Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce


This jalapeño cranberry sauce is moderately spicy, but not overpowering. Made with a bit of sherry to enrich the flavor, it's lovely alongside your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey but also makes a lovely condiment for sandwiches or even an interesting topping for vanilla ice cream. Leave some jalapeño seeds in if you like it spicier!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Looking to spice things up a bit this Thanksgiving? Turn up the heat with this jalapeño cranberry sauce.

Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this crowd-pleasing jalapeño cranberry sauce:

· Water and Sugar: This spicy cranberry sauce starts with a simple syrup made with just water and sugar.
· Cranberries: Buy fresh cranberries that are firm, plump, and blemish-free. Lighter colored cranberries are best for sauce, as they contain more pectin and result in a thicker consistency.
· Jalapeños: You'll need three seeded and minced fresh jalapeños. If you like it extra spicy, leave in a few of the seeds.
· Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to this jalapeño cranberry sauce.
· Sherry: Sherry intensifies the flavor of the other ingredients, while adding a touch of complexity.

How to Make Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this spicy cranberry sauce:

1. Make simple syrup: Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
2. Add the ingredients: Add the cranberries, jalapenos, and lemon juice. Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering until the berries have broken down and the sauce has thickened. Stir in the sherry.
3. Let the sauce cool: Remove from the heat, let cool completely, and transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Can You Make Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce Ahead of Time?

Of course! Since this jalapeño cranberry sauce needs to chill to create the perfect consistency before serving, it might actually benefit you to make it at least one day before you plan to serve it.

How to Store Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

Let the jalapeño cranberry sauce cool completely before storing it. Store it in an airtight storage container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I never liked cranberry sauce until this," says Ramona Craft. "The bright taste (not heat) of the peppers just makes this perfect! If you want the heat, leave the ribs and seeds in the peppers."

"Absolutely love this recipe, I make it for every holiday," raves LILNIKKI15. "I normally make extra and freeze it in small containers for quick evening meals!!!"

"Perfect," according to ladybuggs5224. "The only thing I changed was leaving out the sherry and subbing cranberry apple juice instead. It's tasty with a slight hint of heat."Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained

  • 3 medium jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • ½ cup sherry


  1. Mix water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling, about 5 minutes. Add cranberries, jalapeño peppers, and lemon juice; return to boil.

  2. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have broken down and sauce has thickened, 10 to 25 minutes. Stir in sherry.

  3. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Serve or transfer to a glass container, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
33g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* 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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