If you’re looking for an easy way to punch up your recipes, look no further than pomegranate molasses. This Middle Eastern syrup is basically just pomegranate juice that has been boiled down into a syrup, often with sugar and lemon juice, and it’s just the thing to add to your boring roasted vegetables. Or your tired vinaigrette. Or even your drinks. (One more reason to mix a cocktail at home.)
Chances are you can find pomegranate molasses in the international section of your grocery store (and definitely online), but you can also easily make it at home. With pomegranate, lemon juice and sugar, you can simmer it all down to a thick syrup that’s not too sweet ― depending on how much sugar you add, of course ― and has a nice tang to it.
The exact origins of pomegranate molasses are unclear, but it’s believed to have come about as a way to preserve pomegranates in the Middle East. One thing we do know for sure is that its depth of flavor is what makes pomegranate molasses a must-have ingredient. Try it in all these recipes below ― then use it liberally in your kitchen.