Butter Fried Chestnuts

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Serves4 people
Vegetarians Gluten-free diets
Butter Fried Chestnuts

Have a bowl of chestnuts to hand but want to eat them NOW? This speedy, faff-free recipe delivers instant satisfaction. They’re lovely in a risotto (on their own or with grated parsnips), scattered over a roast squash soup, folded into a batch of brownies or added to an apple crumble topping (with some mincemeat thrown in for a festive twist).


  • 150g chestnuts
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Sea salt

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 5 mins

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1. Cut each chestnut open. A really easy way to do this is to hold the chestnut with one hand, with the pointy end facing up, Use a small paring knife to slice right through the chestnut, roughly halving it. Strip the shell off. Keep the chestnut in halves or cut it into slices.
2. Pop a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the butter or oil. Once it’s hot, add the chestnuts to the pan. Fry for about 5 mins, till golden.
3. Season with salt and serve as a snack, garnish or as a nutty addition to your favourite dish.
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