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Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice that’s been reduced to a syrup.

It’s thick, flavorful, and adds a wonderful tangy bite to many types of dishes. It can be used as a glaze, in salad dressings, or drizzled over veggies.

Pomegranate molasses dripping from a spoon into a small bowl.

Where is Pomegranate Molasses From?

Pomegranate molasses has been used in Georgian, Armenian, Iranian, Syrian (specifically in Aleppo), Lebanese, and Turkish cooking for hundreds of years.

The Umayyad Dynasty (661-750 CE) was known for its agricultural achievements – they contributed greatly to the spread of pomegranates across Iran, North Africa, and into Spain, although pomegranates were among the first fruits cultivated by humans.

Recipes Using Pomegranate Molasses


Pomegranate molasses ingredients - pomegranate juice, lemon, and sugar.
Yield: 1 cup

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses dripping from a spoon into a small bowl.

This pomegranate molasses is a tangy, fruity sauce that's delicious on salads and in cocktails.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Stir till the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Bring the juice to a low simmer and cook for 50 to 55 minutes, till it reduces and thickens.
  3. Allow the sauce to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Notes

*If you'd prefer a sauce to a molasses, cook the pomegranate juice for 40 minutes before removing from the heat.

Where to Buy It

Pomegranate molasses can be found in many Middle Eastern grocery stores and at Whole Foods. It can also be found online from Amazon – I recommend both the Sadaf and the Cortas brands.

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