Easy Chestnut Recipe

Learn How to Cook Chestnut in an easy and practical way.

I’ve bought many chestnuts over the years back home in the states and here in Turkey. No matter where I buy them, there is one thing that I have learned—they can be ridiculous to open. I’ve roasted them and that was ok. However, the easiest way (for me) is to apply these three basic steps.

Once you learn how to open chestnuts easily, they will quickly become your new favorite winter snack. ♡

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Easy Chestnut Recipe

  • First, put the chestnuts into a bowl with sea salt and water. Soak for 15 minutes. When ready, rinse well.
  • Second, place the chestnut flat-side down. Cut the bulge side widthwise with a sharp knife.
  • Third, place slitted chestnuts into a pot or deep pan along with a quarter cup of sugar, a tablespoon of olive oil, and enough water to where they are almost submerged. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. When you remove the lid, they should all have opened and are ready to eat.

After they are boiled, you can drain the boiling liquid, pat them dry, then roast them in the oven for a nice roasted flavor.

My family typically enjoys them with hot Turkish tea and conversation with loved ones. ♡

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Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 15 min Rest Time 15 min Total Time 35 mins Best Season: Winter

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put the chestnuts into a bowl with sea salt and water. Soak for 15 minutes. When ready, rinse well.

  2. Place the chestnut flat-side down. Cut the bulge side widthwise with a sharp knife. Slice a straight line or score an x. 

  3. Finally, add the slitted chestnuts into a pot or deep pan along with a quarter cup of sugar, a tablespoon of olive oil, and enough water to where they are almost submerged. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. When you remove the lid, they should all have opened and are ready to eat.

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Ashley Altan

Ashley Altan is a Food Writer, Recipe Developer & Photographer for Crave-Worthy. When she's not whipping up recipes in her kitchen, she's exploring the rich, historical culture of Turkey and its cuisine.

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