The Best Cranberry Relish Recipe

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A grownup version of your favorite holiday side dish! This 4 ingredient Cranberry Relish made with cranberries, Grand Marnier liqueur, oranges, and sugar and is sure to be a Thanksgiving favorite!

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I know, I know….its a big claim to label this blog post “The Best Cranberry Relish Recipe.” I get it. There are so many different variations to cranberry relish that it’s hard to say what’s the best. I understand!

Have leftover cranberries? Try these oh-so-delicious cranberry crumb bars!

Why I love this recipe

  • 4 ingredients
  • 5 minutes to prep, then just let it sit at least 30 minutes
  • tangy cranberries combine perfectly with sweet orange, sugar, and Grand Marnier

Cranberry sauce vs. cranberry relish

Cranberry sauce heats the cranberries and produces a sweeter, more jam-like consistency. Cranberry relish combines raw ingredients in a food processor and lets the flavors blend without heat.


  • fresh cranberries
  • sugar
  • orange zest and juice
  • Grand Marnier liqueur

Step by step

Simply pulse all the ingredients together in a food processor and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to come together.

That’s it! It’s too easy!

cranberry orange relish in white bowl

The best part of this recipe is how easy it is to fit into your Thanksgiving timeline! You can prep it when you have a spare ten minutes during your Thanksgiving cooking and then let it sit, at least 30 minutes, and enjoy!

It’s really a delicious tangy side and the easiest thing you’ll make all day!

Serving suggestions

You can eat cranberry relish on its own but it is also delicious on sandwiches, over waffles or pancakes, with yogurt, or on homemade biscuits.

Storage and freezing

  • Store cranberry relish in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Freeze in a freezer-safe container (affiliate link) up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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The Best Cranberry Relish Recipe

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A grownup version of your favorite holiday side dish, this Cranberry Orange Relish made with Grand Marnier liqueur and is sure to be a Thanksgiving favorite!


  • 1 – bag (16 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup, sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 ounces, Grand Marnier liqueur


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Pulse several times to breakdown the cranberries and incorporate the ingredients. It should still be a little chunky.
  3. Allow the cranberry relish to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving so the flavors can come together. Serve.


  • After relish has been sitting for 10-15 minutes or so, taste it. If it needs to be a bit sweeter, add a little more sugar and continue to let it sit and come together.
    Check the consistency. If it needs more liquid, add a bit more orange juice.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: side
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 102
  • Sugar: 20 g
  • Sodium: 1.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.6 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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