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.

Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger 2

Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Apple Cranberry Sauce 2

Yields 4 small servings

Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger
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  • 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


  1. Sue - my cooking pots

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

    • Ashley

      You should definitely try it, Sue. It is so delicious and incredibly easy!

  2. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    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!

    • Ashley

      You should definitely try making homemade cranberry sauce. It is so flavorful and easy!

  3. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    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

      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

    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

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

  5. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    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

      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

    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!

    • Ashley

      I never thought to swirl the leftovers into yogurt, but that sounds great!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kristi!

  7. Ali @ Inspiralized

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

    • Ashley

      It is so easy and I love how the apples sort of tame the tartness of the cranberries.

  8. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

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

    • Ashley

      I agree, I am going to try it with pork tenderloin next time I make it.

  9. sowmya

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Sowmya! I agree that homemade sauces are so comforting during the chilly weather!

  10. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

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

    • Ashley

      Perfect! I find that cranberries never last long in my house.

  11. Ellen

    This recipe sounds delicious, and the pictures are beautiful.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Ellen! I think that you would like it.

      • Ni Ki

        I made this dish yesterday to be served today at Thanksgiving (2014). It turned out great. I ended up doubling the honey because it initially seemed too tart; I believe it was because of the cranberries I used and not the recipe. Overall, an outstanding dish!

        • Ashley

          I am so glad to hear that you loved it! Happy Holidays 🙂

    • Ashley

      You should definitely try it Christin, it is so incredibly easy!

  12. marcie

    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!

    • Ashley

      I will definitely make this again for Christmas!

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  17. Ruth Cataldo

    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

      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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  22. Lori

    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

      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.

  23. Emily

    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

      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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  27. Francesca

    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.

    • Ashley

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Francesca!

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  29. Lisa Ross

    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

      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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  33. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

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

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  37. Stephanie

    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!!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Stephanie! I am so glad to hear that you loved it. The addition of the pineapple sounds amazing!

  38. heather @french press

    not sure why I haven’t ever thought to use apples with cranberries…I bet it is perfect for Thanksgiving

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  42. Haley

    Could I can this? Would I be able to then store in the pantry to give as gifts or does it still need to be refrigerated? Any idea how long it would keep?

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