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Instant Pot Spiced Blackberry Poached Pears – No Added Sugar

Poached pear in a white bowl with ice cream

Perfectly poached pears in a fraction of the time.



For Poached Pear Dessert

For Poached Pear Salad

For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette


  1. Peel pears and leave whole.  Cut bottoms, so they sit flat when the stem is facing up.  
  2. Add pears to the pressure cooker pot, stem up and pour in apple juice to cover three-quarters of the pears.  
  3. Add blackberries, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom pods, and vanilla extract, making sure they are immersed in the apple juice.  
  4. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes.
  5. When cooking is complete, use a quick release.
  6. If the pears aren’t stained as much as you would like, lay them on their sides in the juice for a minute or two.
  7. Carefully remove the pears from the pot with a slotted spoon.  
  8. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour remaining liquid into the bowl.  

Serving options:

Poached Pear Dessert

  1. Leave pears whole or slice in half and scoop out the core with a small spoon or melon baller.  Serve in a bowl topped with ice cream, a small ladle of the leftover juice, and fresh blackberries.

Poached Pear Salad

  1. Prepare Apple Cider Vinaigrette by vigorously whisking all of the ingredients in a small bowl.  Blender or food processor works as well.
  2. To individual plates or on a large platter or cutting board, make a bed of mixed greens.  Evenly scatter toppings over greens.  Drizzle with Apple Cider Vinaigrette.


Keywords: instant pot recipe, poached pears, healthy dessert