Homemade Cranberry Relish

Posted on Dec 12, 2014

Tis the season to be jolly tra la la la la la...Β 

Its almost Christmas, not long to go until we are all stuffing our faces, hanging out with family and watching all the Christmas specials on TV and hopefully a good day will be had by all. But before we get to that I want to share with you my homemade cranberry relish, its super easy to make and it’s so good.

I just hope I don’t eat it all before Christmas. Then again its so easy to make I could always whip up another batch πŸ˜‰

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Season

Fruit can be a little thin on the ground in winter but one of the fruits that is readily available are cranberries, gorgeous little red berries bursting with flavour and perfect eaten either sweet or savoury.

It’s not too often I share a savoury recipe but I do like to now and again. I promise I don’t eat cake all the time… just most of the time….. nah I’m only kidding.

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Savoury….. Well Kinda!

Homemade Cranberry Relish

It may be savoury but it does have a little sweetness to it, it has a little sugar added to combat the tartness of the cranberries and the acidity of the vinegar.

I also added a little bit of mixed spice and some crushed chillies to give it a little kick and some ginger to help round the flavour out.

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Perfect Partner

As I am sure you can guess I love this relish with cheese… any cheese. I am currently stuffing my face with a brie and relish panini and its so good πŸ˜‰ I have also had it with other dishes including a Quorn roast, roast potatoes and macaroni cheese, yes I know more cheese!

But I have it on good authority from meat eaters that it compliments chicken, turkey and even haggis really well.

And another bonus is this makes a great foodie gift for Christmas, just make sure you make it a week in advance so it gives the relish a little time to mature. Once made it will keep for 6 months once open keep in the fridge and consume within 3 weeks.

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Homemade Cranberry Relish

A homemade cranberry relish packed full of flavour with a little cheeky spicy kick. Perfect with cheese, turkey or chicken.
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Course: Jams / Sauces
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 500 grams
Author: Emma


  • 75 millilitres white wine vinigar ((5 tablespoons))
  • 400 grams fresh cranberries ((3 and 1/2 cups))
  • 2 small tart green apples - like granny smiths ((peeled / cored / finely chopped))
  • 50 grams sultanas ((1/4 cup))
  • 2 knobs stem ginger in syrup ((finely chopped))
  • 75 grams soft brown sugar ((scant 1/2 cup))
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 50 grams apple jelly (quince jelly can be used if preferred, (2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon))


  • Put everything into a medium sized saucepan except the apple jelly.
  • Simmer gently till the sugar has dissolved stirring frequently.
  • Cook until the cranberries have popped and you have a jam like consistency relish in your pan. This will take around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Once the jam like consistency has been reached take it off the heat and stir in the apple jelly and allow it to cool slightly.
  • You now need to sterilise your jars the easiest way is in a microwave for about 45 seconds on high. In a dishwasher if you have one on a very high setting using no soap or as I did I rinsed in hot water then popped it in the oven for 15 minutes at 150C / 300F / gas mark 2.
  • Jar up your homemade cranberry relish and seal. Store your relish in a cool dark place for at least a week before opening. But will happily last for up to 6 months unopened.
  • Once opened store in the fridge and consume within 3 weeks.
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  1. Your cranberry relish looks gorgeous, Emma! I love anything with cranberries and they do sound perfect with some cheese! <3 this!

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    • Hi Kelly, thank you. It’s amazing with cheese πŸ˜€

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  2. Oooo this definitely looks perfect with cheese! We are planning on doing a big cheese board at christmas … I may need to put this on the list!!

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    • Hi Ashley, thank you. It will go great with a cheese board, cheese and fruit are a great combination πŸ˜€

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  3. Your relish would be amazing atop of baked Brie! Perfect for the holidays!!!

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  4. I love all the Christmassy foods…and I must admit, I’m a sucker for the Christmas specials on TV, too–even the cheesy ones! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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    • Hi Brianna πŸ™‚ Christmas specials on TV are great! Hope your Christmas build up is going well πŸ˜€

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  5. I wish we could buy fresh cranberries in Australia. Even frozen ones are only available in selected locations and only at Christmas. Your relish sounds delicious.

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    • Hi Maureen, thank you. Thats a shame that cranberries are very difficult to get hold of hopefully you will find some πŸ™‚

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  6. Ohhh yay, I like this post, I love home made chutneys and relishes, especially near Christmas, nothing nicer than that on a slab of cheese and biccies – home made is perfection!

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    • Hi Emma, thank you. Home made relishes and chutneys rule! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you, cranberries are great and I love to use them as much as I can this time of year πŸ˜€

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  7. I wish I could have a little bit of them with my blue cheese :-)) A great recipe, Emma.

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    • Hi Angie, thank you. I can’t get enough of this relish with cheese at the moment!

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