No Sugar-Added Pressure Cooker Poached Pears

Pressure Cooker Poached Pears
Dana Angelo White
Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Servings: 4 (1 pear each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

156 calories
0g fat
41g carbs
1g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (1 pear each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 30g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 1g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 311mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Enjoy a dessert with absolutely no added sugar, right out of the pressure cooker. These succulent pears are one of the most elegant, healthy, and simple desserts you can make.

The power of the pressure cooker speeds up the cooking process. The device also helps retain nutrients that pears and grapes are famous for, including fiber and cell-protecting antioxidants—great for fighting inflammation and overall health.


  • 3 cups 100% white grape juice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 pears


  1. Add grape juice, water, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and star anise to the pot of the pressure cooker.

  2. Peel the pears (leaving the stems on) and immediately place into the liquid. If there’s not enough liquid to cover the pears, add more water.

  3. Lock the lid in place and set to HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. Allow for natural pressure release (this will take about 10 minutes).

  4. Carefully remove pears using tongs and serve warm or chilled.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

If desired, you can also make a sauce for the pears with the poaching liquid. Once the pears have been cooked and removed, use the sauté function or transfer to a pot on the stove to boil down the remaining liquid until thickened.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • You can serve these pears slightly warm or chilled.
  • They can be easily eaten with a spoon or mashed into a cinnamon-infused treat for little ones.

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By Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is an author, registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc.