Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

Homemade pomegranate molasses, an essential ingredient in traditional Middle Eastern cooking.

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Ever since Pom Wonderful started marketing the health benefits of pomegranate juice, and selling them in those cool pom shaped bottles, more and more recipes calling for pomegranate molasses have been popping up.

Pomegranate molasses is a traditional ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking and can be used in a variety of dishes such as Fesenjan Persian chicken stew or eggplant lentil stew.

You can also mix it with a little orange juice and club soda for a refreshing punch. Pomegranate molasses can be found at Middle Eastern markets, or you can easily make some yourself with some pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon.

(Find more pomegranate molasses recipes by searching food blogs.)

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

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  • Cook time: 1 hour

To make pomegranate juice, place the arils in a blender and pulse just enough so that the arils are broken up. Then strain through a fine mesh sieve.

Note that pomegranates vary in their acidity level and sweetness. Depending on the juice you are using, you many need to add more or less sugar or lemon juice to get the right balance of sugar and acidity.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Method

In a large, wide, uncovered saucepan, heat pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice on medium high until the sugar has dissolved and the juice simmers. Reduce heat just enough to maintain a simmer.

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Simmer for about an hour, or until the juice has a syrupy consistency, and has reduced to 1 to 1 1/4 cups. Pour out into a jar. Let cool. Store chilled in the refrigerator.

If you want your pomegranate molasses to be sweeter, add more sugar to taste, while you are cooking it.

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  • Rosie

    Just bought pomegranate molasses in Marks and Spencer, mind you cost £7, so expensive for a 250gm jar.

  • Sas

    His!

    I’m just wondering..
    Are you using fresh pomegranate or storebaught juice..

    Last night I made pomegranate molasses trough an original recipe..
    All it takes is just fresh pomegranate
    Peel it juice it and cook it. .
    No need for sugar or lemon juice.

  • Susan

    Fyi. Persian stores sell two kinds of pomegranate molasses. A sweet one and a sour. The store/restaurant I buy has a kind woman who shared with me that frequently they mix the two for Fessenjoon. I make it and adore Persian cuisine.

  • Karen

    I love pomegranate juice. For those who don’t want to spend the dough on the POM juices, Trader Joe’s now has 100 percent pomegranate juice, as well as tasty blends (pom and blueberry, pom and cherry are my favorites).

  • Sylvie

    I love the versatility of pomegranate juice. I found that they sell the molasses/glaze at Trader Joes though the last time I was there they were sold out. Surfas, here in L.A. also has a pomegranate glaze/molasses which is wonderful. Add some to BBQ sauce for a nice fruity flavor plus heightened red color.

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