The best Cranberry Relish… ever! No really, like EVER!

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 cups
  • Category: sauces
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Fruit Sauce

With hints of orange, fresh ginger, and cinnamon, this truly is THE BEST Cranberry Relish Ever!

THE BEST Cranberry Relish you'll ever eat!
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  • 11 1/4 cups granulated sugar (go with 1 cup if you prefer a more tart version)
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/23/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange – just the orange part


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, add sugar, juice and cinnamon and grated ginger.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until sugar dissolves, syrup is clear and comes to a rolling boil, about 3 minutes.
  3. In a colander, rinse and pick over the cranberries to remove any mushy ones.
  4. Add cranberries to boiling syrup and continue cooking, uncovered, just until they begin to pop, about 2-5 minutes (set the timer). Be careful not to cook them too long or they will get mushy.
  5. Skim the foam off the surface with a metal spoon and discard.
  6. Remove from heat, stir in orange zest and cool to room temperature, uncovered.
  7. Place in container, cover and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.


If you prefer to have it smoother, once you add in the orange zest either use an Immersion blender on it or run it through a food mill/sieve to remove any pieces.

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