Learn how to make pomegranate molasses using one ingredient. Tangy and sweet pomegranate molasses is widely used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking. You can use it to elevate sweet or savory recipes.
If you've been a long time readers, you know pomegranate molasses plays an important role in Persian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes including kabab torsh and kisir (bulgur salad). And when I'm in need of this staple, I know making it at home is easy and fuss-free. Follow along to learn how to make this Middle Eastern staple at home!
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What Is Pomegranate Molasses Made Of?
Pomegranate juice! That's all you need to make tangy and sweet pomegranate molasses at home. There is no need to use sugar or any other ingredients.
You can use fresh pomegranates or bottled pomegranate juice, made 100% with pomegranate and no additional ingredients.
How To Make Pomegranate Molasses
- Pour 4 cups pomegranate juice into a saucepan and place over medium high heat.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until it reduces to 1 cup. The consistency will be similar to maple syrup.
- Make sure not to boil the pomegranate juice and keep it simmering on medium heat at all times.
- The pomegranate molasses will be thicker once it's cooled completely.
Pomegranate molasses is used in many different recipes both sweet and savory. It's commonly used in Persian recipes including fesenjan (Persian pomegranate walnut stew), morgh nardooni (pomegranate chicken) and zeytoon parvardeh (marinated olives). You can also use it to make fillings for stuffed acorn squash or Persian style branzino.
Can I Make Pomegranate Molasses Using Fresh Pomegranates?
Yes. You need about 8 pomegranates to make this recipe. Follow my instructions on how to cut a pomegranate and take all the seeds out. Place them in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. Run through a fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl to remove the bits and pieces. Pour the pomegranate juice (about 4 cups) into the saucepan and proceed with the recipe.
Once cooled completely, store the pomegranate molasses in a sealed jar or bottle and refrigerate for up to 6 months.
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How To Make Pomegranate Molasses
- 4 cups pomegranate juice see notes
- Place the pomegranate juice in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours and make sure it's simmering and not boiling.
- Once the mixture reaches the consistency of maple syrup, turn the heat off and let it sit until it comes to room temperature.
- Store in a bottle or jar and refrigerate for up to 6 months.
- Use pomegranate juice that's made 100% with pomegranate and contains no additional ingredients. There is no need for any sweetener in this recipe.
- If using fresh pomegranates to make this recipe, deseed them using my tutorial and then blend the arils in a blender for 2-3 minutes. Run the juice through a fine mesh sieve placed on a bowl to separate the small bits. Use the fresh pomegranate juice to make pomegranate molasses.