Easy Stewed Pears Recipe (2024)

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Make this easy Stewed Pears recipe in just 15 minutes with 5 simple ingredients. Sliced pears are stewed in a cinnamon and clove spiced syrup until they get beautifully soft. Delicious on yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, waffles and more.

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You only need 5 ingredients to make Stewed Pears from scratch in 15 minutes!

Pears are stewed in a quick cinnamon and clove infused syrup. Perfect warm or cold on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, waffles or just on their own as a dessert.

The scent of stewed pears in the air always reminds me of my mum. Stewed apples too. Delicate spices dance in the air scented with sweet soft fruit. Bliss.

Pears are lovely and fragrant when eaten fresh, but I really love stewing them. Simply adding them to a little sweetened water with spices takes them to a new level.

Be sure to also try Maple Fried Pears, Stewed Prunes, and Stewed Rhubarb!

A dish of soft, cooked pears swimming in a cinnamon and clove syrup. Can you imagine anything better? They're perfect on their own or over waffles, ice cream, whipped cream, cheesecake...

Five ingredients and 15 minutes to pear nirvana.

Be sure to also try my stewed plums and stewed rhubarb! Just as easy with a different fruit flavor.

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I have a HUGE pear tree at the bottom of my backyard. Too big. That's the problem. It's massively overgrown and about 30 foot tall. And it's absolutely laden with glorious orbs of fruit right now. Thing is, we can only possibly reach the lowest few branches.

So all that free fruit turns into food for the birds, missiles in the wind or simply falls to the ground when they're overripe and smash, making food for any wild (or domestic) animals.

It's such a shame, but those few beautiful pears that we get are absolutely divine. And perfect for stewed pears.

Why you'll love this recipe

Ready in 15 minutes.
5 simple ingredients.
A great way to use up pears.
Stovetop cooked pears.
The spiced cooked pears are melt-in-your-mouth good.
The light syrup is flavored with cinnamon, cloves and pears.
Versatile - try it on yogurt, oatmeal, granola, pancakes, ice cream...

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You only need a few simple ingredients for these fragrant, delicious spiced stewed pears.

Pears - ripe, but not too soft, or they could break up into more of a compote. If they're on the firmer side, they'll soften while cooking.

Sugar - use brown sugar, white sugar or maple syrup.

Lemon juice - or substitute for orange juice.

Cinnamon stick - optional, but adds an amazing flavor.

Cloves - as with the cinnamon, they add a lovely flavor, but are optional.

Step by step tutorial

This is such a simple recipe, but full of WOW flavor. Follow these photo steps, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.

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Add the sugar, water, lemon juice and cinnamon stick to a pot. If using cloves, add them too.

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Place over a medium heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves.

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Peel, core and quarter the pears, then add them to the pot.

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Simmer for 10 minutes or until soft. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Try these tasty ways to use up stewed pears!

On vanilla ice cream.
In yogurt.
On oatmeal.
On waffles or pancakes (try my Vegan Waffles and Fluffy Vegan Pancakes).
Serve in a bowl swirled with heavy cream.
Alongside custard.
Sprinkle with granola for a deconstructed pear crisp (aka pear crumble).
Try using the cooked pears in this Gingerbread Parfait.
Serve for Christmas breakfast as a quick topping for waffles, porridge, baked oatmeal, pancakes (perfect onGingerbread Pancakes),Cinnamon French Toastetc...


Swap the water for red wine or mulled wine for a more festive Christmas dessert.

I prefer to peel my pears before stewing, but you can leave the skin on. It softens as it cooks.

Firmer pears will take longer to cook, while ones that are more ripe could cook quicker. Keep an eye on them as you want the stewed pears to be cooked and soft, but not collapsing.

Try adding a thumb-sized piece of peeled root ginger, chopped, to your stewed pears.

Make it refined-sugar-free by using maple syrup or stevia instead of sugar.

Try it withvanilla ice cream.

Add a star anise or some cardamom for another flavor.

Delicious served warm on its own with toasted crushed salted hazelnuts.

Fruit recipes

I hope that you'll love these stewed pears as much as we do. Be sure to try these other tasty fruit recipes.

Fruit Tacos
Fruit Platter Ideas
Chocolate Avocado Dip with Fruit Skewers
Blackberry Compote
Raspberry Compote
Blueberry Popsicles
Fruit Salad with Tea Simple Syrup
Poached Pears in Red Wine with Cinnamon Cream

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Easy Cinnamon Stewed Pears

Kate Hackworthy | Veggie Desserts

Make this easy Stewed Pears recipe in just 15 minutes with 5 simple ingredients. Sliced pears are stewed in a cinnamon and clove spiced syrup. Delicious on yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, waffles and more.

