A simple, but delicious recipe for poached pears in red wine. You only need a handful of ingredients. You can eat the pears as a dessert, warm or cold, but in the Netherlands we traditionally eat stewed pears as a side dish for Christmas. I prefer them cold.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
2 hrs 35 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place pears in a saucepan. Add sugar, orange peel, and cinnamon stick. Pour in red wine to cover pears completely. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently until pears are soft and deep red in color, about 2 1/2 hours.

  • Transfer pears to a serving plate using a slotted spoon. Serve the pears warm or cold.

Cook's Notes:

Pear varieties: In the Netherlands, the Gieser Wildeman pear variety is a good choice for this recipe, and they can sometimes be found in the UK. For a local choice, simply choose the firmest pears you can find. The Williams variety can be a great choice.

You can leave pears whole, with the stems on, for a more festive preparation.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of red wine. The actual amount of red wine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

379 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 62.8g; fat 0.3g; sodium 9.7mg. Full Nutrition

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Very similar to my Dutch mother s recipe! I added 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp cloves. I used unripe Bosc pears. Simmering time would need to be reduced with ripe pears (my mother only simmers for 20 min). Read More
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