How to - Squeeze the pomegranate seeds

How To Deseed A Pomegranate

Learn how to deseed a pomegranate quickly and easily, with no waste and hardly any waste by watching our step-by-step video. Pomegranates are a vibrant fruit that’s great in desserts and salads in particular. It’s surprisingly versatile and a great addition to many meals. If you’ve ever wondered how to go about deseeding one and ended up picking out the individual seeds one by one, you probably know how impractical and time consuming it can be. There is, however, a much easier way to get it done that takes hardly no time at all and you can get everything out of the fruit with no hassle.

Pomegranates feature quite heavily in many Middle Eastern dishes, although they are being more and more commonly used in a lot of European cooking. When choosing your pomegranates, make sure their skin is taught and glossy and because of their high water content, it’s often the case that the weightier they are, the juicier they are, so this is a good indication to which ones you should pick.

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Follow our guide on how to deseed a pomegranate quickly and easily with the least amount of hassle.

To begin, place the pomegranate on a chopping board and using a sharp knife, slice through the centre.

Next, squeeze the pomegranate halves into a bowl. Most of the seeds should fall out during this step, but be careful and make sure you wear an apron as the juice can stain and there’s a chance you might get sprayed by the juice while squeezing the seeds out. 

Use a wooden spoon to tap the back of each half to loosen the seeds further. By this stage, you should only have a few stubborn ones left.

Finally, open the pomegranate up and pick out whatever’s left inside. There shouldn’t be too many by this stage so it’s really simple and they come away quite easily.