Can You Microwave Chestnuts?

Unfortunately, you can’t just grab a handful of chestnuts and toss them into the microwave. If you want to microwave chestnuts with success then you’ll need to follow the method in this article:

How to Microwave Chestnuts

Microwaving chestnuts is surprisingly easy to do. You do have to keep a careful eye on them. You also need to make sure the skins are cut before cooking them because if you don’t the nuts will burst from the skins and make a mess.

To microwave follow these simple steps.

  1. Cut
    The first thing you need to do is make a cut in every chestnut. You need to slash a cross into the flat side of the shell of the chestnut. This is very important because if you miss this step out the nuts are likely to explode in the microwave.
  2. Place Onto a Plate
    Next, grab a microwavable plate and lay about twenty chestnuts onto it in a flat layer. Make sure the layer is left as a single layer and you don’t put too many into the microwave at once.
  3. Microwave
    Pop this into the microwave and microwave on full power for one minute.
  4. Stir and Microwave
    Give the chestnuts a quick stir and then pop them back into the microwave for another minute.
  5. Repeat
    Repeat steps three and four for up to four to five minutes.
  6. Peel and Serve
    Peel the shells from the chestnuts and serve.

3 Tips for Microwaving Chestnuts

If you want to have guaranteed success when microwaving chestnuts then follow these three simple tips:

  • Ensure You Cut Properly – Cutting the skin is the most important step you take when microwaving chestnuts. Take a sharp knife and make a cross on the flattest side of the shell of the chestnut. This allows any air and moisture to escape as the nuts cook.
  • Add Flavourings – When you have made your microwaved chestnuts you could try adding a little flavour. For a sweet and savoury feel sprinkle a little salt and sugar. Or, you could go for a festive feel and sprinkle some cinnamon. If you want a tasty savoury snack to add a pinch of salt or some garlic.
  • Soak for 20 Minutes – If you are struggling to remove the peel after cooking then there is a tip that can help. Before you cook them, soak the chestnuts in water for about twenty minutes. This will soften the shells and make them easier to peel.

Advantages of Microwaved Chestnuts

There are a couple of clear benefits to using a microwave to cook chestnuts:

  1. Super Speedy
    When you are looking for a tasty snack in a hurry or have some unexpected guests and what to give them a festive treat then you can’t beat microwaved chestnuts. It’s quick and easy and can help you out in a pinch.
  2. Less Fiddly
    It’s a little easier and less fiddly to cook your chestnuts in a microwave. You do still have to give them a stir every minute but that beats standing over a hot grill or oven for half an hour!

Disadvantages of Microwaved Chestnuts

There are, however, two drawbacks to microwaving them (and one that could be dangerous):

  1. Lack of Texture
    Even if it is quicker there is one big disadvantage to microwaving your chestnuts. You won’t get that same crunch and texture that you get from grilling or roasting the chestnuts. They will still be delicious but they are not quite as good.
  2. Explosive
    If you don’t slit the shells or don’t do it quite right then it can be quite dangerous to microwave chestnuts. They can explode and cause all sorts of problems in your microwave. You can avoid this by making sure the shells are slit well enough to let out any moisture or steam that happens when the chestnuts cook.

How to Reheat Chestnuts in the Microwave

If you have already roasted chestnuts and have some leftover then you can pop them in the microwave to reheat. They won’t be quite as crunchy and delicious but they are still a tasty snack. To do this pop them onto a microwave plat and pop them into the microwave for a minute.

Test them and if they need a little more heating time then pop them back in for thirty-second intervals until you are happy they are heated throughout.

How to Defrost Chestnuts in the Microwave

For best results when thawing out chestnuts you should leave them at room temperature for several hours. If you try and slow down or speed up this process then the chestnuts are likely to end up soggy and mushy rather than the texture you are used to.

Final Summary

Chestnuts are a delicious snack or treat, especially during the festive period. This is a time of year that can get busy but luckily you can save yourself a little time by popping the chestnuts in the microwave to cook instead of roasting them.