Raw Cranberry Sauce

Raw Cranberry Sauce

Raw cranberry sauce is a tangy and refreshing condiment that is often served as a side dish with holiday meals, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This raw version of cranberry sauce is made without cooking the cranberries, preserving their natural tartness. Here’s a simple recipe to make raw cranberry sauce:


  • 12 ounces (about 3 cups) fresh cranberries, washed and drained
  • 1 medium orange, washed and zested
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from the zested orange)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (optional, for added sweetness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional, for flavor)


  1. Prepare the Cranberries and Orange:
  • Wash the fresh cranberries thoroughly and drain them in a colander. Set them aside.
  • Zest the orange to obtain the orange zest, and then juice the orange to get fresh orange juice. Set both the zest and juice aside.
  1. Blend the Cranberries:
  • Place the washed cranberries in a food processor or blender. Pulse them a few times until they are roughly chopped. You can choose how fine or coarse you want the cranberries to be, depending on your preference.
  1. Combine Ingredients:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped cranberries, orange zest, fresh orange juice, granulated sugar, maple syrup or honey (if using), and ground cinnamon (if using). Stir everything together until well combined.
  1. Sweeten to Taste:
  • Taste the raw cranberry sauce and adjust the sweetness according to your preference. You can add more granulated sugar or maple syrup/honey if you want it sweeter.
  1. Chill:
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the raw cranberry sauce for at least 1-2 hours, or until it’s cold. Chilling allows the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  1. Serve:
  • Once the raw cranberry sauce has chilled, it’s ready to serve. It pairs wonderfully with roasted turkey, chicken, ham, or as a flavorful side dish.
  1. Enjoy your Raw Cranberry Sauce!

This raw cranberry sauce is a delightful and vibrant addition to holiday meals. Its natural tartness pairs well with the sweetness of the orange and sugar, creating a balanced and refreshing condiment. Feel free to customize it by adding chopped nuts, diced apples, or other fruits for added texture and flavor.