Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds

Number of Servings: 4 (394 g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 30 min.
Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds

An elegant and simple dessert, this poaching recipe relies on the spices and the natural sweetness of pears to bring a satisfying end to any dinner party. Tart pomegranate seeds finish the flavor palate with bright note to balance the tender-sweet pears.

Tip: The wine you use will make a substantial difference to the flavor of the finished dish. If Riesling is not an option, a fruit-forward rosé would make a nice substitute, but avoid drier whites like Pinot Grigio.


  • 1 (750 ml.) bottle sweet white wine, such as Riesling
  • 4 very ripe pears, peeled and halved
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 2 cardamom pods, lightly smashed
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • Seeds from one pomegranate half


  1. Add the wine and spices to a heavy saucepan. Heat the poaching liquid to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. When the liquid reaches a simmer, add the pears and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Do not allow the pan to boil over.
  3. Remove the pears and increase the heat, bringing the liquid up to a boil. Reduce to desired consistency (10-12 minutes). Strain spices before serving. Garnish pears (warm or cold) with pomegranate seeds and reduced poaching liquid.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

Serving Size 394 g

Amount per serving
Calories 285
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 23g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 420mg 8%
Vitamin A 2.2mcg 0%
Vitamin C 10.8mg 10%
Vitamin E 0.4mg 0%
Vitamin K 14.3mcg 10%
Thiamin 0.1mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 0.7mg 6%
Vitamin B6 0.2mg 10%
Folate 27mcg 7%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 0.3mcg 0%
Chloride 2.4mg 0%
Pantothenate 0.3mg 0%
Phosphorus 68.3mg 6%
Iodine 0mcg 0%
Magnesium 36.7mg 8%
Zinc 0.6mg 10%
Selenium 0.6mcg 2%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.7mg 30%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 0mcg 0%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


White Wine, Pears, Cardamom, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Vanilla Bean, Pomegranate Seeds.

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