Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce

This apple cranberry sauce calls for apples, fresh cranberries, sugar, and lemon and results in a zingy, chunky side dish that will take you all the way through the holiday season.

A pewter platter with chunky red apple cranberry sauce with a serving spoon

A bit more rustic than the traditional cranberry sauce, this quick apple cranberry sauce is sweet but retains a nice tartness. It’s also quite lovely on buttered toast the following morning.–Karen Mordechai

Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 6 to 10
4/5 - 3 reviews
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Combine the diced lemon, water, apple, cranberries, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and partially cover the pan. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst and the sauce is thickened to your desired consistency, 10 to 20 minutes. 

Let cool to room temperature before serving or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I have to admit that cranberry sauce—homemade cranberry sauce—is one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal. This apple cranberry sauce is quick to put together and results in a delightfully tangy and sweet relish or sauce.

I used an Empire apple, which is crisp and tart, in the relish. Next time I make this, I will cut the lemon even smaller. A few bites were bitter due to the peel. This recipe will probably serve 10 people if it’s used as a condiment, fewer if it’s eaten with a spoon. I chilled it overnight and found the flavor improved. A few pieces of crystallized ginger might be a nice addition to the recipe, although it’s lovely as-is.

As I’d purchased a Costco bag of cranberries and had plenty berries still left, I made the relish a second time. This time I cut the sugar in half and added 1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger. I actually liked the recipe with less sugar better. The cranberry flavor was more pronounced, and it wasn't too tart. I’ve been eating it out of the jar.

This apple cranberry sauce came together quickly with ingredients found in the pantry. The taste is lovely—a tart sweetness. A great addition to my repertoire of side dishes for pork roast!

I used a Honeycrisp apple and simmered the ingredients for 20 minutes.

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