Poached Pears

Bosc's firm texture makes it ideal for poaching, but you can poach Anjou or Bartlet pears, too. Or play around with different pear varieties and the different poaching liquids in this recipe to find your favorite combination.

Poached Pears
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins


  • Desired Poaching Liquid

  • 6 Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored

  • Blackberries, chopped pistachios, and/or mascarpone cheese (optional)


  1. In a 5- to 6-qt. pot bring Poaching Liquid to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add pears. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Let cool in syrup. If desired, serve with blackberries, pistachios, and/or mascarpone cheese. Serves 6.

White Wine Poaching Liquid:

Combine 2 cups water, 2 cups dry white wine, 1 cup sugar, and 2 whole star anise.Nutrition is in the Poached Pears recipe

Red Wine-Pomegranate Poaching Liquid:

Combine 2 cups dry red wine, 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, two 3-inch cinnamon sticks, 8 whole cloves, and 4 whole allspice.Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 242 calories, 45 g carbohydrate, 33 g total sugar, 9 mg sodium

Citrus-Maple Poaching Liquid:

Combine 2 cups water, 2 cups orange juice, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, two 3-inch cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric.Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 226 calories, 55 g carbohydrate, 41 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 51% Vitamin C, 8 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 3% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
64g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 220mg 5%
Folate, total 12.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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