Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce with Chile & Ponzu

This make-ahead cranberry sauce features ponzu, a Japanese soy sauce blend that gets its complexity from the addition of vinegar and citrus juice. For a more nuanced flavor, seek out one made with yuzu—the bumpy citrus fruit is prized for its slightly floral juice.

Cranberry Sauce with Chile & Ponzu
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound cranberries, fresh or frozen

  • Zest of 2 oranges

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ponzu, preferably yuzu ponzu


  1. Combine cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, sugar and crushed red pepper in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until all the cranberries burst open and release their juices, about 10 minutes. Mash the cranberries, if desired. Stir in ponzu. Let cool to room temperature before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
20g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 3 Tbsp.
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 16g
Vitamin A 130IU 3%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Potassium 77mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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