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Cranberry-Orange Relish

This is an easy addition to the Thanksgiving menu since it doesn't require any cooking.

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
Cranberry-Orange Relish

Source: 10th Anniversary Cookbook; Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, 2000


  • 2 cups fresh or defrosted frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 blood oranges, or navel oranges, peeled, sectioned, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces, juices reserved
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 stalks celery, peeled to remove strings, cut in 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted, broken in pieces


  1. Place cranberries in food processor, and pulse to chop coarsely, about five pulses. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  2. Add onion, jalapeno, lime juice, orange sections and juice, ginger, sugar, and celery; mix gently. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Just before serving, add mint and pecans, and toss to combine.

Reviews (7)

  • Mary4Richards 1 Aug, 2015

    Perfect! I've made this recipe several times, my guests love it and I've been asked for the recipe. Even those who aren't fond of cranberries just loved it. Of course I tell them its a Martha Stewart recipe. Thank you, Martha!

  • gmk1017 1 Dec, 2013

    Discovered this recipe in 2006 and have made it every year for Thanskgiving. I do not add the mint or nuts but it is a wonderful relish without them. This mixture has the bite of Jalapeno and onion jutaposed to the sweet orange and sour lime and cranberry perfectly blended. I like to make it ahead to allow the flavors to meld together. It's a special treat!

  • kaheleilani 22 Nov, 2012

    Discovered this recipe 4+ years ago and it's been my Holiday staple ever since.

  • groom95 19 Nov, 2012

    This dish has been a holiday staple in our family for many years......soooo good! (Still have to put canned on the table for my brother)

  • disneymomof6 24 Dec, 2007

    we have this every year for the holidays and I absolutely love is our favorite an I get excited when I see the cranberries come into the market..then you know its the holidays!!!

  • mwedding 29 Nov, 2007

    I've been making this for years! It was one of the first MSL recipes I tried, and even if my parents don't like it, my husband adores it!

  • jessyka 21 Nov, 2007

    This is the best recipe for cranberries I have found. The sweet and hot combo works really well. It is always a crowd pleaser!

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