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Cranberry Sauce in a glass dish with a spoon and plate on a wooden table.
Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Homemade cranberry sauce is always tastier than the store-bought kind, PLUS you can customize your ingredients for different flavors - cranberry pear, cranberry orange, cranberry ginger, spicy cranberry (with hot chili peppers). The sky's the limit!
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sauces, Holiday Favorites
Servings: 8 2 cups
Calories: 81 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • ½ cup orange juice or water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries 1 (12-ounce bag)
  • pinch salt
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  1. Combine the orange juice (or water) and sugar in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Add the cranberries and cinnamon stick (if using).

  2. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, or until all the cranberries have popped and broken down into a sauce. Add orange zest and nutmeg (if using).
  3. Cool to room temperature and serve or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups)
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 16.4mg20%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.