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

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


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


  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.