Pomegranate tea

Seoklyu-cha 석류차

Hi everybody!

Today I’d like to share my pomegranate tea recipe with you. Pomegranate is known as a super fruit in many cultures. They say it helps tighten skin, strengthen muscles, and control body fat. It’s also known to boost our immune system to fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and prevent us from risk of heart disease. It sounds like a super food, right?


When I lived in Korean, I made it whenever pomegranates were in season. The fruit was really expensive, so I didn’t buy many and it was a rare treat.

But ever since I moved to North America, they are much cheaper here and I buy pomegranates to eat, make tea, or just put in a basket as a decoration.

So today I’m releasing my pomegranate tea recipe, the one I’ve been using and enjoying for years. For some of you, the first question will be about replacing sugar with honey. It’s a good idea but I found that the flavor of honey dominate the tea too much and overwhelm the natural pomegranate flavor.

Make some tea, and let me know how it turns out! You can keep it in the fridge and enjoy the tea for up to 1 month, so make a lot and drink tea with your friends and family, or give it as a gift to someone you love!
Pomegranates (Seoklyu: 석류)

How to seed pomegranates

  1. Wash a pomegranate in cold water and dry with a cotton cloth.
  2. Place it on a cutting board and cut it in half crosswise.
  3. Take one half over a large bowl and tap the skin with a wooden spoon with the other hand. Keep turning it around, tapping until all the seeds are out.
  4. Pick out some broken membranes.
  5. Take the other half and repeat the same process to remove the seeds from the skin.
  6. Keep the seeds in the fridge until chilled before serving or make tea.
    How to de-seed pomegranates

How to make pomegranate tea:


  • 3½ cups pomegranate seeds (from 2 large pomegranates)
  • 1 cup sugar



  1. Place the pomegranate seeds in a bowl. Crush them coarsely with a pestle about 50 to 60 times.
  2. Add the sugar and mix well.Pomegranate tea (seoklyu-cha: 석류차)Pomegranate tea (seoklyu-cha: 석류차)
  3. Put the mixture in a glass jar. Make tea right away, or keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Pomegranate tea (seoklyu-cha: 석류차)

Make tea:
Put about ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds and juice in a tea cup. Add hot water and mix. Serve hot.

Pomegranate tea (seoklyu-cha: 석류차)



  1. tori21taris america 1 commentjoined 5/16
    Posted May 12th, 2016 at 9:24 pm | # |

    Hello, i had to make korean food for a school project. when i made this everyone loved it!
    This recipe is amazing!

  2. writeinthemoonlight United States 1 commentjoined 3/15
    Posted March 10th, 2015 at 5:35 pm | # |

    Can you switch pomegranates with other fruit to make different teas? I love blueberries and was thinking to swap it. Love your videos Maangchi!

  3. Lena_Stella California 1 commentjoined 2/15
    Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:48 pm | # |

    Where did you buy your tea set? I really like it :) I can’t wait to make this tea, looks soo good!!

  4. Bluestar1908 United States 5 commentsjoined 6/12
    Posted January 10th, 2015 at 8:55 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!
    I was wondering, would it make a difference if I used packaged pomegranate seeds (like the ones from Trader Joe’s)?
    Love your videos, been watching for over four years :)

    • Maangchi New York City 11,163 commentsjoined 8/08
      Posted January 11th, 2015 at 11:14 am | # |

      Packaged pomegranate seeds will give the same result. Good luck!

  5. Luckychinowow New Jersey 3 commentsjoined 1/15
    Posted January 9th, 2015 at 2:57 pm | # |

    안녕하세요! 석류차 만들엉서 정말 맛있어요! 감사합니다! 날마다 석류차 마실거예요. ^_^
    Hello! I made this pomegranate tea and found it absolutely delicious! I will try to drink this tea every day as it is simple and amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Maangchi New York City 11,163 commentsjoined 8/08
      Posted January 11th, 2015 at 10:58 am | # |

      I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Cheers!

  6. Cutemom Indonesia 78 commentsjoined 3/13
    Posted January 7th, 2015 at 11:13 am | # |

    Wow, I got pomegranate trees growing in some big pots that never stop bearing fruit. My grandmother always put a fruit basket consisting of pomegranate, apples and orange for a newlywed to put under their beds for the first 3 nights. She said that pomegranate symbolizes fruitfulness and many kids and prosperity.

    My cousin is getting married next week. Maybe I’ll put this tea in the basket.

    Thanks for the recipe Maangchi ssi

  7. Yazmillah New York City 1 commentjoined 12/14
    Posted January 7th, 2015 at 11:01 am | # |

    youre the best!!!! :-)

  8. stonefly Olympia WA 42 commentsjoined 11/11
    Posted January 7th, 2015 at 12:21 am | # |

    Maangchi! This looks delicious. And what nice, big pomegranates!!! Wow!!!

  9. sl100048 Singapore 15 commentsjoined 6/11
    Posted January 6th, 2015 at 9:48 pm | # |

    Great refreshing recipe! This would be very good for women. I like the gift idea. Will try over weekend and produce some surprise gifts to my friends! Thanks for the very special recipe. JY

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