Roast Chestnuts

How to Make Roast Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are a delicious nutty snack which are just perfect for the holiday season. The slightly crisp outer layer combined with a moist centre are such a fine textural treat but the question is, how do we roast them without the skin sticking to them? Check out this recipe for my tip on how to roast chestnuts and easily peel them too!

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How to ROAST CHESTNUTS in an Oven at Home


Vincenzo’s Top Tip To Make Roast Chestnuts

Quality above all!

Roasted chestnuts are not hard to make but require getting them to perfection  is of course to buy good quality chestnuts!

Same cut for the rest

Be sure to make this small cut in every single one or else it will pop in the oven (and make a real mess!)

Soaked and covered

Make sure that your  chestnuts are all soaked with water before leaving them for few minutes to make sure that everything is covered.

how to roast chestnuts in an oven

Roast Chestnuts

Vincenzo's Plate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian


  • Medium size bowl
  • Chopping-board
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking Tray
  • Baking Paper


  • Chestnuts
  • Water


  • Roasted chestnuts are not hard to make but require a few simple steps to get them to perfection and the first is…buy good quality chestnuts!
  • Next, using a sharp (preferably serrated) knife, make a slit down the middle of each one (not too deep) and place them into your bowl.
  • Cover the chestnuts with water, leaving them in the bowl for up to 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 180°C/356°F and prepare a baking tray (large enough to fit your chestnuts) lining it with baking paper.
  • Once the chestnuts have been soaking for 20 minutes, strain the water from the bowl and gently pat them dry using a kitchen towel.
  • Next place the chestnuts on the tray with the slit facing up.
  • It’s now time to put the tray in the oven and leave the chestnuts to roast for 30 minutes or until the skins open and inside is tender.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and leave to cool slightly.


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How to serve Roast Chestnuts

To peel chestnuts, start by making a small incision in the shell with a sharp knife. This will help to release steam and make the nuts easier to peel. Then, boil the chestnuts in a pot of water for about 10 minutes, or until the shells have softened.

Once the chestnuts are cooked, drain them and run them under cold water to cool them down. Then, use a paring knife or chestnut knife to carefully remove the shells and inner skins. The inner skins can be a bit tricky to remove, so be patient and take your time.

Once the chestnuts are peeled, you can enjoy them as a simple snack, or add them to salads, stuffing, soups, and desserts. They pair particularly well with winter fruits like apples and pears, and can add a nutty sweetness to cakes, pies, and other baked goods.

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One Response to Roast Chestnuts

  1. JohnJohnJon May 5, 2022 at 8:57 PM #

    I enjoy your website very much. Thank you very much for publishing these easy to follow delicious tasting recipes. 🙂

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