De-Seed a Pomegranate in under a minute!

March 26, 2012 by Lauren

This is another one of those "WHY AM I JUST NOW LEARNING THIS?" things.

We were at our friend Brother Wagen's house. We brought pomegranates. We went to score them and pick out all the pomegranate seeds for the next 10 minutes. And Brother Wagen stopped us immediately. "What are you guys doing. Stop. Don't you know the fastest way to do that?!" So he showed us the easiest way to de-seed a pomegranate:

Cut it in half. Bang on it really hard with a spoon. DONE.

And really, that’s it. We cut it in half. We pulled on the sides a little so it “gives”. Then, we banged on the outside part with a metal spoon. All the pomegranate seeds fell into a bowl!

We took a video of it so you can see it in action. Please note that it’s just 57 seconds long!


 

Yes, there were a couple (10 max) left in the pomegranate shell, but they are so easy to pick out. And doing all this in under a minute TOTALLY beats the normal “score the outside, then cut into 6 pieces. Then carefully pick out all the seeds for 10 hours or until you go CRAZY… whichever comes first”.

Ok let’s review. You’ll need: a pomegranate, knife, spoon, and bowl. Cut it in half. Bang on one side. Eat.

WARNING: It will look like a crime scene.
There’s a sharp knife covered in red, plus red splatters everywhere. The more you do this, you’ll get better at not splattering.

And now go eat and enjoy pomegranates! They are sooo tasty. In fruit salad, banana bread, drinks, etc. What do you guys like to put pomegranate seeds in? 


68 Comments »

  1. Chandra W. says:

    This makes me giggle, because I don’t buy pomegranets due to the fact that I hate deseeding them! I might reconsider next time i’m at the store :) thanks for sharing!

  2. Lauren says:

    Haha glad you can buy them now! They are so good for you!

  3. Chiara says:

    I have a big pomegranate tree and it’s always so difficult to eat the fruits XD thanks for the help :P

  4. Catherine says:

    Brilliant!

  5. Cassie says:

    To make this even easier yet, do it over a bowl full enough of water that it will likely cover the seeds by a couple inches. When all the extra shell-like bits fall in, they’ll float to the top. When finished de-seeding, pour the water off the top and all that flaky stuff goes with it, then use a colander or hold the seeds in with your fingers to pour out the remaining water (you risk losing a seed or two in the sink, but you don’t have to bother with the colander).

  6. Monica Smith says:

    Wow I learning something new – although have the fun of the old way was having my daughter moan about how much work it was but how much she liked them. LOL

    Thanks
    Monica
    http://www.somewhere-between.com

  7. Katie says:

    I’ve seen this before and it’s saved me so much time, since pomegranates are one of my favorites! Try putting pom seeds in your guacamole, the pop of sweetness is yummy!!

  8. Lindsey says:

    I love pomegranates mixed in quacomole!!

  9. beckie says:

    are you kidding me? this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Sebrina says:

    I have to try this! I have only bought a pomegranate once and loved the taste but we lost a kitchen rug and my favorite shirt in the process due to the blood-like stains everywhere O_O

  11. Lauren says:

    pomegranates in guacamole… WHAT?! sounds so bizarre. And now I’ll hafta try it! Thanks ladies!

  12. beverly says:

    Try peeling/cutting the pomegranates under water (in the sink or deep bowl) to avoid the juice splashing.

  13. Angiele says:

    You seriously just changed my life!

  14. P. Arthur says:

    What a cool website! I feel so smart with all my new-found knowledge. On to the eggs and pomegranate.

  15. Sandy says:

    That is the ultimate in cool!

  16. ddsparks says:

    I think the general idea is cool, however, the actuality is that a ton of that POM is wasted. We all know it takes more than a minute to properly extract every delicious red morsel… just saying.

  17. Lauren says:

    ddsparks – there totally aren’t a lot of pomegrante wasted – i’d never allow it! like i said in the post, there were about 10-15 left in the shell… which were easy to pick out.

  18. Denise~ says:

    Okay, so now that you have all the seeds out…can you eat them…isn’t there little seeds inside the little red things? I bought one once and didn’t know what to do with it…can you eat them like they come out?

  19. Sandy says:

    I am new at Pinterest a found you, with alittle help from my daughter. The baked eggs and pomegranate tips are AWESOME!! Can’t wait to try them. I will be visiting you again.

  20. Lauren says:

    Denise – yes, eat the red things whole! A little crunchy but so good.

