Sunday, July 20, 2014

25 Simple, Healthy Asian Pear Recipes

Here’s a roundup of simple, healthy Asian pear recipes (also known as nashpatis in India). This fruit is a shining star in Asian dishes, but remains woefully underused in American and European kitchens. It is crisp, hydrating, juicy, and honey sweet. Asian pears tolerate heat well, as they hold their shape and retain most of their firm texture. Thus, they can be poached, simmered, stewed, canned, and baked.

As a reminder, Asian pear recipes should not require peeling the skin; only de-coring, as one would an apple.

What ingredients go well with Asian Pears?

Fruits: Apple, occidental pear, apricot, plum, nectarine, fig, persimmon, pomegranate, date plum, kumquat, orange, lemon, quince, mandarin, lychee, longan, guava, rambutan, date, strawberry

Vegetables: Avocado, bell pepper, kohlrabi, bok choy, jicama, leek, endive, kale, beetroot, chickpea (hummus)

Herbs, spice, and oil: Hazelnut, pecan, pistachio, pumpkin seed, pine nuts, cashew, star anise, ginger, fennel, horseradish, almond, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, allspice, white wine, vanilla, sugar, chocolate, chai or black tea, honey, honeysuckle, roselle, plum wine, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame, galangal, lemongrass, green onion, shallot, rosemary

Asian Pear Drinks and Cocktails Recipes

Asian Pear Cider
Ingredients: pear nectar, cinnamon, clove, anise 
tequila, Asian pear

Asian Pear Cocktail
Ingredients: Pear, vodka, vanilla, ice

Asian Pear Grantia
Ingredients: Water, sweetener, corn syrup, salt, pear, sake,
gelatin, grapefruit, Asian pear, fennel

Asian Pear Papaya Smoothie
Ingredients: Asian Pear, papaya, ice,

Asian Pear Sangria
Ingredients: Asian pear, rosemary, brandy,
sweetener, riesling, lemon

Asian Pear Sparkler
Ingredients: Asian pear, lemon juice, honey, 
sugar, rosemary, ginger, nutmeg, ice, soda water

Asian Pear Vodka Cocktail
Ingredients: Asian pear, vodka, nutmeg, 
star anise, brown sugar

Asian Pear Lemonade
Ingredients: Asian pear, lemon, ginger

Asian Pear Salad Recipes

Asian Pear Beet Salad
Ingredients: horseradish, champagne vinegar, 
tofu, ginger, olive oil, beet, greens, asian pear, 
salt and pepper

Asian Pear Cabbage Salad
Ingredients: water, vinegar, salt, sugar, garlic, bay leaf, 
ginger, mustard seeds, allspice, clove, cilantro, parsley, 
red cabbage, Asian pear, poppy seeds, 
olive oil, black pepper

Asian Pear Shredded Carrot Salad
Ingredients: cabbage, carrot, Asian pear, almond, sesame seeds, 
vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, salt, pepper

Asian Pear Winter Salad
Ingredients: Asian pear, persimmon, pomegranate, mandarin

Asian Pear Slaw
Ingredients: green cabbage, red cabbage, Asian pear, 
cilantro, scallion, sesame seed, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, 
olive oil, soy sauce, ginger, chili sauce, sugar

Asian Pear Farmers Market Salad
Ingredients: romaine, cabbage, apple, asian pear, persimmon, 
pomegranate seeds, vinegar, honey, oil, salt, pepper

Asian Pear Hazelnut Salad
Ingredients: rice vinegar, orange juice, honey, salt, 
pepper, hazelnut oil, greens, hazelnut, pomegranate seeds, 
chives, asian pear

Asian Pear Lemon Salad
Ingredients: Greens, Asian pear, cucumber, red onion, 
avocado, cherry, almond, champagne vinegar, tempeh, molasses, 
balsamic, vegetable broth, soy sauce, liquid smoke, 
rosemary, pepper

Asian Pear Jalapeno Salad
Ingredients: lime, olive oil, asian pears, celery, 
jalapeno, scallions, cilantro, ginger, cashew, salt
tequila, Asian pear

Simple Asian Pear Salad
Ingredients: Asian pear, walnut, spinach, balsamic vinegar, 
honey, olive oil, salt, pepper

Asian Pear Coleslaw
Ingredients: lime juice, wasabi powder, 
sugar, soy sauce, chili powder, ginger, sesame oil, peanut oil, cabbage, 
radishes, carrots, Asian pear, red onion, green onion, coriander

Asian Pear Soup Recipes

Asian Pear Squash Soup
Ingredients: butternut squash, Asian pear, salt, 
pepper, olive oil, onion, apple cider, water, vinegar, 
cayenne pepper, garlic

Asian Pear Sweet Soup
Ingredients: Asian pear, sweetner, water, 
osmanthus (tea)

Asian Pear Compote
Ingredients: Asian pear, sweetener,
water, cinnamon

Asian Baby Food
Ingredients: Asian pear, Chinese 5 spice (star anise, 
clove, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, fennel)

Asian Pear Dessert Recipes

Poached Asian Pear
Ingredients: Asian pear, Reisling, sugar, water, cinnamon, 
star anise, ginger, orange

Asian Pear Tart
Ingredients: Asian pear, green apple, lemon, 
cinnamon, allspice, agave, pecan, almond, date, nutmeg, 
clove, cinnamon, vanilla, nut oil, water

Asian Pear Rings
Ingredients: Asian pear, lemon juice, 5-spice


  1. Yummy, I must admit I live in Asia but I never had these juices which have pear in it. Definitely going to try this out now, thank you for sharing it with us

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