15-Minute Orange Cranberry Relish

from 4 votes

All you need is 15 minutes and four simple ingredients for this fast and fresh Orange Cranberry Relish that can be used in more than a dozen ways!

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It’s slightly sweet. It’s slightly tangy. It’s prepped, primed and ready in 15 minutes or less. Are you ready for all this 15-Minute Orange Cranberry Relish has to offer? Take a deep breath, because you can use this delectable sauce-spread-condiment-relish in the following dozen (and then some!) ways:

  • A Thanksgiving side dish
  • A toast topper
  • A salad dressing base
  • A yogurt parfait topping
  • A leftover dessert show-stopper
  • A smoothie mix-in
  • A baked brie topping
  • A flatbread spread
  • A grilled cheese picker-upper
  • A waffle or pancake topping
  • A sandwich spread
  • A muffin or quickbread mix-in

Orange zest, fresh cranberries and brown sugar in a saucepan

The list goes on and on! And while I have, admittedly, been a canned cranberry sauce fan in the past (old habits die hard), one taste of this orange cranberry relish and I was no longer missing the sliceable and ever-so-jellied tube-o-cran.

A white spatula containing orange cranberry relish over a saucepot

Whip up this relish a day in advance to really give the flavors a chance to develop, then serve it hot, cold or room temp alongside your Thanksgiving turkey or any of the dozen-and-one ways listed above.

Looking for more cranberry inspiration? Don’t miss Cranberry Orange Juice Bread, Leftover Cranberry Sauce and Apple Crisp, and Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Muffins.

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15-Minute Orange Cranberry Relish

All you need is four simple ingredients for this fast and fresh 15-Minute Orange Cranberry Relish recipe.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.50 from 4 votes
A white plate containing triangular toasts with orange cranberry relish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 medium orange
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (See Kelly's Note)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar


  • Zest the orange and add 1 tablespoon of the zest to a medium saucepan then cut the orange in half and squeeze all of the juice from both halves into the saucepan.
  • Add the cranberries, sugar and brown sugar to the saucepan and cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened and the cranberries begin to pop, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cranberry relish from the heat and let it cool before serving. 

Kelly's Note:

  • If you’re starting with frozen cranberries, thaw them first then continue with the recipe as written. 
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Calories: 713kcal, Carbohydrates: 184g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 26mg, Potassium: 547mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 160g, Vitamin A: 445IU, Vitamin C: 103mg, Calcium: 133mg, Iron: 1.2mg


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  1. Just finished cooking this and it is thickening up nicely. I added just a bit more zest at the end and am going to refrigerate it for tomorrow’s family dinner. Tastes great so far!!

  2. 5 stars
    Dad and I were cooking Christmas dinner today, and we forgot to do Cranberry Relish ahead of time. Your recipe came up, and worked wonderfully! It was absolutely delicious!

    I added some ground ginger to it (about 1 tbsp) and used a handheld blender for about half of the cranberries. Family raved over it! Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! Thickened nicely. I used full 12 oz. bag of cranberries since only about 3 cups, did not adjust sugars, and it came out great.