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Easy Air Fryer Pears

by Capri Lilly
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Enjoy delicious, warm, caramelized pears made quickly and easily in the air fryer in less than 10 minutes! It’s made with a few simple ingredients and is ten times faster than roasting pears in the oven. Top your air fryer pears with vanilla ice cream, honey, and nuts for a decadent, restaurant-style dessert you can enjoy at home!

If you love sweet, caramelized fruit, you’ll have to try our Air Fryer Peaches Recipe Next!

four air fried pear halves on a plate with ice cream nuts and topped with honey

When it comes to a quick, tasty, healthy dessert, I can’t think of anything better than these warm, sweet air fryer pears. They are coated in a simple mixture of maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg and then cooked for 10 minutes in the air fryer. The result is juicy, warm pears with an indulgent caramelized coating. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it’s heaven in a bowl!

You’ll Love This Recipe! It’s:

  • Minimal Ingredients and Quick. You only need pears, sweetener, and spices!
  • Naturally Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, and Refined-Sugar-Free. We use maple syrup instead of brown sugar or processed sugars. It is healthier and just as delicious!
  • Versatile. Enjoy these air fryer pears for dessert or add them to your granola, yogurt bowl, oatmeal, or salad.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Pears
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg

What Type of Pears to Use For Roasting/Air Frying Pears

  • Bosc Pears: These are the best pears to use because they hold their shape and flavor well when cooked to high temperatures.
  • Anjou Pears (red or green): These hold their shape well but soften more than Bosc when cooked. Keep the skin on to help maintain its shape while cooking.
  • Bartlett Pears (red or green): These work well and are usually the most readily available in grocery stores.

How To Pick The Best Pears For Cooking

Buy pears that are slightly firm. Then, store them in a brown paper bag for 1-2 days to slightly ripen. If the pears are too soft or very ripe, they will become mushy when cooked.

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How To Cook Pears In The Air Fryer (Step-by-Step Instructions)

  1. Wash and cut the pears in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds with a small spoon.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Reserve one tablespoon of the mixture. Add the pears to a mixing bowl and pour the maple syrup mixture over the pear halves.
  3. Place the pear halves in the air fryer basket cut side down. Air fryer at 400°F for 7 minutes.
  4. Gently flip the pears over so that they are cut side up. Pour the remaining maple syrup mixture over the pears.
  5. Air fry the pears for an additional 3-5 minutes until the tops are slightly caramelized and golden.
  6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, walnuts, pecans, and drizzle honey or agave on top. Enjoy!
pears in air fryer

Tips To Making The Best Air Fryer Pears

  • Do not use very ripe pears or they will get very mushy when cooked.
  • You can leave the skin on or peel the pear before cooking. The choice is yours.
  • Remove the seeds and core using a melon baller scoop, measuring spoon, or teaspoon.
  • Try to keep the stem intact when you cut the pears for the most aesthetic finish when serving.
  • Depending on the ripeness and size, some pears might take a few minutes longer to cook. Check the doneness by piercing one of the pears with a knife. If the blade slides in easily, the pears are ready. If not, bake a few minutes longer.

Recipe Variations

  • Want To Use Brown Sugar? In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of brown sugar (or coconut sugar), 3 tablespoons of butter, and ground cinnamon. Cook the pear skin side up for 5 minutes, then add the butter mixture into the center and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Use my air fryer peaches recipe for reference.
  • Add Walnuts and Pecans to make candied roasted nuts.
  • Add Different Spices. Try a pinch of cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, or allspice.
four air fried pear halves on a plate with ice cream nuts and topped with honey

Can you air fry fruit?

Most certainly! Air frying fruit is the best and quickest way to make delicious, roasted fruit. When fruit is cooked it brings out its natural sweetness and makes a delicious healthy dessert.

Does cooking pears soften them?

Yes, pears will get soft when cooked so it is best to use pears that are slightly ripe for the best outcome.

Do you peel pears before air frying?

It is not necessary to peel the skin off the pears before air frying. When cooked, the skin with soften. Therefore, you can keep the skin on or peel it if you choose.

air fried pear half on top of a bowl of oatmeal

Ways To Serve Air-Fried Pears

  • Top with Vanilla Ice Cream, Greek Yogurt, or Whipped Cream
  • Add Granola. (Try our Grain Free Granola or Healthy Chocolate Granola)
  • Top with caramel sauce
  • Sprinkle with shredded coconut and sliced almonds
  • Add to your oatmeal, like in this Creamy Pear Oatmeal
  • Add on top of your pancakes in place of apples, like in these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.

Storage and Rewarming

Store air-fried pears (without any toppings) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Rewarm the pears in the air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes.

three air fried pear halves on a plate with ice cream nuts and topped with honey

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three air fried pear halves on a plate with ice cream nuts and topped with honey

Air Fryer Pears

Enjoy delicious, warm, caramelized pears made quickly and easily in the air fryer in less than 10 minutes! It's made with a few simple ingredients and is ten times faster than roasting pears in the oven. Top your air fryer pears with vanilla ice cream, honey, and nuts for an elegant, restaurant-style dessert you can enjoy at home!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 4 Bosc or Anjou Pears, cut lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice optional

Instructions

  • Wash and cut the pears in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds with a small spoon.
  • In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Reserve one tablespoon of the mixture and set aside.
  • Add the pears to a mixing bowl and pour the maple syrup mixture over the pear halves.
  • Place the pear halves in the air fryer basket cut side down. Air fryer at 400°F for 7 minutes.
  • Gently flip the pears over so that they are cut side up. Pour the remaining maple syrup mixture over the pears.
  • Air fry the pears for an additional 3-5 minutes until the tops are slightly caramelized and golden.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, walnuts, pecans, and drizzle honey or agave on top.

Notes

Tips To Making The Best Air Fryer Pears

    • Do not use very ripe (soft)  pears or they will get very mushy when cooked.
    • You can leave the skin on or peel the pear before cooking. The choice is yours.
    • Remove the seeds and core using a melon baller scoop, measuring spoon, or teaspoon.
    • Try to keep the stem intact when you cut the pears for the most aesthetic finish when serving.
    • Depending on the ripeness and size, some pears might take a few minutes longer to cook. Check the doneness by piercing one of the pears with a knife. If the blade slides in easily, the pears are ready. If not, bake a few minutes longer.
 

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Nutrition

Serving: 2pear halves | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.1g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 28g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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