Warm, Sweet, Savory: Wine-poached Pears


This dish works great as a side dish with just about anything but it makes a great savory dessert that is lightly sweet with a hint of heat. It can be made vegan, but it’s also great poured over lean pork. Or just have it for breakfast over oatmeal!


Wine-Poached Pears

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Poached pears can make an elegant addition to a meal as a side dish or for a savory/sweet dessert. The addition of the red pepper flakes gives a hint of heat without being overbearing, while the dry white wine and sweetness of the pears makes a winning combination.


  • 2 Medium Bosc Pears
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • dash Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Pat of Butter (Salted)


Prepare Pears
Step 1
Wash and dry pears. Remove stems and peel. Cut pears in half, remove core, and then slice into slices of even thickness, about 1/4 of an inch thickness.
Prepare Pan
Step 2
In a skillet with sides, pour wine, water, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir to combine. Place pears in liquid, evenly spaced on the bottom of the pan. Place small dots of butter on top of the pears on the portions exposed from the poaching liquid.
Simmer and Serve
Step 3
Bring liquid to a simmer and allow to simmer uncovered, without stirring for about 15 minutes. Liquid will reduce some while cooking and butter will melt. When pears feel soft to the touch but are not mushy, turn up the heat, bring to a boil and stir for 30 seconds.

Remove from heat and serve warm. Liquid can be served with the pears or it makes an excellent sauce to pour over pork or rice or other grains (like couscous, barley, quinoa, etc.)


We served it with cornish hen and couscous with kale and roasted onions.


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