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Cranberry Relish

Sweet Cranberry Relish - Just 3-minutes for a quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish using raw cranberries. This fresh fruit cranberry relish is sweet and tangy and tastes way better than cranberry sauce and cranberry fluff salad. 

A sweet and tangy from scratch, 3-minute Cranberry Relish recipe with apple and orange. A delicious twist on traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. A holiday cranberry side dish recipe that’s been a keeper in my family for years! Once you try this no-fuss Cranberry Relish, it will become a Thanksgiving dinner staple for years to come!

It’s the holiday season and you might be asking yourself “What can I do with fresh raw cranberries”? Cranberries are such an easy ingredient to use in recipes. For one, you could decide to make an easy 3-ingredient homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe using the fresh cranberries. Or, you may decide to make this creamy Cranberry Fluff Dessert Salad. Well, I have another popular cranberry side dish to serve on your Thanksgiving menu this year. My 3-minute Cranberry Relish is a quick and easy cranberry recipe that deserves a spot on your next family holiday.

Cranberry Relish from scratch. A quick, no fuss, 3-minute, 6-ingredient cranberry recipe for thanksgiving. Easier, and tastes much better than homemade cranberry sauce.

How to Make Cranberry Relish

A variety of cranberry relish recipes are influenced by different regions, personal tastes, and dietary needs. Relish can be made to your liking. I’ve had tart relish with almost no sugar before and I’ve had very sweet cranberry relish. Today, I prefer a mildly sweet and tangy relish to cranberry sauce any day.

For example, I make my cranberry relish with a bag of cranberries, orange, apple, lemon, and sugar. I really enjoy how much flavor apples add to the cranberries without being overwhelming while also reducing the tartness or tang a little bit.

Cranberry Relish is a no-bake condiment that I like serving as a side dish. Further, it features finely chopped bits and pieces of raw cranberry that are sweetened with sugar and citrus fruit juices.

To demonstrate, I blend ingredients together in my food processor or mini-chopper. If you don’t have either of these, use a meat tenderizer to break the cranberries down or simply finely chop the cranberries. Finally, my cranberry relish recipe doesn’t feature whipping cream, pineapple, marshmallows, jello, pudding, or cream cheese. Instead,

Quick Cranberry Relish Sauce made from raw fresh cranberries, apple, orange, lemon, and sugar. Chopped in food processor for an Instant Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Menu

In addition, if you’re planning your Thanksgiving Day dinner menu, try these holiday recipes. Of course, use this menu for Christmas recipes, too.

Cranberry Sauce Relish - An instant Thanksgiving side dish recipe using fresh cranberries and sugar. A modern Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Friendsgiving recipe for your holiday menu.

Cranberry Relish Tips & Questions:

  • Are cranberry sauce and relish the same thing? No, they are not. Cranberry sauce uses sugar and whole cranberries that are heated over a stovetop. Next, the sugar melts begin to thicken to a near jelly-like consistency. Finally, this results in cranberry sauce. Cranberry relish is a no-bake dish with ingredients of finely chopped fresh cranberries and it may contain sugar, brown sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon or pecans.
  • Can I eat cranberry relish right away? Yes. While it’s a good idea to wait at least a half-hour so the sugar has time to melt, it’s perfectly safe to eat relish right away.
  • How long will it last? Cranberry Relish lasts 3-4 weeks tightly covered and refrigerated. Read the next section for more recipe ideas that use leftover Thanksgiving relish.
  • How can I make it extra tangy and less sweet? Based on how tart cranberries are, you may need to adjust the recipe. Generally, start with less sugar than called for, then gradually add more sugar to your liking.
  • Do I need to add sugar to relish? Overall, no. However, cranberries are tart. The sugar helps to cut some of the tartness in half but it’s not required. If you’re making this for a dietary needs, skip the sugar and adjust accordingly.

How to Serve Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish is often served for holidays like Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner. In addition, there are other ways to use this quick relish recipe this winter. Leftover cranberry relish? Use it in these recipes.

  • DIP: Top quick cranberry relish on warm, melted brie cheese, or cream cheese and serve it as a praline Thanksgiving dip or a Christmas dip with toasted baguettes, crackers, vegetables, or cookies.
  • CHEESEBOARD: Every meat and cheese board needs dry-cured meat, soft and hard cheeses, and fruit spreads like cranberry relish, figs, and honey. A quick holiday smorgasbord that everyone will love.
  • CONDIMENT: Use it as a condiment spread on Thanksgiving leftover Turkey sandwiches.
  • DRESSING: Mix cranberry relish with olive oil and pour over your favorite winter harvest salads. Make this Crack Broccoli aka oven-roasted broccoli and add the relish as a sauce.
  • SIDE DISH: Serve as a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish recipe. Relish is the perfect compliment to holiday turkey, Christmas Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, and a prime rib roast.
  • VEGETABLE TOPPING: Serve the relish over freshly cooked green beans in bundles and almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
  • CAKE: Whip the sweetened relish into buttercream or whipped cream frosting then frost your cake.
  • BREAD: Mix cranberries into sweet southern cornbread for a tasty Christmas cranberry bread recipe.

Finally, for the ultimate Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or Christmas dinner menu, serve Cranberry Relish with classic Cranberry Sauce and this Cranberry Fluff Salad. After all, your guests will love you for it.

Cranberry Relish

A sweet and tangy from scratch, 3-minute Cranberry Relish recipe with apple and orange. A delicious twist on traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. A holiday cranberry side dish recipe that’s been a keeper in my family for years! Once you try this no-fuss Cranberry Relish, it will become a Thanksgiving dinner staple for years to come! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Relish, Cranberry Sauce, Raw Cranberry, Relish, Side Dish
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 126

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. fresh whole cranberries
  • 1 medium Honeycrisp apple, core removed
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combine cranberries, apple slices, brown sugar, granulated sugar, juice of 1 orange and juice of 1 lemon. TIP: Tartness of cranberries can vary based on time of season. I'd recommend adding the granulated sugar as needed. Taste after cranberries, brown sugar, lemon and orange juice are added. If too tart, add more sugar or to your liking.
  • Blend until cranberries and apple are finely chopped, wiping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Pour cranberry relish into a bowl. Tightly cover with plastic wrap. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

  • Can I eat cranberry relish right away? Yes. While it’s a good idea to wait at least a half-hour so the sugar has time to melt, it’s perfectly safe to eat relish right away.
  • How long will it last? Cranberry Relish lasts 3-4 weeks tightly covered and refrigerated. 
  • How can I make it extra tangy and less sweet? Based on how tart cranberries are, you may need to adjust the recipe. Generally, start with less sugar than called for, then gradually add more sugar to your liking.
  • Do I need to add sugar to relish? No, however, cranberries are tart. The sugar helps to cut some of the tartness in half but it’s not required. If you’re making this for a dietary needs, skip the sugar and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Best Cranberry Relish made in 3-minutes with fresh cranberries, apple, orange, sugar, and lemon. An instant Thanksgiving side dish that's sweet and tangy. Our family prefers this over cranberry sauce.
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