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Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Even the most devoted canned cranberry aficionado can be converted by a spoonful of this super simple homemade cranberry sauce. Just 15 minutes and three ingredients!

A hand reaching out to set down a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce.

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!? Fall and early winter are my absolute favorite times of year, and I have to admit that Thanksgiving itself has really grown on me over time.

Maybe it’s something about having a kiddo or simply growing older, but I truly am thankful for a day to focus just on family, friends, and good food. All things considered, it’s remarkably un-commercialized, at least by the standards of other major American holidays. 🙂 And I like that!

There are about a hundred Thanksgiving-y recipes I am (perpetually) in the process of perfecting, but this homemade cranberry sauce is one easy recipe that needs no further tweaking.

Flat lay of bowl of cranberry sauce with orange slices and additional pomegranates.

However you celebrate Thanksgiving or whatever parts of the meal you may be responsible for, there’s little doubt that cranberry sauce is one of the easiest common menu items to make. Of course, there’s the canned stuff, which is iconic in its own right.

(On a side note… do you ever wonder how many cans of that stuff they must sell in the run-up to Thanksgiving, and what percentage of the total yearly canned cranberry sales that must be?? I’m thinking 90%+!)

But if, like me, you’ve always been slightly wary of the stuff from a can, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised to find how delicious cranberry sauce can be. Perfectly sweet-tart, with a little zing from the fresh orange zest and juice.

And even if some of your guests are ride-or-die for the canned stuff, well, with a dish this easy to prep, there’s no harm in putting out both. They just may be converted!

Simple homemade cranberry sauce | A Thanksgiving classic, so easy and delicious with fresh cranberries, citrus, and a hint of sweetness. Ready in 15 minutes! #thanksgivingrecipes #makeahead #cranberrysauce

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Yield about 2 cups

Even the most devoted canned cranberry aficionado can be converted by a spoonful of this super simple homemade cranberry sauce.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • zest and juice of 1 small orange
  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) fresh or frozen cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, orange zest and juice, and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.  
  2. Stir in cranberries and bring mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until the cranberries pop and the sauce thickens slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. (The sauce will thicken further as it cools.)  Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 65

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Simple homemade cranberry sauce | A Thanksgiving classic, so easy and delicious with fresh cranberries, citrus, and a hint of sweetness. Ready in 15 minutes! #thanksgivingrecipes #makeahead #cranberrysauce

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8 Comments

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    November 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    This sauce is a perfect breakfast idea, Monica! I would put it on a slice of bread and eat it with a cup of tea. Is it better to use fresh or frozen cranberries?

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      Monica
      November 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks, Agness! This would work beautifully with either fresh or frozen cranberries!

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    Hannah Hossack-Lodge
    November 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Homemade is so much better than shop-bought, and it is so quick and easy to make too!

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    Corina Blum
    November 23, 2017 at 10:52 am

    This is such a lovely sounding cranberry sauce and I love your picture! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    November 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I love cranberry sauce but rarely make my own – yours looks absolutely incredible!

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    Maria Rose
    November 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Amazing Cranberry sauce! easy to make and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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    debi at Life Currents
    November 23, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I love fresh homemade cranberry sauce. It’s so easy too. I don’t know why anyone buys the canned stuff.

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    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    November 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I love homemade cranberry sauce! I love how you add the orange zest. That sounds delicious!

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