Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce (Week 50, 52 New Foods) December 19 2012, 4 Comments

cranberry pomegranate sauce

Cranberry pomegranate sauce is a playful twist on a familiar favorite: an easy way to welcome a new food to your holiday table!  

I have to admit, I was afraid of pomegranate. Not only was I unsure of how to use it in recipes, I was concerned about the big fat mess. It’s been on our 52 New Foods list for some time, but I wasn’t brave enough to try it until my kids and I discovered a simple trick for how to seed a pomegranate with no mess! Now, pomegranate seeds are regularly featured on our family table and we’ve discovered a new world of food possibilities with this old world fruit! One of our favorites is this deliciously easy cranberry pomegranate sauce. It’s a wonderful way to feature a new food with an old favorite on your holiday table.

Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes
Yield: Makes 2 cups


pomegranate sauce ingredients

1 pomegranate, seeded* (about 1 cup)
1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
1 cup water
¾ cup sugar
1 Tbsp orange juice
Orange zest for garnish

*Note: Check out our quick tip on how to seed a pomegranate with no mess!


1. Remove the pomegranate seeds and set aside in a small bowl.  

pomegranate seeds

2. Load the cranberries, water, sugar and orange juice into a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

pomegranate sauce step 1

3. Transfer to a small bowl, stir in the pomegranate seeds and garnish with orange zest.

cranberry pomegranate sauce

Note: If you’re making this recipe ahead, leave out the pomegranate seeds until you are ready to serve.

* What is your favorite way to enjoy pomegranate seeds?

Craving more easy recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Broiled grapefruit with agave and cinnamon.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at