Easy Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe - The Schmidty Wife (2024)

Sweet and tart Cranberry Orange Relish is a must have on the Thanksgiving table. This Cranberry Relish Recipe comes together fast with only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of time, plus it is so easy to make-ahead.

This post was updated November 10, 2019 to add better instructions, helpful tips, and new photos.

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Cranberry Relish Recipe

I have grown up with Cranberry Orange Relish always on the holiday table. It was always there and one of my favorite things on my Thanksgiving plate. I always loved how it offsets all of the other flavors on the plate, giving me bites that are bursts of flavor.

Just close your eyes and think of juicy warm turkey with a little bit of gravy, a small scoop of mellow mashed potatoes, and then a hit of tangy sweet acid from the cranberry relish, PURE PERFECTION MY FRIENDS.

I am literally drooling on my computer while typing this.

So this recipe is from my Grandma Wohlers and graces our Wohlers Family Cookbook that the family put together many many moons ago. And my grandma would always make this, as well as my mother, and now I do.

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I did half the recipe from the cookbook recipe because everything in that cookbook is made to feed like 50 people but besides that I love how simple this recipe is and how it has stood the test of time.

Part of the reason I am pretty sure this has stood the test of time is because it is so stinkin easy to make.

You take fresh cranberries, oranges, apples, and sugar then grind them. That’s it.

So what can I do with Cranberry Relish?

It is perfect as a side on the Thanksgiving table but also can be used in many other ways. You can add it to the top of cream cheese or brie for an appetizer, you can add it to yogurt for a snack, you can use it as a topping on things like pancakes or waffles. Plus I love how this really can spice up leftovers from thanksgiving, just think how good this could be on a leftover turkey sandwich!

Cranberry Orange Relish with Apples

So what makes this relish recipe so great compared to others?


Many Cranberry Orange Relish recipes you find skip the apple and I am telling you it makes the biggest difference!

Since the cranberries and skin of the orange can be so tangy having a crunchy apple helps give this relish the rounded out flavor you are looking for!

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Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

Like I stated above this recipe is very simple. It only takes a few ingredients:

  • Raw Cranberries
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Sugar

Everything is chopped just enough to fit in the food processor. Which means yes keep the orange fully peeled as well as the apple. All you really need to do is take the core out of the apple. If the thought of leaving all of the skin and pith of the orange in tact scares you by all means take it off but make sure to zest the orange first before discrating the peel BUT I have always thought that the relish tastes just great leaving the skin and pith on the orange.

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Now once the fruits are all in place add the sugar to the food processor.

Pulse until everything is finely ground together.

Either serve immediately or keep in an airtight container overnight, this Cranberry Orange Relish lasts up to 3 days.

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Want to jazz it up a little more? Try the following:

  • Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Add a dash of ginger
  • Add a flavored liquor
  • Add in chopped walnuts or pecans for an extra crunch
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Need more Thanksgiving and holiday side dishes?
  • Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes
  • Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
  • Apple Cranberry Salad with Turkey
  • How To Make A Sheet Pan Snack Platter
  • Dried Beef Pickle Roll Ups
  • Sunflower Seed Pie
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Yield: about 3 cups

5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish

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A quick and simple cranberry relish made with raw cranberries, orange, apple, and sugar. Perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

Prep Time5 minutes

Total Time5 minutes


  • 2 cups raw cranberries
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium firm apple*
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Ensure all fruit is washed and clean. Slice apple into chunks and remove core. Slice orange into large chunks (leaving peel on).
  2. Add cranberries, apple, and orange to food processor. Add sugar to the processor. Pulse the fruits until a relish forms and all the fruit is mixed together.
  3. Transfer relish to a bowl. Eat immediately or rest overnight covered in refrigerator. Keeps up to 3 days.


* A more firm apple like a cortland or honey crisp work best

Note: A typical bag of cranberries is approximately 2.5 cups. So it is OK to add a whole bag to the relish if the cranberries aren't going to be used for anything else.

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Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 105Total Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 0g

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For the past 7 years of my life I have hated Thanksgiving, sad right? How could I hate a holiday centered around a magnificent feast of turkey, potatoes, gravy, cranberries, warm dinner rolls… a holiday I normally would love had been ruined by my job. Before I became a stay at home mom I worked retail. For 5 years I worked in loud and smelly young adult clothing storeas assistant and store managers. My life literally revolved around Black Friday for those years. Especiallyin the last few years when stores chose to open Thanksgiving evening I had to be at my store ready to open at 4pm on Thanksgiving and I would be up all night managing the chaos that ensued. I worked my butt off at my stores and I managed to recievea promotion to be a coordinator for store operations at my companies corporate headquarters. This was a big break for me in many ways and one of my favorite benefits of this was more normalized hours. Butof course I was a member of store operations still heavily involved with day to day operationsin the stores and my job was to be on the frontline of store communication so naturally we had to take shifts on Black Friday in case something majorly went wrong in stores we had to be there to solve and communicate the issues. Fast forward to my son being born a year ago, it magically worked out that my maternity leave was scheduled to end the Monday after Thanksgiving, this Thanksgiving was the most ‘normal’ thanksgiving I had been a part of my whole adult life. Besides the nerves starting about having to hand over my son to a daycare worker Monday morning it was a pretty great day! So now a year later I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving for the first time in a looong time! But you didn’t come here to listen to me rattle on about retail on Black Friday lets talk about super easy and stupidly simple 5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish.

