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How to Make Delicious Water-Boiled Chestnuts at Home? - Microwave Recipes

How to Make Delicious Water-Boiled Chestnuts at Home?

Q: How long should I soak the chestnuts in saltwater?
A: Soak the chestnuts in saltwater for 10 minutes.

Q: What is the purpose of scoring the chestnuts?
A: Scoring the chestnuts helps in flavor absorption and makes them easier to eat.

Q: How do I know when the chestnuts are perfectly cooked?
A: The chestnuts are done when the sugar is evenly coated on them and there’s barely any liquid left in the pan, which takes about 35 minutes in total.

Water-Boiled Sweetened Chestnuts


  • Chestnuts: 1000g
  • Cooking oil: 3 tablespoons
  • Granulated sugar: 20g
  • Water: as needed
  • Salt: 3g
  1. Rinse the chestnuts twice with water, adding a little salt in the second rinse. Soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the chestnuts and score them with an X on the flat side for better flavor absorption.
  3. Be careful not to cut yourself while scoring the chestnuts.
  4. Set the scored chestnuts aside.
  5. Quickly score each chestnut with a cross-cut on the top.
  6. Place the chestnuts in a frying pan, add oil and sugar, and stir well. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes until the sugar melts.
  7. Once the water covers the chestnuts, cover with a lid and simmer for 25 minutes on low heat.
  8. After 25 minutes, switch to medium heat and reduce the liquid for about 10 minutes until the chestnuts are coated with a sugary glaze and there's almost no liquid left.
  9. Remove the delicious, sweetened chestnuts from heat. They should be fragrant and melt in your mouth.
  • Energy: High in calories due to sugar and chestnuts.
  • Sugar: Moderate amount from added sugar.
  • Fiber: Good source from chestnuts.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Provides vitamins and minerals, particularly from chestnuts.
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