Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberry sauce is commonly eaten during Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is why I already have Cranberry Apple Sauce and Cranberry Ground Cherry Sauce, but cranberry orange relish is a little less common. A key difference between cranberry sauce and cranberry relish is that the sauce is cooked, and the relish is made with raw ingredients.

I used persimmons in this Cranberry Orange Relish because they are in seasonal abundance in the Southeast US. If you do not have easy access to persimmons or prefer to use another fruit, apples are the perfect substitute. You can also use pineapples for a stronger flavor, or even add jalapeño for a kick of heat. I added ginger for this reason.

 

In this cranberry relish, I used the Fuyu variety of persimmons, which is hard, even almost crunchy, and lightly sweet. It has no tannins, so it will not make your mouth chalky like how the American and Hachiya varieties can. More information on this variety can be found here.

My best results to get a finely minced but not pureéd relish is to use a food processor, like this one.

The ingredients are:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • A whole unpeeled orange
  • Persimmon
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Ginger

How To Make Cranberry Relish?

  1. Process cranberries, persimmons, and orange until in very fine pieces.
  2. Place in a bowl and add lemon juice, ginger, and sugar, and mix well.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, to allow flavors to fully marinate.

Can You Freeze Raw Cranberry Relish?

Unlike cranberry sauce, which can freeze beautifully, I would not recommend freezing this cranberry orange relish. When defrosting, the fruits will release water, and make the cranberry relish very watery.

Other Cranberry Recipes Here:

Vegan Cranberry Fluff

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

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Overlay cranberry orange relish in a white bowl with orange slices and whole cranberries for garnish

Cranberry Orange Relish

This delicious Cranberry Orange Relish will taste amazing on the side of all of your Thanksgiving and Christmas plates, or as a topping for a yummy leftover sandwich.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange relish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 207kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 12- ounce package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange ends cut off and cut into pieces
  • 2 persimmons ends cut off and cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger

Instructions

  • Process cranberries, persimmons, and orange until in very fine pieces.
  • Place in a bowl and add lemon juice, ginger, and sugar, and mix well.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, to allow flavors to fully marinate.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg