Sake Poached Pears

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Here is a twist on the normal poached pears recipe. Instead of using red wine which makes those stunning red pear  jewels, here I use sake to infuse a different flavour and keeps the pears a natural colour. In this recipe I used a bit of orange zest, and cinnamon for the added flavour notes. You can add alternative spices like ginge, star anise or cardamon if you fancy. I just didn’t want to overpower the sake flavour.

For this recipe, I used Gekkeikan Sake which is a premium sake from the Japan Centre. This is from a family run sake brewery that has a royal warrant and has been making sake for hundreds of years. This sake is great for drinking but is also great to use in recipes too. I used it in this Chinese Steamed Fish recipe too.

If you have never cooked with sake, give it a go.

Sake Poached Pears

A simple and impressive dessert recipe with a twist, using sake instead of wine. For a dinner party, you can prepare the pears well in advanced and it will be ready to serve when you want.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • pears peeled
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cinnamon steak
  • zest of one orange
  • vanilla extract optional
  • some honey for drizzling
  • some organic full fat yoghurt


  • Put the liquids in a pot and bring to boil.
  • Put in the peeled pears and simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes, depending on the ripeness.
  • When ready, remove carefully and set aside to cool.
  • With the remaining liquid in the pot, heat on high to reduce the liquid to a syrup.
  • To serve place a spoonful of yoghurt sweetened with honey.
  • Place pear on top, add one spoonful of syrup and zest some orange on top, drizzle some more honey on top.
  • Serve and enjoy with a glass of dessert wine or sparkling sake.


Try and use the firmer pears as they won't get too soft after poaching.
You can use any alternative spices in the poaching process.
An alternative serving suggestion is to serve it with some ice cream or creme anglais. It works well with something creamy.


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  1. Wow, sounds awesome. Do you think an apple would work here as well? I like them so much more than pears.

  2. This looks like an excellent dessert that I’ll definitely be trying out. I don’t often cook with Pears but this looks too good to miss!