Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce

This easy 4 Ingredient Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce is the tried and true classic that everyone will enjoy! No more canned needed. Sweet and fresh whole cranberries, sweetened with a touch of sugar, then mixed with orange juice and just a touch of orange zest, and cooked until the cranberries are just beginning to burst to give you the best and most flavorful cranberry sauce EVER! Great for Thanksgiving and all of the upcoming holiday dinners, too. Be sure to make a large batch to serve at dinner for all of your family and friends this holiday season because everyone will want some. It’s SO good!

close up of cranberry sauce on marble plate with orange slices and two star anise pods

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About The Recipe

The big day is finally here…Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We are finally sharing a super delicious and easy homemade cranberry sauce! So, need to run out to the store today and buy a bunch of cans. This recipe is super easy, requires minimal ingredients, and tastes 10x better than store-bought.

I had never actually tried cranberry sauce until this year. I know, crazy! But, I’m a savory girl when it comes to Thanksgiving (well, except for our sweet potato casserole).

Cranberry sauce never really seemed like my thing growing up. The wiggles and jiggles after it came out of the can always kind of freaked me out. So, this year seemed like a great time to try and make some, as we’re getting together with some family and enjoying the holiday together!

Turns out, homemade cranberry sauce is SUPER simple and tastes ah-mazing! You definitely need to make this quick and easy sauce for dinner tonight. You won’t regret it!

white bowl full of cranberry sauce on marble plate with orange zest, orange slices, and fresh cranberries around

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Orange Juice
  • Orange Zest
sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and fresh cranberries in glass bowl

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the cranberries are just beginning to burst.

Let cool slightly and serve!

cranberry sauce in white bowl with spoon dug in with orange slices, fresh cranberries, and flowers

Can I Purée This Sauce?

Absolutely! If you don’t want a sauce that has whole berries, feel free to pour this sauce in the blender and blend until desired smoothness. Just be sure to do it when it’s cooled down!

Fresh or Store-Bought Orange Juice?

With this recipe, since you need to zest an orange, I highly recommend using fresh squeezed orange juice! If you don’t have enough orange juice, you can use store-bought juice.

How To Store

If you’re making this ahead of time or just need to store after the holiday’s, no worries! Place this sauce in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months! You can refrigerate this sauce as well. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for about 3-5 days.

cranberry sauce with spoon next to it

Expert Tips

  • 3 cups of cranberries is one 12 ounce bag.
  • Cranberry sauce thickens as it cools, so keep this in mind when cooking! The times stated in the recipe card is for our preferences, but definitely cook to your liking. Stop cooking when the sauce is slightly thinner than you want it to be because it will thicken to the consistency you like.  Just be careful not to burn it!
  • Taste the sauce! Everyone has their preferences. We like ours a touch tart and lots of orange to give the cranberries a bit more punch and freshness, but if you like it sweeter, feel free to adjust!
  • This sauce can easily be made in advance and freezes well.
  • Make sure to save your leftovers! It works as a wonderful addition to breakfast or sweet desserts.
  • Overcooked the jam? No problem! You can add a few Tablespoons of orange juice or water to loosen it.

When you make this Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

close up of cranberry sauce on marble plate with orange slices and two star anise pods

Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce

Traci
Sweet, simple, and SO. GOOD. Skip the canned because this Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce is everything you need this holiday season!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 14
Calories 53 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ½ tsp orange zest

Instructions

  • Place cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and zest in a heavy saucepan.
  • Cook and stir over medium low heat until cranberries pop and sauce starts to thicken, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Let cool and serve.

Notes

  • Cranberry sauce thickens as it cools, so keep this in mind when cooking! The times stated in the recipe card is for our preferences, but definitely cook to your liking. Stop cooking when the sauce is slightly thinner than you want it to be because it will thicken to the consistency you like.  Just be careful not to burn it!
  • Taste the sauce! Everyone has their preferences. We like ours a touch tart and lots of orange to give the cranberries a bit more punch and freshness, but if you like it sweeter, feel free to adjust!
  • This sauce can easily be made in advance and freezes well.
  • Make sure to save your leftovers! It works as a wonderful addition to breakfast or sweet desserts.
  • Overcooked the jam? No problem! You can add a few Tablespoons of orange juice or water to loosen it.

Nutrition

Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

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