Our 15 Best Cranberry Sauce, Relish, and Chutney Recipes of All Time

overhead view of Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire recipe garnished with orange zest in a serving bowl
Photo: Brie Passano

Cranberry sauce is one of the easiest side dishes you can bring to the holiday table. And with all the cranberry sauces, relishes, and chutneys to choose from there are so many tasty options to make. Skip the canned sauce and try one of our top-rated cranberry sauce recipes for a side that will be the talk of the table. These sauces, relishes, and chutneys are great on turkey, pork, ham, and even stuffing, so make a big batch because no one will be able to get enough.

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

With only three ingredients, this is the highest-rated Cranberry Sauce on our site, and it'll be the easiest one you make this year. All you need is cranberries, orange juice, and sugar — seriously that's it.

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Maple Walnut Cranberry Sauce

Maple Walnut Cranberry Sauce in a white dish
Holiday Baker

Chef John's Maple Walnut Cranberry Sauce is extra sweet thanks to the addition of maple syrup. It also features chopped walnuts, which give the cranberry sauce a new texture.

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Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

overhead view of Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire recipe garnished with orange zest in a serving bowl
Brie Passano

This sauce is packed with cranberries, apples, oranges, pears, dried mixed fruit, and pecans. For the dried fruit, reviewers recommend dried currants and blueberries.

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Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
Jeff Cummings

This spiced cranberry sauce has orange juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks. If you like a jelly-like cranberry sauce, reviewers recommend adding cornstarch.

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Pear Honey Cranberry Sauce

Pear Honey Cranberry Sauce

A delicious mix of sweet and tart from the honey, pears, lemon, and cranberries. But if you like a sweeter cranberry sauce, reviewers like to use oranges.

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Tangerine Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Tangerine Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Chef John's Tangerine Cherry Cranberry Sauce has some non-conventional ingredients like cherries, tangerines, and star anise. But reviewers say even people who don't like cranberries will love this recipe.

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Holiday Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce with whole cranberries in a glass container
Melissa Goff

This cranberry sauce is perfectly spiced with holiday flavors — like allspice berries, cloves, and cinnamon. Since this sauce only has cranberries, some reviewers like to add some oranges as well.

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Maple Syrup Cranberry Sauce

Maple Syrup Cranberry Sauce in a ceramic bowl
Allrecipes Magazine

Cut the sweetness in this maple syrup-infused cranberry sauce with a little splash of brandy. Reviewers say you should use real maple syrup for the best flavor.

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Cranberry Orange Relish with Orange Flavored Liqueur

Cranberry Orange Relish with Orange Flavored Liqueur in a glass dish
Cupcakes and Cutlery

This easy-to-make relish is only four ingredients — cranberries, orange, white sugar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Recipe creator LaDOnna says the orange-flavored liqueur is what brings the sweet orange flavor, so if you choose to omit it you should add more oranges.

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Cranberry Relish I

Cranberry Relish I
Bethany Idontwanttouseit

Slather this cranberry, orange, apricot, and pineapple relish on everything this holiday. If you don't have apricot preserves, reviewers suggest using cherry or peach for a tasty substitution.

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Apple Cranberry Relish

apple cranberry relish in a large white bowl with citrus peel garnish

The celery in this recipe may seem a little strange, but reviewers say it gives the relish a nice crunch — so don't knock it until you try it. Spread this relish on your turkey, or use it on a leftover turkey sandwich the next day.

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Cranberry-Jalapeno Relish

Cranberry-Jalapeno Relish in clear bowl with silver fork

Reviewers say this spicy cranberry relish makes the perfect holiday appetizer. You can spread it on brie or eat it with bread or chips — since it's like a salsa.

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Holiday Cranberry Relish

Holiday Cranberry Relish
Kim's Cooking Now

This easy-to-make relish is made with frozen cranberries, pecans, and strawberry Jell-O. Don't like strawberries? No problem, reviewers like to use raspberry Jell-O instead.

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Cranberry, Apple, and Fresh Ginger Chutney

overhead view of Cranberry, Apple, and Fresh Ginger Chutney recipe in a decorative bowl

If you don't like your chutneys too sweet, you'll love this cranberry, apple, and ginger chutney. The sweetness from the raisins, cranberries, and sugar is cut by the bite from the ginger, plus Granny Smith apples and celery.

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Spiced Cranberry Chutney

Spiced Cranberry Chutney
Kerry Moore

The star of this chutney is the spice mixture: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice. The result is a sweet yet spicy sauce that will pair nicely with your turkey, duck, or other holiday meat of choice.

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