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Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Cranberry sauce adds a sweet and tangy flavor to lots of different dishes.  This fresh cranberry orange sauce recipe is one of my family’s favorites!  My mom started making it years ago for Thanksgiving.  I never liked cranberry sauce until this recipe surfaced at our Thanksgiving table.  The regular canned jelly cranberry sauce is full of sugar, has a less than appealing texture, and just doesn’t add much.   This cranberry sauce is fresh, simple to make, and delicious on turkey, sandwiches, and lots of other dishes!

Begin by zesting 2 oranges.  The smell of fresh orange zest reminds me being on vacation somewhere tropical.  Yum.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish. This may become a new Thanksgiving tradition!

Next you will peel and section the two oranges you just zested.  To a food processor add 4 cups of fresh cranberries, along with the orange sections.  (This makes enough to feed a crowd by the way)  The original recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar.  I decreased it to 3/4 cup and it turned out just great.  You will also add 1/4 cup of your favorite chopped nuts.  I used almonds in this batch.  Pulse everything until it is chopped fine, and you are done!

Not only does this taste delicious, but it smells like heaven.  It is tangy, sweet and citrus-y and you will love this with any holiday meal!

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

This cranberry relish is fresh, simple to make, and delicious on turkey, sandwiches, and lots of other dishes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, dairy free, fresh, gluten-free, orange, relish, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 244kcal


  • 2 medium oranges
  • 4 cup fresh cranberries 1 lb
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts


  • With a grater or zester, zest the skin of one orange.  Peel and then section both oranges.  Grind oranges and cranberries in food processor.  Stir in sugar, nuts, and zest.  Chill for several hours.
  • Serve with poultry or ham.
  • Can be frozen.
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Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 25mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 32g

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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I would use it within 3 days of making it. It starts to break down after that and loses the texture appeal.

I doubt the author ever made this recipe. There is way too much fluid. The results are more like a soup.

If you make this recipe, try reducing the fresh orange slices to 1/2 of an orange.