lemongrass cranberry sauce

The three most important foods on the Thanksgiving table to most people are a golden brown turkey, delicious stuffing and, of course, cranberry dressing. In years past, I have simply used the quintessential canned dressing or jelly. Not anymore! Scratch-made cranberry sauce is one of the easiest dishes I can bring to my table. A simple mixture of fresh cranberries, sugar, Tahitian Vanilla and lemon grass creates a familiar, but unique, cranberry sauce. Lemon grass is a beautifully fragrant herb that grows in long stalks, and is primarily used in Thai cuisine. It is very versatile and can be used with a variety of proteins, soups, jams and relishes. I like the bright citrus flavor that it brings to my cranberry sauce.


Lemongrass can be found in most grocery stores or Asian markets. It also is a prolific species and grows well in high light and moderately humid areas of your home. I grow mine in our greenhouse, but it could be grown in a pot near a sunny window in colder climates.

Lemongrass Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Yields 6 servings


1 cup fresh lemonade
2- 12 oz. bags of fresh or frozen cranberries
2 inch piece of lemon grass
½ tsp. lemon zest
1 ½ c. sugar
1 tsp. Tahitian Vanilla Extract


Bring lemonade, lemon grass, zest and sugar to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.

Rinse cranberries and add once liquid is boiling. Reduce heat to medium, add vanilla and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. Remove lemon grass stalk. Cool and serve