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Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce

The warmth of cardamom and cinnamon mixes well with the tangy sweetness of the cranberries, pineapple juice and orange in this delicious and easy holiday side dish recipe for Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce.

Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce

We all know that there are a million recipes out there for cranberry sauce, and they all beat the buttons off cranberry jelly sold in the cans on the grocery store shelves.

You know the ones.

The ones that come out like a log on a plate complete with that appetite-suppressing suctioned slosh sound. Plop. Jiggle. Jiggle.

Sauteed Brussels sprouts with candied bacon is another holiday side dish I know you’ll enjoy!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for this easy holiday side dish of Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce is available at the end of this post. 

Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce

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The dilemma of jellied cranberry sauce vs whole berry sauce.

Now, please don’t take offense if you’re one of those people who enjoy canned cranberry jelly. My eldest son is one of those folks, and I love him, still.

So, if you happen to share your Thanksgiving or holiday table with people who enjoy the jellied cranberry sauce in the can, by all means, serve it and be happy and thankful.

But, might I suggest that you ALSO serve this whole berry pineapple cardamom cranberry sauce as an option?

It’s a nice change of pace, and who knows? It may become a new family tradition, and you can leave that jiggly can on the grocery store shelf.

Can canned whole berry sauce be used in place of the fresh cranberries in this recipe?

Yes. If you’re in a pinch, I’m all for taking a shortcut.

However, since it only takes a few moments to cook the fresh cranberries, I advocate for using fresh cranberries whenever possible and avoid the can.

IF you’re using canned whole berry cranberry sauce, place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium/low heat until the mixture simmers for approximately 5 minutes in order to blend all the flavors.

Can frozen cranberries be used in this recipe instead of fresh?

I don’t see why not.

Just make sure to thaw the cranberries thoroughly and to drain off any excess liquid that the thawed berries exude so the completed cranberry sauce isn’t runny.

Can I make this holiday side dish in advance?


In fact, I recommend making this cold holiday side dish at least one day (and even up to five days) before the date you plan on serving.

Cranberry sauce is best served chilled and the extra time in the refrigerator will only intensify all those awesome flavors!

How long will this Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce keep in the refrigerator?

Covered well, this colorful cold side dish will keep safely in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

What are some additional recipes for which cold cranberry sauce be used in, or on?

This Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays, but you’ll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make. That can be our little secret!” 

A horizontal photo of a holiday sliced pork roast on a platter with cranberries and rosemary.

Nothing speaks more to a scrumptious holiday breakfast than Cranberry Kringles. Except maybe two! Kringles are perfect for breakfast and brunch celebrations and are stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate.

A vertical image of two cranberry Kringles on a green Christmas platter with icing and Christmas sprinkles.

It’s easy to have the flavor of the holidays year-round with this delicious recipe for stuffing stuffed turkey burgers. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

A horizontal photo of a turkey burger covered with cranberry sauce on a brioche bun.
  • Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce (pictured below) This is the place!!

Vertical title text image of pineapple cardamom cranberry sauce in a glass bowl with cinnamon sticks and orange slices.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information and instructions for making for today’s easy and colorful holiday side dish of pineapple cardamom cranberry sauce.

Yield: 3 cups

Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce

Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce

An easy and delicious cold side dish with the flavors of pineapple, and orange, plus notes of warm cardamom, and cinnamon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


    1. Simmer the first 11 ingredients in a medium saucepan on low heat for
      approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The berries will burst and the sauce will thicken.
    2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
    3. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool, and then place it in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 90 minutes, or up to 4 days.
    4. Serve cold.


Frozen berries may be used. Thaw completely first, and drain if needed.

This sauce can be made up to 4-5 days prior to serving.

Cover well and refrigerate any leftovers.

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Erica Schwarz

Friday 1st of November 2019

Love cardamom and I'm always looking for new ways to use it. Thanks for the recipe! This will be great at Thanksgiving.


Monday 4th of November 2019

I'm glad you like cardamom, Erica. It's one of my favorites too. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy! Renee

Krista Rollins

Thursday 19th of November 2015

the pineapple addition to this is genius!

Nancy Piran

Thursday 19th of November 2015

I have actually never used cardamom but I am seeing it a lot in recipes! Definitely need to find some! This looks great!

Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits

Thursday 19th of November 2015

I love cranberry sauce and the flavors you've added here sound delish!


Thursday 19th of November 2015

I'm on Team Homemade all the way. Will have to try this one!