This 5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish has been and always will be a staple at my families Thanksgiving table. Growing up I always enjoyed having this on my Thanksgiving plate because it is the perfect offset to all the other thanksgiving flavors. Now let me warn you this relish isn’t for the faint of heart a.k.a. some kids and picky eaters might not be huge fans because lets face it this dish is mostly made up of raw cranberries, but for me I love the addition of a fresh and colorful side dish!

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house or asked to bring a side, this option really couldn’t be easier. 5 minutes is all you need plus this is a great make a head option, in my option it is bestmade the night before tolet to rest in the fridgeovernight. It is as simple as cleaning and slicing the fruits, pulsing in the food processor, and adding some sugar. Bam you are done, easiest thing you will make all day!

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What is in Publix cranberry orange relish? ›

Cranberries, Sugar, Orange Juice Concentrate, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Citric Acid, Sodium Ascorbate (to Maintain Color).

What is the difference between cranberry sauce and cranberry relish? ›

There is an important difference between cranberry sauce and cranberry relish and that is that cranberry relish is made from raw ingredients blended in a food processor (it's more fresh and tart tasting) and cranberry sauce is cooked and often much sweeter than relish.

How long does homemade cranberry relish last? ›

To freeze, store the relish in an airtight container or freezer bag. Once frozen, cranberry relish will remain good for up to one to two months.

How to thicken cranberry relish? ›

Try reducing the sauce down even further so more of the liquid cooks off and the mixture thickens. If that doesn't work, add a thickener like gelatin, pectin or a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch whisked into juice or water). Let the sauce cool before refrigerating to completely set.

What are the ingredients in Publix cranberry sauce? ›

  • Details. Publix Guarantee: Complete satisfaction or your money back. publix.com. ...
  • Ingredients. Cranberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Filtered Water, Corn Syrup, Citric Acid.
  • Directions. Refrigerate unused portion in a separate container.

Does cranberry relish need to be refrigerated? ›

Store the cranberry orange relish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. It's served cold, so there's no need to reheat.

What is cranberry relish made of? ›

There's no cooking involved, just using a grinder or a food processor to grind up and mix together raw cranberries, tart green apples, a large seedless orange, and sugar. It's amazing how good it is! Great with roast turkey, or for leftovers on turkey sandwiches.

Is cranberry relish good for you? ›

Cranberries naturally contain the flavonoid, proanthocyanidin (PAC) and other polyphenols that have potential health benefits such as fighting infection and healthy aging. 1 cup of fresh, chopped cranberries has 5.1 g of fiber, 94 mg of potassium and over 20% of the daily value of vitamin C.

What to eat cranberry relish with? ›

Simple Appetizers

Top your favorite cracker with whipped cream cheese and a dollop of Cranberry Relish for the ultimate speedy starter. If you have a little more time you can try this Three-Ingredient Cranberry Relish Appetizer with white cheddar cheese.

Can I freeze leftover cranberry relish? ›

Yes, you can freeze homemade cranberry sauce—and it works well. It's best to store it in the freezer for up to 3 months; the taste may be affected due to its water content if frozen longer. Keep this in mind when putting away your leftover sauce and use it during this optimal period as part of an easy weeknight dinner.

Can dogs eat cranberries? ›

Both fresh and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities. Whether your dog will like this tart treat is another question. Either way, moderation is important when feeding cranberries to dogs, as with any treat, as too many can lead to an upset stomach.

Do canned cranberries go bad? ›

As long as an unopened can of cranberry sauce is stored in a consistently cool pantry, it'll keep and taste good for at least a year beyond the date stamped on the can. (That date is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the cranberry sauce will remain at peak quality and is not a safety-related expiration date.)

How to make cranberry relish less tart? ›

And one last overlooked remedy for cranberry sauce: a pinch of salt. While you won't taste it, salt helps equalize the sweet-tart flavor of your cranberry sauce while making it a better pairing for the rest of your savory sides and, of course, the turkey.

Why does my cranberry sauce taste bitter? ›

Dear Evelyn: I had the same problem when I first started making my own cranberry sauce. I found out that you should cook them just until they pop. Further cooking will make them bitter, and once that happens, you need to start again.

How to jazz up cranberry sauce? ›

Adding a teaspoon or two of fresh lemon or orange zest, a tablespoon of chopped candied peel, or even a splash of juice to your canned sauce will brighten flavors and bring in some homemade flavor.

How much sugar is in cranberry orange relish? ›

Nutrition Facts
Serves about 6amount%dv
Total Sugars25 g
Includes22 g Added Sugars44%
Protein0 g
Vitamin D0%
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What are the ingredients in Publix orange juice? ›

Ingredients. Water, Orange Juice Concentrate, Tricalcium Phosphate (Ingredients Not Found in Regular Orange Juice), Xanthan Gum (Ingredients Not Found in Regular Orange Juice), Calcium Lactate (Ingredients Not Found in Regular Orange Juice), Vitamin D3 (Ingredients Not Found in Regular Orange Juice).

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