The biggest citrus fruit deserves a big list of recipes! Pomelos closely resemble grapefruits but taste much milder and sweeter. Perfect for desserts, cocktails, Asian cuisine, and even salads, this versatile fruit lends its unique subtle flavor to all kinds of dishes.
If you love pomelos or want to give this fantastic fruit a try, these 25 pomelo recipes will provide you with much-needed inspiration.
Pomelo Salad Recipes
Adding a sweet, citrusy flavor to traditional and unconventional salads, pomelos will become your new favorite salad ingredient. Check out the superb salad recipes below, all of which feature delicious pomelos!
Pomelo Salad Rolls
Now I can roll with this dish! You will love these delicious pomelo salad rolls, which take inspiration from Vietnamese pomelo salads. With chopped fresh veggies, citrusy pomelo pieces, mint and basil flavoring, and a savory peanut dip, these flavorful rolls are sure to impress.
Refreshing Pomelo Salad
This utterly refreshing pomelo salad will taste heavenly after a hard work-out or long day. Its simple base is made of sliced pomelo and apple pieces covered in a sugary, citrusy dressing with a splash of green chili spice. So simple and so good!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Pomelo Salad
I love brussels sprouts, so naturally, I’m a massive fan of this roasted Brussels sprouts and pomelo salad. While Brussels sprouts are typically paired with savory and salty foods, I think they shine with a little bit of sweetness. There are more than enough sweet flavors to go around between the cinnamon, sugar, lemon juice, and pomelo in this salad.
Thai Pomelo Salad Recipes
These salads bring the flavor, incorporating classical Thai ingredients along with the subtle citrusy flavor of pomelo. Because pomelos are native to Thailand and Southeast Asia, they are frequently worked into Thai dishes, most popularly, Thai pomelo salads.
Thai Pomelo Salad
This super traditional Thai pomelo salad proves why this is such a popular dish. With fried onions, toasted coconut, sauteed prawns, a dash of chili, a delicious peanut sauce, and fresh pomelos, this dish’s many delicious flavors effortlessly play off each other to create one incredible salad.
Thai Pomelo and Shrimp Salad
While this Thai Pomelo and Shrimp Salad isn’t the most straightforward salad you will ever make, it’s undoubtedly one of the most delicious. With spicy seasoning, poached shrimp, notes of nuttiness, and a subtle citrusy taste, you’ll love this salad. Wrap up all your favorite ingredients in lettuce leaves, and then take an unforgettable bite!
Thai Pomelo Salad with Mint and Fried Shallot
Perfect for vegetarians, this Thai pomelo salad shines with the addition of a mint garnish and crispy fried shallots. This is a simpler version of the Thai pomelo salad, but its flavor profile is anything but simple, balancing sweetness, spice, and citrus.
Jicama and Pomelo Salad With Spicy Thai Dressing
If you have never tried jicama, this recipe is your golden opportunity. This underappreciated root vegetable has a subtly sweet taste that works well in this jicama and pomelo salad with spicy Thai dressing. This salad is simultaneously refreshing, spicy, sweet, and sour, giving you a range of flavors from relatively simple ingredients.
Pomelo Drink Recipes
Ready to party with pomelo? This sweet citrus fruit doesn’t just taste amazing in food; it also tastes deliciously refreshing in these crazy good pomelo cocktail recipes.
Orange Pomelo Tumeric Mojito
Putting a fun, fruity twist on traditional mojitos, this orange pomelo Tumeric mojito recipe will blow you away, with the uniquely enticing flavor of turmeric and plenty of citrus flavors. This drink is loaded with fruit, including lemons, pomelos, oranges, and lime juice. With a dash of sugar and a sprig of mint, you’ll want more and more of this mojito.
Pitcher Pomelo Palomas
These super refreshing pitcher pomelo Palomas make the perfect party drink. They are customizable, so you can add a splash of whatever your favorite alcohol may be. These drinks are gorgeous, with a beautiful bright orange color that looks amazing next to the flaming red sriracha salt rim.
Pomelo and Basil Cocktail Recipe
This super simple pomelo and basil cocktail recipe contains only sugar, basil, pomelo juice, simple syrup, and gin; however, it will seem much more complicated with its incredible flavor. The basil and pomelo pair perfectly together, with the pomelo’s sweetness and basil playing off each other to make some mixed drink magic.
This easy pomelo cocktail is simple enough that you can whip it up for impromptu gatherings or casual nights at home. Mixing orange juice, pomelo juice, brandy, and vodka, there’s not much to it, but the blending of brandy and vodka and orange and pomelo somehow still feels genius.
This trendy Havana-inspired punto pomelo cocktail is the most challenging drink on this list to prepare, but its intense flavors and utter deliciousness make it worth the work. With some subtly spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet pomelo, lime juice, grapefruit juice, a cherry garnish to top it off, and a dash of quality tequila, this drink will taste like a professional made it.
