Papaya and Pomegranate Ice {Menu 2: Thai One On}

Today, we’re wrapping up the Thai One On menu with this super easy Papaya and Pomegranate Ice, something cool and fruity to follow our spicy meal of Butternut Squash Green Curry and Thai Apple Salad. The entire menu is plant-based with omnivore-friendly options, in keeping with my mission to make meals easier for families with diverse diets.

Alright. Let’s talk about the “super easy”  — it’s true — the recipe name is almost longer than the instructions! Essentially, it’s frozen papaya with reduced pommie juice on top. Even my non-chefie guy could make this!

For serving, there’s two easy options. You can scoop it into balls with a melon-baller and then drizzle the syrup on top, like this:

papaya and pomegranate ice_IMG_1262

Or you can just pour the pomegranate syrup on top and let it mingle and melt. So simple! So yum!

papaya and pomegranate ice


4 smallish servings

  • 2-3 large papayas {See note on GMO Papaya’s below}
  • 2 cups of pomegranate juice
  • lime juice to taste
  • sweetener, optional


  1. Remove papaya seeds and then scoop out papaya flesh and puree it. Put puree in freezer safe container. If you are happy with the taste, leave as is, otherwise, add lime juice to taste, and sweetener if desired. Freeze for a few hours.
  2. At least an hour before serving, pour pomegranate juice into saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a syrup. This will probably take at least 40 minutes. You don’t need to stir it or really pay attention until close to the end. Let cool to room temperature. {Note: You can also reduce the juice a day ahead and refrigerate until needed. Take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before needed.}
  3. Remove the papaya ice from the freezer, let it warm up for a few minutes and stir it to remove any ice crystals. Drizzle the reduced pomegranate juice on top.
  4. Serve!

GMO Papaya

I try to avoid commentary about nutrition, health, organic blah blah, but I would like to call to your attention that some papayas are genetically modified. Do as you see fit! In Canada, the PLU label has an 8 at the beginning if GM, whereas something grown organically has a 9. My little mnemonic for this is “crazy 8, 9 is fine.” However, BEWARE, that rules are changing, see here for example which indicates that 8 will be used for ORGANIC and CONVENTIONAL foods. Hmmmm.

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Be sure to check out the other menus in the series:






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