Five-Spice Roasted Pears

Along with a bit cooler weather lately, we’ve seen a  new offering at the markets to remind us of the impending change of seasons – pears!  We can’t believe it’s already time to start to transition from summer eating.

We made this recipe several years ago at a meal for Alex’s family after finding it at Gourmet. It was such a success that ever since then, though we hadn’t ever made it again, we’ve kept saying, “Remember when we made that pear dessert?”

Seeing the pears at the market this weekend sparked our memories, and decided to not let another season go by before trying “that pear dessert” again.

It was just as delicious as we remembered! If you’ve never tried Chinese five-spice, it’s worth making the recipe. It’s a comforting spice blend that smells just like fall.

This time, we served the roasted pears with Greek yogurt and some toasted almonds, and subbed honey for the sugar. It was a wonderful healthy dessert option for the cooler season ahead. Enjoy!


Five-Spice Roasted Pears

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Peel the pears; cut them in half, then remove the cores.
  3. Grease a baking dish with butter. Place the pears in the dish cut side down; then squeeze with the juice of 1 lemon. Pour 3 tablespoons water around the pears and place small chunks of 1 tablespoon butter around the dish. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons honey and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice.
  4. Bake uncovered, brushing frequently with pan juices, until the pears are tender and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. While the pears roast, prepare the Greek yogurt and almonds: In a small bowl, mix 1 cup Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon honey and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. In a dry pan over medium heat, heat the almonds, stirring occasionally, until browned – about 3 to 4 minutes (make sure to watch them constantly so they do not burn).
  6. To serve, place 2 roasted pear halves on a plate. Garnish with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt and toasted almonds.


Adapted from Gourmet



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Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    anna maria
    September 13, 2012 at 1:26 am

    LOVE the photo of the pear! Have been snacking on pears all week – can’t wait to try this for dessert :)

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    September 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I bet this would make a great seasoning for canned pears!

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    Elana @ The Inventive Vegetarian
    September 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Ooooh this sounds so good! I pretty much only like pears when they’re roasted or poached, so I’ll definitely have to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Courtney Jones
    September 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos! :) I adore pears and cannot wait to try this one out. I just bought some fresh Chinese five-spice. So, I’m all set! :)

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      September 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Haha. Perfect!

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    September 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    so simple and unique at the same time! I loved that you used five spice in a sweet application, I must try it. Pretty pictures too!

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      September 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks! I always forget how delicious 5-spice is…we need to use it more often.

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    September 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Love the pictures in this post, really stunning images.

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      September 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you!

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    September 16, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I have lots of pears in my refrigerator. Should try this recipe!

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    September 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Wow,this looks so delicious!

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    This American Bite
    October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Looks awesome, and I bet it smells awesome too.

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    December 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    So, I just made this and I didn’t really like it. So I put the pear and yogurt into a blender with some ice..poured it in a glass and topped it off with some cinnamon..AMAZING!!!!! Maybe because I just don’t like to eat hot things..haha…I also prefer my coffee maybe that’s it.

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