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Homemade cranberry sauce served in a bowl

cranberry sauce

This cranberry sauce is so easy to make. All it takes are fresh cranberries, sweetener of choice, flavors, and just 15 minutes of your precious time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 106kcal


  • 12 ounces cranberries Fresh or frozen
  • ¾ to 1 cup light brown sugar honey, maple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Pinch salt
  • 1 stick cinnamon stick 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger, 1 tsp orange zest


  • Rinse and sort the cranberries: This is optional because the cranberries often come prewashed before packaging. However, it’s important to pick out the bad ones before cooking them.
  • Combine all ingredients: Place the cranberries in a medium saucepan, add the water, orange juice, sugar or maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and one, two, or all the add in’s.
  • Boil: Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered until the cranberries begin to burst stirring occasionally—about 10 minutes. Cook for a few more minutes or mash a bit for a smoother sauce.
  • Leave to cool: The sauce thickens as it cools, so leave to cool for a bit. Serve or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg