Poached Pears With Orange Juice

poached pears with orange zest
Diana Rattray
Ratings (5)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
158 Calories
0g Fat
42g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Serve these poached pears as-is or with a dollop of whipped cream. You can also try them spooned them over ice cream or sponge cake. They make a wonderful morning treat or an excellent dessert, with the pears' sweetness nicely balanced by the tart orange juice. 


  • 4 firm ripe pears
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel pears then cut into ​halves or quarters and cut out cores.

  2. In a saucepan, heat the sugar, orange juice and water over medium heat.

  3. Add the pears and bring to a simmer.

  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue simmering for 15 minutes, or until the pears are tender.

  5. Remove the pears and add the orange zest.

  6. Simmer the syrup for 5 minutes longer, then combine the pears and syrup and chill thoroughly.