How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry SauceHomemade Cranberry Sauce made from scratch using fresh cranberries. Easy recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

How to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce using fresh cranberries. It’s so easy, we wondered why we hadn’t done it before. Perfect Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so easy to make and pretty delicious too. In fact, the first Thanksgiving we made our own, we wondered why we’d never made it before.

Made with fresh cranberries, it’s so much better than the canned stuff. For one thing, it doesn’t plop out in canned gel form.

If you buy a bag of fresh cranberries, the recipe is right there on the bag. You can also get creative with the recipe and add different flavors to your cranberry sauce, like citrus or cinnamon or whatever else your imagination can cook up.

With this recipe, I followed the instructions on the back of the bag (Ocean Spray Cranberries) and then added a little citrus zing.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this easy cranberry sauce recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

Making Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so easy peasy. 3 ingredients is really all it takes, but I add a little citrus zing. Delicious holiday side.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE

Add the sugar and water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add in the cranberries, and return the mixture to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in the orange zest, simmering for another 5 minutes or so.

Pour the cranberry sauce into a serving bowl, cover, and allow it to cool.

Just a spoonful of homemade cranberry sauce pairs deliciously well in my favorite leftover turkey stuffing crescent roll appetizers and leftover ham and stuffing crescent rolls.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR CRANBERRY SAUCE ADD-INS:

  • Replace a portion of the water with orange juice or apple juice or pineapple juice. You get the idea.
  • Add certain spices to your sauce, like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc.
  • Add both orange juice (or zest) and cloves to the sauce for a special holiday flavor.
  • Use apples.
  • Add a dash of vanilla.
  • Add nuts to the mixture… Walnuts, pecans or almonds would pair well.
  • Instead of sugar, try using honey or maple syrup… Just be sure to reference substitution amounts when switching out ingredients.

Make your own Homemade Cranberry Sauce, with fresh cranberries, this holiday season. Delicious side dish recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner.

MORE DELICIOUS SIDES FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER

Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole

Apple Walnut Bread Stuffing

Honey Glazed Carrots with Rosemary

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cauliflower

And just in case you’re still looking for a turkey recipe, Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey is seriously the best thing ever! Or Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham may be more what you’re looking for.

You may also want to check out my list of The Best Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Menu, as well as The Best Christmas Recipes for Your Holiday Celebrations, where you’ll find plenty more recipes for your holiday dinner.

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE CRANBERRY SAUCE

Large Saucepan – This sauce is made entirely on the stove top, so a good saucepan is in order.

Wooden Spoon – There’s nothing quite like a wooden spoon for stirring.

Heat Resistant Spatula – Works well for stirring and scraping the sides of the pan.

Zester – Helpful in adding the orange zest.

Serving Bowl – Add to your Thanksgiving tablescape.

HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from scratch using fresh cranberries. Easy recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Christmas, Side Dish, Thanksgiving
Keyword cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce recipe, homemade cranberry sauce, orange cranberry sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 116 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest *

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar and water to a large saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the cranberries; then return the mixture to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add in the orange zest, simmering for another 5 minutes or so.

  5. Pour the cranberry sauce into a serving bowl, cover, and allow to cool.
  6. Refrigerate or serve.

Recipe Notes

*Orange zest is optional; if you'd rather not have that citrus flavor to your cranberry sauce, just leave it out.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Be sure and add Homemade Cranberry Sauce to your Thanksgiving menu! Made with fresh cranberries, it’s a delicious addition to your holiday dinner.