Prickly Pear Grill Sauce recipe by kristen coffield of the culinary cure

Prickly Pear Grill Sauce

Prickly Pear is beautiful and delicious, it is the fruit of the flat paddled Nopales cacti and grows throughout the American West.
Course Appetizer, condiment, Side Dish
Keyword cider, grill, marinara sauce, prickly pear, Worcestershire
Servings 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup Prickly Pear Puree 3 prickly pears halved and strained
  • 1/2 cup unfiltered cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 large shallot or small onion chopped
  • 1 clove smashed garlic
  • Squirt of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients except pear puree, lemon and salt and pepper to a small sauce pan and simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  2. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes.

  3. Puree in food processor and return to sauce pan. 

  4. Add puree and simmer 5 minutes.

  5. Add squirt of lemon and salt & pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

Prickly Pear has anti-inflammatory properties, is beneficial for digestion and has long been used as a homeopathic treatment for headaches and hangovers. Because it has tiny hard seeds, the best way to prepare it is by cutting in half and straining it through a sieve. The stunning and tasty pink juice can be used in cocktails, syrups and sauces. 1 pound of prickly pears will result in about a cup of strained puree. Brush on chicken or pork as a grill sauce.