Best Pomegranate Recipes

A jewel among winter fruits, the pomegranate's distinct citrus flavor and bright red color makes these salsas, sauces, and jams absolutely shine.

Power to the Pomegranate

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Power to the Pomegranate

While the chillier weather may steal away some favorite summer fruits and veggies, it also delivers a brilliantly-colored array of produce. Fresh pomegranates are in season from September to January, packing a full load of nutrients and health benefits. Try them out in some of our favorite pomegranate recipes.

Our Beef Filets with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce is a rich and elegant 5-star recipe that will impress any dinner guest. Pomegranate seeds make a pretty garnish (if you want to save time, look for convenient, ready-to-eat seeds in the produce section). Serve with roasted potatoes for a complete meal.

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Pomegranate and Pear Jam

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Pomegranate and Pear Jam

Be sure to make extra batches to give as gifts to your friends.

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Pomegranate Gin Sling

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Pomegranate Gin Sling

A classic gin sling is dressed for festive parties when made with seasonal pomegranate juice and decorated with crimson pomegranate fruit. Both simple syrup and agave syrup are widely available at liquor stores. To make your own simple syrup, boil 2 parts sugar to 1 part water, stirring just until sugar dissolves; reduce until thickened. Cool before using.

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Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate, Pickled Chiles, and Pecans

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Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate, Pickled Chiles, and Pecans

Eggplant is a staple in the Middle East, and they sure do know how to cook it. It's stellar: smoky and light and not at all bitter. The trick is to cook it whole over a gas stovetop burner or on a hot grill. The outside gets all charred as the inside steams, gathering a nice smoky overtone and becoming perfectly cooked. Toasted pecans and pickled jalapeños infuse some Southern accents into the traditional dish. If you can't find pomegranate arils (they come already "shucked" in the produce section), just omit them, or drizzle on a wee bit of pomegranate molasses.

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Pomegranate-Orange Salsa

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Pomegranate-Orange Salsa

This beautiful citrus salad is an excellent complement to chicken or white, flaky fish. You can also serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips.

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Winter Citrus, Escarole, and Endive Salad

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Winter Citrus, Escarole, and Endive Salad

This bright, fresh salad of winter greens and sweet-tangy citrus is studded with red pomegranate arils: It's a dramatic, holiday-worthy plate and a welcome course for vegetarians.

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Pomegranate Fizz

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Pomegranate Fizz

With only three ingredients plus an optional lime garnish, this sophisticated-looking drink is as simple as they come.

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Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce

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Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce

Although it's budget-friendly, this dish is elegant enough for company. Serve with steamed fresh green beans.

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Pork Medallions with Pomegranate-Cherry Sauce

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Pork Medallions with Pomegranate-Cherry Sauce

Red wine, pomegranate, cherries, and balsamic give a rich, sweet, seasonal tang to the comforting flavor of pan-seared pork.

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Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad

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Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad

In Mexico, copas de frutas (fruit cups) are popular street food. They typically consist of fresh fruit sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder and are the inspiration for this jewel-colored fruit salad. Jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah), also known as a Mexican potato or turnip, tastes like a cross between an apple and a potato and adds crunch to the salad.

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Warm Spiced Cran-Pom Toddies

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Warm Spiced Cran-Pom Toddies

For a nonalcoholic version, simply omit the rum; to make it sweeter, replace the rum with apple juice.

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Pork with Pomegranate Pan Sauce

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Pork with Pomegranate Pan Sauce

This vibrant dinner can be on the table in just 20 minutes. Serve the pork with our Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes. To make the potatoes, prepare 1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated mashed potatoes according to package directions. Stir in 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream. Top each serving with 1 teaspoon butter and ½ teaspoon minced fresh chives.

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Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale

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Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale

This simple twist on the traditional kir royale blends tart-sweet pomegranate juice with subtle herbal notes from a rosemary-infused syrup. Float rosemary leaves on the drinks for a pretty garnish.

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Fennel-Rubbed Pork with Shallot-Pomegranate Reduction

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Fennel-Rubbed Pork with Shallot-Pomegranate Reduction

This simple quick-to-fix meal will fit your hectic work schedule or busy home life. Serve with walnut couscous.

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Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

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Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

The fruit's polyphenols, a class of antioxidants, likely help your heart. They contribute to the vibrant flavor, too.

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