Top 7 Pomegranate Molasses Substitutes

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If you are looking for pomegranate molasses substitutes, you can easily make do with ingredients that you may have at home.

Pomegranate molasses is traditionally used in Middle Eastern cuisine and has a distinct sweet and sour taste. It is also referred to as pomegranate syrup or pomegranate paste. Pomegranate molasses has gained popularity worldwide and is being used to give a new flavor to non-traditional dishes and drinks.

Top Substitutes

You can use various foods in place of pomegranate molasses. The top substitutes are cranberry juice concentrate, grenadine, balsamic vinegar with sugar, sweetened pomegranate juice syrup, and tamarind paste with honey.

Cranberry Juice Concentrate

To replicate the tart flavor of pomegranate molasses, you can use cranberry juice concentrate. It works well in vinaigrettes and in dishes. If you have cranberry juice on hand, you can make a simple thick syrup using cranberry juice and sugar or molasses. Adjust the sugar or molasses to your taste, depending on how pre-sweetened your juice is.

Grenadine

Grenadine is one of the best substitutes for pomegranate molasses if you are making a drink. However, it is much sweeter than pomegranate molasses, so you may have to reduce the amount of any added sweeteners.

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Pomegranate Juice & Sugar

You can make your own pomegranate molasses at home by reducing pomegranate juice (either home-made or bottled) until you have a consistency like honey. Add sugar to your taste; however, if your juice is already sweetened, you do not need to add sugar.

Balsamic Vinegar & Sugar

Make a syrup by cooking balsamic vinegar with sugar to replicate the sweet and tart taste of pomegranate molasses. This works well on roasted vegetables as well as a dip in a mezze platter.

Raspberry Jam Reduction

You can reduce seedless raspberry or black cherry jam until it has a thick consistency. This can be used in salads and dishes which need a depth of flavor.

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Tamarind Paste & Honey

If you are looking to make a Middle Eastern dish with meat and want an intense burst of flavor, you can substitute pomegranate molasses with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of tamarind paste and 1 teaspoon of honey. You can also use tamarind paste cooked with dates.

Cassis (Blackcurrant) Syrup

If you want to jazz up your drinks, use cassis syrup. However, it has a slightly bitter taste as compared to pomegranate molasses.

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Raksha Hegde is the content director at Organic Facts and helps oversee a team of brilliant, dynamic content writers. She completed her MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, US. A former business news journalist and editor, Raksha followed her passion for wellness to become a certified Yoga teacher and a wellness festival curator. She believes that learning is a life-long process; she did a certificate e-course on “Introduction to Food and Health” in 2019 from Stanford University, US. 

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