Slow cooker Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin recipe

Slow cooker Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin recipe

Since it’s all about the love, I am making something yummy that completely compliments our Valentine’s Day table spread.  This year Valentine’s Day falls during the week, so I wanted to make something that would be rather simple and ready to go after school and work, but it needs to be special too!  This recipe is so delicious and quick to make that you’ll want it during many other times of the year.  Slow cooker Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin recipe incorporates a wonderful cranberry glaze that adds a sweet flavor to the turkey and looks so pretty on our Valentine’s inspired table.

Easy Valentines day dinner for two! Cranberry glazed turkey tenderloin slow cooker recipe.

Of course red is a great color for Valentine’s Day, so cranberries came to mind when I was trying to think of something special to make for a mid-week Valentine menu.  I had to consider what type of meat might work with these fabulous little berries and turkey came to mind.  There’s nothing terribly complicated about this recipe, but I do love the color and flavor that it presents, and the best part is it’s a convenient go-to for a special date night in. This week I will be sharing the dessert for this Valentines day dinner for two and Emily will also be sharing the cute tablescape she made and the thoughtful crafts to make this date night in happen.  This is the first Our house now a home collaboration with my cooking and Emily’s decorating. It was a lot of fun!

How it’s made:

Preparing the meat:

First, you’re going to want to brown the meat.  Pat it dry with paper towels and season the tenderloin with your favorite seasoning and pepper.  This is what I used:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2  tsp Italian seasoning


Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to a skillet, heat the skillet on medium heat and cook the tenderloin for about one minute on each side.

Preparing the cranberry sauce:

You can always make your own cranberry sauce, which I love to do, but for the sake of time and convenience, I used the canned variety.

1 can cranberry sauce

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp orange zest

Mix 3/4 of the cranberry sauce, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest in a small bowl until well combined.  You’ll be reserving the remaining cranberry sauce for serving time.

cranberry turkey ingredients

Put it all in the Crock-pot

Put tenderloin in the Crock-pot after browning all sides.  Pour cranberry mixture over the top of tenderloin. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, until meat is thoroughly cooked through.  Remove and place on a platter. Top with remaining cranberry sauce for a beautiful presentation.

Cranberry turkey in the pot

The side dishes:

So I wanted something fun to go along with this recipe and decided to make rice and a veggie.  The big question now; how can I make a vegetable into something romantic?  Artichoke hearts?  Too obvious…Sweet potatoes?  Not this time…Heart shaped carrots?  Okay!  Let’s do that.  It’s really easy and you can add them to the Crock-pot if you want to or sauté with butter for a quick 10 minutes.  I got these little guys ready the night before.  No problem.  Just take a nice big carrot, cut a V-shaped wedge into the top and use a vegetable peeler to smooth and shape your heart. The effect is just so cute.  Add a little wild rice and we are ready to go.

Heart shaped carrots

5 from 8 votes
Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

A really tasty way to make a fast Crock-pot meal.  Cranberry is just the right ingredient to turn this into something special.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • pepper to taste
Cranberry glaze sauce
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  1. Pat turkey dry with paper towels, season with Italian seasoning and pepper and brown the meat in a skillet. Put tenderloin in the Crock-pot after browning all sides.

Prepare Cranberry Sauce
  1. Mix 3/4 of the cranberry sauce, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest in a small bowl until well combined. You'll be reserving the remaining cranberry sauce for serving time.

  2. Pour cranberry mixture over the top of tenderloin.

  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, until meat is thoroughly cooked through.

  4. Remove and place on a platter. Top with remaining cranberry sauce for a beautiful presentation.


I hope that you enjoy this Slow cooker Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin recipe and have a fabulous Valentine’s Day.  Enjoy time with your loved ones!





  1. The turkey and cranberry sauce looks delicious and remind of the Thanksgiving. Love the rice as a side dish. I’m not cutting the carrots into heart shape, just cutting carrots.

  2. My husband loves cranberry sauce on everything, so I need to learn your recipe very quickly.

  3. This does sound easy! I don’t think I’ve ever bought turkey tenderloin. Do they come rolled horizontally ? I noticed your slices were circular 🙂 I found the heart shaped carrots to be a nice touch !

  4. 5 stars
    Collaborating for a special occasion with a loved one will certainly make things happen! And may the “love” continue to grow in your lives in the succeeding months, even years to come. Happy hearts day to you! 🙂

  5. Turkey and cranberry sauce go perfectly together. I love that you cut the carrots into hearts, they look totally adorable.

  6. WOW! That sounds like a wonderful meal! I am sure my whole family would LOVE this, so I am looking forward to making it for them soon.

  7. 5 stars
    Yum, this would be a tasty dish for Valentine’s Day. I’ll have to share this with my husband and see if he’ll make it. We’ll probably just be ordering a pizza though. But I’ll save this to many another time for dinner!

  8. That looks and sounds amazing to me. This would be a very good meal for Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of cooking a home cooked meal for Valentine’s Day instead of going out.

  9. 5 stars
    I think this is a lovely dinner recipe. I like the idea of going on a date night on Valentine’s day but there’s also too many people out. It’s better to enjoy a quiet dinner for two with some home cooked food.

  10. I love the whole plate! Those heart carrots, though. Too cute for words. I bet that turkey makes a great second day sandwich!

  11. 5 stars
    Wow, that Glazed Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin looks AMAZING! What a fun recipe for Valentine’s Day, or any day really. I love hoe the carrots are cut into a heart shape, how cute.

  12. Yum! This is our kind of dish. I love that this has Thanksgiving flavors.

  13. Slow cooker foods are the best. I like the ability to make it and forget it. This turkey recipes sounds tasty too, I need to try it out.

  14. That looks delicious, and I can’t believe you can make that in a slow cooker! I especially love those adorable heart-shaped carrots. Something else to give thanks for on Thanksgiving!

  15. 5 stars
    That looks like a wonderful dinner for Valentine’s day, although I still am a little turkeyed out from Thanksgiving I think this glaze would work well on pork chops or chicken too!

  16. This looks wonderful! I think it would be a hit in my home. I love the heart shaped carrots!

  17. Oh my goodness how delicious does this look! Absolutely perfect for a Valentine’s dinner and I love that it is slow cooked as it means you can put it in and forget about it while you spend time with your other half.

  18. I hadn’t ever thought about turkey and cranberry outside of Thankgiving, but it works 🙂 I can see it! I love the little heart carrots, too.

  19. What a tasty dinner for Valentine’s Day. The heart shaped carrots are a really cute touch for a special meal.

  20. This is a great meal for two! It’s beautiful and I’m sure it tasted great.

  21. Cranberry and turkey were made for each other! Valentine’s day is the perfect time to celebrate such a classy couple. The carrots are so cute, I know my kids would love them

  22. Ohh this would be just right in menu for Valentines day! I love the idea of making the carrots a heart shape one too. I guess we just really need to be creative. Now I have something to prepare that is a little different from what I cook.

  23. Lately I’ve been using my crock pot a lot lately. Must try this recipe!

  24. 5 stars
    Valentines Day is, of course, the time to have that special dinner for just the two. The food need not be grand, it can be simple and made with lots of love. I am taking a cue from you and incorporating the heart shaped carrots this year.

  25. 5 stars
    Looks amazing! My son and daughter love Turkey! This recipe would be perfect for Valentine’s day!

  26. Yummy! This is a perfect dinner recipe which I can’t wait to try, Mary! I fell in love with the cranberry glaze sauce and I will definitely use it for other recipes, too! 🙂

  27. 5 stars
    Super fast, was in the crock in 15 minutes, minimal clean up and was very delicious!

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