Poached Pears With Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

poached pears with orange zest
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
158 Calories
0g Fat
42g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*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.
(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.

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