Boiled, Grilled, or Roasted Chestnuts

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Boil chestnuts only if you are going to use them in another recipe afterward. For eating chestnuts out of hand, roast them in the oven or grill them over hot coals.

Before cooking a chestnut, score the flat side with a sharp knife, making an "x."

To reheat chestnuts in butter or oil:

1. Turn the heat under a skillet to medium. Add enough butter or olive oil--usually a tablespoon or two--to cover the bottom of the skillet. (Alternatively bring a pot of water to a boil.)

2. Add the vegetables to the pan, turn the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until hot, just a couple of minutes (or submerge in the boiling water until hot, a minute or so). Season and serve.

Makes1 pound, 4 to 6 servings

Cooking Methodgrilling, roasting



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, vegan

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturenutty

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 1 pound chestnuts, flat side cut (see Notes)


1 To boil: Place in a pot with lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat after 3 or 4 minutes. Remove a few chestnuts from the water at a time and use a sharp knife to cut off the outer and inner skins. Use the chestnuts in other recipes, or reheat according to the directions for Precooked Vegetables in Butter or Oil (see Notes).

2 To grill or roast: Start a charcoal or wood fire, or preheat a gas grill, or turn the oven to 450°F. Place the chestnuts directly on the grill, or on a sheet of aluminum foil with holes poked in it, or on a baking sheet. Grill (preferably with the cover down) or roast, turning occasionally, until you can remove the shells easily, about 15 minutes. Eat warm, out of hand.



Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Hi @RobertaC! We included this recipe in a newsletter about foods to make while camping, because it's easy to grill chestnuts on a grate over the hot coals from an open camping fire. All of the recipes on Cookstr are available year-round, so you can access them whenever you need them! All best, Kara Rota Director, Editorial & Partnerships

Why an article about chestnuts now rather than in the chestnut season, the fall?


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Sign In using Email and Password