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Easy Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

This homemade, easy, fresh cranberry relish is a delightful balance of tart flavors and sweetness with a hint of citrus from the orange peel. It's so fresh! Adjust the sugar to your liking, and feel free to customize it with additional ingredients like cinnamon or grated ginger for added depth of flavor. Only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 bag (12 ounces or 1 bag) fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium orange, washed and cut into quarters (leave the skin on)
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Pinch of Salt


  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon extra orange zest (optional, for extra orange flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, for added flavor)
  • See Notes for more ideas


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Rinse the fresh cranberries under cold water, and allow them to drain in a colander. Wash the orange thoroughly, cut it into quarters, and remove any seeds.
  2. Blend the Orange: In a food processor, add the quartered orange pieces. Pulse several times until the orange is finely chopped. Be sure to include the orange peel; it adds a lot of flavor. You can adjust the texture to your liking – pulse more for a finer texture or less for a chunkier relish.
  3. Add Cranberries: Add the rinsed and drained cranberries to the food processor with the chopped orange. Pulse again a few times to combine them. You want the cranberries to be coarsely chopped but not completely pureed.
  4. Add Sugar: Add the granulated sugar and salt (and cinnamon if using) to the food processor with the orange and cranberries. Pulse again a few times to mix everything together. Taste the relish and adjust the amount of sugar if needed, depending on your preference for sweetness. Optional Nuts and Zest: If you'd like to add some texture and extra flavor, you can pulse in the chopped nuts and orange zest at this stage. Pulse just a few times to incorporate them.
  5. Chill and Serve: Transfer the cranberry orange relish to a bowl or airtight container. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve: Add a fresh sprig of mint and orange slice on top before serving. Serve your fresh cranberry orange relish as a side dish or condiment with turkey, chicken, ham, or any other dish that pairs well with cranberry sauce. Enjoy!



Spiced Cranberry Orange Relish: Add a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves for a warm, holiday-inspired flavor. A dash of freshly grated ginger can provide a subtle, spicy kick.

Herb-Infused Cranberry Orange Relish: Mix in finely chopped fresh herbs like mint, basil, or cilantro for a refreshing twist. Try a touch of rosemary for a fragrant, earthy note.

Nutty Crunch Cranberry Orange Relish: Experiment with different nuts such as almonds, cashews, or hazelnuts for a unique texture and flavor. Toast the nuts lightly before adding them to enhance their nuttiness.

Dried Fruit Cranberry Orange Relish: incorporate chopped dried fruits like apricots, raisins, or dates for a chewy, sweet dimension. Soak the dried fruits briefly in warm water or juice to plump them up before mixing.

Savory Cranberry Orange Relish: Balance the sweetness with a touch of savory by adding finely diced red onion or shallots. A splash of balsamic vinegar or a drizzle of olive oil can provide depth and complexity.

Hot and Spicy Cranberry Orange Relish: For those who enjoy heat, mix in finely chopped jalapeños or red chili flakes. A drop or two of hot sauce can also add a fiery kick.

Liqueur-Infused Cranberry Orange Relish: Enhance the adult version by adding a splash of Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or bourbon for a boozy twist. Let the relish sit in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld.

Citrus Medley Cranberry Orange Relish: Instead of just one orange, combine citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines for a multi-layered citrus experience.

Minty Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish: Stir in finely chopped fresh mint leaves for a refreshing and herby element.

Make Ahead and Storage

Refrigerate: Cranberry orange relish should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Transfer the relish from the food processor into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. Sealing: Make sure the container is tightly sealed to prevent air from getting in, which can cause the relish to dry out or lose flavor.

Shelf Life: Cranberry orange relish can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 weeks. After this period, it may start to lose its freshness and flavor.

Freezing (Optional): If you have a large batch of cranberry orange relish or want to extend its shelf life, you can freeze it. Place the relish in an airtight, freezer-safe container, leaving some space for expansion. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator when you're ready to use it.

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: NA
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry relish, cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving, sie dish, sauce