Get over your pomegranate intimidation once and for all with this easy, mess-free method for cutting and seeding them.

Pomegranates on marble countertop
| Credit: Vanessa Greaves

Getting the seeds out of a pomegranate is like breaking into a bank vault. You need to get in there quickly and grab the goods intact with minimal muss, fuss, and collateral damage. I've finally found a way to do exactly that in just seconds so we can get right down to the business of eating a pomegranate.

How to Cut and Seed a Pomegranate

Slicing a Pomegranate
Cutting and prepping a pomegranate before removing seeds.

How to Cut a Pomegranate

  1. Slice the pomegranate in half along the equator.
  2. Make a shallow cut in the white flesh between each section.
  3. Gently pull apart the sections slightly.

How to Seed a Pomegranate

Follow Chef John's method for seeding pomegranates — your kitchen will not look like a crime scene after if you use this method.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • A bowl filled with cold water
  • A second empty bowl
  • Colander


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Place one pomegranate half in the water.
  2. Break apart the pomegranate under the surface. Rub it with your thumbs to remove the kernels. Discard the peel. Repeat with the other half.
  3. The membrane should float to the top. Pour as much of the water as you can into a separate bowl without losing the kernels, getting as much of the membrane out as possible.
  4. Drain the seeds to separate them from the remaining water. Rinse to remove any remaining membrane.

How to Eat a Pomegranate

Now that you know how to remove pomegranate seeds quickly and easily, you can slash the time it takes to make gorgeous recipes like these:

Spinach Pomegranate Salad
Spinach Pomegranate Salad | Photo by Amanda