Spicy Mustard Cranberry Relish

The spicy mustard cranberry relish is a collaboration with Colman’s Mustard.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of spice with sweet and sour?

A bowl of spicy mustard cranberry sauce garnished with orange peel

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This spicy mustard cranberry relish is the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and sour. Fresh cranberries are now in season, and the holidays are an ideal excuse to prepare different options of cranberry sauces to pair with turkey meals, add to the holiday cheeseboards, and even baked goods.

The recipe is straightforward and has a few ingredients, such as fresh cranberries, freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, sugar, and Colman’s mustard.

The mustard adds a pleasant spicy kick, and the salt balances well against the sugar content. Who would have thought that mustard could make such a tasty cranberry relish to enjoy with sweet and savory bites?

We are going beyond the classics preparing spicy mustard cranberry relish.

Every year I like to prepare different cranberry sauces and experiment beyond the traditional dishes. I have used cranberry relish in sandwiches and have made a fresh cranberry tomatillo salsa that goes perfect with tacos and chips.

One of our favorite cranberry applications is red wine and persimmons. I have made a cranberry sauce with blackberries and chipotle too. Enjoy experimenting with new flavors, and cranberries are a tasty fruit to do it.

These are my tips for making the perfect cranberry relish.

  • Buy fresh cranberries and wash them thoroughly before cooking.
  • Choose condiments that enhance the cranberry tart flavors, such as cinnamon, cloves, orange, or lemon zest.
  • Use red wine for depth in flavor and a deep carmine red color.
  • Use fruit juices for cooking the cranberries. The classic combination is with orange, but apple cider, berries, and or pomegranate make an excellent addition.
  • Use a little amount of liquid and a higher content of sugar to achieve a marmalade or relish consistency.
  • If you liked, plumped cranberries cook them at low flame and do not overcook.
  • Cranberries go well with spicy yellow mustard, chipotle, or habanero.

Are you ready to try this new way of preparing cranberry sauce for the holidays?

This spicy mustard cranberry relish is the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and sour. Served in a bowl with orange slices.

You are going to love this spicy cranberry relish with mustard. It is citrusy, sweet, and tart. Lovely spread to use in baking, for spreading on a toast, making sandwiches, enjoying with white meats such as grilled Mahi Mahi, pork, chicken, or turkey.

Colman’s mustard has white and brown mustard seeds, it is bold, hot, and exceptionally different. The Colman’s mustard has been in the market since 1814 and we love it!

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A bowl of spicy mustard cranberry sauce garnished with orange peel

Spicy Mustard Cranberry Relish

Chef Adriana Martin
Lovely spicy mustard cranberry relish. A five ingredients recipe with fresh cranberries, Colman's mustard, orange juice, orange zest, and sugar.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American Contemporary
Servings 2 cups
Calories 501 kcal


  • Dutch oven
  • Measuring Cups
  • Zester


  • 1 bag fresh cranberries 12 ounces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 2-3 oranges freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard Colman's brand


  • Clean the cranberries with running water and set aside. Juice and zest the oranges too.
  • In a dutch oven or a thick iron, soup pan add the cranberries and the orange juice.
  • Then add the mustard, the orange peel, and the sugar.
  • Mix and cook the ingredients stovetop for 10-15 minutes at medium heat.
  • The relish will be ready when the cranberries are shiny and plumped.



Serving: 2cupsCalories: 501kcalCarbohydrates: 128gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 90mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 8gSugar: 112gVitamin A: 226IUVitamin C: 58mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cranberry, sauces, spicy mustard
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