Sauteed Pears with Balsamic Vinegar

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Got this recipe from a "Desserts of Italy" class. This dessert couldn't be easier. The class thought it sounded wierd, pears and balsamic vinegar. However, it was great and made a wonderful dessert since it wasn't too sweet.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut each pear into 8 wedges, removing the core and stem.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add sugar and pears, stirring gently.
  4. Cook until lightly brown, approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Remove to plates and drizzle each pear with several drops of balsamic vinegar.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature.
Most Helpful

so simple and yet so tasty! i added some balsamic while the pear wedges cooked, what a great tasting syrup, then served these over pound cake, drizzled with more balsamic. confectioners sugar and whipped heavy cream to garnish. wonderful!

chia January 03, 2004

Delicious! I used Anjou pears and let them cook about 15 minutes. They were nicely carmelized and a beautiful golden brown. I accidentally doubled the sugar but it didn't seem to hurt anything. The balsamic is inspired!

sugarpea December 09, 2003

Each batch is getting better. I found that if I de-glaze the pan with the balsamic, I can get a quick, tasty reduction to drizzle over the pears.<br/><br/>I have experimented with the same technique with a Peach and a Banana with good results.

Barry C. May 01, 2014