A staple of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African cooking, sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses is so easy to make at home! Once you try this complex, garnet-hued syrup you’ll always keep a bottle on hand to use in both sweet and savory dishes!

a jar of pomegranate molasses next to a spoon with some pomegranate molasses.
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Sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses is easy to make at home. You just need pomegranate juice and a little time!

Fortunately, with this simple, fool-proof recipe, you’ll never have to search for a store-bought bottle. From mains, to sides, to even dessert and cocktails, pomegranate molasses has a place at your table. 

The best part is the flexibility: if you’ve got a bunch of pomegranates on hand, this recipe will use up plenty of them, but using bottled pomegranate juice, which has become much more widely available in recent years, will also produce amazing results, and it’s my preferred method. 

Pomegranate molasses adds complexity to any recipe you make. Add it to cocktails to tame the sweetness, drizzle it over frozen yogurt or use in savory dishes like these Pomegranate Chicken Thigh and Fesenjan (Persian Chicken Stew) recipes to balance the rich flavors in the chicken.

Table of Contents
  1. What’s in Pomegranate Molasses?
  2. To Make Pomegranate Molasses from Fresh Fruit 
  3. How to Make Pomegranate Molasses?
  4. How to Use It?
  5. More Delicious Recipes
  6. The Mediterranean Dish Cookbook
  7. Pomegranate Molasses Recipe
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What’s in Pomegranate Molasses?

Despite the name, pomegranate molasses does not contain any added sugar, and is made by naturally reducing pomegranate juice down to a thick syrup. That’s it! No other ingredients!

Both the natural sweetness and the pomegranate’s tartness are heightened during this process, producing an intensely flavored syrup that can be used in the kitchen and home bar in a myriad of ways. 

Bottled juice is the easiest way to go, and it’s available all year round. I like Knudsen and POM Wonderful, as both are 100 percent pomegranate juice with nothing else added. 

a spoonful of pomegranate molasses resting over a jar full of pomegranate molasses.

To Make Pomegranate Molasses from Fresh Fruit 

If you’d like to go the fresh route, pomegranates are in season in late summer (and will produce a more tart juice at this time) through the late fall, depending on your growing zone. 

  • 8 pomegranates should yield the 4 cups of juice needed to make this recipe. 

To juice a pomegranate: There are several ways to go about juicing pomegranates. I find the easiest method is to remove the arils (the seeds) from the tough outer peel then blend the arils in a countertop blender. Once plended strain the juice out through a fine sieve. 

How to Make Pomegranate Molasses?

  • Simmer the pomegranate juice: The juice is heated and simmered gently for up to two hours, reducing the total amount by about 75 percent. Once cooled, the syrup is thick but pourable—like maple syrup. 
  • Watch closely: With that amount of time on the stove, the key to keeping the vibrant color and tartness intact is to keep the heat steady at a simmer.
  • Don’t boil the juice!: No boiling here! Letting the pomegranate juice boil will produce an unpleasant “cooked” taste to the syrup, and will muddy the fruit’s natural brightness.
a spoonful of pomegranate molasses being drizzled into a glass of sparkling water next to a jar of pomegranate molasses.

How to Use It?

The possibilities are endless with pomegranate molasses. Use it as a glaze for meats, in salad dressings, in marinades, or drizzled over vegetables. 

On the sweet side, add a little to fruit salad, stir into yogurts or spooned over a piece of lemon cheesecake

When mixed in with other ingredients, it lends layers of complexity; on its own it assertively stands out. Try it today in Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Dip), Cinnamon-Braised Meatballs or Pomegranate Chicken Thighs.

Pomegranate molasses is also a flavorful addition to drinks. A simple splash with a squeeze of lime juice in sparkling water makes a refreshing sipper any time of day. 

For cocktails, it pairs surprisingly well with ginger beer, or you can try a spoonful drizzled into a whiskey sour. Anywhere you’d like a touch of sweet-tart, earthy, berry flavor, this will be delicious. I encourage you to experiment with your bottle in the kitchen and tell us below how you used yours!

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Pomegranate Molasses

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a spoonful of pomegranate molasses resting over a jar full of pomegranate molasses.
Prep – 5 minutes
Cook – 2 hours
Total – 2 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine:
Meditrranean
Serves – 12 Tablespoons
Course:
Condiment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice

Instructions
 

  • Simmer the juice: In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the pomegranate juice. Bring the juice to a simmer (watch for bubbles all around the edges), and then lower heat to a simmer.
  • Reduce the juice: Simmer the pomegranate juice until it has reduced down to approximately ⅔ to ¾ cup. This can take between 1-½ to 2 hours. Occasionally stir the juice while it simmers. You do not want the juice to boil so keep an eye on it to make sure you only see small bubbles forming around the edges of the pot while it reduces.
  • Let it cool: After the juice has reduced it will still be liquidy, but should coat the back of a spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature (it will thicken more as it cools as well).
  • Store: Transfer the pomegranate molasses to an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator. Pomegranate molasses will keep 4 to 6 months refrigerated.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 44.8kcalCarbohydrates: 10.9gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 7.5mgPotassium: 177.6mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 10.5gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 9.1mgIron: 0.1mg
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Elana Lepkowski has been mixing drinks from her home bar for years, but began blogging her original cocktail recipes in 2011. In 2014 she left a decade long career as a creative director to pursue the world of cocktails full-time. In addition to creating recipes for her site Stir and Strain, she regularly whips up recipes for many major liquor brands, national publications, and occasionally her husband.
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  1. 4 stars
    I made this to go with the Whole Roasted Cauliflower recipe. It’s very simple, just pour it in the pan and let it simmer. I used a 16oz bottle of pure Pomegranate Juice.

    Unfortunately I let mine simmer for too long. When bubbles are forming and staying you’ve over done it, just simmer until it’s still liquid but thicker when you tilt the pan.

    It tasted great and I’ll be doing it again.