How to Cut a Pomegranate

Here’s how to cut a pomegranate: the right way! Open and seed a pomegranate using this genius no-mess method.

How to cut a pomegranate

Wondering how to cut a pomegranate but not sure the best way? This vibrant fruit is notorious for making a huge mess. If you don’t cut and seed it correctly, you’ll end up with what looks like bloody splatter all over your kitchen! We’ve got a genius, no-mess method for how to cut open a pomegranate and seed it…the right way. It’s perfect for making salads, smoothies, pomegranate juice, and more. Let’s get started!

How to cut a pomegranate: step by step

Step 1: Cut the pomegranate into quarters.

Use a large chef’s knife to cut open the pomegranate into quarters. A small amount of juice will come out onto the cutting board: so take care with it! (We usually rinse the cutting board right away to make sure the juice doesn’t stain it.)

How to cut open a pomegranate

Step 2: Place the quarters in a bowl of water and pull out the seeds.

Place the quarters into a large bowl of water. Under the water, start to gently pull out the seeds with your fingers. Eventually you’ll be able to turn the peel inside out to extract the seeds closest to the outer skin. The pomegranate seeds will sink to the bottom, while the white pith will float to the top! Remove any white pith that is stuck to the seed with your fingers.

How to seed a pomegranate

Step 3: Strain out the water: you’re left with the seeds!

Once you’ve extracted all of the seeds, skim off the white pith and strain out the water. Voila: beautiful, vibrant pomegranate seeds! The entire process should take about 5 minutes.

How to cut a pomegranate

How long do pomegranate seeds last?

Fresh pomegranate seeds last 5 days refrigerated in a sealed container. They are best fresh, so try to eat as soon as possible.

Pomegranate recipes

Once you’ve mastered how to cut a pomegranate, there are many pomegranate recipes to taste! Here are some favorites:

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How to cut a pomegranate

How to Cut a Pomegranate (The Right Way!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup seeds 1x

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Here’s how to cut a pomegranate: the right way! Open and seed a pomegranate using this genius no-mess method.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 medium pomegranate

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut the pomegranate in quarters, taking care as a small amount of juice will come out onto the cutting board. Place the quarters into a large bowl of water.
  2. Under the water, start to gently pull out the seeds with your fingers. Eventually you’ll be able to turn the peel inside out to extract the seeds closest to the outer skin. As you work, the pomegranate seeds will sink to the bottom, while the white pith from the fruit will float to the top. Remove any white pith that is stuck to the seed with your fingers. 
  3. Once you’ve extracted all the seeds, skim off the white pith and strain out the water. Store up to 5 days refrigerated in a sealed container; they are best eaten as fresh as possible.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut a pomegranate, how to cut open a pomegranate, how to seed a pomegranate

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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