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Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe (5 minutes)

This sweet and tangy cranberry orange relish recipe is fast and easy with only 3 ingredients. A perfect accompaniment for turkey, chicken or pork.  No cooking needed.

Cranberry-Orange Relish in bowl

The relish takes just a few more minutes to make than opening a can of jellied cranberry sauce.  And it tastes WAY better in my humble opinion 🙂

It’s has a wonderful fresh, sweet-tart taste that makes it a great condiment with many proteins.

Fresh is the key here. Cranberry relish is uncooked. Cranberry sauce is cooked. 

I’ve been using this recipe for eons for our annual Canadian and American Thanksgiving dinners. Every bite of turkey, smothered in gravy is brightened with a dab of this fresh cranberry orange relish. It adds a great little zing.

With only 3 ingredients, the recipe takes about 5 minutes to make in a food processor.  Start with a bag of fresh cranberries (frozen are fine too),  add an orange – yes, a whole one peel and all – and sugar to taste.  Process for a minute or two.  Done!  How easy is that.

Ways to use cranberry orange relish

Tailor To Your Taste

  • The pith or white part of the orange underneath the skin can be quite bitter. I suggest removing most of the pith before processing the relish if the orange has a lot of it.
  • Try adding a bit of cinnamon to the relish.
  • You can substitute the sugar with brown sugar.

Make Ahead Cranberry Orange Relish

  • Make it early in the day to let the flavors blend if you have time, but don’t worry if you have to do it at the last minute.  It still tastes great.
  • It freezes well or can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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How to make this cranberry relish recipe

fresh cranberries on table
Ingredients: fresh cranberries (or frozen thawed), orange, sugar
orange, cranberry and sugar in food processor bowl
Cut off excess pith (white part) from inside the orange peel. Place peel in food processor with cranberries and half the sugar.
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Process for a minute until ground up. Taste and add more sugar if needed. 

 

Serve immediately or place if fridge for flavors to blend. 

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Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe (5 minutes)

This sweet and tangy cranberry orange relish recipe is fast and easy with only 3 ingredients. A perfect accompaniment for turkey, chicken or pork.  No cooking needed.
Total Time5 mins
Course: Condiments, Sauces
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries (or frozen thawed) typically 1 package
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste you may not need it all

Instructions

  • PREPARE THE FRUIT: Rinse cranberries in a mesh strainer and pat dry. Wash orange. Cut in quarters. You will be using the whole orange, including the peel. If the white pith around the orange is thick, cut off most of it (it's bitter).
  • MAKE THE RELISH: Place cranberries, orange and half the sugar in the processor. Process for a minute or two. Taste for sweetness. Add more sugar to taste. Process for a few more seconds. Pour into a serving dish, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. If you have time, let it sit for a few hours to let the flavors blend (but this is not absolutely necessary). Serve cold or at room temperature.
    Makes about 3 cups

Notes

Make Ahead: It's best to make Cranberry Orange Relish a couple of hours ahead if you can to let the flavors blend. It can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks and freezes well. 
Nutrition values are estimates based on approximately 1/4 cup per serving. The total recipes makes about 3 cups. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe (5 minutes)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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