Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger

Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger

Everyone needs a good cranberry sauce recipe. It is so easy to make your own homemade cranberry sauce, and it really adds something special to Thanksgiving dinner. This Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger is my new favorite cranberry sauce. The orange and ginger add a unique element that really enhances the cranberry flavor. The first time I made this recipe, I just ate it by the spoonful.

I like my cranberry sauce thick, flavorful and slightly sweet. This recipe can be made a day ahead and served with Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve already added it to my Thanksgiving day menu and I’m sure it will make an appearance at Christmas as well. Try this easy homemade apple cranberry sauce and you will impress all of your guests.

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Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange

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Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger

Yield: 4 small servings

Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • zest and juice from one orange
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat for 18-20 minutes, until the fruit is tender and the liquid has thickened. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Source: slightly adapted from Baked Bree

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40 Responses to Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger

  1. This sounds delicious and looks amazing. I will give this a try. Fresh cranberry sauce will be a great change!

  2. I’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, but I think that will have to change! I love the combination of flavors. This would be great for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks lovely, Ashley! I love making homemade cranberry sauce. Like you said, it’s so easy and so flavorful. Although I’ve never tried one that is cooked on the stove (I have a recipe for a Cranberry Apple “Relish” that simply macerates overnight).

    • Ashley says:

      Your recipe sounds even easier since you don’t have to cook it. But this recipe doesn’t take too long; it is done in less than 30 minutes.

  4. Kelly says:

    This cranberry sauce sounds incredible! I love the pretty color and how fresh it looks :) The apple, ginger and orange sound incredible combined with the cranberries and I definitely want to try making this, thanks for sharing Ashley :)

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks, Kelly! I think that the ginger and orange flavors combined with the apples and cranberries really make it something special.

  5. I made homemade cranberry sauce last year and it was ok but I want to try something new this year. Your sauce looks great, Ashley! Pinned!

    • Ashley says:

      Yeah, all the cranberry sauces I tried in the past were just okay. I love this one because it is slightly sweet and full of flavor.

  6. Ashley says:

    I love the addition of apple and ginger! I usually just make mine with orange but this version sounds great! I love swirling the leftovers into my yogurt too : ) Such a nice treat!

  7. What a great cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving Ashley! Beautiful photos – looks so delish!

  8. This looks easy to make and absolutely delish! I love the addition of the apple here.

  9. This looks so vibrant and colorful! I bet it’s a wonderful addition to all kind of meats, yum!

  10. sowmya says:

    Homemade sauce are the best.. yours look delicious.. much needed for this weather :)

  11. Ohhh yes, I need this in my life. I have some cranberries that need to be used. Lovely.

  12. Ellen says:

    This recipe sounds delicious, and the pictures are beautiful.

  13. I’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce. This looks delicious Ashley!

  14. marcie says:

    I want to grab a spoon and dig into that bowl! Fresh cranberry sauce is always on my list at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I love that you added apples AND orange and ginger!

  15. Brooke says:

    Wow this looks so yummy! Pinned it to our Thanksgiving board for a quick reference at thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Ruth Cataldo says:

    Sounds delicious – and a great accompaniment! I am doing a Thanksgiving Round-Up Series next week on my blog and I would love to share this recipe. Please email me if you are happy for me to include this recipe (and any other Thanksgiving delights you may have to share!) Ruth x

    • Ashley says:

      Of course, you may always include my recipes in a round-up. Please just link to the original post and cite the source where you found the recipe. Thanks!

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  25. Lori says:

    Just made this today and it is delicious! I also segmented 3 oranges and put those in too because my husband adores oranges. Will be making again for sure! Thanks!

    • Ashley says:

      Lori, I am so glad that you enjoyed it! The addition of oranges sounds great, I might have to try that when I make it again.

  26. Emily says:

    Sounds delicious! I was just wondering if the balsamic vinegar is very noticeable? My mom isn’t a fan of balsamic vinegar, so I was wondering how much it cooks down?
    Thanks :)

    • Ashley says:

      Emily, I don’t notice the balsamic vinegar at all. The cranberries, ginger and citrus flavors really shine in this dish. I don’t think your mom wouldn’t notice it at all.

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  30. Francesca says:

    I cooked this tonight….delicious! Have tried a variety of cranberry sauce recipes and like the flavors of this one the most. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Lisa Ross says:

    Would i be able to make this and keep stored in jars? Would it be fine as long as the jars are airtight? Wanting to try this recipe for a Christmas market in November.

    • Ashley says:

      Hi, Lisa! You can certainly use this sauce for canning. But, if you are only going to keep them in an airtight container I would store them in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

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  36. Ashley, oh my gawd, I love the addition of orange, ginger and balsamic!!! pinning and making this!!!

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  40. Stephanie says:

    Made this tonight for tomorrow’s thanksgiving meal. Good thing I made a lot because I couldn’t stop eating it. So good!! I probably only put about 1/3 of the honey called for in the recipe and added about 1/2 cup if frozen pineapples too and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe and happy thanksgiving!!

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