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Quick Pickled Pears in a mason jar with cinnamon sticks and a pear in the background,
Quick Pickled Pears
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Pickling Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

These sweet, tangy, spiced pickled pears are a cinch to make and are the condiment you didn't know you've been missing! 

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickled pears
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 146 kcal
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced (I like Anjou or Barlett)
  1. Combine sugar, salt and seasonings in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the cider vinegar and water.

  2. Bring to a simmer and stir well. Continue to simmer until sugar is completely dissolved.

  3. Place the diced pears in a glass jar or bowl and pour the pickling liquid over them. Be sure they are fully submerged.

  4. Cover and let stand at room temperature until cooled. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Allow them to sit in the pickling liquid for at least 4 hours for the best flavor.

  5. Pickled pears can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe Notes
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Pickled Pears
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1169mg51%
Potassium 112mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.