Roasting Chestnuts

We’ve all heard of roasting chestnuts on an open fire but how many of you have actually tried it? Chestnuts are in season September through February here in the U.S. and are grown on trees throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. When choosing fresh chestnuts, look for nice plump specimens that are free of bruising with nice shiny brown shells. I hope you enjoy this fun holiday tradition.

How to Roast Chestnuts

Roasting Chestnuts

Roasting Chestnuts


  • 24 chestnuts
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Grab a sharp paring knife and mark an X on the flattest side of each chestnut. We do this so the nuts won't explode when they are heated.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cool water and soak the nuts about 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 F or get your fireplace nice and roaring.
  4. Drain the nuts and scatter on a baking sheet, X side up.
  5. Roast for about 12-18 minutes, or until the peels curl up a bit and the nuts are soft.
  6. For chestnuts roasting on an open fire, place in a long-handled frying pan (nonstick isn't recommended), a popcorn popper or chestnut roaster. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until the peels curl up and the nuts are soft.

Recipe by Jason Hill /