Posted by: acooksca | 11/17/2014

Sautéed Pear Halves

Pear with Kale, Hazelnuts and Curry Oil

Pear with Kale, Hazelnuts and Curry Oil

This simple method of gently caramelizing halved pears until they soften into fans is both simple to prepare and delightfully versatile. Use them on a side dish of kale with hazelnuts and curry oil (as in the photo), atop salad greens with a bacon vinaigrette, as an accompaniment to turkey paillards with a vermouth butter sauce or as a textural contrast to goat cheese bruschetta. Or as Pear Belle Helene with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Look for cooking pears such as Bosc or Anjou, which hold their shape when cooked. Choose pears that are not yet fully ripe, the flesh around the stem should be firm.

Serves 4, allow ½ pear per person

2 fresh cooking pears such as Bosc or Anjou

2 Tbl. butter

2 Tbl. sugar

1 lemon, juiced

Peel, halve and core the pears. To make the pears fan out cut 1/4-inch slices along the length of each half-pear, starting 1/3 inch from the stem end and cutting all the way down to the rounded end. Once cooked, they will soften enough to fan out.

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and sprinkle the sugar evenly over the butter. Place the pears cut side down in the pan and sprinkle the lemon juice over them. Let cook, occasionally applying a little pressure as they soften so they fan out. The pears should be soft but still retain their shape, about 7 minutes. Gently turn over and let cook several more minutes. Remove to a plate.

If the pears are for a salad, deglaze the pan with a little vinegar or citrus juice and whisk in oil to form a vinaigrette. For a warm side dish, deglaze the pan with wine and whisk in a little butter to form a sauce.

Pears can be held covered a few hours at room temperature, but they are best eaten while still warm from the pan.





  1. Karen, how interesting that this recipe and article came right now. I was planning a roasted pear salad for Fri eve dinner. I use balsalmic vinegar to deglaze and it’s so good. We decided to check out going next year to the Pear Festival, sounds great! We’ve gone to the Walnut Grove Pear Festival, but it wasn’t nearly as comprehensive as the one in Kelseyville. Thanks for another super article 😊

    • Thanks, DiAnn. I am looking forward to that salad with the balsamic deglaze!

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