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Cranberry Apple Relish

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This delicious cranberry apple relish has a gingery kick and is an absolute treat! It's a perfect side dish for a holiday meal or other special occasion.

There's just the right amount of sweetness in this recipe from the tart apples, white grape juice, and brown sugar - but it still has the lovely tanginess of fresh cranberries.

You can serve this as an appetizer as well - treat it like a cranberry apple chutney and serve it with crackers and cream cheese.

Cranberry apple relish in a white serving bowl.

Traditional cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish, but if you're not a fan of the usual recipe or just want to try something more exciting this is the recipe for you!

There's nothing boring about this sauce - it's sweet, tangy, gingery, richly flavorful, and has a gorgeous, vivid color. It pairs well with turkey and ham and tastes great with mashed potatoes!

This dish would be welcomed on any Thanksgiving table or at any other holiday celebration - it's great for Christmas brunch as well!

Fresh cranberries can be found at the grocery store from September through January. If you're making this out of season, you can use frozen cranberries as well!

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Here's what you'll need to make this delicious cranberry-apple relish.

Ingredients for apple cranberry relish.
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Fresh Cranberries 
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Grape Juice
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Optional toppings - orange zest (or larger strips of orange peel) or lemon zest

See the recipe card for quantities.


Peel each Granny Smith apple and dice them into ½-inch pieces.

Peeling Granny Smith apples on a cutting board.

Combine the cranberries, apples, half cup sugar, half cup white grape juice, minced ginger, and teaspoon ground cinnamon in a large pot or saucepan.

Cranberries, diced apples, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and white grape juice in a pot.

Heat the saucepan on the stove over high heat until gently boiling. Stir till the sugar dissolves.

Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cooking cranberry apple relish in a pot.

Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving in a large bowl. Top with optional orange zest if desired.

If you want a smoother consistency for your cranberry sauce, you can blitz it in the food processor for 30 seconds after it cools.

Cranberry relish with apples and ginger in a serving bowl.

More Holiday Side Dish Recipes

If you like this recipe you'll love our Healthy Christmas Sides and our Healthy Thanksgiving Sides. Try some of these favorites as well!

Substitutions & Variations

Need to make some substitutions or add some alternative ingredients? Here are some easy swaps you can make to this fresh cranberry apple relish.

  • Spices - you can use a whole cinnamon stick in this recipe if you'd prefer. Simmer it with the relish and then remove it before serving.
  • Juice - you can swap the grape juice for orange juice if you'd prefer a more citrusy flavor. I'd recommend adding an extra tablespoon of brown sugar if you make this swap. If you want a little extra zing, add in a few teaspoons of fresh lemon juice.
  • Sugar - you can swap the brown sugar for coconut sugar or maple syrup if you'd prefer.


The cooked cranberry relish will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.

You can serve the cranberry relish cold or at room temperature.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Cooking Tips - Keep an eye on the relish as it cooks - you want it at a rapid simmer in order to cook down and thicken up, but it shouldn't be boiling or it may burn. Stir it occasionally as it reduces to make sure it isn't sticking to the bottom of the pot - reduce the heat and keep stirring if it cooks too quickly.

Recommended Tools - I recommend using a heavy-bottomed pot like a dutch oven for this recipe - it helps keep the heat consistent while simmering. I do not recommend using a non-stick pan as the relish has more chance of overheating while reducing.

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Yield: 6 servings

Cranberry Apple Relish

Cranberry apple relish in a white serving bowl.

This delicious tangy cranberry relish with apples is the perfect holiday side dish!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 12 ounces (1 bag) of fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white grape juice
  • ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir till combined.
  2. Heat the saucepan on the stove over high heat until gently boiling. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.    

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 10gSugar: 32gProtein: 1g

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