  21. Linda says:

    poor fruit, he doesn’t know why he’s getting spanked by a metal spoon. :)

  22. My son in law’s family is from Mexico. He taught us a new way to eat pomegranate. After you get the seeds out, squeeze a half of a lemon over the seeds, sprinkle lightly with salt(I prefer kosher salt)and sprinkle with Tapatio (or Cholula)hot sauce. Use a Mexican hot sauce like these rather than a vinegar based southern style, or a Chinese or Asian based hot sauce. Mexican style hot sauce has an earthier flavor. Anyway toss the seeds with these ingredients, and dig in….The combination of sweet, sour, salty and spicy is wonderful and very common in Mexican foods. Once I tried it , I was hooked and have figured out how to take it further. I made a salad and put a bed of baby spinach and arugala on a plate, then made a chicken salad of chopped chicken, spring onions and cilantro tossed with a touch of olive oil, topped with the pomegranate mixture………..FANTASTICO!

  23. Erin says:

    I hate eating pomegranates because of the hard pit in the middle of all those little seeds! Do you chew the seeds or do you spit them out? I spit them out and just find eating pomegranates a waste of time because of it. I would really appreciate an answer because all these articles and posts I see about them puzzle me.

  24. Tammy says:

    Erin, I love the taste of poms so much that I don’t mind the crunch. If the crunch bothers you then they probably aren’t worth your time to eat them. Learn to love the crunch!!

  25. Debbie says:

    oh my… i am so excited to try this! :)

  26. jamie says:

    I think of the pits as more of a nut. Its delicious.

  27. Whitney Isetta says:

    I can’t wait to try this!!

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  30. Celeste says:

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  31. jil says:

    I love that… Not all of them came out but alot more than I get in a minute…. Definitely going to try this first then pick out the rest. I love pomegranates and can’t stand to even throw away any of them. I will only throw the soft white ones away…

  32. Lisa G. says:

    OMG….awesome….just showed my teen daughter and she thanks you! ;)

  33. Mary G. says:

    LOVE this! I’ll go buy pomegranates again now!

    For Erin, who hates the pits/seeds, you can just buy pom paste (a very thick syrup really) to use in recipes. It lasts a LONG time in the fridge, and is delicious!

    http://www.amazon.com/Pomegranate-Paste/dp/B0012SC8XG

  34. Amy says:

    Awesomeness!! I cant wait to go get one and try this!!

  35. Amy says:

    Also what a great website! Love it!

  36. Lacy says:

    THANK YOU! I’ve been wanting to make chocolate covered pomegranate seeds forever now. [Trader Joe's has some REALLY yummy ones and I keep thinking.... hey, I can make that!] And now I can. I’ve always been terrified to de-seed them. But now I’m going to put them in muffins, make a jam, and yes definitely make chocolate covered pomegranate seeds :)

  37. Cynthia says:

    Wow… this is why I never buy them… now I will

  38. Mike Panic says:

    This is a great tutorial, however the flaw in it is that you should never use a sharp chef’s knife on a plate. Not only is it terrible for the knife, it’s possible slip and cut yourself.

  39. Griff says:

    I have a small quibble.
    The red things inside a pomegranate are called pips.
    The actual seeds are inside the pips.

    When I was a child, my next door neighbor had a pom tree. My favorite time of the summer was when the fruit was ripe…straight from the tree, dig in and enjoy.

  40. I have 2 pomegranates sitting on my counter for dinner tonight, doing this to them for sure!

  41. of course like your web site but you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I’ll certainly come back again.

  42. Annoyed says:

    Dear [Hotsauce|Jalepeño|Homemade]

    If you are going to criticize someone’s spelling, you should probably use proper grammar and spelling yourself. In this one short comment, you do not punctuate correctly, you use run-on sentences, you fail to capitalize your words, and you say “I in finding it very bothersome” which makes no sense at all. I believe you meant “I AM finding it very bothersome.”

    Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Jerk.

    Kudos on the excellent pom post, Lauren. I may need to hit the supermarket tonight! :)

  43. Stargazer says:

    It’s not necessary to “de-seed” a pomegranate at all. Simply break the pomegranate into pieces and you can eat the insides just like an apple – including the white membrane surrounding the seeds.

  44. Alyssa says:

    So Glad I saw this I have three pomegranates at home and have been wanting to eat them just have not had time to pick out all the seeds! Now I won’t have to!

