Steamed Asian Pear

published Nov 18, 2021
Steamed Asian Pear Recipe

This steamed pear is wonderfully warming and throat-soothing after a chilly day, and incredibly easy to prepare.

Serves1

Prep5 minutes

Cook45 minutes

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steamed pear peeled and cut open
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

Whenever the weather starts to turn chilly in the fall, my grandmother calls me with a reminder to eat more pears. 

For her, the fact that pears are in season during autumn — at the height of their crisp, juicy sweetness — is only one reason to include them in our meals this time of year. Many Chinese people follow the philosophy that foods can have a medicinal effect on our bodies’ constitutions. In traditional Chinese medicine, pears are believed to moisten the lungs and soothe dry throats, protecting us from colds and coughs — ailments to which we may become more susceptible when temperatures drop. Enjoying more of the fruit during fall, my grandmother says, can be considered a preventive health measure, akin to taking vitamin supplements or wellness shots. 

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

This steamed preparation is the way my grandmother always serves pear in the fall, as it’s wonderfully warming and throat-soothing after a chilly day, not to mention incredibly uncomplicated to prepare. I’ve been eating this autumnal dish since childhood, and I’ve always had trouble viewing it as medicinal — it’s simply too comforting and satisfying.

To prepare this dish, simply slice off the top one-fourth of an Asian pear, then use a spoon to remove the core. Fill that hollow with rock sugar or honey and some dried goji berries, then place the sliced portion back on top of the pear. Steam the pear for around 45 minutes, and it’s ready to enjoy! The pear will be soft and tender, and the goji berries inside will be sweet and plump. 

Steamed Asian Pear Recipe

This steamed pear is wonderfully warming and throat-soothing after a chilly day, and incredibly easy to prepare.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 45 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    large Asian pear (about 12 ounces)

  • 2 teaspoons

    chopped rock sugar or honey

  • 2 teaspoons

    dried goji berries

Instructions

  1. Prepare a steamer for steaming, or fill a large pot with 2 inches of water and add a steaming rack. (The steamer should be able to fit the Asian pear with the lid on snugly.) Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, prepare the pear.

  2. Peel 1 Asian pear if desired. Cut off the top 1/4 and set aside. Scoop out the core with a spoon or melon baller and discard. Fill the hollow with 2 teaspoons rock sugar or honey and 2 teaspoons dried goji berries. Replace the top of the pear. Place the pear in a small, heatproof bowl.

  3. Place the bowl in the steamer and cover. Reduce the heat to medium-low and steam until the pear is fork-tender but not mushy, adding more water to the steamer if needed, about 45 minutes total. Remove the bowl from the steamer and eat the pear while still warm or at room temperature.