Savory Cherry Compote
Savory Cherry Compote

Spicy cherry chutney-like compote made with fresh cherries, walnuts, shallots, rosemary, honey and port, perfect with pork, chicken or duck.

When fresh cherries are in season, it’s hard to resist eating as many as you can. In our case, this actually applies to every stone fruit.

Dinner beckons, but this large bowl of cherries eyes us enticingly. dilemma solved.

A quick and easy hearty compote of fresh cherries, walnuts, rosemary, and shallots in a wine reduction makes a great accompaniment to pork, chicken, or even duck.

Serve with pork chops, pork tenderloin, seared duck breast, or baked chicken. Yummy!

Hearty cherry compote

preparation time
10 mins

cooking time
20 minutes

total time
30 minutes

2 cups


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots (can substitute red onions)

  • 2 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries, quartered

  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup port, red wine, cherry, cassis, or cherry juice (or water)

  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  1. Boil shallots:

    Heat the olive oil in a skillet in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until they just start to color around the edges, about 2-3 minutes. Stir a few times while they cook.

  2. Add walnuts, rosemary and cherries:

    and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium and cook until cherries are tender, about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little black pepper and taste for salt.

  3. Pour in the port, wine, cherry or cassis and honey:

    and stir again. Reduce slowly until the softening cherries and liquid reduce to a syrupy consistency.


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