No More Can-Shaped Jelly: Two Recipes for Cranberry Sauce

November 11, 2012 3

No More Can-Shaped Jelly: Two Recipes for Cranberry Sauce

By Above & Beyond

Some of us (ahem) like the cranberry sauce that comes in a can and is served in perfect round, red slices. But we also enjoy something a little more sophisticated. Here we present two variations on cranberry sauce that will really take your feast up a notch. One, Fresh Cranberry, Orange, and Apple Relish, has a tangy freshness like a fruit salad, and doesn’t require any cooking — something to be thankful for on your busy day! The other, Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce, is rich with flavor and has a nice zing. Cook it up ahead of time and impress your guests with your delicious, deep red sauce.



  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 (16 ounce) bag fresh cranberries (or equivalent frozen)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons orange zest, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, 1 1⁄2 teaspoons orange zest, ginger, and salt in a medium sauce pan. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, for approximately 10-15 minutes or until cranberries begin to burst.
  2. Let cool and serve topped with additional fresh orange zest as a garnish.


Use a microplane or fine box grater to zest the orange and mince the ginger. To save time feel free to substitute bottled minced ginger and store-bought orange juice. Check out our online video, How to Make Your Food Beautiful to see a microplane in action.

Comments (3)

  1. Thanks for your feedback!
    I got to try both at the photo shoot for these recipes, and I can tell you they are both delicious. @Sue, the one with the apples is really fresh-tasting and tangy. It’s a great complement to all the heavy foods on the table at Thanksgiving/Christmas.

    And @Marina, I have to agree with you about the kind with the rings. I always have the canned kind on my table, even though I have fancier ones, too. The citrus-ginger combo in the Orange Ginger one is outrageous. After that photo was taken, I took home the leftovers — yum!

    - Amy Laskin
  2. It’s not really cranberry sauce WITHOUT the rings molded into it. Some things are seared into a child’s impressionable mind.

    I’ll be trying the Orange-Ginger cranberry sauce for my Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you!

    - Marina Rosario
  3. I love, love, love orange cranberry sauce, and I definitely want to try this recipe. Perfect for me because its fast and hardly any cleanup. You’re right, it sounds like a nice refresher on the table amidst all the heavier foods. I can even use one of the apples from my garden so it will be fun to bring this dish to my friend’s house and tell them its made with my very own apples. I definitely want to try the orange ginger one too.

    - Sue A

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