Spicy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - Thriving With Less

2.5 Cups
20 min

Spicy cranberry sauce is tangy and versatile, and isn't just for the Holidays! In fact, this quick and easy dish can be made at any time of the year. Just freeze a couple of bags of cranberries and you can use these vitamin-packed fruits throughout the year.

My spicy cranberry sauce recipe is healthy, delicious, and ever so easy to make. I used two cups of fresh cranberries in this spicy cranberry sauce recipe, so it’s perfect if you’re cooking for one. And you can easily double or triple it too if you want to make more. And if you are looking for more single-serving recipes, check these out!

The only ingredients you need are fresh cranberries, a small orange, honey, and cloves, star anise, and a cinnamon twig. For the spices, you will need a small gauze bag and a mortar and pestle.

Place the whole spices into the mortar (the bowl), and gently break them down using the pestle (the grinding tool). Put the spices into the small muslin bag and tie it tightly with a string.

NOTE: If you don’t have a muslin bag, just put the spices onto some cheesecloth and tie a string around the cloth, making it into a ball.

Place the cranberries in a saucepan and cover them with water. Toss in the bag with the spices, and bring the contents to a rolling boil.

Let the mixture simmer for approximately 10 minutes (or until the little cranberry “pops” stop), and remove from the heat. Allow the spices and berries to steep until the contents have cooled down.

While waiting for the cranberries to cool down, slice the orange into several sections. Put the orange pieces into a small blender or food processer. Remove the spice bag from the saucepan, and strain the water from the cranberries. (I save the cranberry water for cocktails or add a sprig of mint and enjoy, unsweetened or add sugar). Add the cranberries and honey, then blend or pulse until the mixture is the consistency you enjoy most.

Pour the contents into a small bowl and garnish with a slice of orange or some orange zest. Top with a sprig of mint or rosemary and serve!

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In case you have any leftovers, here's a chart with 20 ways to use them! This spicy cranberry sauce can keep in the refrigerator for up to a month - just store it in a well-sealed container.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - Thriving With Less
Recipe details
  • 2.5  Cups
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3" - 4")
  • 8-10 small cloves
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 small whole orange with peel
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Place the cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise into a mortar and use the pestle to break the spices into small pieces (approximately 1/8" - 1/4").
Pour the broken spices into the muslin or cloth bag, and tie a string around the top.
Put the cranberries to a small saucepan and cover with water.
Add the spice bag, and bring the cranberry mixture to a rolling boil.
Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 10 minutes, then remove from the heat.
Let the spices and boiled cranberries cool (approximately 15-20 minutes), then add to the blender or food processor.
Slice the orange into small sections, and put in the pieces into the blender or food processor.
Add the honey, then blend or pulse until the mixture is the consistency you like best.
Spoon into a serving bowl, garnish with an orange slice or some mint, and serve.
  • NOTE: If you prefer a less orangey dish, peel the orange before blending and zest some of the orange peel into the mixture. You can also adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey. If you like a little more spice, stir in a couple of shakes of cinnamon powder.
JJ Jacobs - Thriving With Less
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  • Kse7753155 Kse7753155 on Dec 23, 2021

    Best and least messy way of cooking cranberries is to put them in a casserole with a little water and some sugar or honey. put the lid on, an d cook at full power 5-6 min until they all pop. Saves all the mess.


    I love this ,it gives me ideas ! The recipes are easy and sound delicious!