Cranberry Pear Sauce with Rosemary & Ginger

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Our Cranberry Pear Sauce is tart and sweet thanks to the fresh cranberries, fresh ginger, rosemary, and maple syrup. If you are looking for a decadent sauce on your holiday table this year, this is a recipe that you simply must try! Once your family tries this pear cranberry sauce, they definitely won’t want just plain store-bought cranberry sauce anymore!

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Cranberry Pear Sauce

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

This gorgeous, ruby red cranberry-pear sauce is sure to be a hit this holiday season!

It is super quick and easy to make and does not include any refined sugar. Instead, it gets its sweetness naturally from ripe pears and a touch of real maple syrup.

The addition of fresh ginger provides a warming, spicy note, while the rosemary adds a delicious fragrance.

Once you try this recipe, you’ll never look at ready-made cranberry sauce the same!

Cranberry sauce is of course a traditional side for roast turkey, however, it also pairs beautifully with pork dishes, including this Apple & Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin recipe (that would make a great holiday dinner alternative!).

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may already have some of the ingredients for this recipe – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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  • Fresh Produce – cranberries, pears, ginger, rosemary
  • Real Maple Syrupmake sure you use the 100% real stuff and not the maple-style syrup which is just full of corn syrup!
  • Sea Salt

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Cranberry Pear Sauce

How Do I Make Cranberry Pear Sauce?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Cranberry Pears Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Pear Sauce

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Our Cranberry Pear Sauce is tart and sweet thanks to the fresh cranberries, fresh ginger, rosemary, and maple syrup


  • 12 oz / 340g fresh cranberries
  • 2 medium ripe pears, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • ¾ cup water
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Place the cranberries, pear, ginger, rosemary leaves, maple syrup, and water into a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes,, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to boil and the cranberries burst open.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. While cooking, mash the cranberries and pears with a wooden spoon. Season with a pinch of sea salt and stir to combine.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool for 15-20 minutes before checking the consistency. Add a little water if the sauce is too thick. Taste and add more maple syrup for a sweeter sauce, if desired.
  5. Optional: For a smoother sauce, blend one-half of the cranberry mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth. Stir purée back into the remaining sauce before serving.
  6. Serve immediately or chill before serving.
  7. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
  8. Cranberry Pears Sauce Recipe
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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