Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

12 oz fresh cranberries
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
zest of one lemon

Place the cranberries, pomegranate arils, water, juices, sugar, and zest in a medium saucepan and, stirring occasionally, cook for 20 minutes over medium high heat to reduce and thicken. Remove from heat. Serve hot or cold.

My thoughts:

As I am sure you can tell, we are cranberry sauce fans. I am always trying to think of a new variation. I was more than pleased at how this one turned out. I wasn’t sure what would happen to the pomegranate seeds (the cranberry seeds, of course, pop) but they reacted to cooking in the best possible way; they stayed whole and provided explosive bits of flavor. The seeds inside softened enough that they weren’t terribly crunchy or intrusive, which had been a bit of a concern. While I love eating pomegranate seeds out of hand, a hard bit isn’t expected in cranberry sauce. A welcome addition to our cranberry sauce rotation: fresh, sweet-tart and intensely fruity.


  1. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

  2. We are huge cranberry sauce fans at my house, too. I've been seriously resisting the urge to buy a bag of fresh cranberries for the last month just to make a batch of fresh sauce (why anyone would buy a can of the jellied stuff when fresh sauce is SO easy to make is beyond me) just to eat it as a snack, or on yogurt, or oatmeal, or … But, the traditional side of me says I must wait until Thanksgiving for the first taste, and now I want to make your variation. Sounds amazing! Thanks for posting!

  3. I think I will try this and add a little extra interest (and health) at my Thanksgiving table!!

  4. Rachel,

    This combines two of my favorites:) Cranberry and pomegranate. Loved the Apple Cider donut recipe from Edible Chesapeake BTW

  5. I bet the seeds will be a great texture to any sandwich the next day with turkey and stuffing in ciabatta! This is lovely!

  6. Ooh good idea! I love the taste and texture of pomegranate arils and it never occurred to me to add them to cranberry sauce but it makes perfect sense.

  7. Excellent recipe!!!

    I made this for my work Thanksgiving luncheon today. All my friends really like it and wanted the recipe. I'm going to make it again for my family Thanksgiving meal.

  8. My mom LOVES pomegranate… I am so making this for thanksgiving. She will be so excited! Thank you!

  9. My family *loved* this!