How to Roast the Perfect Chestnuts

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Roasting Chestnuts Made Easy Just the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire can bring back memories of chilly winter nights spent sipping hot cocoa and sharing stories with loved ones. If you're looking to create some new memories of your own, you'll need to know how to roast chestnuts so they're perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. While chestnuts may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of festive eats, they definitely should be on your radar. Not only are they tasty, but they're also super easy to roast! Keep reading for a step-by-step guide.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 pound of fresh chestnuts
  • 1 roasting pan (see our selection of Chestnut Roasting Pans)
  • A sharp knife
  • A pot of boiling water

Step One: Prep the Chestnuts

The first step is to prep the chestnuts so they're ready to roast. Using a sharp knife such as our Chestnut Knife or our Utility Knife with Serrated Blade, make an X-shaped cut on the flat side of each nut. This will help them cook evenly and prevent them from exploding in the pan. Next, add the nuts to a pot of boiling water and let them cook for 3-5 minutes.

Step Two: Get Your Fire Going

Next, you'll need to get your fire going. If you're using a fireplace, build a small, hot fire using dry wood. If you're using a grill or campfire, wait until the coals are white hot. Either way, make sure you have a screen or grate over the flames so the chestnut roasting pan sits properly. Our Chestnut Roasting Pan with Extra Long Handle is better suited for open flame cooking, but either pan that you use, make sure you use High Heat Gloves, this is important to avoid burning hands when the fire and heat are several hundred degrees.

Step Three: Roast the Chestnuts

Now it's time to roast the chestnuts! Place them on the chestnut roasting pan and place the pan over the flames and let them cook for about 15 minutes, turning them occasionally so they roast evenly. You'll know they're done when the shells start to peel back from the nuts.

Step Four: Enjoy!

Once they're done roasting, transfer the chestnuts to a bowl and let them cool for a few minutes before peeling and eating them. Enjoy!


Chestnuts roasted on an open fire are one of life's simple pleasures. If you follow these steps, you'll be able to enjoy them too. Whether you enjoy them on their own or use them as a topping for your favorite holiday dishes, we hope you'll give this delicious treat a try. Happy holidays!

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