Raspberry Habanero Relish Sauce

October  2, 2017
2 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Makes 2 1/2 cups
Author Notes

This relish makes an unexpectedly delicious addition to Thanksgiving dinner...or use it on turkey or grilled cheese sandwiches. It's also excellent with other roasted meats, such as chicken or pork. Feel free to substitute balsamico for the red wine vinegar.

Habaneros are spicy peppers. If your skin is sensitive, protect your hands by wearing latex gloves while handling the habanero pepper. —Sarah Owens

What You'll Need
  • 1 fresh habanero pepper
  • 10 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 6-oz. packages fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  1. Turn a gas burner on high flame. Spear the habanero with a fork and roast directly over the flame on all sides until charred and soft, turning as necessary. (Alternatively, broil in the oven directly under high heat, turning every 20-30 seconds to achieve char on all sides.) Set aside to cool before slicing down the middle.
  2. Remove and discard the seeds and stem. Mince the habanero meat and add to a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan along with the cranberries, one 6 oz. package of raspberries, sugar, orange juice, ginger, orange zest, allspice, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally until thickened—about 10-12 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the remaining 6 oz. package of berries and the vinegar. Continue to cook until the berries have just softened but are not breaking down, about 2-3 minutes. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Sarah Owens

Recipe by: Sarah Owens

Sarah Owens is a New York City based cookbook author, baker, horticulturist, and instructor. She was awarded a James Beard for her first book Sourdough and released her second in August 2017 titled Toast & Jam with Roost Books. Sarah curates private dining events, cooks for public pop-up dinners, and teaches baking and preservation gobally. Her subscription and wholesale bakery is located seaside in Rockaway Beach where she also teaches the alchemy and digestive benefits of natural leavening.

1 Review

Jolie November 27, 2019
a WONDERFUL. This is our 3rd year making this for Thanksgiving. My family loves it and will accept no other cranberry sauce or relish.