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Braised Pears with a Soy-Ginger Glaze

Braised Pears with a Soy-Ginger Glaze


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 firm but ripe USA pears, such as Bartlett, Bosc, or Anjou, pelled, halved lengthwise, and cored
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 


This delicious dish shows the pear's savory side! Pears are braised until tender in a savory sauce that offers a bit of kick with fresh ginger and cayenne. It's perfect with pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, or roasted turkey.

In a 10-inch sautee pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Stir until the sugar is melted and the ingredients are well combined and then reduce the heat to medium-low.

Add the pears, cut side down, and simmer, basting frequently, until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the pears to a serving dish.

Bring the liquid in the pan back to a slow boil and add the vinegar. Simmer the sauce until it is thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the pears and serve. 

Serves 4. 

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