10 Ways to Make Better Cranberry Sauce

Chunky or smooth, all-natural or just like the can, an option to please everyone

By SAVEUR Editors

Updated on March 28, 2021

When gathering for Thanksgiving, you probably have strong opinions about how dishes should be prepared. That definitely includes cranberry sauce (or jelly, or relish, what have you). Tangy, sweet, and citrusy—turkey’s classic accompaniment is made from a fruit that’s a veritable superfood. So it’s a shame that the default offering arrives in the form of a gelatinized blob. It’s cranberry season right now, and making a sauce from scratch can be just as easy as opening up a can (well, almost)—and more flavorful, too. Fun fact: cranberries naturally thicken while cooking, so any additional agents are generally unneeded. From whole berries in a zesty sauce to a molded version that’s only missing the signature can-rib, here are 10 cranberry sauce recipes that will guarantee happiness at the table.

Spice things up this Thanksgiving with this roasty, toasty riff on Turkey’s favorite sidekick. Get the recipe >

Raw cranberries and earthy walnuts are transformed into a tart, fresh condiment for turkey. Get the recipe >

This bracingly tart relish is the perfect foil for a rich Thanksgiving spread. Get the recipe >

Pickling takes the natural sweet-tart nature of the cranberry and amplifies it. Like so many cranberry sauce recipes, this one pairs well with turkey, chicken and ham. Get the recipe >

This sophisticated take on cranberry sauce, laced with spices and plenty of fresh ginger, gets a boost from chopped celery and tart apples. Get the recipe >

Sautéed garlic and onion, plus a little bit of salt, add a savory note to this sweet-tart relish, which gets its body from the natural pectin in the poached, puréed cranberries. Get the recipe >

Fresh orange and grapefruit juice add zest to this seasonal staple. Get the recipe >

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without cranberry sauce—forget the canned variety and make this recipe instead. Get the recipe >

Fresh mint adds a twist to classic cranberry sauce. Get the recipe >

Brandy adds depth and black peppercorns balance the tart flavor in this version of the classic cranberry sauce. Get the recipe >

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