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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so easy and quick to put together. Make it ahead and cross it off your prep list for Thanksgiving!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: easiest cranberry sauce, easy cranberry sauce, easy cranberry sauce recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 128kcal


  • 12 oz cranberries (See Note 1)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Zest the orange for 1 tablespoon of orange zest. Slice and juice the orange for 1/2 cup total, use remaining for other use.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, water, ginger paste, salt, cinnamon stick and orange zest.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently for about 8-10 minutes, or until most of the cranberries have popped for a more textured sauce. Cook longer until all have popped for a smoother sauce.
  • Allow to cool 30 minutes before covering and refrigerate until ready to use (See Note 2).


  1. I keep bags of cranberries frozen to use throughout the year. Just allow to thaw prior to using in the recipe.
  2. This is fantastic to top ice cream, Greek yogurt with granola or cottage cheese and nuts for breakfast, too.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg