Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

While most bloggers are talking about pumpkins and cinnamon, I like to celebrate Autumn with a Roasted Chestnuts Recipe as they have been my Autumn delight since I was young.

Roasted Chestnuts Recipe      Jump to Recipe

Walking around Rome, and most European cities, you find on the street corners vendors roasting chestnuts in a kiln.

They offer their hot roasted chestnuts wrapped in a newspaper cone, and just by holding that cone your freezing hands find immediate comfort.

The scent of the roasted chestnuts immediately hit your nose and you can hardly wait to eat them.

Hot, soft and with a nutty biscuit flavour they are delicious.

That is when you find a good one to eat, in fact, most have worms.

Out of 10 chestnuts, you are lucky to eat 3 or 4.

But what an experience, still worth every penny!

For many of us, chestnuts are part of our lives and we very well know how to roast them.

As this blog is for an international audience, I appreciate that not everybody around the world is familiar with them.


Fresh chestnuts

Types of Chestnuts

When I was young, we used to pick up our chestnuts in a woodland near the Roman Castles.

They were the real Marroni chestnuts, which are bigger than regular ones.

They are more expensive but so much chunkier.

Be aware, do not confuse them with wild chestnuts also called horse chestnuts.

They do not have the heart shape and they are not edible.

However, if you feed a pig with those horse chestnuts, its meat will be delicious.

Cutting chestnuts to roast them

How to cook them at home

Chestnuts can be boiled or roasted.

I prefer them roasted over a barbecue, otherwise in a very hot oven.

If you are roasting the chestnuts you need to make a small indent in the shell and halfway to the pulp otherwise, they will explode when they cook.

Boiled Chestnuts

However, to boil the chestnuts you just put them in boiling water as they are, they don't need to be cut.

Boil them for 30 minutes, drain them and they are ready.

You can peel them with a knife but it is a tedious job.

If you want to eat them, just cut them in half and squeeze the pulp out.

If you need to cook with them, you will be better off to buy them in a jar already boiled and peeled.


Boiled chestnuts

Sausagemeat and Chestnut Stuffing Wrapped in Bacon

Cooking with Chestnuts

I love cooking with chestnuts, my favourite is Sausagemeat and Chestnut Stuffing Wrapped in Bacon.

I roll my stuffing into small bites so I can freeze them and use as many as I need during the holiday seasons.

I like to combine the chestnuts with pork and cranberries, I also make Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Chestnuts and Cranberries, and if I have some leftover in the jar I use them in the Pork Stew with Pineapple or Whatever.


If you feel like taking on a weekend cooking project, I would suggest you try to make homemade gnocchi with chestnuts.

Serve it as a side dish with butter, sage and parmesan cheese.

Such a delightful way to celebrate Autumn with a comfort meal. 


chestnuts homemade gnocchi

roasted chestnuts on BBQ

Roasted Chestnuts

Let's go back to our roasted chestnuts.

Make sure you have a nice hot barbecue going.

If you don't have a barbecue, you can cook them in the oven but make sure it is very hot.

Around 220 C 


For best results, the chestnuts should be cooked in a pan with large holes at the bottom.

The heat should almost burn their wooden shell.

Keep turning them until the cuts you made opens and you can see the chestnut changing color from white to a dark yellow.


Chestnuts on the fire

You can find the pan on Amazon following my affiliate link. 

I have a pan as well a barbecue tray.

If you are interested in more of my favourtie kitchen tools and items you can go to the page:

Handpicked: My Kitchen Checklist

You might find some interesting gift ideas, Black Friday is this week ! 

The roasted chestnuts should be eaten as soon as they are ready.

They will be very hot, so wait few minutes.

If properly cooked, you should be able to peel them very easily.

Open them up before you eat them as you might find someone inside who was eating them already.



Roasted chestnuts verticals

Roasted chestnuts for me are like cherries, once you eat one you cannot stop.

I love to eat them in front of the television.

I find comfort even just by opening them, and I am often the official "chestnuts opener".

Eating roasted chestnuts is a comforting and reassuring routine.

You can rest assured, the last chestnuts is always a bad one. 

Chestnuts jams and glace

If you cannot find fresh chestnuts, you might be able to find the chestnut spread in a jar or can.

In French is called Crème de marrons and you should be able to find it with the jams and marmalades.


chestnuts jam puree

Delicious are also Marron Glace which are chestnuts caramelized in sugar.

I wouldn't recommend to make them at home as the recipe is very complicated.

You will find them in artisanal bakeries or sold in boxes.

I like to buy the bags with the broken pieces and use them in my cakes or ice cream as fillings.

They are the broken pieces of the Marron Glace that cannot be sold in boxes.

They are cheaper and taste exactly the same. 

So I will end this article with my favourite chestnut dessert:

Pavlova with Chestnut Mousse

My revisited version of the more famouse Mont Blanc.

The ingredients are the same, I just combined the chestnut mousse with the cream to create a semifreddo dessert with meringue. 

Hope chestnuts will bring you joy as much as pumpkins and cinnamon.


Pavloval with chestnut mousse

For instructions on recipes template see post: Food Madness: Digital & Apps

For measurement conversions see post: How much is a Cup in grams and the most useful cooking conversions

5 from 2 votes
Roasted Chestnuts Recipe
Roasted Chestnuts Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

For best results use Marroni chestnuts which are larger in size

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French, Italian, Spanish
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 176 kcal
  • 400 gr fresh chestnuts preferably Marron
  1. Make an intend in the chestnuts shell, the chestnuts will expand when roasted

    Cutting chestnuts to roast them
  2. cook them on an open fire, barbecue or hot oven 200C

  3. When the chestnuts turn into a dark yellow colour they are ready

    Roasted Chestnuts Recipe
  4. Best to eat them warm, but let them rest for few minutes before trying to open them

Recipe Notes

Calories 176 calories per serving Fat 18 gr per serving Carbohydrates 39 gr per serving Cholesterol 0 mg Proteins 4 gr per serving Sugar 11 gr per serving Sodium 0 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.



Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

  4 comments for “Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

  1. 19th November 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Loved this post Laura. Though the worm in a chestnut grosses me out somewhat!! My grandmother used to roast chestnuts and I never once even considered looking for a worm. Eek. These look tasty and I can just imagine noshing on them in-front of the television.

    • Laura
      19th November 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Oh my Elaine, who knows how many you have eaten. But they probably taste the same as the chestnuts

  2. Beth
    4th December 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I roasted chestnuts one time for a party. I had the worst time getting them out of the shells! I was cutting my fingers, everywhere! How do you avoid that?

    • Laura
      4th December 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Really? Maybe you should have cooked them longer. They are difficult to open when they are not properly cooked.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *