Cranberry Relishes

Cranberry relishes are such a fantastic source of tart and sweetness for your meal. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Turkey-Chili night or a get together with friends over Tilapia and rice, a good cranberry relish is the perfect side dish.

Looking through our best cranberry relishes, we've discovered recipes for your basic cranberry relish (the first one), to sugarfree, Jello-based, and several that are sure to impress.

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Basic Cranberry Relish Recipe (with Organic Option)


  • 2 cups washed raw cranberries
  • Basic Cranberry Relishes2 skinned and cored tart apples

  • 1 large, whole (peel ON) seedless orange, cut into sections
  • 1 to 2 cups granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you would like your relish to be)


This is a home-made cranberry relish recipe, and is going to take a bit more time than buying the ingredients prechopped and mixed.

  1. Chop the fruit. Use the entire orange (including the peels and pith). You can use a grinder, a device like the SlapChop, a knife, a KitchenAid mixer with grinder attachment or even a food processors. No matter what you use, make sure you're not over chopping which will create mush.
  2. Stir in the Sugar until it dissolves in all the fruit juices. And then put it in the fridge.
  3. That's it! Serve it in a clear serving bowl.

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Apple Cranberry Relish Recipe

This is one of the sweeter cranberry relishes. While it doesn't sound exotic, the ginger and walnuts add some pizazz.


Cranberry Relishes

  • 8 red firm apples, cored
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c. orange juice


  1. Grate the unpeeled apples (or finely chop them)
  2. Add lemon juice (which prevents them from turning brown)
  3. Mash up the cranberry sauce a little bit
  4. Combine all the ingredients. Set in the fridge for 1 hour

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Christmas Cranberry Relish Recipe

We absolutely love this recipe. While Thanksgiving

Christmas Cranberry Relish

calls for cranberry relishes that are a bit on the tarter side, Christmas is all about sweet. Make sure to make this for your holiday party.


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 navel orange, scrubbed and cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 to 1 cup natural sugar
  • A handful of sugared halved pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  1. Combine half the cranberries, orange (unpeeled), and apple into the food processor and pulse to chop coarsely. You may have to do this two times to get all the fruit chopped. Most food processors aren't big enough to do all this at once.
  2. Put it into a bowl, add the sugar to taste, and mix in the pecans.
  3. Refrigerate it for a day or two to allow the flavors to develop.

Top it with the sugared half pecans to give it a pretty look.

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Cranberry Relish with Grand Marnier Recipe

Cranberry Recipe

  • 1 pound cranberries
  • 2 apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon , juiced (an optional ingredient)
  • 1 can drained, crushed pineapple
  • 2 ounces brandy or Grand Marnier


This one is so easy so you'll be tempted to try it right away. Resist with all your might. It is so good after it sits that eating some of it before it is totally ready is just a crime.


  1. Chop the cranberries, apples and oranges by hand.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients
  3. Allow the flavors to flourish over night (or at least an hour)

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Chef Paul Prudhomme's Easy Cranberry Relish Recipe

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Sour Cream & Cranberry Relish Recipe


  • 2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed
  • 1 small onion
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish


Cranberry Sour Cream Relish

  1. Grind the cranberries and onion together. Make sure you end up with a chunky mix, not a mushy mix)
  2. Combine with the other ingredients and mix
  3. Freeze Overnight
  4. Start thawing 7 hours before your meal

This cranberry relish had a more pudding-like texture. It's creamy, thick, tangy and really, really pink. Your guests will love it!

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White Ginger Cranberry Relish


White Ginger Cranberry Relish

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, cut in fine julienne
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper


  1. Peel the orange and then slice it into very fine thin pieces.
  2. Squeeze both oranges for juice; set aside.
  3. Carmelize the sugar in a small sauté pan with the lemon juice. Careful to stir often so you don't burn the sugar.
  4. When the sugar is caramel colored, add the julienned ginger and orange peel slices.
  5. Cook for about 1 minute, then add the cranberries, orange juice and pepper.
  6. Continue to cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries are slightly broken but not mushy (frozen cranberries will take about 7 minutes).
  7. Remove from the heat and let cool.


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Pomegranate Cranberry Relish

Of all ingredients on this entire page, you may have trouble finding Pomegranate in your grocery store during the holiday months. It's not because they're not available - but because they add so much holiday merchandise - it's hard to keep room for everything.


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  • 2 12 cranberries
  • one orange washed well (don't peel)
  • 0ne apple washed and cored
  • 1 1/2 sugar
  • 1 cup pomegranate,cranberry juice
  • 1/4 c fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2pk unflavored gelatin


  1. Grind cranberries, orange and apple in the food processor.
  2. Put all ingredients (including the gelatin) in sauce pan and bring to slow boil cook for 10 minutes adding fresh nutmeg.
  3. Let cool. The gelatin will "form" as it cools. Kids love this recipe.

Have you noticed that many of these cranberry relishes use Ginger?

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Apricot-Cranberry Relish Recipe (+Leftover Cranberry Smoothie)

Of all the cranberry relishes, this is the one I'd most likely stick in the blender the day after Thanksgiving and turn it into a Cranberry Relish Smoothie. :)

Leftover cranberry smoothie


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger


  1. Combine orange juice and 1/2 cup honey in a saucepan; bring to a boil.
  2. Add cranberries, bring to a boil, and remove from heat.
  3. Drain and let cool.
  4. Combine cranberries, 2 tablespoons honey, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
  5. Let them stew in their own juices in the fridge overnight - then serve.


The next day, put the leftovers in a blender with some frozen berries, a small yogurt and some ice! Enjoy!

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Author: Dan R Morris

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