Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

November 21, 2010 by Ali

Cranberries + Pomegranates.

The combo happens to be one of my favorite juices in the morning. So I figured, why not give it a try with a cranberry-pomegranate sauce this Thanksgiving?!?

Initially, I was just going to add in some of my favorite POM juice and let it give some extra kick to the sauce. But since I had a ripe pomegranate at home (ok, I confess — three ripe pomegranates!), I decided at the last second to throw in some fresh pomegranate seeds as well. And oh my word — what fun!!! In addition to lending that irresistibly sweet and tart flavor to the sauce, the pomegranate seeds also provided some fun mini-”crunch” to the normally smooth sauce. Totally easy, and totally delicious — I loved it!

So if you’re looking for a new spin on cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, give this a try! Perhaps the best part is that it makes fantastic leftovers too — perfect on any cooked meats, seafood, or veggies. Or toss it in the blender with some fruit and make a smoothies. :-) However you enjoy it, I think you’ll love it!

Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 3-5 cups sauce


  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups (16 oz.) POM pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups sugar (depending on your preferred level of sweetness)
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate (optional)


Combine the cranberries, pomegranate juice and sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Then remove from heat, and stir in pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate until ready to serve (and sauce will thicken as it cools).

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to also add in a cinnamon stick while this cooks to give it an extra kick!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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10 thoughts on “Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

  1. I followed the recipe, including the cinnamon stick. I did add the zest of 1 orange. This did not thicken. I now wish I would have added a small amount if pectin of gelatin. itwill go well with turkey or on fresh bread with a little butter. I’m also going to use thus to mix with cream cheese & whipping cream for a crepe filling Saturday morning.

    - Tricia

  2. I saw this and was so excited, because I created a pomegranate-cranberry sauce as well this Thanksgiving! Mine has a few more spices – I would love to see how they compare. If you want to look at my recipe, it is at

    - Eliza

  3. What a great twist on a classic. I remember trying pomegranates for the first time in 7th grade. They still intrigue me because I’ve never really had them in any form but juice since then.

    - Michelle

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m actually going to try this on Thursday – it looks lovely!

    - Ruby

  5. What an awesome idea! I bet the crunchy bite from the pomegranates will be perfect on your Thanksgiving plate!

    - Rachel

  6. I love cranberries and pomegranate this would be great. I will have to let my wife know about this twist. You should share this over at it would be a great addition.

    - Dustin Baier

  7. I’ve never tried this combo–but I love both cranberries and pomegranates, so I will make a point to try out your recipe! :-)

    - CaSaundra

  8. i absolutely love the vibrancy of the red cranberries! looks delicious!

    - LimeCake