Chef John's Mango Cranberry Sauce


This is a slightly unusual and awesomely delicious condiment for the center of your holiday table. It contains ghost pepper hot sauce for a special kick.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 4 ounces dried candied mango, finely diced

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 orange, zested

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 whole star anise pod

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • 1 pinch salt

  • cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries

  • 2 drops hot sauce (preferably ghost pepper hot sauce), or more to taste


  1. Place diced mango into a saucepan and stir in lemon zest, orange zest, and ginger. Pour in lemon and orange juice and mix in cinnamon stick, star anise pod, garam masala, and salt. Pour in water and sugar; stir until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Place saucepan over medium heat, bring just to a simmer, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until mango has softened and flavors blend, about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour cranberries into sauce, raise heat to medium, and cook until cranberries pop and begin to break down, about 10 minutes. Mash any unpopped berries.

  4. Turn off heat and drizzle 2 or 3 drops of ghost pepper hot sauce. Let cranberry sauce cool to room temperature and transfer to a serving bowl. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise pod before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
1g Fat
47g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 33mg 165%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 127mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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