Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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This is a delicious and easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe, which can easily be doubled for Thanksgiving and Christmas get-together. It usually has even the non-cranberry sauce lovers raving about it!

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

It is a versatile cranberry sauce recipe and very forgiving too. You can replace the orange juice with lemon juice or even water. For a more festive feel, you can Port to it. If you like a sweeter cranberry sauce, you can more sugar or a little bit of honey too. Lemon zest works well too if you don’t have orange zest on hand. Make it your own by adding things you love! Remember to let the cranberry sauce sit a while so that the flavors blend and it hits the right notes of sweet and tart.

Cranberry sauce in a white serving bowl next to a dish on a wooden board

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A simple and delicious side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving!
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Course: Side Dish, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce
Appliance: Saucepan
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Raksha Hegde



  • Add the sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and salt into the saucepan and cook over low heat till the sugar completely dissolves. 
  • In about 10 minutes, you will notice that the cranberries have softened.
  • Increase the heat to a medium simmer and cook till the cranberries burst, another 10-12 minutes. 
  • Stir in the reserved cranberries and let it cool to room temperature. Your cranberry sauce is ready to be served! 
    Cranberry sauce in a white serving bowl next to a dish on a wooden board
  • You can use leftover cranberry sauce to make sandwiches or even drizzle it on waffles for a perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast! 
    Waffles laden with cranberry sauce next to a jar filled with cranberry sauce, napkin, and fork

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Raksha Hegde is the content director at Organic Facts and helps oversee a team of brilliant, dynamic content writers. She completed her MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, US. A former business news journalist and editor, Raksha followed her passion for wellness to become a certified Yoga teacher and a wellness festival curator. She believes that learning is a life-long process; she did a certificate e-course on “Introduction to Food and Health” in 2019 from Stanford University, US. 

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