Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish is just what your turkey needs! It’s zesty, flavorful and easy-to-make. It’s great for leftover turkey sandwiches. It was featured on Good Housekeeping for six years! See the video below. Gluten-free and Vegan
After you’ve thawed, bathed, brined, rubbed down and slathered with butter your turkey before it goes in the oven to get cooked and exit with a beautiful tan, you can’t let it sit alone on a plate without a delicious, vibrant cranberry relish!
Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish is just what that juicy turkey needs to feel complete adoration….like how a red scarf adds a pop of color to a white sweater!
The tangy tart from the cranberries mixed with the sweet pineapple juice, freshly grated ginger, lemon zest and ground cloves is a wonderful flavor combination!
Plus, it only takes minutes to prepare and freezes really well! Your homemade Thanksgiving turkey deserves homemade cranberry relish.
This Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish was featured on Good Housekeeping 12 Cranberry Relish Recipes to Make This Thanksgiving for FIVE years from 2017 to 2022!
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Juicy turkey breast adorned with fresh, flavorful cranberry relish gives the turkey a little extra goodness! The deep, rich red color is so festive for the holidays too.
Add a little herb stuffing (or as they say in the wonderful south-dressing) on your plate with sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, a little Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie and you’ll have yourself a Thanksgiving feast! I just love southern hospitality and all the great tasting comfort food!
How to Make Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish
The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.
Using a food processor, add a 12 oz bag of fresh whole cranberries and set to low for about 30 seconds or pulse until minced.
Remove minced cranberries from the food processor and put them into a 1 qt bowl.
Mix in 1/3 of a cup of white granulated sugar, zest of half of a lemon or 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp of freshly grated ginger, 2 oz of pineapple juice, and two dashes of ground cloves.
Let it sit overnight but, three days will give it maximum flavor before serving. It’s so easy! Why buy canned cranberry relish?
This Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish is so flavorful, it just may cover up a dry turkey. You might want to bring it along to Thanksgiving dinner, if that may be the case.
The combination of flavors is perfect! I suggest letting the Cranberry Relish sit three days before serving it, so the flavors can marry.
This Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish freezes well too. Just put it in a plastic container and put it the freezer for several months. It’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
You could also use this cranberry relish to top Easy-to-Make Cranberry Pecan Brie Phyllo Appetizers. They’re so festive for the holidays. It’s a great way to use up leftovers.
When you spend days preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving, you want a colorful, tasty Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish to top your turkey.
Remember, your turkey needs to feel adored! With only minutes to prepare ahead, this Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish will add the extra wow factor to your turkey.
If it’s good enough to get on Good Housekeeping, it’s good enough for your Thanksgiving turkey! Right?
Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish
- 12 oz fresh whole cranberries, rinsed
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp grated, fresh ginger or ¼ tsp of ground ginger
- 2 dashes ground cloves
- Put cranberries in a food processor and set to low until minced (about 10 seconds.)
- Put minced cranberries into a 1 qt bowl and mix in remaining ingredients. Let sit overnight but, three days will give it maximum flavor.
Storage:Store this Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for several months. This is great to make ahead for Thanksgiving or Christmas as it freezes very well.
Nice Content! Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome! It tastes best as it sits making it a great make ahead recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for sharing this recipe! Im so excited to make it for my family on Thanksgiving!
Thanks Angie. I’m sure you stock pineapple juice in your pantry.
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
This is so good!! I love cranberry sauce, relish, cranberry anything! And with pineapple juice, too, woohoo! You know me and my pineapples, lol. Pinned! Btw, sent you an invite to Fiesta Friday Link Party Group Board.
Thanks. This recipe was featured on Good Housekeeping this week. That was a pleasant surprise!
Monika Dabrowski says
This relish is perfect for any occasion and no cooking required either so it’s easy, and no doubt delicious. Thanks for sharing it with FF. Pinned that one too:)
Yes indeed, judging from the list of ingredients, this sounds great!
You’d probably like the Butternut Squash Soup recipe on my site. We made it Vegan and it was delicious!
Sam @ Kale Yeah It's Vegan says
Yum! This sounds great. Love the addition of pineapple juice. I’ve never tried that before!
I’ve always made cranberry relish with fresh orange juice and orange zest but, this sounded like it would go well together and it does. Some cranberry sauces are made with fresh pineapple but that would give it a lot more of a pineapple taste, which wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Pineapple juice!!! *-* I’ve made cranberry relish with orange juice before but never pineapple–will definitely have to try this out! It sounds like an awesome topping! <3
Thanks Judy! You too!
Judith Ricciardi Cofrancesco says
Thank you Joanne. I am going to try this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Breyona Sharpnack says
I have never heard of cranberry relish but this looks good and sounds tasty. I like traditional cranberry sauce but I would def try this out to jazz up the boring traditional fixings!
Let me know if you try it. It tastes good on ham too. Happy Thanksgiving!