Easy Cranberry Relish

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No cooking necessary! It only takes 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make this easy cranberry relish. Serve this fruit relish with crackers, meat, on sandwiches or with cream cheese.

I love cranberries during the holiday season. They have a big, beautiful, bold color which makes everything a bit more cheerful. Serve them in jello salad, pie or punch. Cranberries are versatile and delicious almost any meal of the day.

cranberry orange relish

Easy Cranberry Relish Recipe

We got this recipe from friends during the last holiday season. It was the first time I had ever tried a fresh cranberry recipe and I was surprised at how much I liked it. Bonus points for it being easy! Let’s make it!

What is the difference between cranberry relish and cranberry sauce?

Cranberry sauce is normally cooked and sweet in flavor. Cranberry relish is made with fresh fruits and is uncooked. It is usually much more tart than cooked sauces, but that makes it a nice complement to a rich Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.

How do you chop fresh cranberries?

One of the things you might be wondering about is how to chop up all those little cranberries to make relish. The easiest way to do this is to use your food processor and “pulse” it until the cranberries are as chopped as you’d like.

How do you make cranberry relish?

It’s very easy! No cooking involved. You need a food processor for it to be easy though. Take the following:

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 whole orange with the ends cut off
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • sugar

The amount of sugar you use will depend on how sweet you’d like it. We like our relish to be tart so only add in ½ cup.

Place this all in a food processor and pulse until it is evenly chopped.

That’s it! This might be your easiest Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish.

how to make cranberry relish in a blender

What to Serve with Cranberry Relish

You can serve cranberry relish on turkey, used on sandwiches or even just eaten with a spoon as a fruit side dish. You can also spoon the relish over a block of cream cheese and serve it with crackers. It’s a great appetizer idea!

a bowl of cranberry relish with a spoon

Can you make cranberry relish ahead of time?

We like to make our cranberry relish no more than 2 days in advance. You might get away with 3 days. It will create juice as it sits, so be prepared for that.

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fresh fruit cranberry relish

Easy Cranberry Relish

5 from 4 votes
No cooking necessary! It only takes 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make this easy cranberry relish. Serve this fruit relish with crackers, meat, on sandwiches or with cream cheese.
Servings 12
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

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  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime (only the juice)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)


  • Add the fresh cranberries to a food processor.
  • Cut off the ends of the oranges, quarter the orange and take out any seeds you seed (if it is not a seedless orange. Leave the peel on and put the quartered orange in the food processor with the cranberries.
  • Peel the lemon, separate it into wedges and remove any seeds you see. Place in the food processor.
  • Juice the lime and add the juice to the food processor. Discard the rest of the lime.
  • Add the sugar. We like ½ cup of sugar. You can add more if you'd like the relish to be sweeter.
  • Pulse the fruit until it is evenly chopped. Be careful not to overprocess so that it becomes liquidy.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving.


The calories shown are based on the recipe making about 3 cups, with 1 serving being ¼ cup of relish. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 53
Keyword christmas relish, christmas side dish, cranberry relish, fruit relish

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