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This Quick and Easy Cranberry Relish is full of fresh and zippy flavors and will easily become a favorite for your holiday meals, potlucks, parties, and more!

Cranberry Relish in a white bowl topped with a leaf of parsely..

Cranberry relish is an easy side dish or appetizer that can be used in a variety of ways. Cranberry relish is different than cranberry sauce which is a cooked cranberry product. Cranberry relish is fresh and uncooked, giving the cranberry an entirely different flavor. It’s very easy to make in a food processor and only uses a handful of ingredients.

How do rinse and pick out the bad cranberries?

Fresh cranberries are often sold in 12 ounce bags. They need to be rinsed and picked through before using in a recipe. Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse them thoroughly.Cranberries should be firm. Pick through them to find any cranberries that are squishy and discard those. Another method is to place all of your cranberries in a bowl and fill it with water. The good cranberries will float to the top and you can skim them off and discard any cranberries that sink, as bad cranberries do not float and will sink.

Rinsing Cranberries in the sink.

Cranberry Relish Ingredients in a food processor.

How do you serve cranberry relish?

Cranberry relish can be served in a variety of different ways. It makes a great appetizer and can be served with chips or crackers as a dip. Another idea is to serve it over some baked brie. Cranberry relish is a very popular side dish item to serve along side turkey, but you can also serve it with other meats as well like chicken. Feel free to share your serving suggestions in the comments section below.

Can I reduce the amount of sugar in cranberry relish? Why is it included?

Cranberries are naturally very bitter. Sweetness is added to cranberry relish through the orange and apple which contain natural sugars, but you will still want to macerate the cranberries by adding sugar.

Sugar being poured into the Cranberry Relish

Can I make cranberry relish without a food processor?

A food processor is the ideal kitchen tool to make cranberry relish as all of the ingredients need to be finely chopped. Other tools like a NutriBullet or a good blender may also be used to make a cranberry relish. Making this without the aid of a kitchen tool could prove difficult, but you certainly can finely chop everything with a good chef’s knife.

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Cranberry Relish Ingredients in a food processor.
This Quick and Easy Cranberry Relish is full of fresh and zippy flavors and will easily become a favorite for your holiday meals, potlucks, parties, and more!
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 seedless orange unpeeled
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Rinse cranberries and pick out any soft ones and discard. Drain and place into a food processor.
  • Cut the orange into 8 sections, leaving the peel on. Cut the peeled and cored apple into 8 sections as well. Transfer to food processor.
  • Pulse fruits in the food processor until everything is minced into small pieces. Be careful not to over pulse.
  • Stir in sugar. Transfer to a serving bowl and let sit 30 minutes before serving.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Relish

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Caroline Pierce

5 stars
This was a big hit with Thanksgiving
dinner last year!
How long will this last in ref. I wanted to make it for Sunday night small group and keep some for Christmas . 3 days later!
great recipe! Merry Christmas


5 stars
I make a similar version using pecans and also cherry jello

Karen Torres

5 stars
Thank you for this recipe! I have been wanting a good cranberry orange relish!


I have made a relish similar to this for years with a few minor differences. I peel my oranges because I don’t like the bitterness that the peel and white with add. I also add a bag of frozen strawberries. For those who don’t want or can’t eat the sugar Splenda or trivia are great substitute s. My whole family loves this relish.

5 stars
Love the cranberry relish and your site . I will be adding some nuts to the relish-we just love the crunch of the nuts in the relish.


Thank you.

Sue Beecham

I have been making this fo years & my mother & grandma also. We put walnuts in it too & use raw honey instead of sugar. Yummy!


5 stars
This is soooo good! I don’t have to buy it frozen at the grocery store anymore! As I could eat this out of the bowl—very excited to have it around for any and every meal. Thank you so much.


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Dear Rachel.
I’ve been trying various recipes and they have alled been delicious especially the pecan nut sweet potato. A favorite for next week.
Thank you for sharing and I love the videos.

I’m glad you found me!

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