How to peel a pomegranate | The Life Jolie Kitchen Basics

Seeding a pomegranate doesn’t have to be difficult. Here is a simple trick to make it much easier and step-by-step instructions for how to peel a pomegranate.

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Did you guys just drool over my Pomegranate Thyme Baked Brie on Sunday?! Ugh, I could barely contain myself during those photos, the brie was calling to me. And it really was as delicious as it looked. I may or may not have eaten a large portion of it the minute I finished getting photos.

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So I figured I should throw together a little how-to for those of you who haven’t dealt with many pomegranates. I’ll be honest, the first time I had a run in with a pomegranate, I was a little bit intimidated. I didn’t really know what I was getting into, I just knew I was hungry. I tried to combat my intimidation with the same attitude I had during childbirth: somehow, some way, I will get whats in there out here.

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Luckily, my mom is resident pomegranate peeling professional, due in large part to my dad’s undying love for pomegranate seeds. The minute the season hits, he makes it his mission to gobble down as many of those tangy little seeds as possible, both for their health benefits and their great flavor.

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And she let me in on a little secret to avoiding dyed-pink-hands and minimize the counter top crime scene that these fruits leave behind: a bowl of water. Groundbreaking, right?

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But you guys, it really works! By removing the seeds in the water, you prevent all the excess juices from taking over your kitchen. The best part is, the seeds tend to sink while the white, pithy membrane that houses the seeds floats to the top, so you can skim it off before draining the seeds.

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Pomegranate seeds taste fantastic over salads, ice cream, yogurt or just on their own, They’re a healthy snack and a fantastic way to elevate any dessert.

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Try making this pomegranate sangria, this salad featuring pomegranates, and these brownies featuring pomegranates!

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How to peel a pomegranate | The Life Jolie Kitchen Basics

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  • Pomegranates
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Medium bowl
  • Water
  • Strainer
  • Small bowl


  1. Cut your pomegranates into quarters using the knife and cutting board.
  2. Fill the medium bowl half way with cool water (I leave the bowl in the sink so that it doesn't make a mess if any water comes out of the bowl.
  3. Doing each quarter one at a time, place teach quarter in the bowl use your hands to remove the seeds from the white, pithy membrane. The seeds will sink down and the pith will float. If any of the pith is stuck to see seeds remove it.
  4. Once all the quarters are de-seeded, skim off the pith and remove the peels from the bowl.
  5. Use a strainer to full drain the water and place the seeds into the smaller bowl.
  6. Enjoy!

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