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Delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Make homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays with this simple recipe. This crowd-pleasing cranberry sauce is delicious and easy to make.

Homemade cranberry sauce is a classic and simple holiday dish. With just a handful of ingredients, this traditional dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for your next holiday dinner.

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This cranberry sauce is a classic and (like my Simple Homemade Biscuits recipe) deserves a place on any dinner table this holiday season.

Check out the quick video and recipe card below for a how-to guide on preparing this simple dish.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year or you have been tasked with preparing a dish, ditch the prehistoric canned jello mold and step up your culinary game.

Continue reading this post’s end for the printable ingredients list and recipe.

What Ingredients are Needed to Make Fresh Cranberry Sauce  

The best thing about this recipe is its simplicity. Fresh cranberry sauce only calls for 5 basic ingredients:

  1. Sugar
  2. Orange Juice
  3. Orange Zest
  4. Ground Cinnamon

And, of course, the star of the show:

  1. Cranberries

How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The process of making cranberry sauce is so simple you’ll never go back to the canned sauce again. It’s really as simple as tossing all the ingredients in a pot and stirring.

Find the list of more detailed instructions at the end of this post.

How to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce Thicker

As your cranberry sauce cooks, it will begin to thicken. The thickening process will continue as the sauce cools down and sets.


homemade cranberry sauce

How to preserve Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

Your cranberry sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. That is just enough time to devour those Thanksgiving leftovers. 

And that’s all there is to making fresh cranberry sauce, no can openers required!

homemade cranberry sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Simple crowd-pleasing homemade cranberry sauce. A classic and delicious holiday staple.


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • zest of 1 small orange


    1.  In a saucepan combine orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest, and cranberries.
    2. Bring ingredients to a light simmer. The cranberries will begin to burst.
    3. Continue cooking until berries have burst and the desired thickness of sauce has been reached. Stir occasionally.
    4. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a serving dish, cover with plastic wrap or a lid, and allow the sauce to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until your desired thickness is achieved.

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