Easy Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

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An easy cranberry orange relish recipe made with whole cranberries and filled with fresh flavor! This sweet and tart dish is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving feast or holiday table. The best part, it’s made with just 4 ingredients too!

Cranberry orange relish in a pink bowl.

What is cranberry orange relish?

Cranberry orange relish is a tart and sweet dish that is perfect for the holiday season! It is made with just 4 ingredients and can be easily made in a food processor. It is commonly known as a cranberry sauce alternative for Thanksgiving.

Also, check out our delicious homemade cranberry sauce recipe too!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Relish

This recipe is beyond easy to make! It’s made with simple ingredients and the tart flavors go great with Thanksgiving turkey. The only kitchen tool you’ll need is a food processor and that’s it!

Cranberries, orange, honey and pecans.

Ingredient Notes

The full recipe is in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Fresh Cranberries – You can find these in the produce section near the berries. Fresh tangy cranberries are the only way to go for this recipe.

Orange – This recipe uses half of an orange. The skin is left on and it’s cut into small chunks.

Pecans – Whole or chopped pecans will work for this recipe. This adds crunch and flavor to the recipe.

Honey – Use pure honey for this recipe. This gives the relish a natural sweetness and cut down on the tartness.

Pouring honey into cranberries and oranges.

Tip and Different Variations for Making Fresh Cranberry Relish

  • Make this recipe the day before you plan on serving it. This gives the flavors time to meld together and become even more delicious!
  • If the oranges aren’t blending, chop them smaller.
  • Use fresh organic ingredients when possible.
  • Substitute pecans for walnuts or almonds.
  • Use agave or maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Add a dash of orange liqueur for a little kick.
  • Serve this dish at room temperature for the best flavor.
  • Add a little orange juice to the mix for a lighter texture.
Orange cranberry relish.

How to Store Cranberry Relish

If you’re wondering how long will cranberry orange relish last in the refrigerator? It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Cranberry Orange Relish Pairings

This cranberry orange relish recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It’s delicious on its own or paired with other dishes. Here are some cranberry relish pairings to try:

  • Serve fresh relish with turkey or ham.
  • Top cranberry relish on goat cheese for an easy appetizer.
  • Mix cranberry relish with yogurt for a delicious breakfast or snack.
  • Great for making turkey sandwiches the next day.
  • Add a little ground cinnamon in there for some holiday spice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between cranberry sauce and cranberry relish?

Cranberry sauce is made with cranberries, sugar, and water. It is cooked down until it becomes a thick sauce. Cranberry relish is made with cranberries, nuts, honey, and oranges. It is chopped in a food processor or blender and has a chunky texture.

What is cranberry relish used for?

Cranberry relish is most commonly known as a cranberry sauce alternative for Thanksgiving. It can be used as a condiment for turkey or ham. It’s also delicious on top of cranberry muffins or cranberry bread!

Is cranberry relish good for you?

Cranberry relish is a good source of Vitamin C and fiber. Cranberries are also known for their antioxidant properties. This recipe also has pecans which contain protein and it’s sweetened with honey. Everything in this recipe is good for you.

Can you freeze cranberry orange relish?

Yes, cranberry orange relish can be frozen. Store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

Thanksgiving side dish in a pink bowl.

When to Serve Cranberry Relish

You can serve this for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner. It’s also a wonderful brunch staple too.

More Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Love

Here are more recipes you can make for the holiday season!

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The Perfect Creamy Potatoes

How to Make Cranberry Simple Syrup

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Classic Stuffing Recipe

This cranberry relish recipe is a Thanksgiving favorite. It’s made with fresh ingredients and is a great side dish to have at your next holiday meal!

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Orange cranberry relish.

Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry orange relish is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Eden


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 orange, chopped with the peel on
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • Chop the orange.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor.
    Pouring honey into cranberries and oranges.
  • Pulse until the ingredients are coarsely blended.
    Cranberry orange relish.
  • Pour into a small serving bowl.
    Orange cranberry relish.


It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Cranberry relish with orange.

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