Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Fresh cranberry sauce is bomb-diggity.  It's beautiful, and so tart, sweet, and tasty.  It's also easy as pie, so there's no reason to buy the canned stuff or go without.  I used to never like cranberry anything until one Christmas my mom made cranberry salsa which is amazing! 

Fresh cranberry sauce is bomb-diggity.  It’s beautiful, and so tart, sweet, and tasty.  It’s also easy as pie, so there’s no reason to buy the canned stuff or go without.  I used to never like cranberry anything until one Christmas my mom made cranberry salsa which is amazing! 

Homemade cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries

Later, I discovered what I have not liked about cranberry sauce before is the spices.  I don’t like ginger, so I left it out.  I loved it!  When you make it, you can go ahead and add some ginger, or cinnamon, or whatever you like if that’s what you want to do.

This recipe will make any holiday, Christmas, Thanksgiving or whatever special occasion even more special. You’re going to love it and be amazed at how easy it is.

Are frozen cranberries as good as fresh?

When I made this recipe for Thanksgiving, I bought fresh cranberries and tossed them in the freezer until I needed them.  Either fresh or frozen is fine for this recipe.  While the cranberries are cooking, the most amazing cloud of mesmerizing smells will permeate the air and enrobe you in the holiday spirit (and make you hungry).

Best Homemade cranberry sauce recipe

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 
Delicious homemade cranberry sauce
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce with orange juice
Servings: 8
Author: Christina Kamp
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar I use raw sugar
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Toss cranberries and sugar into a sauce pan reserving 1/2 cup of whole cranberries.
  2. Zest all of the lemon and orange into the cranberries and then squeeze the juice from them into the mixture.
  3. Add the pinch of salt.
  4. Cook the cranberries for 10 minutes on low heat until they are soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. Turn the heat up to high and boil the mixture until the cranberries pop.
  6. Add the reserved cranberries and stir them in.

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It’s so simple to make this homemade sauce, I urge you to give it a try for your next holiday gathering.  I liked it so much, I’m going to make it for Christmas again.  It was a big hit with my guests as well. 

I love to serve this with turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cabbage, and Christmas cookies! What a great meal. 

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How long does fresh cranberry sauce last? 

This cranberry sauce is acidic so it will last 10-14 days in the fridge. 



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Homemade cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries

Are there any new dishes you tried this Thanksgiving that you liked so much you want to make them again for Christmas?  I’d love to hear about it! 

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10 comments

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  2. isabel hernandez says:

    i cooked cramberries whith sugar and cinnamon ! and i made cheese cake and i put on top of the cheese cakes they were delicious!!!!

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  4. Nicky says:

    Homemade cranberry sauce is so simple to make. Why would anyone want to use that canned stuff? This looks like a great recipe. This Thanksgiving I tried a few new recipes; Maple Whiskey Glazed Turkey and gravy, Pear and Bacon Stuffing. Both were awesome and I’ve made again since Thanksgiving

  5. Wow, you don’t have to add any water to this? It looks fabulous!

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