How to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate

This doesn't have to be a dreaded kitchen task.

You’ve brought home a pomegranate to make an amazing new dish, like our Pomegranate Magic Bars. But how do you get all the tasty seeds, or arils, out of a pomegranate? It’s not exactly intuitive, but that’s where TikTok comes in.

TikTok user @everything_delish posted this video showing how to remove seeds from a pomegranate. She claims her method takes only 2 minutes!

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Our Test Kitchen experts have a slightly different way of doing things. Instead of quartering the pomegranate and immediately removing the arils, soak the quarters in cold water for 5 minutes. This extra step is worth the wait.

How to Remove Pomegranate Seeds

Step 1: Cut in quarters


To seed a pomegranate, start by cutting off the crown of the fruit. (That’s the top part that sticks up a bit.) Then slice the fruit into quarters. Do your best to slice where the white, pithy part of the fruit is so you can preserve as many arils as possible. Find out if you can eat pomegranate seeds.

Step 2: Soak the quarters

Once your pomegranate is quartered, set it in a dish of cool water for 5 minutes. The cool water tightens the membranes, making it easier to take the seeds out.

Step 3: Pry out the seeds


After allowing the fruit to rest, start to break open small sections and gently push out the seed clusters. Discard any skin or pithy membrane. When you’ve gotten all the seeds out that you can, drain and dry the seeds with a kitchen towel. Once they’re clean and dry, they’re ready to add to your dishes or eat as a snack.

Other Things to Know About Pomegranates

  • Flavor: With an unusual fruit like pomegranate, it’s safe to wonder, what does pomegranate taste like? Pomegranate arils taste a lot like cranberries—fairly tart with a bit of sweetness underneath.
  • Storage: Pomegranate arils can keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days. You can also keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Superfruit status: Pomegranates help lower blood pressure, risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels, among other health benefits. They also offer anti-inflammatory effects and may help fight some forms of cancer and arthritis.
  • Juicing: You can juice a pomegranate. Just slice it in half and juice it like an orange. It’s a great way to add antioxidants to your morning smoothie.

Now that you know how to remove seeds from a pomegranate, it’s time to tackle our best recipes!

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is a writer, poet and amateur photographer who often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. You can find her up at 3 a.m. writing, researching the perfect combo for her next grilled cheese or making a more eco-friendly grocery list.