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Apple Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Apple Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce is a festive twist on a classic Thanksgiving side dish. With bright orange zest and fresh cranberries, you'll never want to buy the canned sauce again.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: apple pomegranate cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce recipe, pomegranate cranberry sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Samantha Ferraro
Cost: $5


  • 2 cups cranberries frozen or fresh
  • 2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 orange zested and juiced (reserve some zest for garnish)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1 1/2 water


  • Add everything to a pot and stir together.
  • Bring to a boil and then cover and lower to a simmer and cook until fruit breaks down and is tender, about 40 minutes. When done, discard cinnamon stick.
  • Allow cranberry sauce to cool to room temperature and then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


  • This is the perfect recipe to make a few days in advance. It keeps very well in the fridge.
  • Pears would be a fun substitute for apples.
  • Orange juice or pomegranate juice would be a good substitution for the water but may change the sweetness level a bit.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg