Delicious Cranberry Orange Relish: A Time-Honored Holiday Recipe

Oct 17, 2023 | Side Dishes

Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

Cranberry Orange Relish

“Food is not just nourishment for the body; it can also be a gateway to memories and emotions.”

One dish that holds a special place in my heart is Cranberry Orange Relish. It’s a recipe that has been passed down through generations in my family, originating from my great-great-grandmother who immigrated to the United States from Ireland. This relish has become a staple on our holiday table, and its vibrant flavors and tangy sweetness never fail to bring back memories of joy and togetherness.


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 medium orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients


Start by rinsing the cranberries under cold water and removing any stems or bruised berries. Then, using a microplane grater or fine grater, zest the orange to collect the flavorful outer layer of the peel. Finally, cut the orange in half and juice it, making sure to strain out any seeds.

Step 2: Blend the Ingredients


In a food processor or blender, combine the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, granulated sugar, chopped walnuts or pecans (if desired), and ground cinnamon. Pulse the mixture a few times until it reaches your desired consistency. Some prefer a chunky texture, while others like it smoother.

Step 3: Chill and Serve

Transfer the cranberry orange relish to a serving bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld together. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar if needed. Serve chilled as a delightful accompaniment to roasted turkey, smoked ham, or even spread it on toast for a delightful breakfast treat!

Tips and Variations:

  • To make it more savory, add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
  • If you prefer a sweeter relish, you can substitute part of the sugar with honey or maple syrup.
  • For an extra burst of citrus flavor, add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • If you prefer a nut-free version, omit the chopped walnuts or pecans.

Nutritional Facts:

Nutrient Amount per serving
Calories 45
Total Fat 0.5g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0.5g

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