Cranberry Relish

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Cranberry Relish is an absolute favorite Thanksgiving feast, but this easy recipe is something different than traditional cranberry sauce! Fresh cranberries with orange and apple give this homemade condiment the best citrus tang that everyone will… dare I say it? Relish!

This recipe takes just a few minutes to make and is uniquely tart and sweet! Add a dollop on top of roast turkey or to serve it next to Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

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What is Cranberry Relish?

Cranberry Relish is a condiment that is both sweet and tart. It goes great with poultry dish, or even pork. I always make extra because it has so many uses:

But Cranberry Relish really shines as a leftover, where you can put it to work:

  • Use it on leftover turkey sandwiches – yum!
  • Put a dollop on vanilla ice cream – what a combo!
  • Great in yogurt with granola!
  • Terrific on baked brie!

How To Make Cranberry Relish

This is so easy and so delicious to make! Have it prepared in 3 simple steps.

  1. Chop orange and apple in a food processor.

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  1. Chop cranberries separately, and add to the other fruit.
  2. Add the other ingredients, mix well, and chill.

Ingredients for Cranberry Relish in a food processor


Fridge: The spices and sugar allow this to keep in the refrigerator about a week. It will really meld and become more saucy, less crunchy, as the sugars break it down. If you opted for adding chopped pecan, they will change texture and soften a bit but still taste great.

Can I Freeze Cranberry Relish?

Cranberry Relish is a great thing to freeze if you have leftovers, or it can be a make ahead dish, as it will freeze well for three months. Then all you have to do is pull it out and defrost in the fridge overnight, and it will be just as good as new! Just spoon the relish into freezer safe bags or airtight containers, leaving a half inch of room for expansion.

With this versatile condiment on hand, you’ll always have something ready that will allow you to create a unique dessert or meal, so in my humble opinion, this is not a recipe to make only at the holidays, but anytime throughout the year!

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Cranberry Relish

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill 1 day
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Fresh cranberry with orange and apple give this homemade condiment the best citrus tang that everyone will... dare I say it? Relish!


  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 1 orange peeled, *see note
  • 1 apple peeled and cored
  • ½ cup brown sugar or to taste
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • cup pecans finely chopped, optional

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  • Chop the orange and apple in a food processor, transfer to a bowl.
  • Chop cranberries and add to the orange/apple mixture.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made using all white sugar if preferred. If you prefer the relish to be more tart, add only ⅓ cup brown sugar.
Leftovers can be cooked and spooned over ice cream, spread over cream cheese and served with crackers or added to fruit crisp.
Some people prefer to leave the peel on, I prefer to peel the orange.
Optional: You can section the orange to remove all of the white skin. To section citrus fruit, cut skin and white rind from the fruit. Using a small knife, slide it between the fruit and membrane. Repeat with remaining sections of fruit removing all of the membranes from each slice.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 101, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword cranberry relish
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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    1. That is totally up to you Bull. We prefer to peel the orange first, but you can leave the peel on as well.