Jewel red, juicy pomegranates are surely one of the most beautiful fruits on the planet. Break open the pomegranate’s polished leather skin to reveal the treasure within! Each pomegranate seed should burst with sweet, sharp flavours and an almost wine-like juice. Use them to garnish Middle Eastern-style salads and grilled meat.
Meanwhile thick and sharp pomegranate molasses provides a deeply intense, concentrated pomegranate flavour – its sharp-sour flavour cuts through richer ingredients such as olive oil or lamb, in the same way a good balsamic does.
These pomegranate recipes include both sweet and savoury ideas, for fresh pomegranate as well as pomegranate molasses.
7 pomegranate recipes
Paired here with floral hibiscus, pomegranate seeds provide a sweet-sour balance that perfectly compliments rich grilled lamb. A scattering of pomegranate seeds adds colour and texture – it’s sunshine in every mouthful.
A great pilaf brings together colours, textures and flavours into a coherent dish – with variety in every bite. The Iranian version of a pilaf has a golden crust where the rice is baked hard against the pan. This recipe doesn’t have the same crust, but uses nuts and pomegranate seeds for an equally wonderful ‘crunch’.
The sweet-sour flavour of pomegranate molasses sings when paired with velvety ice cream. We’ve used ice cream stabiliser for guaranteed silky results, too. Simply finish with a handful of fresh pomegranate seeds, or some chopped pistachio nuts.
This Lebanese brand of pomegranate molasses is a fantastic store cupboard staple to have at your fingertips. It’s a popular brand, often seen in Middle Eastern supermarkets, loved for its treacly rich flavour.
The pomegranate molasses dressing in this recipe is incredibly simple: just molasses, orange juice and olive oil - but it really packs an incredible amount of flavour. Use the dressing on shredded lettuce, roasted veg or a fried bread fattoush salad.
Mymoune is a family-run business, based in the village of Ain El Kabou at the foot of Mount Sannine. Their pomegranate molasses is thick, sweet and tangy and is made with 100% pure pomegranates, no extras.
Tabbouleh is a herb-packed salad made with bulgar wheat, loved across the Middle East. Pomegranate molasses pairs with sharp lemon juice and freshly shredded parsley leaves to create a bright and fragrant salad. Enjoy it cold, alongside grilled fish or meat.
The juicy chicken legs in this fesenjan recipe are served in the classic walnut and pomegranate sauce. Serve it with saffron rice as part of an Iranian feast.
Spiced apricot harissa and sharp fresh pomegranate seeds cut through the strong natural flavour of lamb in Belazu’s recipe. The shanks are cooked on a low heat for up to an hour and a half, until they are meltingly soft – perfect with herby couscous salad.