Our Best Pomegranate Recipes
If you've scarcely cooked with pomegranate before, don't worry. The tart, antioxidant-rich fruit can add texture, juice, and flavor to various main dish recipes, salads, baked goods, drinks, and desserts. Use our favorite recipes as an intro to the pomegranate's many uses.
This is a wonderfully festive beverage to open a dinner party: Sweet-tart pomegranate juice is balanced by bitters and spiked with vodka and fizzy rosé. Find pomegranate arils in the refrigerated area of the supermarket produce section; they’ll save you at least 10 minutes because you won’t need to pull the arils from a whole pomegranate.
Mixing low-fat Greek yogurt with crème fraîche yields a decadent-tasting topping with less saturated fat.
Sweet and tangy pomegranate juice gives the chicken a gorgeous garnet-hued glaze. Dress up the quinoa pilaf by adding a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese for a pop of salty flavor.
Pomegranate-Goat Cheese Dip
A burst of fruity flavor sets this dip apart from the crowd.
Ham Cured Pineapple with Prosciutto and Pomegranate
Most people adorn their holiday ham with pineapple. This year, flip the script and "hamify" a whole pineapple. The result is a "wow" worthy holiday centerpiece that resembles a modern version of the classic ham, pineapple, and maraschino cherry combination. The glaze, pomegranate, prosciutto, and charred pineapple hit every flavor note in the book. Carve the pineapple like, well... a ham.
Sherry-Glazed Parsnips with Pomegranate
Sweet parsnips are an excellent match for the sherry glaze. Remember to remove their tough peels; these won’t soften in the pan. Try this side with a mild protein such as roasted chicken or pork loin.
Classic palomas call for grapefruit soda. Here, we use fresh grapefruit juice for a fruit-forward beverage with less sugar and more vitamin C. Pomegranate juice boosts fruity flavor and packs a punch of heart-healthy polyphenols.
Pomegranate Champagne Jello Shots
These sophisticated squares are a far cry from the jello shots you had in college. They're not very sweet, so if you'd like them sweeter, use demi-sec sparkling wine. The Pop Rocks® pop immediately once they're wet, so serve them on the side, to be sprinkled on right before eating.
Pomegranate, Avocado, and Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad
Be sure to toss the salad gently so the pieces of orange and avocado keep their shape. Pair with a fall chili or tacos.
Pomegranate & Celery Salad
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Yogurt Pound Cake with Pomegranate Syrup
Not your typical pound cake. Shaya adds Greek yogurt to the batter for a slight tang, then soaks the cake in a fragrant lemon-cardamom liquid and serves it with spiced pomegranate syrup.
Spelt, Toasted Oat and Pomegranate Scones
Pomegranate-Glazed Pork Skewers with Dill-Onion Marinade
Cookbook author Paula Wolfert learned how to make these herby, tangy skewers on an adventure in the Caucasus Mountains. The same marinade is also delicious with chicken thighs or extra-firm tofu. The onions are traditionally grated by hand, but the marinade comes together in seconds in a food processor. This recipe is adapted from one in Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life (Mortar and Pestle Press; $35).
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
There's no better time to break out the punch bowl, and this fizzy, fruity cocktail will help everyone get into the holiday spirit.
Kale and Pomegranate Salad
"I like having salads at the beginning of the day," says Molly. "I can go through the day knowing I've had all my vegetables and can have more cake later on."
Beef Filets with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce
This 5-star recipe gives you rich and elegant flavors in just 20 minutes.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts
For a bit of showmanship, bring the whole cauliflower to the table, and then "carve" and dress with the vinaigrette, pomegranate arils, pine nuts, and parsley.
Vegan Pavlovas with Pomegranates and Chocolate
Aquafaba, the beany liquid in canned chickpeas, is astonishing stuff; it whips up just like egg whites in recipes. Here, it's paired with coconut cream to create a completely vegan version of pavlova, a crunchy meringue that typically uses egg whites and dairy cream. Don't be afraid of the time - the aquafaba has to chill and the pavlovas have to bake in the oven.
Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Chicken and Carrots
Pomegranate molasses, a staple ingredient in the Eastern Mediterranean, gives this one-pot dish a delectable tang.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate and Tahini
For a delicious fall side dish, combine roasted butternut squash with arugula and pomegranate arils and coat the mixture with a tahini dressing.
Curried Chicken Thighs with Pomegranate-Mint Sauce
Talk about a company-worthy meal without much effort or a hefty price tag. Serve this easy and elegant entrée over a bed of couscous and with a side of the Steamed Broccoli with Garlic and Red Onion.
Pomegranate-Farro Breakfast Salad with Honey Ricotta
For a tangier citrus flavor, go with lemon; for more floral, sweet notes, try tangerine. To keep prep simple, use purchased pomegranate arils from the produce section, or pre-prep a fresh pomegranate the night before.
Roasted Delicata Squash with Honey, Pomegranate Seeds, and Pepitas
Chef-owner Mateo Granados, Mateo's Cocina Latina, Healdsburg, CA: "When I make Thanksgiving dinner, I prepare traditional ingredients like turkey or squash with my own Yucatecan twist." Squash and chiles are native to both the Western U.S. and Mexico; pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and pomegranate seeds are common in south of the border cooking.
The skin of delicata squash is tender when roasted and very flavorful, so try it along with the flesh.
Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce
Although it's budget-friendly, this dish is elegant enough for company. Serve with steamed fresh green beans.
Antioxidants found in both blueberries and pomegranates can help your body fight aging, cancer, and heart disease.
Orange-Basmati Salad with Pine Nuts and Pomegranate Seeds
Although best served immediately, this dish can be covered and chilled for a couple of hours. Try it with roast chicken. Pomegranate juice stains, so be careful when extracting the seeds. Here's our favorite way to seed a pomegranate: Carefully cut the fruit in half, submerge in a large bowl of water, and slowly turn the shell inside out to dislodge the seeds.
Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate, Pickled Chiles, and Pecans
Eggplant is a staple in the Middle East, and they sure do know how to cook it. It's stellar: smoky and light and not at all bitter. The trick is to cook it whole over a gas stovetop burner or on a hot grill. The outside gets all charred as the inside steams, gathering a nice smoky overtone and becoming perfectly cooked. Toasted pecans and pickled jalapeños infuse some Southern accents into the traditional dish. If you can't find pomegranate arils (they come already "shucked" in the produce section), just omit them, or drizzle on a wee bit of pomegranate molasses.
Vanilla-Pomegranate Italian Soda
Pomegranate juice is chock-full of antioxidants, but it can be very tart. Vanilla syrup mellows the tartness, creating a sophisticated soda.
Pomegranate-and-Balsamic-Glazed Turkey brings seasonal flavor to the holiday table.
Spiced Chicken and Greens with Pomegranate Dressing
Round out this early spring dish with a hearty multigrain baguette. Depending on the season, you may also want to add other fruits to the salad, such as peach slices or fresh raspberries.
Pomegranate and Beet Salad
NOTES: Roast beets in a 375° oven until easily pierced with a sharp knife, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let cool, then peel and dice. Or use canned diced beets, drained.