Lingonberry Sauce Recipe

The only thing better than cranberry

Instead of cranberry sauce this year, explore the world of lingonberries. Chef Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit in NYC offers her version, imparting a Swedish twist on the classic Thanksgiving side. Tart lingonberries are simmered in apple cider and brown sugar with cinnamon, allspice and thyme for a sweet sauce with warm and savory notes.

Before you serve the sauce, remember to discard the allspice berries, cinnamon and thyme. The allspice berries are the same shape as the lingonberries, but will float to the top of the sauce as it cools, making it easy to scoop them out and discard.

If you're thinking, Where do I find lingonberries?, Emma recommends purchasing frozen ones from here. If you have any extra, venture into uncharted territory and make a lingonberry jam or pie.

To learn more, read "Chef's Table."

Recipe adapted from Emma Bengtsson, Aquavit, New York, NY

Lingonberry Sauce
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Tart lingonberries are simmered with brown sugar, apple cider, allspice, thyme and cinnamon for a sweet fruit relish with savory notes.
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Total time: 45 minutes
  • 2 cups frozen lingonberries
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  1. In a large skillet, combine all the ingredients over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.
  2. Once simmering, cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, for 10 minutes. Let cool completely, remove the allspice, cinnamon and thyme, then serve.
Calories per Serving 183
Total Fat 0.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 47.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
Total Sugars 41.2 g
Sodium 246.0 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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