Pomelo Marmalade and Jam Recipes
Whether you find buttered toast boring recently, need a citrusy sauce to add to your sandwiches, or are a long-time jam and marmalade maker, you will love these straightforward pomelo jam and marmalade recipes.
This slightly sweet pomelo jam is perfect for toast, biscuits, or whatever other carbs you eat first thing in the morning. Despite having apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon along with pomelo, it’s evident in this jam’s taste that pomelo is the star of the show. That’s not to say that the cinnamon and apple accents aren’t delicious, because they totally are.
It doesn’t get much simpler than this pomelo marmalade! With only pomelo, sugar, and water, this marmalade has super basic ingredients but a sweet, citrusy taste that will stand out on whatever food you add this to.
Pomelo and Orange Marmalade
One of my favorite fruit combos is pomelos and oranges, so naturally, I’m a huge fan of this pomelo and orange marmalade. This perfect pairing particularly shines in this sweet marmalade in which their tastes completely intermingle, enhancing each other.
Pomelo Honey Jam
Frequently in pomelo dishes, the fruit’s citrusy taste outshines its soft sweetness. Not in this pomelo honey jam! The natural sweetness of the honey allows pomelo’s sweet side to shine. You’ll love this jam on toast, English muffins, or baked into pastries!
Pomelo Chicken Recipes
I tend to cook chicken in salty, savory rubs and sauces because that’s what I grew up with, but something to be said for pairing chicken with a bit of sweetness. These pomelo chicken recipes highlight how deliciously sweet and citrusy chicken can be.
Thai Pomelo Chicken Salad
You are sure to love this Thai pomelo chicken salad dish. Like the earlier salads, this recipe has spicy, savory, and sweet flavors, which all taste even better when tossed with the chicken.
Baked Chicken Wings with Pomelo Sauce
All of the wine lovers out there who are tired of the same old buffalo sauce coating, mix things up with these baked chicken wings with pomelo sauce. While this dish is difficult to make, the explosion of flavors included in it makes it worth the work. Crunchy, sticky, sweet, and spicy, these wings taste heavenly!
Soy Sauce and Citrus Marinated Chicken
This super simple soy sauce and citrus-marinated chicken flawlessly blends sweet and savory with some Asian-inspired flavors and ingredients. Marinate the chicken overnight in a decadently delicious marinade with garlic, ginger, pomelo, soy sauce, and white wine vinegar. If that wasn’t enough flavor, the recipe also instructs you on making a killer dipping sauce.
Pomelo Dessert Recipes
As much as I love sugary, chocolatey desserts and baked goods, there’s a special place in my heart and stomach for sweet, citrusy desserts. These pomelo dessert recipes will upgrade your sweets game, from Betty Crocker box mix to culinary creations.
Mango Sago with Pomelo
One of the most popular desserts with pomelo is mango sago with pomelo, and it’s no wonder why. This citrusy dessert is wholly refreshing and delicious. The mango’s tangy flavor tastes incredible in contrast with the crunchy sweetness of the pomelo and the soft sago pearls.
Pomelo Citrus Bars
One of the things I love about this pomelo citrus bar recipe is how simple it is to make. The other thing I love about it is how delicious it tastes. These sweet, buttery citrus bars taste decadent. They are also perfect for vegans!
Honeydew Sago Pomelo Dessert
Only slightly less popular than mango sago with pomelo is this slightly sweeter Honeydew Sago Pomelo Dessert. There is quite literally no dish that’s more satisfying to devour on a hot summer’s day than this decadent dessert, with balls of ice-cold melon and pomelo floating in a delicious honeydew mixture. Yum!
Pomelo Cake Recipes
These recipes take the cake. You’ll love the subtle sweet taste of yummy pomelo in these super lovely and unique cake recipes.
Pomelo and Mezcal Chiffon Cake
Mezcal wasn’t the first flavor I thought of when considering delicious pomelo cakes, but this pomelo and mezcal chiffon cake recipe makes it work. The mezcal pairs’ smokiness beautifully with the tangy zestiness of the pomelo in this airy chiffon cake. It’s an excellent, easy, and quick dessert!
Pomelo Butter Cake
With the word “butter” in the name of this pomelo butter cake, you know it’s going to be good. The truth is, though, this super simple cake is relatively healthy as baked goods go. Of course, that’s if you eat it in moderation, and once you taste this buttery, sweet cake, you’ll want to eat the whole thing.
Pomelo and Rosemary Cake
I’m a huge fan of putting unconventional herbs, like rosemary, into otherwise sweet baked goods. After all, what dish has ever been hurt by a little rosemary? This pomelo and rosemary cake incorporates finely chopped rosemary in the cake batter and candied rosemary in the cake’s icing, an unbelievably delicious addition, adding depth to this cake’s otherwise sweet flavors.
Whether you were looking for Thai pomelo dishes, pomelo salads, pomelo desserts, or pomelo cocktails, this list had a recipe for you! Pair any of these pomelo concoctions with some versatile winter vegetables for some genuinely unforgettable winter meals this season.
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