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mandarin ginger cranberry sauce

Mandarin Ginger Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Simone Miller
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: condiment, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • 12 ounces about 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup or cane sugar for a vegan version))
  • 1/2 cup fresh mandarin juice (or orange, tangerine, etc))
  • 1  teaspoon mandarin zest, (plus additional for garnish, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 whole star anise, (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Once the cranberries start to pop, turn the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have all popped and the mixture has turned into a chunky sauce, about 20-25 minutes. If it gets too thick, add a little water. Pluck out the star anise.
  3. Allow to cool completely before serving. Garnish with additional mandarin zest, if desired.


Adjust the amount of sweetener depending on how sweet you prefer it- 1/2 cup will be closer to traditional cranberry sauce but will still have some tartness, 1/4 will be on the very tart side.