a cut open pomegranate on a wooden cutting board

How To Cut A Pomegranate With No Mess!

Pomegranate, the popular and exotic ruby red fruit originating in what is now modern day Iran, and Northern India, can be a mess to work with. Typically in season from September to May, the pomegranates deep red color make it a popular fruit during the winter months and holiday season in North America. Used as a garnish in salads, desserts, and even drinks pomegranate boasts several health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C, K, and dietary fiber, there is no reason not to enjoy plenty of this fruit during the winter! Filled with numerous small seeds surrounded by a juice filled pulp, pomegranates tend to stain everything it touches deep red if cut improperly. Even as a professionally trained Chef, I was never taught how to cut a pomegranate without having the juice run everywhere! Tired of wasting all that good juice, (and staining my cutting board and dish towels red), I decided to search out how to properly handle this beautiful looking fruit and add it to my list of Culinary Knowledge!

Pomegranates contain 12% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C in just 100g of fruit.

How To Cut A Pomegranate – With No Mess!!

Most people, and chefs I know will simply cut the pomegranate in half, and then submerge it in a bowl of water to loosen the individual seeds without dripping and squirting the red juice everywhere. Simply cutting the fruit in half though will cause a gush of red liquid to quickly spread across your cutting board. To avoid this problem, I endeavored to find out how pomegranates are cut open by the locals who have grown them in the Mediterranean for years!

After a trip to the library and sifting through various cookbooks, I found this method. Watch the video below for a full tutorial on how to cut a pomegranate the right way!


It appears that “peeling” the fruit works much better then cutting right into the pomegranate!

  1. Start by scoring around the top end of the pomegranate fruit, and peeling back the skin.
  2. Cut out the top of the core to create a divot into which you can place your thumbs.
  3. Cut lines into the skin where the pith connects to the peel. There are usually 4 or 5 sections of seed clusters in the pomegranate.
  4. Place your thumbs into the core of the pomegranate, and gently break away the individual fruit sections.
  5. Gently remove the fruit seeds from the pomegranate into a bowl!\
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This is by far the easiest (and no mess!) way I have found to cut open a pomegranate! You can even leave the fruit clusters intact and simply eat the seeds right from the pith with no juice wasted!

Learn how to cut a pomegranate the right way- with no mess!

Now that you have cut and peeled the pomegranate, what to do with all those seeds!? I’ve collected various recipes from bloggers around the world, to inspire you to use fresh pomegranate in new and creative ways!

Recipes Using Fresh Pomegranate


Pomegranate, Pear, and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette – From Sweet and Savory Pursuits


Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine – From Justine Celina


Pomegranate Lemon Roasted Chicken – From Salt and Lavender


Persimmon Cake with Pomegranate Frosting – From Danis Cookings


Spicy Meatballs in Pomegranate Sauce – From Vikalinka


Turmeric Quinoa with Pomegranates and Walnuts – From Wendy Polisi


Pomegranate Apple Chicken Salad – From The Creative Bite


Pomegranate Cherry Parfait – From Upstate Ramblings


Healthy Pomegranate Breakfast – From Compass and Fork


Homemade Pomegranate Syrup – From The Missing Lokness


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  1. Thanks for including my recipe! Love pomegranates… I just snacked on one about an hour ago, actually haha.

  2. Good to know! I never liked the idea of losing juice in a bowl of water. Now I want to go and get a pomegranate!

  3. Thanks for sharing such a lovely collection of pomegranate recipes. I am thrilled to read through all of them and your great tips on how to cut one neatly. I love buying many pomegranates when they are in season – my favourite dish is cauliflower tabouleh with tiny cubes of roasted sweet potato, fresh herbs, feta crumbles and many of the ruby gems of pomegranate sprinkled on top. I look forward to trying many of the recipes you shared.

  4. That is similar to how I’ve been doing it, I found it the least wasteful, and the whole banking on it with a spoon has never worked for me. Maybe it’s because I wait too long to eat it and it’s too dry by then. haha Lovely compilation of recipes to use this delicious fruit!

    • Glad it was a useful video!I’d love to hear if you try any of the recipes! I made a lentil salad the other day with pomegranate and the juicy bursts of fruit where a welcome addition!

  5. This is very interesting! Sometimes I avoided pomegranates because I didn’t want the mess.

  6. Simple and perfect, Markus! I’ve often thought that we over-complicate preparing pomegranate, and this tutorial made me realize that a botanically aware approach to the fruit is totally the way to go. We don’t tend to think of it, but the pomegranate is a semi-segmented fruit (a berry, as I just found out), and by working around the segments you let nature do all the hard work for you. It’s a great approach, and one I’ll definitely be trying in the future. Cheers!

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