Quick Sauteed Cinnamon Pears


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Whenever I have a few pears on hand—or pears that just won’t ripen—I love turning them into these cooked pears. Sauteed Cinnamon Pears are easy, delicious, and a great snack or side dish to share with the kids.

sauteed cinnamon pears in teal bowls

Cinnamon Cooked Pears

A few months ago, I found myself with a few pears that just would not ripen. I didn’t want to waste them, so I decided to cook them much like my beloved Sauteed Cinnamon Apples and they were SO good.

We’ve been making them ever since with all kinds of pears. It’s such a versatile recipe!

You can serve the cooked pears as a simple side dish with a meal, as an easy finger food for babies and toddlers, or serve on top of yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal.

They even make a really delicious and quick pear dessert if you pair them with ice cream or frozen yogurt!

ingredients in cinnamon pears

Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you need to make this pear recipe:

  • Pears (any kind will work)
  • Cinnamon
  • Unsalted butter (or coconut or avocado oil)

TIP: I have made this with firm unripe pears and also softer ripe ones. The only difference is how long they take to cook!

diced pears on cutting board

Step-by-Step Instructions

This is a quick look at how to make this easy recipe. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

  1. Dice up your pears. (I leave the skin on, but you could peel them if you prefer.)
  2. Warm the butter or oil in a medium-size nonstick or cast iron skillet to melt.
  3. Add the pears and toss to coat. Cover and cook until soft.
  4. Stir in cinnamon and serve warm.

TIP: These can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

cooked pears in nonstick pan

Frequently Asked Questions

Which pears work best to cook?

Use any variety of pear you like including Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc, or any other kind that you have access to. They all work. They all taste a little different and some pear varieties have thicker skin than others. (Red and brown varieties often have thicker skins.)

Should you serve Sauteed Pears warm or cold?

Either and both! They are both delicious so see if you prefer one or the other.

What’s the best way to serve these to babies?

If you cook them until soft and dice them up a little smaller than shown here, they are a great finger food for babies. You want them to squish easily between your fingers for babies 9-12 months to ensure they are easy to chew. For 12+ months, they should still be soft (and poke easily with a fork) but they don’t have to be quite as soft.

Best Tips for Success

  • These can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • Use any variety of pear you like including Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc, or any other variety.
  • You can use firm unripe pears and also softer ripe ones. The only difference is how long they take to cook—unripe pears will take a little longer to soften up.
  • You can serve the cooked pears as a simple side dish or as an easy finger food.
  • You can also serve these warm or chilled on top of yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal.
  • You may also like Pear Sauce, easy Pear Puree, and my Baked Apple Slices.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

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Quick Sauteed Cinnamon Pears

Amy Palanjian

Transform any variety of pears into these delicious cinnamon cooked pears. Serve them as a simple side or snack, or cut a little smaller for a finger food for babies.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Course Snack

Cuisine American

Servings 4

Calories 163 kcal

Ingredients 

 

  • 4 medium pears (any variety)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or coconut or avocado oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Dice the pears into about 1/2-inch pieces. (I leave the peel on, but you can peel the pears if you prefer.) Discard the core and stem.

  • Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter (or oil). Stir in the pears.

  • Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until soft when poked with a fork. (If serving to a baby, make sure they squish easily between your fingers. You may need to cook them a little longer.) Cooking time may vary a little depending on how ripe or unripe the pears are. The riper they are, the quicker the cooking time.

  • Stir in the cinnamon and serve warm or store for later.

Notes

  • These can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • Use any variety of pear you like including Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc, or any other variety.
  • You can use firm unripe pears and also softer ripe ones. The only difference is how long they take to cook—unripe pears will take a little longer to soften up.
  • You can serve the cooked pears as a simple side dish or as an easy finger food.
  • You can also serve these warm or chilled on top of yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 6gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 225IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

Keyword cooked pears, sauteed pears



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