5 from 36 votes

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Prep Time 3 minutes mins

Cook Time 12 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine American, gluten-free, Vegan

Servings 6

Calories 152 kcal


  • 8 ripe pears
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar brown sugar or white
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional
  • 5 cloves optional


  • Place the sugar, water, lemon juice and cinnamon stick into a medium-sized pot over a medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

  • Peel and core the pears and cut into quarters, and add them to the pot.

  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the fruit is soft and begins to break down. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and cloves.

  • Enjoy hot or cold. Delicious on yogurt, pancakes, waffles, ice cream, granola or cheesecake. Get creative with the tasty stewed pears.



Swap the water for red wine or mulled wine for a more festive Christmas dessert.

I prefer to peel my pears before stewing, but you can leave the skin on. It softens as it cooks.

Firmer pears will take longer to cook, while ones that are riper could cook quicker. Keep an eye on them as you want the stewed pears to be cooked and soft, but not collapsing.

Try adding a thumb-sized piece of peeled root ginger, chopped to your stewed pears.

Add a star anise or a large pinch of ground cardamom for another flavor.


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 275mgFiber: 8gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.

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Easy Stewed Pears Recipe (2024)


What is the cooking method for pears? ›

Poached Pears

Warm the liquid to dissolve the sugar, then bring to the boil. Add a vanilla pod, then slide in the pears, whole or sliced, adding any dribbles of lemon juice. Let them simmer gently for 5–10 minutes. Lift them out and place in a serving dish.

Is Stewed pear good for you? ›

Both cooked and raw pears are healthy, and can have a positive impact as part of a balanced diet.

Can you cook any pears? ›

Look to the crispest raw pears to find those that can withstand heat. The popular Bosc pear is the best option. Anjou pears are another top choice and Concorde and French butter pears are also reliable.

Can you stew pears and freeze them? ›

Stewed pears can be frozen for up to 3 months. Make sure they're completely cooled and freeze in portions in the freezer safe container. Defrost in the fridge overnight and serve cold or gently warmed. Depending how soft they were before freezing, defrosted stewed pears might get a bit mushy upon defrosting.

What is the best cooking pear? ›

Anjou pears are especially great for baking because they can withstand high temperatures. We love using them for pies and tarts. Bosc pears are oblong with an elegant elongated neck and long curved stem.

How long does it take to boil pears? ›

Poach pears:

Add pears. Cover with waxed paper to prevent discoloring. Bring to a simmer. Cook, turning pears occasionally, until easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, but not falling apart, about 20 minutes.

Why did my stewed pears go brown? ›

Browning is the result of freshly cut apple or pear flesh coming into contact with oxygen, a natural process called oxidization or enzymatic browning. Speed of browning can vary depending on the variety of apple or pear, and can also be impacted by the age of the fruit.

How long will stewed fruit keep? ›

*If using rhubarb you can also roast for 30 minutes in a dish with a little brown sugar sprinkled on top before adding to the other fruit for added flavour. Will keep in fridge for 5 days, and in the freezer for months. Take out your weekly portion and defrost in the fridge.

Can diabetics eat pears? ›

Pears have been a part of Eastern medicine for centuries. They play a part in helping with everything from inflammation to constipation to hangovers. We also know that pears can help control blood sugar and lower your chances of type 2 diabetes and stroke. They can even help you digest food better.

Do you boil or steam pears? ›

Cover and steam for about 10-12 minutes or until the pears are tender. If you opt for boiling, place the pears in a saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the pears are soft and easily mashed with a fork.

How do you soften pears for cooking? ›

To ripen pears in 4-7 days, store them at room temperature on your counter. If you want to ripen them even faster, put them into a paper bag, fold the top of the bag to close it, and wait 2-4 days for the pears to ripen. Adding ripe bananas or apples to the paper bag will help to ripen the pears in 1-3 days.

Does boiling pears soften them? ›

For some fruits, poaching is a way to soften them up for dishes where they would otherwise add little or no textural value. Pears are often poached so that they become soft enough to be pureed into a sauce or blended into a soup.

How to boil pears? ›

Carefully peel pears, leaving stems intact, and place pears in lemon-infused water to hold. Heat poaching liquid of simple syrup with selected spices. Transfer pears to poaching liquid ensuring to cover the entire pear. Poach pears in a gentle rolling boil for approximately 20-30 minutes.


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