrees for 10-12 minutes, shaking the pan at least once during the cooking process.

The chestnuts are ready when the “X” splits open and the corners curl back slightly.

A bunch of cooked Roasted Chestnuts in a chestnut pan along with Christmas colored napkins and an evergreen bough

What do roasted chestnuts taste like?

Good question, but they’re kind of hard to describe. They’re like no other nut I’ve ever had.

The consistency of a roasted chestnut is not crunchy like you’d possibly expect.

They’re more soft and spongy which is likely because they steam in their shells as they cook.

I hesitate to call them bitter, but, to me, they do have an ever so slight bitterness.

I’ve heard some people describe a chestnut’s taste as being similar to a sweet potato, and I’m going to say that’s pretty accurate.

I guess you’re going to have to make them for yourself to find out for sure!

Can chestnuts be eaten raw?

NO!

Chestnuts must be either boiled or roasted, or else they may make you sick due to their high content of tannic acid.

How to store raw chestnuts:

Raw chestnuts are best kept in a breathable bag in the refrigerator.

Raw chestnuts can be kept for up to 3 weeks if properly stored.

How to store roasted chestnuts:

Again, storing them in the refrigerator in a breathable bag (a paper bag works wonderfully) is key.

Store cooked chestnut for no more than 4-5 days.

Should black mold appear (if the chestnuts have been store too long, or improperly) dispose of them immediately and do not ingest (as if I need to tell you that)! 😉

Roasted chestnuts can be eaten by themselves, or as an ingredient in other dishes.

Additional recipes using chestnuts:

*Chestnut and Pepper Crusted Salmon Fillets (not shown) from A Mummy Too

Sockeye salmon beautifully complemented by a roast chestnut and herb topping that’s fresh-tasting, citrusy, and wonderfully healthy and delicious.

*Gluten Free Roasted Chestnut Cookies (not shown) from Fearless Dining

These homemade gluten-free chestnut cookies are full of roasted chestnut flavor! They make a delicious holiday cookie.

*Gluten-Free Vegan Yule Log (not shown) from Rhain’s Recipes

This Gluten-Free Vegan Yule Log is moist and fluffy, rich and indulgent, and coated in a velvety chocolate buttercream made with sweet, creamy chestnuts! It looks impressive, is perfect for sharing, and is refined sugar-free too.

*Chestnut Chocolate Truffles (not shown) from Binky’s Culinary Carnival

These Chestnut Chocolate Truffles are very easy to make. Chestnut Chocolate Truffles make a great edible gift for your friends and family! You can dress them for the holidays, or make them any time of year!

*Eggnog Pastry Cream Croissants (not shown)

*Nonpareil Chocolate Peppermint Truffles (shown below)

A cute holly berry bowl filled with Nonpareil Chocolate Peppermint Truffles with holiday napkins and ornaments on the side.

*Gingerbread Forest Cake (not shown)

*No-Bake Peppermint Buttercream Wafer Cookies (shown below)

A bunch of Peppermint Buttercream Wafer Cookies on a green glass plate with holiday sprinkles.

*Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake (not shown)

*Roasted Chestnuts (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical closeup image of split Roasted Chestnuts in a chestnut pan along with a snowy evergreen bough, and a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s super simple holiday classic, Roasted Chestnuts.

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Yield: 6 servings

Roasted Chestnuts

An overhead photo of a chestnut pan filled with Roasted Chestnuts along with some festive napkins and a chestnut knife.

Whether you want to roast chestnuts over an open fire, on the stovetop, or in the oven, here's the recipe for you!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw chestnuts

Instructions

  1. Prepare each chestnut by carefully cutting an "X" on the smooth, flat side.
  2. Place the chestnuts into a chestnut pan, skillet, OR baking sheet.
  3. Roast over an open fire for 10 minutes until the "X" peels back and curls.
  4. Roast in an oven at 400-degrees (shaking the pan once during baking) until the "X" peel back and curls (approximately 10-12 minutes).
  5. Roast in a skillet on the stovetop over medium/high heat, shaking the pan frequently during cooking until the "X" peels back and curls (approximately 15-20 minutes)
  6. Roast the chestnuts in an air fryer for 10 minutes at 350-degrees for 7-10 minutes, stirring once, or until the "X" peels back and curls.
  7. Cool, peel, and enjoy.
  8. Store properly in the refrigerator in a brown paper bag for up to 4 days.

Notes

Open fire method, stovetop method, oven method, air fryer method.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

6 servings

Serving Size

8 chestnuts

Amount Per Serving Calories 40

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