  45. Fantastic post. Thanks for sharing. I’ve included a link in my recipe http://wildcraftvita.blogspot.it/2012/10/pomegranate-liqueur.html

  46. Sonia says:

    I learned about getting the seeds out of a pomegranate by floating it in water, but I like this method much more because it faster. Thanks!

  47. Ann says:

    I admit I was really skeptical about this technique. But I tried it and the results were AWESOME. There were maybe 10 seeds left in the shell, like you said. And it took less than 30 seconds. I’ll buy more pomegranates now. Thanks.:)

  48. Andy Lion says:

    I love pomegranates so much I eat the skin too. Some times I don’t even peel it, I just take bites like an apple.

  49. Fantastic! My friend forwarded this to me after I lamented about how long it takes me to peel a pomegranate (which I have willingly done b/c they are so tasty and healthy.) The blog post is so well written, too – I laughed out loud. Thanks for including the video.

  50. Jan says:

    After you score the pomegranate STRETCH around the rims, then whack it with the spoon. They all come out. It’s so easy.

  51. kim Bail says:

    Hello, I sure enjoyed your demostration of seeding a pomegranette. Now maybe you can explain to me or show me how to eat without the seed. I so much love the juice. I’ve heard your suppose to eat the seeds. However their bitter and I have a problem with teeth, which makes it hard to eat certian things.

  52. Theresa says:

    Oh my goodness! Wish I had seen this just about 5 hours sooner. My husband spent a good 30-45 minutes tonight on 3 pomegranates!!

  53. Shawna Hamilton says:

    There is a much easier way to do that, and the video doesn’t show how all the pomegranate juice splashes everywhere. Here’s what you do…Cut the pomegranates in 1/4′s, then place them in a bowl of water. Let soak for 15 minutes, while in the bowl turn upside down skin facing up, pull slightly on both ends while upside down in bowl, seeds fall out easily with now mess!

  54. Brian says:

    Thanks for the tip, ive always wanted to know how to do this better!

  55. Jasmine Ward says:

    I have to agree, this is definitely the way to do it. I love that you don’t fill the bowl with water like I’ve seen other people suggest. What a waste of pomegranate juice!!

  56. Trina says:

    OMG! Thanks so much for sharing! It is brilliant and I’ll practice when I’m in a bad mood! Sorry pomegranate!

  57. Whitney says:

    This is a rather wasteful and violent way to do it. But, hey, Americans need things done instantaneously! Pomegranates should be handled with care. If you want to get every seed out, without it looking like a crime scene and without the inner skin attached to those seeds (as seen here at the end), just ask any someone who grew up with them. My fiancé, a Kurd from Turkey, showed me how, and there’s very little cutting involved and practically no “blood” is spilled. It’s a process that requires you to feel your way around the grooves of the fruit and push out the seeds, portions at a time by ripping at the skin and gently pulling at the seeds. It’s actually quite fun, but it does take a few more minutes than this process.

  58. Amy says:

    I have tried this way so many times and it never goes that fast…I have done it exactly how it is show in the video.

  59. Jen says:

    Thank you for this! It usually takes me about half an hour to de-seed one of these yummy fruits. it also takes my two year old and I about the same amount of time to eat one!

  60. kelly says:

    Is there an alternative link to watch this video? lt be that the plugin you use no longer functions.

  61. Sandra says:

    Wish I had seen this when I lived in the middle east. We bought pomegranates for 25 cents a kilo (2.2 lbs) and had them almost every day. Sure took a lot longer than this to empty one. Thanks for another great idea.

  62. arry says:

    I had no problem watching the video (am on a mac) and love this technique! Thanks so much and can’t wait to give this a whack…er…whirl…myself! :)

  63. Michele says:

    I have always done mine in water as Cassie suggested but not by hitting it with the spoon! I cannot wait to try it! I LOVE pomegranate! So, in true Lauren fashion, I am going to run out right now and buy one so I can try it!

  64. Michele says:

    Also, I find people’s issues with your post, quite entertaining! Keep it simple and carry on. Thanks!

  65. rachel ward says:

    Leave them in the bowl – water and they are yummy snacks to grab when you want a treat and little work! These things hold up for a long time!!

  66. Laura McGinnis says:

    Brilliant! I heard Martha Stewart talking about this trick on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and couldn’t believe it. Thanks for the video!!!

  67. Carole says:

    Interesting. I’ll have to try this technique because the last time that we bought a pom we seeded it in a bowl of water. It worked great, but we lost a lot of the juice.

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