This cranberry and orange relish is made simply with cranberries, sugar, oranges, and water, and comes together in just 5 minutes of your time. Because we know you have other stuff to think about on Thanksgiving.
Cranberry and Orange Relish
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 15 M
- Makes 2 cups
Toss all of the ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the mixture thickens somewhat, about 10 minutes. (For a runny, saucy sauce, let it simmer just a few minutes less. For a more jellied version, simply let it simmer a few minutes longer.)
Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving and, ideally, cover and refrigerate it for up to several days. This not only affords you more time and stovetop space on Thanksgiving morning, but gives the flavors time to meld quite nicely. Originally published November 5, 2012.
What You Need To Know About Varying Up This Cranberry and Orange Relish
Listed here are things we’ve been stirring into this cranberry relish to magnificent effect. Just not all of them at once:
Toss in a cinnamon stick
Pour in a scant shot of Grand Marnier at the last second
Add a few smashed slices of ginger
Dispense with the orange and swap in ginger beer and crystallized ginger
Substitute a splash of red wine, port, or bourbon for the OJ
Stir chopped pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts just before dinner
Swap apple cider for the OJ
Mix finely chopped pineapple in along with everything else
Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds
Add a star anise (and don’t forget to remove the choking hazard prior to serving…or make certain it finds its way onto your mother-in-law’s plate).
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This cranberry and orange relish recipe uses the same ingredients my mother used to make her cranberry sauce every Thanksgiving, so I’ve fond memories of this. It couldn’t be simpler to make and results in a very nice, fresh change from canned cranberry sauces.
While the recipe calls for frozen cranberries, fresh ones can be used when in season and the amounts of ingredients can be adjusted to your taste. I liked it best after it had been in the fridge overnight and the flavors had really blended.
Although this is a basic cranberry relish, it’s simple to prepare with so few ingredients. And the orange juice and zest add a nice contrast of flavor. Ten minutes is the perfect amount of time to cook it, as the majority of the berries pop but still have plenty of texture. Perfectly sweet and tart!