Quick Pickled Pears | Family Cuisine

My mom always made pear pickles when I was growing up, and they are so easy to make. All you need is a jar, some fresh pears, water, sugar, vinegar, cinnamon sticks and cloves.

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These sweet, tangy, spiced pickled pears are a cinch to make and are the condiment you didn’t know you’ve been missing!
Quick Pickled Pears in a mason jar with cinnamon sticks and a pear in the background,

I’m forever putting together big cheese boards when entertaining that are piled high with not only cheese, but pickled veggies, honey and even pickled pears. Often they’re considered appetizers, but I could nibble from one for dinner and be perfectly content.

I load up my boards with cheeses; hard and soft, stinky, and mild. I always include bread, nuts, berries or grapes, and fruit spreads.

But perhaps one of my favorite additions to those big cheese boards are is a little unexpected…quick pickled pears.

Pickled pears have a sweet and tangy flavor thanks to a pickling solution of cider vinegar, and sugar. Simmered in the pickling liquid are some whole autumn spices…a cinnamon stick, whole black peppercorns, and whole cloves.

You can mix it up with star anise, pink peppercorns, cardamom pods or allspice, depending on what you have in your pantry and which flavors are your favorite.

Quick Pickled Pears in a mason jar with cinnamon sticks and a pear in the background,

But don’t stop at cheese when it comes to pickled pears. Think out of the box!

Pickled pears would be delicious served…

…atop roasted fish or chicken,

…spooned over lamb tacos,

…sprinkled into your morning yogurt or oatmeal,

…tossed into salads with toasted nuts and dried cranberries.

And did I mention how easy these pickled pears are to make? Just 10 mins (+ hands off pickling time) and you can be on your way to transforming your next fall spread. Peter Piper has nothing on us….now get to pickling!

Let’s make Quick Pickled Pears

Step by step photos showing how to make quick pickled pears. Combine the dry ingredients in a saucepan (1), add the vinegar and water (2) bring to a simmer and whisk until dissolved (3), pour over chopped pears and cool (4).
  1. Combine the sugar, salt and spices in a medium saucepan.
  2. Whisk in the water and cider vinegar.
  3. Bring to a simmer and whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour over the chopped pears, cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tips for success

  • A firm and even under-ripe pear works best for this recipe to maintain shape and texture.
  • Feel free to mix up your spices, but be sure to use whole ones. Smashed cardamom pods, pink peppercorns, and star anise, for example, would all make excellent substitutions or additions.
  • If you’re someone that cans their preserves or condiments, these pickled pears would be an excellent canning candidate!
  • Serve these on a cheeseboard; on tacos; over fish, meat or chicken; tossed in a salad; over yogurt or oatmeal.

More Homemade Condiments

  • Tomato Jam
  • Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
  • Fig Spread
  • Homemade Ketchup


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