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roasted chestnuts in a gold rimmed bowl

How To Roast Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts in your oven is super duper easy! Select some prime chestnuts for roasting, then pop them in your oven and enjoy one of the most delicious seasonal treats!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, treat
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 148 kcal


  • Oven
  • rimmed baking tray


  • 1 pound chesnuts


  • Preheat your oven to around 375F to 400F. Make an incision into the round side of each chestnut. Use a sharp knife, and please be careful! The incision should be a small cross such as pictured below.
    Hand holding a chestnut with a cross incision with more chestnuts in the background
  • Place the chestnuts (with incisions) on a rimmed baking tray lined with some parchment paper and bake for around 15 minutes - 30 minutes. Why such a wide range of time? Please be aware that smallish chestnuts will take less time to roast than larger ones. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn. They are ready when the cut part pops up nicely!
    roasted chestnuts on parchment paper
  • Peel and enjoy! The best way to peel them is when they are hot. You can use a kitchen towel to help protect your fingers. Be sure to take the outer shell off as well as the thin papery skin between the nut and the shell.
    Roasted chestnuts in a gold rimmed bowl


The time you will need to roast the chestnuts will vary depending upon your oven and the size of the chestnuts.
Smaller chestnuts require less roasting time than larger chestnuts.
Be sure to remove the papery skin that lies between the nut and the shell prior to eating.  The best way to remove this is when they are hot.  Use a kitchen towel to protect your hands.
Enjoy this seasonal treat! 


Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 366mgVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chestnuts, nuts, roasted nuts
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