Cranberry Coulis Recipe

Cranberry Coulis Recipe

 The Spruce

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
145 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 43mg 215%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 170mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This sweet-tart Cranberry Coulis is the perfect foil for turkey or other poultry and pork. A coulis is a sauce made from puréed fruit or vegetables that's cooked down until thick, strained, and then served hot or cold.

It's also a great recipe to whip out at Christmastime when you want cranberries in the meal, but want to take your meal up a notch from the same old cranberry relish or cranberry sauce.


  • 6 ounces fresh cranberries

  • 3 tablespoons orange zest, from 1 large orange

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, from 1 large orange

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange juice and zest, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.

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  3. Simmer over medium heat until cranberries burst, about 15 to 18 minutes.

    Cranberry Coulis Recipe
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  4. Remove saucepan from heat, add the orange liqueur, and mix well.

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  5. Process in a blender or food processor until pureed.

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  6. Warm gently before serving.

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  7. Add to your Thanksgiving spread and enjoy.

Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.


  • Use a single orange for both the zest and juice. Remove the zest before cutting the orange in half to juice it.
  • A large orange should yield about 1 cup of fresh orange juice. If it doesn't, add water (or more orange juice) to bring to 1 cup.
  • This coulis can be made a couple of days in advance. It also freezes well, and you can rewarm it in the microwave after thawing.