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How to Roast Chestnuts in the Oven

For a delicious taste of the holidays, try this recipe for fresh chestnuts roasted in the oven.


  • Step 1: Preheat the oven Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Rinse the chestnuts, place them on a towel, and pat them dry.
  • Step 2: Carve an X Use the paring knife to make an X on the flat side of each chestnut. This will allow steam to escape and prevent the chestnuts from exploding in the oven. Plus, it will make peeling them easier.
  • TIP: Make the incision about 1/8-inch deep -- just into the flesh of the nut.
  • Step 3: Bake the chestnuts Place the chestnuts in a single layer in the shallow baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, turning them over after 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Remove chestnuts to a bowl Take the chestnuts out of the oven, put them in a bowl lined with a towel, and cover them for 10 minutes.
  • Step 5: Peel Peel them while they're still hot, but cool enough to touch, starting at the slit and pulling the shell and skin away from the nut meat.
  • Step 6: Serve Serve them plain or sprinkled with cinnamon, or dip them in melted better.
  • FACT: Chestnuts have a high water content and very little oil, making them virtually fat free.

You Will Need

  • 1 lb. fresh
  • raw chestnuts
  • Towel
  • Paring knife
  • Shallow baking pan or rimmed baking sheet
  • Towel-lined bowl with cover
  • Cinnamon
  • Melted butter

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