I first was introduced to Chestnuts by a stranger at a local farmer's market about 5 years ago. I was checking to see what these amazing nuts were when a gentleman came up to me and gave me tips on how to choose these nuts and also how to cook/eat these. Since then I get these nuts home whenever I spot them in the market. Later on I read up on the nutritive value of these nuts from here. It is so easy to roast and also is a very filling snack. So next time you spot it in the supermarket, don't ignore these delicious nuts!


Ingredients - 

Chestnuts 3 cups

Method Of Preparation - 

Clean the chestnuts.


Use a sharp knife to cut an X into one side of each chestnut, or prick chestnuts with a fork to allow steam to escape.


Arrange the chestnuts on a microwave safe plate (in a single layer - about 8-10) with the cut sides up. 

In 1 minute intervals, nuke them for about 3 min. (The first batch was done in 4 min and the subsequent batches took 3 min).

They are done when they can be easily peeled.

Peel the nuts when they are cool enough to handle, and enjoy.

Preparation Time 10 min 
Makes 2 1/2 cups
Posted by Harini on Saturday, February 26, 2011


  1. Reshmi Says:
  2. wow.. healthy tip, will try this soon..! Thnx for sharing.

  3. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  4. I love chestnuts and I roast them directly on gas, it opens up nicely and quick too. Would love to try ur method the next time.

  5. Nice looking chestnuts. Would try out your method soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. crunchy snack for kids and love the story of chestnut

  8. Thanks for giving this easy method.. love it

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Never thought of roasting chestnuts in MW,thanks for sharing, love these roasted chestnuts..

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Never had these kind of nuts before, they look great :)

  13. thank you for sharing this looks so much easier
    will try it soon

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. i was taught that after roasting them in the mv. wrap them up quickly in a teatowel for a minute or so, this will cause them to sweat and help you to peel them much easier.

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. There is a problem in your directions. You did not mention how many you were cooking at one time. If you double the batch, presumably you would double the cooking time. Batch size unknown, who knows how long they should cook.

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. The instructions say 8-10 chestnuts

  20. Harini R Says:
  21. @Susan Gregory - The chestnuts need to be done in batches; so 8-10 in each batch

  22. gill Says:
  23. I've used the following method: Cut a slit in the side of each chestnut so they won't explode. Put them in a microwave safe dish with lukewarm water to almost cover. Put a lid on, and microwave on full power for 1.5 minutes. When you get them out, they will be hot. Drain the water and when they are a bit cooler, peel the nuts. The peel should come off easily. If the inner hairy covering doesn't come off as well (and it seem totally random), put the nuts in lukewarm water and soak for 10 muntes or so. Then you can scrape most of the inner covering off. I don't worry too much about getting it all off. Then cook the nuts in the microwave for 4 minutes.

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